As written in my previous article, my mother comes from Kedah, a state situated on the northern part of Malaysia. The capital city for Kedah is Alor Setar, a city which has been established since 1735.

Street view of the city, with Alor Setar Tower as the backdrop.

As my mother’s hometown is in Baling, I rarely go to Alor Setar. In fact, I could not remember the last time I visited the city. I only have a blur memory on how this city looks like.

A closer view of the Alor Setar Tower.

Being one of the oldest cities in Malaysia, there are a lot of old buildings in Alor Setar, which I was quite surprised of the first time I saw them, since the usual connotation that I had when I asked anyone about Alor Setar is, this city has nothing.

Masjid Zahir, the state mosque which was built in 1912. Its architecture is inspired by the Azizi Mosque in Tanjung Pura, Langkat Sultanate (now North Sumatra)

During my recent visit to the city, a very short one in fact since I was there only to drop my sister off, I managed to capture several interesting sights of the city. Consider this posting as a teaser entry, since I am very sure that I will have another visit to this charming city.


The sign on the white building reads: Main Post Office.
The building with the yellow dome is the Balai Nobat, where all the royal musical instruments are kept. Originally built in 1735, this one which is still standing was built in 1906.

We are Khai and Amira, Malaysian travel bloggers behind Kaki Jalans. Our travels have taken us to almost all the countries in Asean and several countries in Europe. We are still actively travelling and adding to this list.


  1. Timothy W Pawiro Reply

    The city looks nice …

    It seems from the photo, there are still plenty of heritage houses [shop houses]?

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