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Balai Nobat Pavilion description and photos - Malaysia: Alor Setar. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Balai Nobat.
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The Balai-Nobat pavilion was built in 1906. The pavilion is built in the shape of an octagonal tower topped with a beautiful onion-shaped dome.
The Balai-Nobat pavilion contains musical instruments of the royal orchestra (in Malay, the royal orchestra - "nobat"), mainly percussion, but there is also a flute and trumpets. And what is most interesting, the name of the pavilion in translation from Malay means “the repository of musical instruments of the Royal Orchestra”. The drums for the orchestra are said to have been donated by the Sultan of Malacca back in the 15th century.
The Balai-Nobat Royal Instrument Storage was built in 1735, although there is information that the original building was built between 1854 and 1879 and consisted of 5 floors. In 1906 there was a reconstruction, after which the building has 3 floors. Today the building is 18 meters high and the outer walls of the tower are painted white and yellow. The pavilion is crowned with a large and beautiful dome.
Basically, there are two types of orchestras in Malaysia: gamelan and nobat. The homeland of gamelan is Indonesia, the music is performed rhythmically on strings and gongs. Nobat is a royal orchestra, its music is more solemn, as the orchestra plays at the court of the Sultan. The instruments include drums (three), flutes, gongs. The leading part is led by a serunai flute.
The pavilion is very easy to find, it is located opposite the Zahir Mosque, another famous landmark of Alor Setar. Unfortunately, public access to the pavilion is prohibited. But instruments are taken out, however, only on special occasions, such as, for example, a royal wedding,
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