Alor Setar travel photography – Malaysia

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Alor Setar is a small city off the beaten track in Northern Malaysia. It is a short 30min bus journey from Kuala Kedah. Check out for a local bus branded ‘HBR Group’ which pick people up straight in front of the ferry station. It is tough to find information on the city. Asking locals for some help is your best opportunity to get around the city.

I literally did not bump into any foreigner in 2 days. Being the only tourist out there means that I was the center of attention for locals. It might have been a long time since they last saw a tourist in Alor Setar. Some locals wondering why would someone be interested in visiting such city and some of them actually excited and proud that someone shows an interest in exploring their city.

Let’s be honest, the city is not appealing nor is built for tourism. However, Alor Setar is home to two of the most beautiful mosques in Malaysia: Masjid Zahir and Masjid Al-Bukhary. In the heart of Alor Setar, Masjid Zahir was built in 1912. It is the state mosque of Kedah. Masjid Al-Bukhary was created by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary under the influence of Turkish and Iranian mosques architecture. This one is slightly out of the city center but local buses depart from the Pekan Rabu bus station.

 

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4 thoughts on “Alor Setar travel photography – Malaysia

  1. Hello my friend, your post make me remember my child hood days pen friend from this place in Kedah Darulaman. I use to hear a lot of stories from this place. Amazing pictures. I have some black and white photos from Alor Setar received between 1983 till 1992. Later my friends family left to KL and Canada. I also lost their touch and its been a long time since then. This post make my memory wide awake and i sure miss my friends and their family. I want to appreciate your post. I m smiling while i remember my old friends they were my first overseas friends and i can’t really forget the long association. Even though we never met they remain in my memory. What a wonderful days …. thank you again. Cheers.💖

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