Pekan Rabu

Where to buy cheap goods in Alor Setar

Local foodstuff that shows off the rich food heritage of Alor Setar

Local foodstuff that shows off the rich food heritage of Alor Setar

What’s great with travel is that you get to explore different cultures and heritage. In Alor Setar, after going the rounds of the temples both buddhist and muslim like Masjids Zahir and Albukhary and other cultural sites, there’s another place that is a must visit: Pekan Rabu Complex.

Literally Wednesday Market, Pekan Rabu started as a market near the docks open only on that day which was established by YTM Tunku Yaacob, a member of the royal family in Kedah, for villagers to sell their local wares. In 1932, it transferred to its present location. It is also where the former Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamed, used to sell fried bananas when he was a child.

The market complex has lots of stalls that sell almost anything Malaysian. From traditional wear, utensils, to handicrafts, metalware, Malay ingredients as well as different foodstuffs ranging from canned goods to delicacies. At the ground floor, there are several small restaurants that offer Malay cuisine.

Like any other traditional markets, if you want a good deal, haggle.

There are local handicraft products of all sizes, shapes and use

There are local handicraft products of all sizes, shapes and use

Pekan Rabu is a great place to buy cheap goods

Pekan Rabu is a great place to buy cheap goods

Pekan Rabu, literally, Wednesday Market, is actually an all week market open for visitors

Pekan Rabu, literally, Wednesday Market, is actually an all week market open for visitors

To get to the Pekan Rabu Complex, just take a taxi. Or from the back of the State Art Gallery at the center of town, walk to the tall UMNO building. The market is just opposite it.

This trip made possible by Tourism Malaysia and AirAsia Zest.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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  1. Other notable sites in Alor Setar » langyaw
    December 8, 2013 @ 14:31

    […] Malaysia’s former Prime Minister and visionary leader, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad is from Alor Setar and it is here that his birthplace, the family house has been painstakenly restored and now open to the public. The area not only preserves the old structure but the other buildings within the complex shows his memorabilia and life. He used to sell fried bananas at Pekan Rabu. […]

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