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Alor Setar is the capital city of the state of Kedah and is the second largest city in that state after Sungai Petani. It is an interesting town to travel to and if you want to leave from Seremban and head there, there’s no better way than to travel by bus. In Seremban, you can choose from three different bus service providers, namely Eagle Ekspres, Intercity Coach and Transnasional. All of them will leave from Terminal One Seremban and stop at the Shahab Perdana Terminal. Each bus operator usually has one trip in the daytime and one at night. The average time it takes to complete the journey is about 6 and a half to 7 hours.
Alor Setar is a rather peaceful place but there are attractions aplenty to keep you occupied. First off, you should start with the cultural attractions, especially since Alor Setar is a multiracial and multicultural town. One of these cultural destinations is the Kota Setar Palace complex, where you’ll find the Balai Besar or Grand Audience Hall which is a centuries old building originally erected in 1735 by Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin II. It has since been used as a ceremonial building by the Kedah Royal family for Royal installations and weddings. In the complex, you’ll also find the Balai Nobat, an 18 metre tall tower where the royal musicians store their instruments and perform traditional music during events. Additionally, you can go to the Kuala Kedah Fort which is the ancient remains of a fort meant to protect Kedah from being attacked from the sea. After that, you can continue your historical journey by visiting the Kedah State museum. Here you’ll find many archaeological artifacts from Kedah’s early years, including some pieces from Lembah Bujang, an ancient civilization in Kedah. There are also spectacularly preserved gold ‘money trees’, which were tributes that Kedah had to send regularly to Thailand as a sign of goodwill and fealty. Additionally there’s the Paddy Museum, State Art Gallery, Sultan Abdul Halim Gallery and the Royal Kedah Museum. This museum is special as it used to be a fully functioning palace known as Pelamin Palace and is the birthplace of Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, who was a prince of Kedah. For a panoramic view of the city, you can go up the modern Alor Setar tower for a special photo opportunity. Another must visit place here is the birthplace of Tun Dr Mahathir, a humble wooden house off Jalan Pegawai. If you would like to begin your journey discovering the rich history and heritage of Kedah, you can download the Catch That Bus app today!