Chinatown in Alor Setar. I dont know the nearest place to find something to eat, so I went to Pekan Cina which situated nearby to the Galleries.. I find a lot of old chinese shophouses with unique windows... very nice indeed.. Just walk along the many shophouses and take pictures.. I found something I like - a cake mould for kuih bakar.
Gallery Sultan Abdul Halim the Sultan of Kedah and now the new King of Malaysia. Lets go and see his personal momentos and photographs of Tuanku at Galeri Sultan Abdul Halim in Alor Setar. Very grand gallery, I like to see the Rolls Royce..hmmmm..No picture again please!!
Please read more stories of our beloved Sultan Abdul Halim..
Masjid Zahir also known as Zahir State Mosque - It is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia. The mosque was built in the tradition of the Moorish architecture, it has numerous arches and columns that are an epitome of grandeur. Opened in 1912, and incorporates elegant Moorish designs in its five black domes and slender minarets. The design was inspired by the vision of the late Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II.
Very beautiful mosque indeed - I like.
Balai Seni Negeri is a state art gallery located near to the Royal Museum and Balai Besar. The gallery exhibits a lot of paintings. No pictures allowed again..blah!!! nothing i like also..
The gallery open daily : 10.00am to 9.00pm
Friday : 9.00am to 12.00pm, 3.00pm to 6.00pm.
Admission is free.
Balai Nobat is a ceremonial tower in Alor Setar, and its used as Royal orchestra to play "Nobat" music during royal ceremonies. Among the instruments are the serunai, a wind instrument resembling the clarinet; the nafiri, a type of long trumpet; gendang, a drum in the form of a hollow cylinder with parchment stretched over its open sides; and the gong. Quite haunting music actually..
Balai Besar also known as Grand Audience Hall. A very impressive building that was refurbished in 1896 -1898, during the reign of HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th Sultan of Kedah (1882-1943), the Sultan was most beloved by all Kedahan. His portrait can be found in every shops in Alor Setar and he was Tuanku Abdul Rahman's father. This Grand Hall is always used frequently for royal and state occasions.
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Not for admission, just observed and take pictures. :-((
Muzium Diraja also known as Royal Kedah Museum, its formally a royal palace located in the heart of Alor Setar and beside the Balai Besar. Its a very beautifully Malay palace was built in 1936 with some thai influence and have beautiful garden and a lot of ancient cannons display..Kaboom..!! The musuem house a lot of collection of Kedah's royal regalias, photographs and memorabilia of Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia first Prime Minister) and who is also a Prince of Kedah Royal. And I found one Royal Prince who was very handsome indeed :-)) but already RIP.
I can see School excursions also popular to visit the museum.
Ok, you have to take off your shoes before entering the museum, signed the Guest Book and you will be well informed not to take any pictures...hmmm... :-((
Open daily : 10.00am to 6.00pm
Close on Friday : 12.00pm to 3.00pm (out for Friday Prayers)
Admission : Free.
Menara Alor Setar, the landmark of Alor Setar in the center of the city. It was built in the early 1990s, with 165 m (541 ft). The tower was built for Telekom Malaysia as a telecommunication tower and also as a tourist destination in Alor Setar.
The Bujang Valley or Lembah Bujang is a historical complex and has an area of approximately 224 square km. Situated near Merbok, Kedah, between Gunung Jerai in the north and Muda River in the south, it is the richest archaeological area in Malaysia.
Archaeological research indicates that there was an old Hindu-Buddhist empire built here. The name itself is roughly translated into "Dragon Valley". The area consists of ruins that may date more than 1,500 years old. More than fifty ancient tomb temples, called candi, have also been unearthed, many of which were built during the Bujang Valley civilization's heyday. The most impressive and well-preserved of these is located in Pengkalan Bayang Merbok. The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is also located here.
Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum also displays artifacts including pottery shards, ceramics and stoneware which dates back 1,500 years. Chinese porcelain, stone carvings, Indian tridents and gemstones from the Middle East.
The Kedah State Art Gallery holds a good collection which includes paintings, photographs, musical instruments and handicrafts... It used to house the office of the Sultan, the state treasury, audit office and the British Adviser residence in 1912 but was converted to its present day gallery in 1983, in commemoration of the reigning Sultan's 25th year reign... Temporary exhibitions are held at regular intervals...
Pekan Rabu or literally translated as Wednesday market, is located near the government offices in Alor Setar... Despite its name, this busy and popular market is opened all week long, from morning till night, and manygood bargains can be made from a variety of items such as delicious tidbits to beautiful handicraft... Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir was once a trader in Pekan Rabu...
This is one of the most imposing Buddhist shrines in the city and it bears strong architectural influences of Thailand and a minor touch of Chinese motifs... It is a sanctuary and oasis and provides spiritual shelter to Buddhists from the city and abroad...
Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was born on July 10, 1925 at the house near an ice factory in Kampung Seberang Perak and this historical place still stands today as part of the heritage of this city...
Aslo known as the Mak Wan Besar Palace, this building was originally a palace during the reign of Sultan Ahmad Tajuddin Mukarram Shah and his consort, Wan Hajar Wan Ismail, whoi was affectionally known as Mak Wan Besar...
The nation's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdual Rahman Putra was also born adjacent to this palace on February 8, 1903 and once grew up in this palace while his father, the late Sultan Abdul Hamid and his mother Mak Che Manjalara resided there... On July 1983, this palace was declared the "Kedah Royal Museum"...
Built in 1912, this site was actually the burial grounds ofwarriors who died defending Kedah in the attack by siam in 1821... This mosque is enhanced with five large domes symbolising the five Islamic principles... This is one of the oldest and grandest mosques in the country...