DESTINATION GUIDE


Wat Nikrodharam

The capital's biggest, most prominent, and most architecturally impressive Buddhist temple complex strategically located in downtown Alor Setar. Built in Thai temple architecture with gilded roofs and colourful mosaic walls, it is a peaceful oasis for the city dwellers and caters mainly to the Chinese and Thai Buddhist populations.

State Art Gallery (Balai Seni Negeri)

The Kedah State Art Gallery was set up with the objective of fostering interest in arts and an appreciation of art in the state. Its collection includes paintings, photographs, musical instruments and handicrafts. Temporary exhibitions are held at regular intervals.

Nobat Gallery (Balai Nobat)

This building houses the sacred instruments of the Royal orchestra, played only during royal ceremonies such as inaugurations, weddings and funerals. The instruments consist of three drums, a gong and a flute, peculiar to the haunting strains of "nobat" music.

Royal Hall (Balai Besar)

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. Unfortunately, the building was badly damaged in 1770 when the Bugis armada attacked the place, and ruined even further by the Siamese in 1821. It was, however, refurbished in 1896 to prepare for the weddings of the reigning Sultan's children. Besides weddings, the Balai Besar was also used for official ceremonies and other royal events.

Mahathir's Birthplace

The fourth Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, was born on 10 July, 1925 at the house near the ice factory at Kampung Seberang Perak.

Zahir State Mosque (Masjid Zahir)

The Zahir Mosque occupies a site of approximately 124,412 square feet. Its center hall (Prayer Hall) measures 62 x 62 square feet and is surrounded by verandas of 8 feet wide with 4 mezzanine areas, each of which has a dome. The main dome is located at the north-east of the mosque building. It is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia.

Alor Star Tower (Menara Alor Star)

Located in the heart of Alor Setar, this tower, standing at 165.5 metres tall, is a prominent and modern landmark that signifies the rapid development in the state of Kedah. It functions as both a telecommunications tower and a tourist attraction.

Kota Kuala Kedah (Kuala Kedah Fort)

The Kedah State Art Gallery was set up with the objective of fostering interest in arts and an appreciation of art in the state. Its collection includes paintings, photographs, musical instruments and handicrafts. Temporary exhibitions are held at regular intervals.

Tunku Abdul Rahman House

The Rumah Merdeka was acquired by the National Archives of Malaysia in 2003. The house was subsequently restored and renovated with the view to preserve its settings for the benefits of future generations. The land on which the house is sited was originally owned by Che Manjalara, the mother of the late Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, fondly known as Bapa Kemerdekaan and Bapa Malaysia. The land was subsequently given to Tunku.

Pekan Rabu

Located in front of Pekan Rabu's main bus stop. It offers local goods such including traditional food and crafts.

City Plaza

The major shopping complex in Alor Setar. The complex offers entertainment, shopping and food. It has restaurants, bowling alleys, arcade centres, cineplexes and shops that sell clothes, shoes, mobile phones and souvenirs.

Star Parade

Another major shopping spot in Alor Setar. It has Malaysia's very own Pacific Departmental Store. The mall offers a wide variety of shops.

Alor Star Mall

The mall is located near the North-South Expressway EXIT Alor Setar Selatan/South. It is one of the newest malls in Alor Setar which has another Pacific Store. Alor Star Mall's Pacific Store offers a wide range of clothing for men, women and children. The brands include Levi's, Adidas and Diesel.

Souq Al-Bukhary

A mall and bazaar in Alor Setar, in which Giant hypermarket, a local hypermarket establishment, is the anchor tenant. It is considered as the modern version of Pekan Rabu.

Sultan Abdul Hamid Drive

Located in Jalan Pegawai, it is the best drive in Alor Setar. The drive has spas, boutiques, restaurants, antique shops, etc., anything you can imagine

Plaza Putra, Jalan Putra

The only technology mall that offers the best variety of electronic products in the best price. It was called the "Low Yat" of Alor Setar.

Muzium Padi

This is a museum that teaches all you need to know about paddy and rice; from the process of planting and harvesting, and all the way to the benefits and the many grades of rice. Entrance fee is applicable. The main attraction within the museum is the rotating deck, showcasing a large 360-degree mural depicting the four phases from planting to harvesting. On weekends, you may also experience riding the Malaysia traditional mode of transportation, the cow-caravan or kereta lembu.