― ∙ The Balai Besar, or the "Big Hall", was built in 1735 and was used for royal gatherings, state assemblies and others. Thai motifs were heavily implemented in the construction as to the historical political connections of the past. ∙ This hall is located in the heart of Alor Setar city. Nearby the Zahir Mosque and the Balai Nobat. Behind the Balai Besar is the downtown of Alor Setar. .