Kangar Alwi Mosque The Perlis State Museum Royal Palace Arau
The state capital is Kangar, while Arau, 10 km
away, is the Royal town.
Kangar, The name being derived from a species of hawk named Kangkok or
Spizaetus Limnaetu is the state capital. A small and low-lying town, set
amidst a vast expanse of green padi fields that turn a golden yellow at
harvest time. Although new buildings can be seen, Kangar retains much of its
old world charm with people trading mainly in seafood, rice, sugar, mangoes
and other local fruits.
small town, with everything within walking distance, downtown Kangar is a
mixture of old and new shop-houses, The centre of Kangar is Sena Province,
dubbed as 'Uptown Sena'. The most significant landmark in Kangar is the
beautiful Masjid Alwi. Other attractions in the town include the museum and
the elegant colonial State Secretariat building and clock tower from the
1930s. The Putra Palace Hotel is the foremost among the states
The major landmark of the town is the state mosque, Masjid Alwi. Built in
1910, it is situated along Jalan Kangar in Kangar. With its beautiful
Moorish style, it used to be the State Mosque and is also known as Masjid
Kangar (Kangar Mosque). The new state mosque is presently the gold domed
mosque located in the royal capital of Arau.
The Perlis State Museum
Built towards the end of the 19th century, it was once the residence of the
Raja of Perlis, Raja Syed Salim and then the building became the official
residence of the state British Advisors. The first British Advisor, Mr.
Meadow Frost and his successors resided in the house until the Second World
War in 1941. From 1941 until 1943, the building was taken over by Japanese
Military Administration, while from 1943 until 1945, the Thai Military
Government took over the building. After Independence, the building became
the Perlis Chief Minister's official residence and later became popularly
known as Rumah Tetamu (Guest House) after it was vacated by the
Chief Minister in early 1980s.
In 1991, the building was demolished to make way for the construction of the
present State Museum, which is structurally identical to the old building.
It now displays the history of Perlis under the ruling of Siam's, British
and The Japanese and up to the present time.
Location From Kangar town, take Jalan Kolam, heading
eastward until you reach Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.
The museum is located near the junction
Arau is the royal town of Perlis. Located 10 km south of Kangar. With
clusters of fruit trees and coconut palms interspersed among quaint
residences, Arau is on the Peninsula's main railway route extending
northwards into Thailand and disembarkation point for visitors travelling on
the rail route from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi. From Arau, taxi services are
available to Kuala Perils, the take-off point by ferry to Langkawi.
Of interest here is the Istana DiRaja (Royal Palace) and the Masjid Negeri
(State Mosque) which can easily accommodate up to 7,000 people in one prayer