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Where in the world: Asia  /  Malaysia  /  Kedah  /  Kota Setar District  /  Alor Setar

Top 15 things to do in Alor Setar

1. Zahir Mosque

The Zahir Mosque (Malay: Masjid Zahir) is a mosque in Alor Setar, Kota Setar, Kedah, Malaysia, and the state mosque of the state of Kedah. The Zahir Mosque is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia, having been built in 1912. The Zahir Mosque is the world's fourth most beautiful mosque after Nabawi Mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Aman Central


Aman Central is ideally located in the heart of Alor Setar city along the bustling Lebuhraya Darulaman. The site is strategically positioned fronting the iconic Alor Setar Tower and is easily accessible via Jalan Tambang Badak and Jalan Teluk Wanjah intersection.

A vibrant pedestrian walkway that will be transformed into an exciting rendezvous setting with restaurants and open-air cafes.


Situated on 7.03 acres of prime real estate in Alor Setar, Kedah; Aman Central will be the largest and hottest lifestyle destination in the region of northern Peninsular Malaysia. It has a total built-up area of 2 million sq. ft and a nett lettable area of 800,000 sq. ft. spread over 6 levels with approximately 330 retail lots with more than 1,700 parking bays.

A feast of thrills and excitement awaits as it unveils itself with an appealing mix of shops, 10-screen cinema, 30-lane bowling alley, eateries and services that will elevate shopping and dining experiences to a new level while forging unrivalled opportunities for its retailers.

Aman Central’s single entity ownership structure and its professional management with experiences in running other thriving shopping malls within the region offer a more attractive retail environment for shoppers and retailers not found anywhere in Alor Setar. The much-anticipated Aman Central will certainly help elevate and strengthen Alor Setar’s status as a city of leisure and excitement.


Branded as a regional hotspot ‘where everything comes together’ Aman Central can be the ideal getaway for the entire family in search of a respite from the hectic pace of everyday life, an exciting foray into retail therapy or simply just to a great place hang out with friends. Aman Central is the iconic shopping mall that will redefine the retailscape not only of Alor Setar but also the entire northern region of Malaysia.

From shopping to dining, entertainment, health and wellness Aman Central will offer a total lifestyle experience to suit everyone. It will be the definitive landmark for retail and lifestyle indulgence – a place where shoppers will enjoy and retailers will flourish.


Aman Central is destined to be the retail magnet for the Northern region. The mall will also debut many internationally and locally established brands. These brands will serve as a destination in their own right attracting their own unique customers to the mall.

Aman Central will be a mall where shoppers will truly appreciate.


Experience entertainment like never before.

With a whole level dedicated entirely for entertainment, Aman Central will consistently attract a large number of visitors. The mall will create a lifestyle shift for the population in the Northern region with the biggest cineplex, the largest bowling alley, impressive family-oriented karaoke and amusement centres, a fitness centre along with many mind blowing thrills. The mall is a place for the whole family where one can mix activities and experiences with shopping.


The catchment for Aman Central is made up of Alor Setar’s city dwellers, the people living within the state boundaries such as Sungai Petani, Jitra, Kepala Batas and other surrounding areas. The mall is also expected to attract customers from other parts of the northern region including Kangar, all the way up to the south of Thailand.

It is estimated that a total of 4 million people will be part of Aman Central’s strong shopper catchment, assuring its success as a regional mall with the greatest market potential.


Embark on a culinary journey that will intrigue and titillate your taste buds. Aman Central will have a full selection of fine dining, alfresco dining, cafes, a multi-cuisine food court and take-home food kiosks that are innovatively designed to present a myriad of local and international flavours.

Plus grocery shopping at Aman Central will be an experience to take pleasure in. A large scale supermarket with the freshest produce and a wide selection household products located at LG level, directly connected to the car park will let you shop at ease.

If you love food and fancy variety, Aman Central is the place to be.


Aman Central is a picturesque of contemporary sophistication distinctly combined to showcase an architectural landmark.

The distinctive architecture and design will feature an exceptionally spacious environment with natural lighting and wide-open spaces. It will provide customers with greater opportunities of shopping pleasure.


Experience outdoor dining or savour a cup of gourmet coffee while enjoying the Aman Walk streetscape. The Al Fresco precinct lined with trendy cafés and casual eateries with its direct connection to the Entertainment Zone is the perfect place to hang-out.

It provides something to satisfy every craving before one sets out for the fun and thrills Aman Central offers.


Aman Central is fully owned and professionally managed with a strategic retail format that will bring many ‘firsts’. Well-established retail brands are being introduced for the first time ever to the region, bringing together a diverse and fresh palette of retail, health, beauty, dining and entertainment pleasures all in one venue. Whether one is in pursuit of the latest fashion trends or simply choose to enjoy a movie with the family, the mall has the right retail mix to meet the needs of the most discerning shoppers.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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3. Kedah Paddy Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Alor Setar Tower

Alor Setar Tower (Malay: Menara Alor Setar), also known as Kedah Tower is a 4-story, 165.5-meter-tall telecommunication tower in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia, It is Malaysia's third tallest tower, the second tallest structure in the state behind MAHA Tower in Kuah, and the tallest structure in the city.
Apart from serving the role of a telecommunication tower, it also caters as a tourist destination for the town. The tower also houses some restaurants and a souvenir shop. The tower is an observatory tower to look for the crescent moon to mark the beginning of Muslim months such as Ramadhan, Shawwal, and Zulhijjah, to celebrate Ramadhan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha, respectively.

The observation deck is at a height of 88 m (289 ft) from the base of the structure.

Also, the open deck or skydeck is at a height of 105 m (344 ft) and the antenna tower is with the height of 40 m (130 ft).
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Rumah Kelahiran Mahathir

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Al-Bukhary Mosque

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Kedah Royal Museum

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Wat Nikrodharam

Chief Abbot: พระนิโครธรรมธาดา / Ven.phranikhroddhammathada Alor Setar's most imposing and significant Siamese temple is non other than the well-known, Wat Nikrodharam. Situated in between Jalan Telok Wanjah and Jalan Stadium, which is close to the city's primary roundabout.

As with most of Malaysia’s northern states, Chinese form the majority of the Buddhist community in Alor Star, while local Thais and Indians make up the remainder of the population.

Hence, not suprisingly that the construction of the temple are blended between Chinese and Thai architectural styles. The temple was built in 1968 and has two gates with beautiful carvings which portray an extraordinary "flamboyant" shapes that make the temple a shining look.

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.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Pekan Rabu Complex

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Rumah Merdeka

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Taman Jubli Emas

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Little India - Penang, Penang

Little India (Tamil: குட்டி இந்தியா) is an ethnic Indian enclave located in the city of George Town, Penang. The oldest Hindu temple in Penang, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is located here.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Kedah State Museum

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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15. Pusat Sains

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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