Balai Nobat

Historic Building in Alor Setar

Built in 1906, this is a striking octagonal tower topped by an onion-shaped dome. It’s the repository of the nobat (royal orchestra), principally composed of percussion instruments; the drums in this orchestra are said to have been a gift from the sultan of Melaka in the 15th century. It isn’t open to the public, and the instruments are brought out only on ceremonial occasions such as royal weddings.