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Old August 26th, 2009, 10:02 AM   #1
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Arkitekstur alam Melayu (Malays architecture buildings and city landscape)

Hello...welcome to this thread. This thread will discuss and show pictures of buildings with Malay architecture no matter the old buildings or ultra modern buildings like somehow in Putrajaya. Beside, this thread will also shows some picture of some cities and towns that really have Malay look and landscape like Kuala Terengganu, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu and Kuala Kangsar in Malaysia, Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei, Pekanbaru and Siak Sri Inderapura in Riau Mainland, Sumatera and some other cities .
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some of the towns and cities in Malaysia that really have Malay traditional landscape:

Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

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Kota Bharu, Kelantan
(with almost 90% of its population are Malays)
- also known as Kota Bharu Islamic City- located in Kelantan, negeri serambi mekah Malaysia




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some of the towns and cities in Malaysia that really have Malay traditional landscape:

Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
(also more than 90% of its population are Malays)





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Bandar Seri Begawan (Negara Brunei Darussalam)






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Town that reflect Malay architecture and traditional look

Kuala Kangsar Bandar Diraja (Perak royal town)






Originally post by jeeshyan In Kuala Kangsar thread:
Kuala Kangsar

Comfortably cradled in a crook of Perak River, Kuala Kangsar is a well preserved old Royal Town where its serenity and its well-maintained old palaces are worth a mention.

This place must have had a strange effect on Sultan Yusuf Sharifuddin Mudzaffar Shah of Perak who ruled from 1877 to 1887. Unlike many rulers who protected their royal places and strongholds by selecting their vantage points carefully where they could detect enemy approach from afar, the Sultan had his first royal palace built beside the riverbank. He then named it 'Istana Sri Sayong'.


Istana Iskandariah, the royal palace where reigning head of state, Sultan Azlan Shah resides

Apart from being exposed to the impending threat of invasion, the other problem was the force of monsoon seasons, which led to numerous flooding as water gushed down from the jungles above through the many tributaries. The name Kuala Kangsar is believed to be derived from 'Kuala Karong-Sa', which means '99 small tributaries flowing into the Perak River'.

One flooding was so severe, it almost swept the palace away. Finally, after the Big Flood or Air Bah in 1926, it was decided to move the place further up onto the knoll where stands the current Royal Palace named Istana Iskandariah with its Art-Deco architecture, a rare but significant piece of architectural milestone in Malaysia.

Kuala Kangsar today has spread across the gentle undulating lands along the bank to accommodate the growing community but its core and historical part of town still sits quietly on the high grounds by the bend of the river. A familiar structure of a royal town, the royal palace is usually the centre of the town where subjects would later build their homes around, close to the palace. Presumably, many of the subjects that served the courts and the Sultan would have had to be nearby in any event for emergencies etc.

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Old Malay mansions left derelict, Bukit Chandon

There is still a small community living just outside palace grounds. A few old Malay mansions built in the early days are remnants of the pride and joy of the early sultanate, lay scattered around the area.

A retired school teacher, Puan Azizah lives in Bukit Chandon, a village just some walking distance from Istana Iskandariah. She tells of her childhood years when every girl entering puberty was taught the art of 'Tekat' or Embroidery. This handiwork was passed from mothers to daughters and each girl was given her first and most important assignment to display her handiwork - she was to create beautiful embroidery pieces to be worn or paraded for her own wedding ceremony as she reached the age of marital consent at 16. As tradition goes, gold thread is embroidered on velvet pieces - both of which had to be imported, even in the old days and very costly to make, hence the need for the young girl to be finicky in embroidering their pieces.

