Kedah Attractions Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley
What are 13 best Kedah attractions you must visit? Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley, Kilim River Cruise, Dayang Bunting Lake, The Clock Tower & Zero Kilometer Square are favorite places to visit. Read here for more info about destination in Malaysia.
Kedah Attractions Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley Summary
- Attraction: Kedah Attractions Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley
- Location: Kedah Malaysia
- Attraction Type: State in Malaysia
Kedah Attractions Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley
Menara Alor Setar
Menara Alor Setar Kedah attractions is a popular tourist destination in the Northern Region. It is the second tallest telecommunication tower in Malaysia and the 22nd in the world with the height of 165.5 meters above sea level.
It is managed by Menara Kuala Lumpur Sdn. Bhd, a subsidiaries of Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM). The title ‘Negeri Jelapang Padi‘ became the main inspiration for the tower’s design when the ‘Serumpun Padi‘ image attached was clearly visible on the tower structure. The large pillar known as the ‘Tiang Seri‘ which supports the tower structure symbolizes the strength of the people of Kedah Darul Aman.
It provides telecommunications and broadcasting services and also a variety of other facilities for visitors such as Observation Deck located at the 88 meters above sea level with five sets of automated binoculars for free. There is also Megaview Banquet Hall at 100 meters provides facilities for functions such meeting, seminars, courses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and more for government agencies, corporate bodies, NGOs, associations, etc.
Menara Alor Setar also provide dining in the sky experience such as Menara Alor Setar Revolving Restaurant, which is located at 94 meters and the highest restaurant in Kedah Darul Aman. This restaurant is a suitable place for all occasions such as wedding, dinner, lunch, anniversary celebration and many more.
MENARA ALOR SETAR
Lot 99 Lebuhraya Darulaman,
05100 Alor Setar, Kedah Darulaman.
Telephone: (604) – 720 2906 / 720 2901
Fax: (604) – 720 2073
This is the info about The History of Bujang Valley. His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Kedah officiated the Archeology Museum Bujang Valley on 23rd January 1980 at Batu Pahat Hill. It was the first archaeology museum built in Malaysia. Bujang Valley served as an old center of international and entrepôt trade for Malaysia in ancient times.
Bujang Valley Artefacts
There are numerous artefacts that were found in the valley. These include celadon, porcelain, stoneware, clay, pottery, fragments of glass, beads and Persian ceramics. In Kedah there are remains showing Buddhist and Hindu influences which has been known for about a century now from the discoveries reported by Col. Low and has recently been subjected to a fairly exhaustive investigation by Dr. Quaritch Wales. Dr. Wales investigated no fewer than thirty sites round about Kedah.
An inscribed stone bar, rectangular in shape, bears the ye-dharmma formula in Pallava script of the 7th century, thus proclaiming the Buddhist character of the shrine near the find-spot (site I) of which only the basement survives. It is inscribed on three faces in Pallava script of the 6th century, possibly earlier. Except for the Cherok Tokkun Inscription, which was engraved on a large boulder, other inscriptions discovered in Bujang Valley are comparatively small in size and probably were brought in by Buddhist pilgrimage or traders.
For the past two decades, students from universities around Malaysia have been invited for research and have done their graduate works at the Valley. Much of the historical links is still vague considering not many of the scriptures and writings survive. Even the temples did not survive the onslaught of age because their wooden roofing has rotted and withered over the past 1,200 years. The museum itself is inadequate and not organised, much of the findings are elsewhere scattered from Museum Negara to Singapore (which once formed a part of Malaysia).
Folk stories and oral history also provide place for a magnificent kingdom of jewels and gold. Outside peninsular and insular Southeast Asia, oral history in India suggests the presence of golden chariots and jewels in hidden caves at Bujang Valley and Mount Jerai Kedah. Some visitors to the antiquity department at Muzium Negara has eyewitness accounts of magnificent objects such as a 10-feet-tall Raja Bersiung Throne and various idols and items from the Valley.
Kilim River Cruise
The Kilim Nature Park spreads over an area of 100sq. km that features a mixture of protected green mangrove forests, isolated white beaches and blue lagoons. Through this river cruise, you will be able to witness the wonders of the park’s marine ecosystem, flora and fauna and its natural habitats. You’ll get to see eagles here, in a great number too. The eagles include white-bellied fish eagle, Brahminy kite and the gigantic sea eagles. You might even get the chance to feed them. Birdwatchers would love this place as it is a great place to do so during the migratory seasons in September and March.
Kilim Geo Forest Park
Kilim Karst Geo Forest Park as its full name is one of the three Geo Forest parks associated with the Langkawi Geopark. The other two are the Machinchang Cambrian Geo Forest Park and The Dayang Bunting Marble Geo Forest Park. Langkawi Geopark comprises the whole of Langkawi Island, which is one of the districts of Kedah State, Malaysia. Langkawi started as a fishing village until its revelation as a UNESCO Geopark.
Dayang Bunting Lake
This lake has its own legend. It is said that the lake was a favourite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari. A prince named Mat Teja, fell for her and tricked her into marrying him. They had a child together and on the seventh day, the child died from a mysterious illness. Saddened and distraught, Mambang Sari left the child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly home.
