Main Attractions and Sights in Alor Setar

Considered as the most prominent landmark of the city, the Menara Alor Setar is located at the heart of the city and serves as a symbol of the rapid development of the city and the entire state of Kedah as well as a telecommunications tower.

Visitors can climb up to the top of the tower to take in a spectacular and breath-taking view of the entire city of Alor Setar.

Zahir Mosque
The Zahir Mosque is the state mosque of Kedah and has become an architectural landmark of the city. Built in the tradition of Moorish architecture, it is one of the largest and grandest mosques in Malaysia and the site where the annual Koran reading competition in Kedah is held. If you do plan on visiting the mosque, make sure that you first obtain permission from the Religious Department of the city and observe the dress code being implemented. Balai Nobat. This is the home of the sacred instruments used by the Kedah Royal Orchestra. These instruments are so sacred and special that it is only being used and played during royal ceremonies such as company inaugurations, weddings and funerals, hence the name.

Balai Besar
Also known as the “Great Hall” in Kedah, this structure serves as a testimony of long-standing historical and cultural relationship between Kedah and Thailand.

Royal Museum
Once serving as the royal palace of the Sultan of Kedah, the Royal museum is now home to various artifacts unique to the Sultanate of Kedah, as well as a State Art Gallery where an extensive collection of paintings, photographs, antiques and traditional arts and crafts from the Sultanate are housed. Moreover, it offer collections showcasing Thailand’s influence over the Sultanate which includes traditional artifacts originating from the ancient Hindu-Buddhist civilization from the Bujang Valley.

Prime Minster Mahathir’s Birthplace
The birthplace of former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad who was born on 10 July 1925 at a house near the Kampung Seberang Perak.

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