Muzium Diraja Kedah


Now a museum, these connected structures with creaking wooden floorboards formerly served as the royal palace for the sultan and other members of the family from 1856. Among the royal paraphernalia on display is memorabilia from the historic joint wedding in 1904 of the five children (two princes and three princesses) of the 26th sultan of Kedah – the festivities lasted 90 days.

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1. State Art Gallery

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2. Balai Besar

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This open-sided structure was built in 1896 and is still used by the sultan of Kedah for royal and state ceremonies, though it is not open to the public…

3. Masjid Zahir

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4. Balai Nobat

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5. Clock Tower

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This clock tower was erected in the early 1900s so that the muezzin at the neighbouring mosque would know when to call the faithful to prayer.

6. Galeri Sultan Abdul Halim

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The former High Court, erected in 1922, is today a museum dedicated to Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, twice Malaysia’s head of state, the Yang Di Pertuan…

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8. Mahathir’s Birthplace

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