Known as Alor Star from 2004 to 2008, Alor Setar is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. It is the second-largest state in the city and one of the most important cities on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. A famous stopover between Langkawi and Southern Malaysia, Alor Setar is known for its architectural treasures.
Alor Setar is a city that houses multiple places of interest. The Mahawangsa River Cruise for Alor Setar is a must ride river cruise along the Kedah river, giving you an opportunity to witness beautiful calming scenery, and Malay villages first hand. Besides this, the places of cultural interests include - Balai Besar, Balai Nobat, The Tou Mu Kung Temple, and Kota Kuala Kedah.
Blessed with a rich culture and heritage, Alor Setar also gives you the opportunity to witness beautiful art in the form of museums and art galleries. Muzium Negeri, Pusat Sains Negara, Muzium Padi, Balai Seni Negeri, and Galeria Sultan Abdul Halim are a few of the many present. In fact, Muzium Padi is the first paddy museum in Malaysia and fourth in the world. The state mosque of Kedah, Zahir Mosque (Masjid Zahir), enjoys a royal history and patronage. Reflecting strong Thai elements with minor Chinese motifs in its architecture, it offers a quiet oasis in the city centre.
Although Alor Setar is overshadowed by its neighbour, Langkawi Islands, the city’s rich history and heritage that provides some of the best examples of Islamic architecture is still worth a thought!
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