Tanjung Chali

Scenic Tanjung Chali across the river

The scenic Dataran Tanjung Chali with its imposing tower as seen from the park across the river

The scenic Dataran Tanjung Chali with its imposing tower as seen from the park across the river

The beautiful park across Dataran Tanjung Chali

The beautiful park across Dataran Tanjung Chali

One of the places that I really like in Alor Setar is the scenic natural park along the Sungai Kedah (Kedah River). There are lots of huge trees and benches that offer a cool and breezy shade with a beautiful view of the Dataran Tanjung Chali (Tanjung Chali Square) right across. It’s imposing tower is a landmark.

The square is a historical site and was once used as a harbour for many boats traveling between villages along the different rivers like Sungai Kedah, Sungai Anak Bukit, and the Wan Muhammad Saman Canal, considered the longest man made canal in Malaysia, when the river system was the main access inland. It was also the main hub of trade and as a repair area.

The square is now a tourist attraction and during night time, the tower is a favorite subject of local photographers. Dataran Tanjung Chali is located at Jalan Pengkalan Kapal in Alor Setar’s Kedah River waterfront.

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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