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A Visit to The Paddy Museum

On my last trip to Alor Star visiting my grandparents, I made a quick detour to visit one of the spots in Kedah’s Tourism Map which is the unique Muzium Padi or Paddy Museum. Being the ‘negeri jelapang padi’ or Rice Bowl State of Malaysia, it makes sense for Kedah to have a tourist site related to Paddy.

It’s located near Gunung Keriang, another Kedah’s tourist attraction. Driving to the museum is easy as there is no heavy traffic and road signs (the normal brown colour for tourist sites) are all over the main roads.

You can’t miss the building thanks to its unique architecture; where else can you find a spaceship-looking building in the middle of paddy fields and kampong houses?

Welcome to Muzium Padi Kedah Darul Aman. Entry fee is quite cheap, RM3 for adults. Cameras are allowed for a fee of RM1; good move I have to say as many museums in Malaysia still forbid cameras.

The displays are quite interesting if you never know anything about paddy.

Various paddy related equipment

Basikal Tua

Fish trap; a common item that provides supplementary income to paddy field owners.

The end product

The highlight of the museum must be the rotating viewing deck and display murals. Through beautiful murals, the art work of 60 artists from North Korea, the history of paddy cultivation in Malaysia is revealed.

It gives you 360 degrees (literally) view of the paddy seasons; its process and link with Mother Nature.

Feel free to spend hours admiring this beautiful art piece. No one will chase you away. A whole round will take about 15-20 minutes. The murals in my opinion are so real and adorable.

Some of the exhibits have shown signs of aging and I hope necessary maintenance actions can be taken to make sure this museum remains attractive.

Another disappointment would be the unavailability of outdoor area where you can actually see the real paddy. It’s a paddy museum without the real paddy!

Paddy Museum is worth a visit if you’re in Alor Star, it’s an educational place with some fun and cool elements in it so it’s suitable for all members of the family.

I even picked up a nice pick-up line pantun,

Tuailah Padi sementara masak,
Jangan nantikan layu-layuan,
Intailah kami sementara nampak,
Esok jangan rindu-rinduan;


  1. Butterfly92 March 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

    bro, my first time knowing about dis museum….

    new building or what? otherwise the state tourism are not doing their job well!!

  2. Lorraine March 6, 2010 at 12:25 am

    The museum looks very well-kept and interesting. Its too bad schools don’t organize trips to such places.

  3. Butterfly92 March 7, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    True, most schools including mine are crazy about KLCC, PEtrosains, bla bla… why not remote places like this! maybe because the accompanying teachers just care about shopping!

  4. fros March 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    i will definitely visit the museum in may 2010. i just hope it easy to travel for local tourist.

  5. aiza March 9, 2010 at 5:33 pm


    bn to this place last january… indeed the art pieces were beautifully done… maybe this place needs more publicity to pull the crowd…

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  7. aninie April 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    lagi best kalau ade lintah dgn pacat, baru real.

  8. Ben December 26, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for the info man!really interesting…it’s a must go for me

  9. link October 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Posted it on Google+!

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