Author : Idrus, Nur Afikah
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 283-300
Many researchers state that the sense of “meaning” plays an essential role in shaping the place’s cultural identity and symbolism. The sense of “meaning” is manifested through the formation of identity and symbolism, which is considered universal because it influences human perception. The sense of “meaning” in an area forms valuable memories that make the place unforgettable due to the influence of the elements of identity and symbolism that exist in it. This study’s objective is to analyse the criteria elements of the cultural landscape in Pantai Lido that make up the sense of “meaning” from the perspective of Malays oldies in Pantai Lido. Furthermore, in achieving the objective, a qualitative method was conducted. It involved in-depth interviews and participant observation by collecting the informants’ perception, memories, attitudes, and beliefs as the subjective reality manifested at both of the psychological and social-cultural levels. The findings demonstrate the meaning of place as the factors that make Pantai Lido more noticeable and memorable. The results show that the meaning of place as a factor that makes Pantai Lido more unique and unforgettable. This study will carry on by suggesting a survey on the importance of meanings of place and its association involvement in developing a cultural landscape on the waterfront in Malaysia. This indicates that perhaps the local authorities and the policymakers need to improve and reshuffle the current regulations for waterfront development in Malaysia.