PLACES OF INTEREST

Nature and Adventure

Balai Besar

An impressive wooden edifice built in 1898 embodying
certain aspect of Thai architecture. This 'great hall'
is used frequently for royal and state occasions.

Balai Nobat

The building houses the sacred intrusments of the Royal
orchestra, played only during royal ceremonies such as
inaugurations, weddings and funeral. The instruments
consists of three drums, a gong and a flute, peculiar to
the haunting srain of 'nobat' music.

Balai Seni Negeri

Balai Seni Negeri, the state art gallery is located in the
vicinity of masjid zahir. Its exhibits include a fine collection
of paintings, antiques and historical relics. The gallery opens
daily, Fridays : 9.00am - 12.00pm 3.00pm - 6.00pm Others day
: 10.00am - 9.00pm Admission is free

Batu Hampar

A favourite weekend retread located in the district of Yan, 31 km
south of Alor Setar. Picnickers revel in the cool depths of rocky
pools amidst the thundering roar of the waterfalls. There are
several others such waterfalls around the state : . Puncak
Janing-In the district of Padang Terap, about 25 km
north-east of Alor Setar. . Seri Perigi-A waterfall set
within a park. The stream that runs through this park
has its begining in Gunung Jerai. . Peranginan Bukit
Hijau-112 km south-east of Alor Setar, in the district of
Baling, offers yet another park, featuring a waterfall amidst
lush greenery. . Peranginan Sik & Lata Mengkuang-Surrounded
by the hills and mountains of Sik, 72 km south-east of Alor Setar
offer the adventurous spirit a blissful retreat from the everyday world.
This area is ideal for hiking and camping amidst natural surroundings.

Bujang Valley

Lying between Gunung Jerai in the north and Sungai Muda in the south, is regarded as Malaysia's richest archaeological area. Archaeological findings indicate that this is one of the earliest centres of civilised settlement and development of Malay Peninsula-rending it significant to the history of Southeast Asia as a whole. The ruins, like Candi Batu Pahat, believed to have been built in the 17th Century were mainly remains of temples and statues of Indian Gods and Goddesses, similar to those uncovered of historical sites in India. Obviously there has been some form of cultural exchange between the two countries through their trading conducts. The Bujang Valley archaeological museum in pengkalan bujang houses the numerous artificial caskets, gem stones, beads, etc. 50 candis or temples were found along sungai bujang and to date, 8 of them has been restored to their original form using the same original materials.

Bukit Pinang

Bukit Pinang is an orchard which becomes a haven for fruit lovers during
the fruit season, especially those who cannot resist the 'durian'. Another
Interesting feature of Bukit Pinang is the fact that 'tuntong', a breed of
river turtle, is found here. Folklore has it that eggs laid by these turtles
were conducive to curing several diseases, hence in those days only
the royalty had access to these eggs.

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