Museum dedicated to padi


The museum chronicles the evolution and development of padi.

Attraction located in capital of Malaysia’s rice bowl state

The NEXT time you see a buffalo, say “chah” if you want it to turn right and “sok” to go left.

If you want it to stop moving, simply say “diam” and to reverse course, tell it to “serot”.

A diorama depicting a buffalo in a padi field at Muzium Padi in Alor Setar, Kedah. — Photos: FARID WAHAB/The StarA diorama depicting a buffalo in a padi field at Muzium Padi in Alor Setar, Kedah. — Photos: FARID WAHAB/The Star

These commands were used by padi farmers, as revealed in a poster at Muzium Padi in Alor Setar, Kedah.

Opened in 2004, the museum chronicles the evolution and development of padi harvesting and processing.

A padi seed model at the museum’s lobby.A padi seed model at the museum’s lobby.

The building, spanning some 130,000sq ft, also houses many dioramas depicting the day-to-day routine of padi farmers.

The main attraction is the immersive theatre on the top floor, featuring an LED projection that portrays the life of farmers.

Some foodstuff made from padi displayed at the museum.Some foodstuff made from padi displayed at the museum.

Located on a revolving floor, it enables visitors to fully soak in the kampung atmosphere.

It is accessible via a 59-step staircase inside a replica cave of Gunung Keriang, which is located opposite the museum.

This 59-step staircase, which is a replica cave of Gunung Keriang, leads to the immersive theatre.This 59-step staircase, which is a replica cave of Gunung Keriang, leads to the immersive theatre.

On the ground floor, visitors will find a gift shop.

There is also a canteen outside the museum, next to the carpark.

A diorama of two women having a meal after a hard day’s work.A diorama of two women having a meal after a hard day’s work.

Muzium Padi is open daily, from 9am to 5pm, except on certain public holidays.

On Fridays, it is closed from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. Entrance is priced at RM5 (adult) and RM2 (child). ― By FARID WAHAB

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