Historical Past Of The State Of Kedah
Langkawi Crafts And Museums
Masjid Zahir State Mosque
Unsurprisingly considering its historic past dating back 1500 years Kedah is blessed with many museums and galleries to keep the most ardent follower of Kedah arts enthralled with wonder.
As always a good place to start is the State Museum in Alor Star, it exhibits a large collection of Kedah arts, historical, cultural and royal heritage.
Kedah history buffs will be pleased to know that archeological artifacts and other relics that were excavated from Lembah Bujung are on display at the Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum. It is also possible to view the excavation site and guided tours can be booked by appointment.
A visit to Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's birth place in Alor Star will give you a different perspective on one of Malaysias' most prominent former prime ministers as the building has been lovingly restored and is now designated an historical building of importance displaying many interesting items.
Another popular destination for tourists is the Istana Anak Bukit which is the present-day palace of the Sultan of Kedah, but beware as the palace grounds are only open for visitors at the weekends.
Located at the picturesque Teluk Yu in Mukim Boh is the Langkawi Craft Complex that showcases many artistic local products such as batik painting, wood carvings, plaiting and weaving.
At the Atma Alam Batik Art Village in Langkawi you can create your own batik design on silk or cotton, it is also a popular gallery and crafts centre.
The Ibrahim Hussein Museum and Cultural Foundation is located near to Datai Bay in Langkawi and houses many worthy pieces by Ibrahim and various other artists.
Kedah also rather befittingly hosts the rice museum on Langkawi island where exhibits include rice planting tools, charts, photographs and various related artifacts. Visitors have the chance to participate in padi planting activities made available throughout the appropriate season.
The Galeria Perdana is a unique and interesting gallery built to display gifts that were awarded to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad from world leaders and various Malaysian dignitaries during his tenure as prime minister.
It would be impossible to leave Kedah without first witnessing the State Mosque in Alor Star. The Masjid Zahir may not be the biggest in Malaysia, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in architectural splendour.
Masjid Zahir State Mosque Photos Courtesy Of Sham Hardy
It also houses archeological artefacts found in the Bujung Valley and a magnificent Gold Tree manufactured as a tribute to the Siamese.
The Kedah state museum is also a research centre for the historical past of the state of Kedah.
I would even go as far to say that it has to be a contender for the most beautiful and picturesque mosque I have seen in Malaysia.
There is also a demonstration centre where skilled craftsmen will display how all the hand made arts and crafts products are manufactured.
The former, and probably most famous Malaysian prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad was born in Alor Star in 1925. During his tenure holding the reins of the country he inspired many island developments helping Langkawi become the international tourist destination it is today.