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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Zahir Mosque


One of Kedah's most distinctive architectural landmarks, Masjid Zahir or Zahir Mosque stands as an elegant example of Malay- Islamic architecture. 

Built in 1912, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country. The design was inspired by the vision of the late Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II. Its five large, black domes symbolise the Five Pillars of Islam.

Located in central Alor Setar, it is the official mosque for the state as well as the main mosque for local Muslims and the venue for the annual Koran reading competition. 

It is also the burial site of Kedah warriors who died while defending the state from the Siamese in 1821.

Getting Here 

By Car 
From Kuala Lumpur, take the North-South Expressway (PLUS), heading north towards Kedah and take the Alor Setar Selatan exit (Interchange 177) into Alor Setar which is about 4km from this exit. 

By Train 
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) runs regular train services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar in Kedah. For further details, please contact KTMB at +603-2274 7435 or visit

Who To Contact 
Tourism Malaysia Kedah Office 
Phone: +604-731 2322/ 730 1322


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