Baitul Anor was built by the master craftsman and builder Tuan Haji Sofian (sometimes referred to as Tukang Sofian), under the instructions of Raja Kechil Sulong Harun Al Rashid for his third wife, Raja Mentera binti Raja Sir Chulan.
Raja Nur Jannah recalled how Allahyarhamah Raja Nor Shiha binti Raja Harun Al Rashid, the mother of Raja Fauziah (Ku Diah), mentioned how Tukang Sofian built all the baituls (lit. ‘house’ in Arabic) for her father. To the people of Bukit Chandan, they would still marvel at the different designs made for each of these mansions by Tukang Sofian.
Baitul Anor was named after Raja Anor Shah, the eldest son of Raja Harun Al Rashid and Raja Mentera. One of Raja Kechil Sulong Harun Al Rashid’s younger sons, Raja Haji Amir Abdullah, was married to Raja Nor Ajam Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid, later lived at Baitul Anor. Raja Nor Ajam was the daughter of Che (Hajjah) Maheran Kulop Tholip, the third wife to Raja Bendahara Abdul Rashid. Che Maheran herself lived nearby, in a house (now demolished) almost identical to Baitul Anor.
Baitul Anor, like all the other baituls built for Raja Harun Al Rashid, include a pelamin (dais). The one at Baitul Anor seen in the above photograph has survived the ravages of time and was used at a recent family wedding in 2009.
Raja Mariam Raja Mohamed remembered the circular tembok in front of the house which seemed like “a fortress” to her as a child. She recalled the kitchen of Baitul Anor located far at the back, and it was very airy, courtesy of the house design which allowed natural ventilation.
Sadly, Baitul Anor is currently uninhabited and is located on Jalan Istana at Bukit Chandan in Kuala Kangsar.
1. Raja Nur Jannah Raja Hirdan
2. Raja Mariam Raja Mohamed