To this day, there’s a belief that barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. That is how the lake got its name – lake of the pregnant maiden. Many have claimed to be successful after bathing in the lake.
Menara Alor Setar is located in the state of Kedah Darul Aman, standing at 165.5 meters tall and is the 19th tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It also caters as a tourist destination in the heart of Alor Setar apart from serving as a telecommunication tower. There’s an observation deck at the tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim months. The deck is at the height of 88 meters.
More Attractions in Kedah Darul Aman You Must Visit
The Clock Tower & Zero Kilometer Square
In Sungai Petani City there is a historic building of The Clock Tower was built in 1936 to commemorate The Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. MPSPK have upgraded Zero Kilometer Square near the clock tower to the public. Semeling Jetty, Merbok River Semeling jetty which is located next to the bridge of Semeling provides various facilities and the beauty of Merbok River. Merbok river is the river that flows into the Strait of Malacca and have the mangrove forest.
Tourists can visit The Mangrove Forest Gallery and enjoy tourist boat or water taxi services that provided to cruise along this river. You can also relax and dine in seafood restaurants that are available around Semeling Jetty.
Merdeka Beach, Kedah Darul Aman
The resort is located about 40 minutes from the city center. To travel with your own transportation to this beach must go through the Butterworth Federal Highway Route. Tourists must get through the Tikam Batu Town and Kota Kuala Muda Town before arriving at Merdeka Beach. There are various facilities available here such as bus stops, chalet, public toilets, food courts and hawker stalls. Merdeka Beach also offers leisure facilities for the whole family.
Tourists can swim, camping and kayaking activities at this beach. There are boat services for tourists to go to Tanjung Dawai.
Tanjung Dawai Sungai Petani
Tanjung Dawai is a small town in the west of Sungai Petani, Kedah. The town is one of a fishing village. All Marine Product that processes here to be used as a food source. Tourists can get dried fish, anchovies, salted fish, preserved fish (pekasam) and other seafood products at an affordable price. Tanjung Dawai Jetty that always visited especially during the holiday season provides transportation to the Merdeka Beach which is a popular destination for recreational in Kedah.
PPK Merbok Floating Chalet Kedah Darul Aman
PPK Merbok Floating Chalet in Kuala Segantang Garam, Merbok. This Floating Chalet is built on plastic drums that solid and safe and equipped with safety features.Floating chalet also boasts a boat that can accommodate up to 12 people to experience down The Merbok River while enjoying the beautiful scenery. PPK Merbok Floating Chalet is very suitable for anglers, you can fish at no charge if you rent in one of the chalets or pay once at RM15 fee for an unlimited time for those who comes only to fish.
Pasar Bisik-Bisik Kuala Muda Whispering Fish Market, Kedah
Kuala Muda Whispering Fish Market is located in the Kampung Tepi Sungai, Kuala Muda and takes about 40 minutes from the Sungai Petani City. It is one of the unique selling seafood and famous in Kota Kuala Muda. Practice whispered sales is only visible in some parts of the world. Hear No Screams, Just Whispers. You will be amazed to see and hear no screams just a whisper together buyers and sellers only the highest bidder gets the goods. The market is open every day from morning until noon where a fisherman returning from sea. Marine products that are sold at low prices and guaranteed freshness.
Pulau Sayak Village
Pulau Sayak Village is located approximately 30 km from Sungai Petani. The Sayak island, which is just a few hundred meters from Kampung Pulau Sayak clearly visible the beauty of the island is still preserved. Kampung Pulau Sayak famous for its cuisine shrimp noodles, many visitors will not miss the opportunity to experience the pleasantness of Pulau Sayak’s prawn mee. Pulau Sayak Village is located just off The Kota Kuala Muda and Merdeka Beach become one of the attractions visitors to stop by to enjoy the beautiful panorama.
Tsunami Monument Kuala Muda Kedah
The Tsunami Monument was built to commemorate the tsunami tragedy which hit Kuala Muda Kedah on December 26th, 2004. This monument was built using the 26 fishermen damaged boats from that tragedy, which reflects the date of December 26th, and it was built in such a way as during the tragedy of fishing boats overlap between each other. Next to this monument, there is a fenced area that houses were destroyed due to huge waves during the tsunami struck this village. Most of the houses in the coastal namely Kampung Sungai Muda and Kampung Tepi Sungai were destroyed. Now the empty houses has become the tsunami memorial for the visitors.
There are many tourist attractions in Kedah, Malaysia. you can visit Menara Alor Setar, Bujang Valley, Kilim river cruise, Kilim geo forest park, Tasik Dayang Bunting, The Clock Tower, Pantai Merdeka, Tanjung Dawai and staying at Merbok floating chalet. You also can go to Pasar Bisik or whispering fish market, Pulau Sayak Village and finally Tsunami Monument located at Kuala Muda.
*Credit: visitkedah.com.my, www.menaraalorsetar.com.my, wikipedia.org, www.mpspk.gov.my
Kedah Tourism Malaysia
Kompleks Pelancongan Negeri Kedah
Seksyen 20, Jalan Raja
05000 Alor Setar
Kedah Darul Aman
Telephone: 04 732 8296 / 04 730 8794