Puan Azizah proudly displays her own pieces in which she wore for her wedding day. She gleams as she talks about her first pair of lovely embroidered slippers that she had managed to salvage one day from being washed away in a flash flood. In her 70's, Puan Azizah continues to champion for this dying art and has succeeded in producing a handful of fine students although she says that it is becoming increasingly difficult to create interest in such intricate art. Although, with the current amenities, tekat is now more often machined than hand embroidered. Puan Azizah still hand embroiders many of her pieces and with that, clients have to place orders some 4-5months in advance. In the wall- to-wall glass cabinets that adorn her workroom, Puan Azizah displays her tekat pieces - embroidered onto cushion covers, wall decorations, betelnut boxes, pillowcases, hand cushions, beddings etc. Her inspiration, she quips, comes from her surroundings. She feels much peace and serenity in the environs around her home, especially by the river where she often sits in the evenings. From being as one with her surroundings she is able to create wonderful designs of local plants and flowers. Designs of Orchids and Padi stalks are popular with her clients. Many of her ready clients place orders months ahead and almost all of her sold pieces are used in wedding ceremonies. Puan Azizah has passed on her expertise to her daughter as her own mother has done and she hopes that her students will continue the traditions of tekat. After all, this embroidery is unique to Perak and represents the state as a strong Malay art and tradition.

Sultan Azlan Shah Museum


Further down the road from the Royal Palace(Istana Iskandariah) is an older Palace called Istana Hulu built in 1903. Inspired by Victorian architecture, this palace until some 5years or so ago, housed the 'Raja Perempuan Mazwin School' (Mazwin School for Ladies) . A most apt building for a school - A sprawling, somewhat sobering building. One can just picture a solemn school matron, dressed in black, being right at home here - with her disciplining girls in the courtyard for most trivial matters like running in corridors, or being caught whispering in their mother tongue, or for reading romance novels in school. But then the Girls' school moved out and left the palace abandoned until recently. The almost completed restoration work will soon transform the palace into a state muzium called the 'Sultan Azlan Shah Museum'. In it you will be able to find some of Puan Azizah's tekat embroidery displayed proudly.

The Oldest Rubber Trees


Just outside the gates of the museum is a lonely tree. Not a big 'WOW' but a significant tree that changed the course of Malaysia's economy in the early 1900's. This is a rubber tree and one of two of the oldest rubber trees in Peninsula that have survived the years. Sir Hugh Low, the British Resident of Perak of that time, encouraged the growth of rubber trees as the car industry expanded rapidly in the west. Soon jungles were converted into plantations, and many areas that were once virgin forests were open for commercial use. Hugh Low planted a number of rubber trees in his garden in Kuala Kangsar. Another old rubber tree from those experimental days stands by the district office in town at the intersection of Jalan Raja Chulan and Jalan Tun Abdul Razak. However, the trees don't look too well, perhaps having been hemmed in by the expansion of roads and tarring of the ground around it.

The Ubudiah Mosque


In the old part of Kuala Kangsar however, the roads are narrow and pleasant and great for a stroll as it winds round the grassy knoll. One of the more dominant architecture during the colonial era in the area is the Ubudiah Mosque. Sultan Idris, (1887 - 1916) the ruler then and a close friend of the British resident, Sir Hugh Low, laid the foundation of the mosque in 1913. Unfortunately, the mosque's completion was delayed due to World War 1 and an incident that involved a couple of royal elephants who ran amok in the grounds, ruining the especially imported Italian marbled floor. Sultan Idris' successor, Sultan Abdul Jalil officiated this Moorish-styled mosque for it was only completed a year after his death. Beside the mosque is the royal mausoleum, the resting place of Perak rulers since the mid-18th century.

Istana Kenangan


Just a short walk from the mosque is another palace, one that truly represents traditional Malay architecture. Also known as Istana Lembah or Istana Tepas, this palace is home to the Royal Museum of Perak for the moment and is open to public everyday from 9.30am - 5.00pm. Fridays closed from 12.15pm - 2.45pm for prayers.

It was planned and built in 1926 after the great floods of 1926. Shaped like a sword, the entire palace was built without a blueprint and not a single nail was used. The walls are made of woven sliced bamboo, and patterned in diamond motifs called the 'kelarai'. The roof is in the shape of the 5 ridges of a traditional Malay house and the ridge of a row of bananas - known as 'perabung 5 and perabung pisang sesikat'. The palace was completed in 1931 and set up as a temporary residence for Sultan Iskandar Shah (1918 - 1938, the 30th Sultan of Perak) while the original royal palace or istana negara was being torn down for the new Istana Iskandariah.

