Built in 1898, Balai Besar translates to Grand Audience Hall. This wooden pavilion was originally erected in 1735 by His Royal Highness Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Adilin Muazzam Shah, the 19th Sultan of Kedah. However, it was destroyed after attacks by Bugis and Siam. In 1904, during the reign of Sultan Abdul Halim Shah, the hall was restored for the wedding ceremonies of five princes and princesses. Balai Besar was also used for installation ceremonies and conferences.