Alor Setar downtown is much smaller than George Town or Ipoh but still have a collection of picturesque prewar typical terrace double storey buildings where the shops is on the ground floor and residents live on the top floor.
A walk through downtown Alor Setar is a must to get a feel of this little Chinatown right in the middle of Kedah primarily Malay rural rice field villages in the yesterdays of 19th and early 20th century.
Some of the buildings have been renovated unfortunately. Caught the sight one row which was an eye candy with its dramatic red paint. See picture.
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.
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..
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.
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. :-((
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.
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.
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...
Zahir Mosque ( Masjid Zahir ) is one of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia.
It was 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.
A trip to Kedah would not be complete without paying a visit to the Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir (literally, "the house where Mahathir was born"). A visit to Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s birthplace will give you a different perspective of the life of this revered leader.
Nobat Tower is a place where the instruments of the royal orchestra are stored. These instruments include traditional flutes, gongs, and drums. The skills to play nobat music and these instruments are passed down from father to son and are only played during special ceremonies such as weddings, inaugurations, and funerals.
The most imposing and significant Buddhist shrine in the city. Its architecture reflects strong Thai elements with minor Chinese motifs. It's a sanctuary and oasis in the city centre with trees and shades providing spiritual shelter to Buddhists from the city and abroad. Both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions are cherished here.
The Kedah State Art Gallery was set up with the objective of fostering interest in and an appreciation of art in the state. Its collection includes paintings, photographs, musical instruments and handicrafts. Temporary exhibitions are held at regular intervals.
Located towards the back of the Kota Setar Palace complex is the Balai Besar. Its initial purpose was as a Balai Rong Seri or Balai Penghadapan (audience hall). Built in 1735 by the 19th Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah, this was a lovely building with wood pillars, roofs and flooring.
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.