Malay College


Another institution of significance, which has put Kuala Kangsar on the map, is the renowned 'Malay College'. Opened in 1905, Malay College was the training grounds for hundreds of boys from royal and aristocratic families. Sultan Idris who ruled from 1887 to 1916 took a keen interest in education and he was instrumental in the development of the college that provided boys with British public school education, preparing them with a career path in the Malay Admistrative Service. Not unlike schools like Eton and Harrow in England, these schools create strong bonding amongst the boys also known as the 'old boys' network' which continues way past graduation. For this, the college also acquired another name among the Malays - Bab ud-Darajat or the 'Gateway to high ranking'!

The Malay College remains a centre of academic excellence.

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Town that reflect Malay architecture and traditional look

Kuala Kangsar the royal town

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Excellent thread. very informative.





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Our big father Mr Lee Kuan Yew has complimented KB during his recent visit to the state..and Sg investors will be bring in to invest in Kelantan...selamat hari Merdeka Malaysia and selamat puasa to all moslem in Malaysia
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Malay traditional architecture

This is the example of Malay traditional architecture;

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Melaka Sultanate Palace
this wooden palace is built based on the description of what the Melaka Palace is like from "Malay History".

Muzium Kebudayaan (Cultural Museum) was inaugurated in March 1954 by the then Resident Commissioner of Melaka, G.E.C. Wisdom, C.M.G., in a Dutch house built around 1660. The museum was later moved to the Stadhuys in 1982 before it was finally moved into its own complex in the late 1980's.

The RM2.5 million museum was officially opened to the public on July 17, 1986 by Malaysia's Prime Minister Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Currently, the museum houses about 1,350 items in the form of artefacts, prints, photographs and drawings which represent the history and cultural heritage of the Malay Sultanate of Melaka and the various communities, which came to settle in Melaka during that period.

The three-storey building is divided into eight chambers and three galleries including chambers of the Royal band, weaponry, decorative arts, emissaries and gifts, a recreation hall, an audience hall and an Islamic hall.

The galleries depict the famous clash between the legendary warriors Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat, traditional costumes and the royal bedchamber. Exhibits include prints and photographs of the Melaka Sultanate, a model of the Sultan Mansur Shah Palace, Malay weapons, Malay traditional wedding dress, jewelleries and brassware.

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Architecture - Terengganu



Terengganu State Museum
The Terengganu State Museum’s building is an artifact in its own right. The overall build-up consists of the Main Museum, a Maritime Museum, a Fisheries Museum, botanical and herb gardens, and four houses built in the traditional Terengganu style.

To further emphasise the cultural flavour of the state, the Main Museum is built on 16 stilts. The four main blocks are joined to form a large network of buildings housing 11 galleries.

This museum was launched by the late Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, on April 20, 1996. Within its walls are historical remnants, nature, art, Islamic artifacts, textiles and more.

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Terengganu Museum comes with Malay and Thai influences and is located in Bukit Lesong

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Architecture - Kelantan



Traditional big house from Kelantan
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I think this is the real house own by ordinary people
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Our big father Mr Lee Kuan Yew has complimented KB during his recent visit to the state..and Sg investors will be bring in to invest in Kelantan...selamat hari Merdeka Malaysia and selamat puasa to all moslem in Malaysia
Heard about this before Thanks and happy belated national day for all singoporean also. Salam Ramadhan
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@ zizan; which thread did u get all the post. Look like I'm never found that thread
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this thread gets better and better.





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Malay architecture in Southern Thailand

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Wadialhusen Mosque, Talomano village, Bacho Distrct, Narathiwat
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Riau, Indonesia
land of malay traditon

Idrus Tintin Building


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Palace of Siak (sultan syarif qasim palace)




Selaso Jatuh Kembar Houses (Riau traditional house)

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OMG... nice pict and nice tread...
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