Places of Worship
Kedah’s state mosque, Zahir Mosque was officiated in 15 October 1915 by the late HRH Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah. Built in 1912 on the initiative of Tunku Mahmud Ibni Almarhum Sultan Tajuddin Mukarram Shah, Zahir Mosque was constructed on the gravesite of the state’s warriors who had fallen during a battle with Siamese intruders in 1821.
Besides being a major landmark in Kedah and one of the country’s grandest and oldest mosques, Zahir Mosque is regularly voted as one of the top ten most beautiful mosques in the world. The mosques has five striking black domes where a huge dome surrounded by four smaller domes symbolizing the five pillars of Islam. Its Moorish architectural style was greatly inspired by the Azizi mosque in Langkat, North Sumatera.
Zahir Mosque also goes by the names ‘Zahrah Mosque’ and ‘Royal Mosque’ as it stands within the grounds of Istana Pelamin.
Bandar Alor Setar, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah.
The beautiful Al-Bukhary Mosque on its exterior and interior was inspired by Islamic architecture from Turkey and Iran. The mosque has seven top-shaped blue domes with the main one featuring intricate Arabesque motifs, reminiscent of Uzbek madrasas in Samarkand. The five-layered main archway represents the five pillars of Islam.
Within its beautiful compound, there is a stunning reflecting pool featuring Arabesque motifs before its main entrance. Covering an area of 4.96 acres, the Mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshipers at one time.
Located along Jalan Langgar in Alor Setar, Al-Bukhary Mosque was financed by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary. The mosque is part of the Al-Bukhary Complex, a sprawling complex housing a multitude of public facilities such as a medical centre, a community centre, an old folks’ academy, an orphanage and a learning centre. Adjacent to the complex is another Al-Bukhary Foundation’s project and a major shopping attraction, the Souq Al-Bukhary.
Located along Jalan Pegawai, Al-Ghufran Mosque is another beautiful landmark in Alor Setar which was also financed by Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary. The mosque’s design concept was inspired by Middle Eastern mosques where its central dome is decorated with exquisite floral Arabesque motifs and surrounded by four smaller domes at each corner. The main difference between Al-Ghufran Mosque and Al-Bukhary Mosque is the position of their minarets. The former’s minaret stands separated from the main building at one side instead of incorporated into the design of the main building.
Wat Nikrodharam Temple 尼可罗塔南佛寺
Situated in between Jalan Telok Wanjah and Jalan Stadium, which is close to the Alor Setar’s primary roundabout, Wat Nikrodharam Temple has two gates with beautiful carvings which portray an extraordinary “flamboyant” shapes that make the temple a shining look.
The design of the temple was inspired by a combination of Thai and Chinese architectural styles.
This majestic temple is revered as being the primary Buddhist house of worship in Kedah’s state capital, hosting the city’s most auspicious day on Wesak celebration. Once every year on Wesak Day, which falls on a full-moon day in the month of May, the temple is packed with stream of devotees making their annual pilgrimage to pray and wish for good tidings, and give thanks and offerings to the gods. There are also temporary food stalls set up within the temple compound in the midst of the festive celebration.
Wat Nikrodharam Temple
Telok Wanjah, Jalan Stadium, 05200 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Tel: 604-731 1624
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