KEDAH - MALAYSIA

 

 

KEDAH

NORTH PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

 

 

 

A gigantic eagle statue at Eagle Square in LangkawiKedah, together with the neighboring state of Perlis, in north of Malaysia, are traditionally known as the 'Rice Bowl of Malaysia' and offers visitors the refreshing scenery of rolling paddy fields with mountains as a backdrop and a rich historical heritage. So, it is no surprise that vast stretches of rice fields dominate Kedah's panoramic landscape. Alor Setar, its capital city, is home to many old buildings which still stand in their original form together with other relics of the past. Of interest is the Balai Besar, an impressive wooden edifice built in 1898. It is frequently used for state and royal functions. The Zahir Mosque, another outstanding landmark built in  1912, is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Photo: Eagle Square in Langkawi

country. The Royal Museum, a fine example of local architecture, house a veritable collection of Kedah's royal and cultural heritage.

 

Balai Besar in Alor Setar, KedahOther attractions include the birthplace of Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia at No.18, Lorong Kilang Ais, Seberang Perak which is popular among the locals and foreign tourists. At the Pekan Rabu Bazaar, one can shop for a variety of local wares and handicrafts as well as sample traditional fares like dodol, a popular Malay sweetmeat. This place is packed with shoppers especially during the public holidays. The Alor Setar Tower, Kedah's most recent landmarks provides a breathtaking view of the town and its surroundings. A short drive from Alor Setar brings one to the border town of Bukit Kayu Hitam, a duty-free Photo: Balai Besar in Alor Setar      centre for shopping.

 

This state is one of the oldest states in the country. Relics uncovered at the Bujang Valley, at the foothills of Gunung Jerai (Jerai Mountain), Kedah's hill resort, point to Hindu-Buddhist influence dating back to the fourth century A.D. The findings are now displayed in the Archeological Museum at the site and include Chinese porcelain and gemstones from the Middle East. Further south, Kedah has a good seaside beach picnic spot at Pantai Merdeka. For those in search of solitude and relaxation, the scenic Pedu Lake provides a worthwhile retreat.

 

Kedah's most famous destination is Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi Island), known over the world for its idyllic setting, legends and myths. Pulau Langkawi comprises a group of 99 islands, each with its own natural appeal. Among the prominent ones are Pulau Dayang Bunting (Isle of the Pregnant Maiden), Pulau Singa Besar, a wildlife sanctuary, Pulau Payar, a marine park suitable for diving and Pulau Beras Basah (Isle of Wet Rice), a popular spot for swimming. Pulau Langkawi is a free port which offers plenty of good buys.

 

Tanjung Rhu Beach in Langkawi, KedahKuah, its main town, is a shopping haven with many modern shopping areas. The island is fast gaining a reputation as a popular venue for international exhibitions and conferences. It is also the venue for the exciting Langkawi International Maritime and Air Show (LIMA). Other points of interest are the Mahsuri Mausoleum, Air Hangat hot springs, Galeri Perdana, Eagle's Photo: Tanjung Rhu Beach                Square, Seven Wells, Underwater World, a crocodile farm and the beautiful and serene Tanjung Rhu Beach which is usually full with tourists.

 

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PLACES OF INTEREST IN KEDAH

Capital City of Kedah

  1. Alor Setar

Attractions in Alor Setar

  1. Balai Besar (Royal Audience Hall)

  2. Balai Nobat (Hall of Drums)

  3. Balai Seni Negeri (State Art Gallery)

  4. Kuala Kedah

  5. Pekan Rabu (Wednesday Market)

  6. Royal Museum (Muzium Diraja)

  7. Rumah Kelahiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

  8. State Museum (Muzium Negeri)

  9. Wat Mikrodharam Temple

  10. Zahir Mosque (Masjid Zahir)

Most Famous Tourist Attraction in Kedah

  1. Pulau Langkawi (Langkawi Island)

Attractions in Langkawi

  1. Air Hangat Village (Hot Springs Village)

  2. Burau Bay Resort

  3. Dataran Lang (Eagle Square)

  4. Galeria Perdana

  5. Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee)

  6. Gunung Matcincang and Gunung Raya

  7. Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation

  8. Kuah

  9. Laman Padi (Rice Garden)

  10. Langkawi Book Village

  11. Langkawi Craft Cultural Complex

  12. Langkawi Crystaal

  13. Mahsuri Mausoleum (Makam Mahsuri)

  14. Padang Matsirat (Field of Burnt Rice)

  15. Pantai Cenang

  16. Pantai Pasir Hitam

  17. Pantai Tengah

  18. Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden)

  19. Pulau Payar Marine Park

  20. Pulau Singa Besar (Wildlife Sanctuary)

  21. Tanjung Rhu

  22. Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells)

  23. Teluk Datai

  24. Underwater World Langkawi

Other Tourists Attractions in Kedah

  1. Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang)

  2. Bukit Hijau Recreational Forest

  3. Gunung Jerai Resort

  4. Gunung Keriang Recreational Park

  5. Pantai Merdeka

  6. Pedu Lake

 

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