Perlis Travels: Al Hussain Mosque + Hai Thien Seafood, Kuala Perlis

It ‘s easy to see why Masjid Al Hussain in Kuala Perlis is often called the most beautiful mosque in Malaysia. Like the state of Perlis itself, the mosque may be small in size but is stunning in its beauty and unique architecture.

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The mosque combines traditional Islamic design such as geometric patterns and floral motifs with modern touches. Perched on stilts looking out to sea, it is also called the ‘Floating Mosque’ because during high tide, it looks as it the building is floating on the water’s surface. Unfortunately during our visit, it was low tide – but the sight of it in the sunset was already lovely enough as it is.

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What I found special about the mosque was its colourful stained glass windows, which I’ve only seen in churches before but not a mosque. Instead of painted walls, the walls are embedded with corals, granite, marble, pebbles and quartz. The minarets are lit up at night with different colours to signal a different prayer time and can be seen from miles around.

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After donning robes, we ventured inside. There was a beautiful blue, white and gold dome surrounded by a star pattern; each corner engraved with the five precepts of Islam in different languages. The carpeted floor had a similar colour scheme of blue and gold.

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Stained glass windows with geometric patterns.

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View from the other side of the mosque.

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After our short visit, we made our way to Hai Thien Seafood just down the road. This is one of the most popular spots in Perlis to have fresh, tasty Chinese-style seafood. Since the establishment is halal, you’ll find people of all races dining here! 🙂

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Our hosts did all the ordering. My favourite was the soft shell crab – lightly battered, crispy on the outside, sweet and flavourful on the inside.

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Other dishes that we had: fried rice with chicken, steamed fish, salad shrimp and stir fried mihun (vermicilli noodle). Loved the salad shrimp which was served with fruit and a sweet creamy sauce, only qualm was that there wasn’t enough to go around.

HAI THIEN SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

02000 Kuala Perlis, Perlis

The jetty at Kuala Perlis is a good place to enjoy the sunset, take in some beautiful sights and wrap the night up with a scrumptious seafood meal. Definitely a must visit if you’re in Perlis! 🙂

 

Perlis’ Hidden Gem: Jambatan Tuanku Syed Putra, Kuala Perlis

We live in a glorious age, where information is readily available through this thing called Google.

So I was stumped when I couldn’t find ANY info about this place that I went to in Kuala Perlis…apart from a few photos.

No location, no how-to-get-there, no ‘history of bridge’… nothing. That’s when I knew that it’s truly one of those spots that nobody but the locals know about. Ladies and gents: Jambatan Tuanku Syed Putra. 

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Named after the late king (father of the current Raja) the bridge can be accessed via a side road. It spans across the river mouth of Kuala Perlis, connecting one side of the bank to the other.

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First impression: This is a steep-ass bridge.

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You reach the top and there’s a platform where you can chill and take in the sights after the climb.

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Both sides of the river bank were lined with fishing boats. Most were already docked for the night. Our guide mentioned that you can see the hills of Langkawi on one side and Thailand on the other, although I got confused as to which side was which. I think this was the Langkawi side (?)

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Evening is the best time to come: lovely sunset!

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This is a hidden gem that you should try and locate, especially if you’re heading to the Masjid Al Hussain near the seaside area. As mentioned in a previous post, you can’t Google or Waze your way to the exact spot, so the best way to get there is to google Pasaraya Seri Utama Kuala Perlis and ask locals for directions.