Monday, December 27, 2010

Ronda-Ronda: Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex (1st Melaka Planetarium)

Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex is one of the facilities that are provided by Melaka State Government in order to study and to explore the growth and the mystery of the universe. Melaka Mufti Department has been honored to realizing the State Government’s ambition.

Located at Kampung Balik Batu, Tanjung Bidara, Masjid Tanah, in the district of Alor Gajah, the astronomy complex is named after the great Arabic astronomer Abdullah Muhammad ibn Musa, who is also known as Al-Khawarizmi.  The complex was built at a cost of RM 20 million and equipped with an observatory, a planetarium, an astronomy training center, as well as a robotic observatory.  The training center was completed in 2007.

There were 3 main buildings in the Complex, which are the observatory, the Planetarium and the Training Centre. In the expansion of Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex, Melakan has the opportunity to study and appreciate astronomy deeper. Apart from that, new generation has the potency to bring the glory of astronomy in today’s world.

The Astronomy Day Celebration at the Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex is held during the months of April and May every year, and it is particularly popular among the main activities of the complex that attracts students and tourists alike.

A number of drills take place in the area, like the Aquatic training exercises conducted by the Civil Defense Department (JPA3) and the Fire and Rescue Services Department.  But there are plenty of other added attractions for the common beach-goers.  So this complex is not the sole attraction of the place; therefore, you can come here with the purpose of visiting the Tanjung Bidara Beach or you can visit the beach when you came to see the complex!

Please note that the place is managed by Muslim scholars, so wear modest Eastern clothes.  Strictly avoid tube shirts, short pants and mini skirts.

The complex is open daily from 9.30 am till 4.30 pm.

How to get there?
By road
From the North South Expressway (PLUS), take the Simpang Ampat Interchange and heading to Masjid Tanah town. Follow the signboard to Tanjung Bidara and will see the signage 'Kompleks Falak Al-Khawarizmi'.


1. Lodging

2. Auditorium
Capasity for 300 peoples
1 large screen display unit
1 unit white board
2 unit rostrum
1 set VIP seat
Audio video Equipment
Rental rate RM 900.00 per day  

3. Multipurpose Hall
Capacity for 200 people
1 unit screen
‘banquet’ event facilities
Exhibition activities
Rental rate RM 400.00 per day  

4. Lecture Room
Capacity for 50 – 80 people
1 unit screen
1 unit white board
Audio equipment
Rental rate RM 400.00 per day  

5. Computer Lab
Capasity for 25 people
Networked and Internet connection
1 unit screen
1 unit white board
1 unit printer
Rental rate RM 30.00 for a computer
6. Prayer Room
Capasity for 200 people
1 unit screen
Audio equipment 
7. Cafetaria
Capasity for 50 people
1 unit TV
1 unit vending machine soft drink 
8. Observation Platform
1 unit big binocular
Facilities for observation
Beautiful view of  Strait of  Melaka   
9. Exhibition Gallery 
10. Paving Parking


1. Observatory Activities 
Hilal Observation
Night Sky Observation

2. Planetarium Activities 
Planetarium Shows
3D Shows
Virtual Lab

3. Training Center
Hilal Observation
Night Sky Observation

Al-Khawarizmi Astronomy Complex
Kg. Balik Batu, Tanjung Bidara,
78300 Masjid Tanah, Malacca, Malaysia
06-384 2148 (Kompleks Falak)/ 06-284 7920 (Malacca Mufti Department)
06-385 2671/ 06-385 2672 (Kompleks Falak Al-Khawarizmi Sdn. Bhd)
06-384 2126 (Kompleks Falak) / 06-2848144 (Malacca Mufti Department )
06-385 2673 (Kompleks Falak Al-Khawarizmi Sdn. Bhd)