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Pasar Payang

Pasar Payang
Introduction:

Central Market or more commonly known as Pasar Payang by the locals is no less than an interesting place to visit. Its strategic location just by the Terengganu river near Chinatown and Syahbandar jetty makes it one of the main tourist attraction, not only for shopping but also to have a taste of life in KT.

You can practically find anything at this double storey market that sells almost all kind of goods, ranging from poultry to sea products, cooking utensils to bed sheet! You name it, they have it.

The lower level of this double storey building is a wet market. You can find vegetables, fruits, fresh seafood or preserved sea products such as ikan bilis in all sizes, salted fish, dried cuttlefish and even turtle eggs :O They even have local delicacies like kuih muih, serunding and keropok lekor near the entrance. Not to forget, dried keropok or crackers made from fish and prawns that are yet to be fried.

The upper level sells mostly souvenirs, accessories, clothing, batik, rattan weaving products, wood cravings and songket.

Terengganu State Museum

Terengganu State Museum
Introduction:

Terengganu State Museum is located at the state of Terengganu, east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Not far from the city center, it's approximately 6 m away. It took up an area of 27 hectares, and is the largest museum in Malaysia.

It was officially open on April, 20 1996 by late Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafbillah Shah, the Sultan of Terengganu. The main museum comprises of 4 blocks of big buildings and there are 5 traditional real houses located at the back of the main museum compound. Maritime Museum is also located within the vicinity, within walking distance from the main area.
The museum itself is an amazing artifact, build based on the ancient Terengganu design and architectures. Within the complex there are many galleries showcasing different items such as textiles, Islamic artifacts, history artifacts, comtempory arts, weapons, fisheries and a lot more. It also housed the 'Batu Bersurat' which signifies the acceptance of Islamic teaching in Terengganu and eventually the Malay Peninsula.

Taman Tamadun Islam

Taman Tamadun Islam
Introduction:

Islamic Civilization Park is located in a small island, off of east coast of Terengganu. The prime attraction of Wan Man Island is this theme park and it attracts millions of visitors to this unique interactive theme park featuring the Islamic teaching since it was opened in February 2008.

It took up 22 hectares of land area in total, with an additional 8.4 hectare of reclaimed land for future development

This unique theme park is a way to demonstrate the achievement of Islamic architecture. Besides, it provides an interactive journey of many famous Islamic monuments, including Taj Mahal of India, Al-Hambra Citadel of Spain and 3 others interactive monument. These 5 interactive monuments are among the other 21 mini replica monuments found in the Islamic Civilization Complex, separated from the Public Zone. Public zone houses the most impressive icon of the theme park, which is the Crystal Mosque.

Sekayu Waterfall

Sekayu Waterfall
Introduction:

The sight of water gushing and failing from a high altitude and the sound of rushing water is a very pleasurable experience.

A favourite retreat for visitors and locals alike, the Sekayu Waterfalls with its seven cascades are surrounded by its natural landscape of lush jungle-clad hills, a fruit orchard, a mini zoo, a bird park, a flower garden and countless species of flora and fauna.

Various facilities such as shelters, changing rooms, chalets and a resthouse have also been provided for the visitors' convenience. Located within the Sekayu Recreational Forest in Kuala Berang, it is only a 56 km drive from Kuala Terengganu, and about 45 minutes drive through unspoiled country scenery. There is a minimal charge of RM1.00 for each entry into the recreational forest.

Masjid Zainal Abidin

Masjid Zainal Abidin
Introduction:

The mosque, also known as the White Mosque or the Big Mosque, was built by Sultan Zainal Abidin II between 1793 and 1808 but has been renovated and extended after that.

Masjid Abidin is Terengganu's old state royal mosque built by Sultan Zainal Abidin II between 1793 and 1808. The mosque, which is also known as the White Mosque or the Big Mosque, is located in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. The old Royal Mausoleum is situated near the mosque.


During the reign of Sultan Umar, the mosque was replaced with one made out of bricks. Tengku Panglima Besar later extended it with three round pillars and three minarets. The mosque underwent renovation recently, in order to accommodate about 2,500 people in a single prayer session. Carved on the mosque’s entrance doors and grills are several calligraphic carvings of verses from the Quran, prayers and arabesques.

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah
Introduction:

The Floating Mosque or Tengku Tengah Zaharah is the first real floating mosque in Malaysia. It is situated in Kuala Ibai Lagoon near the estuary of Kuala Ibai River, 4 km from Kuala Terengganu Town.

Construction began in 1993 and finished in 1995. The mosque was officially opened in July 1995 by Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah, the late Sultan of Terengganu.

The mosque combines modern and Moorish architecture; incorporating the use of marble, ceramics, mosaic works and bomanite paving. The white structure of the mosque covers an area of roughly 5 acres and can accommodate up to 2000 attendees at a time.

Kenyir Lake

Kenyir Lake
Introduction:

Lake Kenyir is an artificial lake located at the state of Terengganu. It was created for damming the Kenyir River to power the Sultan Mahmud Power Station in 1985. It is believed to be the largest man-made lake in South East Asia, and some think is the largest in the world.

The lake covers a good 260km2 and has more than 300 small islands, more than 14 waterfalls and many rivers. The water level is the highest in March, hence that will be the best time to visit.

With a catchment area of 38,000 hectare, no wonder it's a fishing heaven, with more than 300 species of fresh water fish including Kelisa (Green Arowana), Toman (Snakehead) and Kawan (Friendly barb). There are many people spending their weekend at the quiet lake of Kenyir, fishing and enjoying the serenity. The best time for fishing is n August where the water level is the lowest. Besides fishing, some cave enthusiastic also popped by to explore the caves around, namely Bewah Cave and Taat Cave. Although Lake Kenyir is an artificial lake, but with its rich marine life and lush flora and fauna around, it has been developed for eco-tourism. Many activities can be carried out here including jungle tracking, canoeing, kayaking and water rafting. There are many resorts around its shore, overlooking the wide calm lake.

Chinatown

Chinatown
Introduction:

Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu is first established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century. It was once a hub for commercial activities that help shaped Kuala Terengganu into what it is today. The Chinese built the traditionally designed shop houses according to their place of origin in Mainland China.

The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nation’s UNESCO under its World Monument Watch Programme to ensure beautification and preservation of this pre-colonial heritage significant. The Chinese have been living harmoniously with the majority Malays in the state.

They blend with the local culture and heritage, speak fluent local dialect and share the likings of traditional delicacies while retaining their identity. Souvenir shops, restaurants, electronic and grocery shops lined the colourful buildings. It is also home to two grand temple or toapekongs, the Ho Ann Kiong and the Tien Hou Kong.

Visits to Kg. China are a must when you are in Kuala Terengganu. Try spending time walking along the streets. Feel the atmosphere, the distant chatter that fills the air with pungent smell of spices and appreciates the colourful and eclectic architecture with each motif articulates the houseowner’s hopes for longevity, abundance, good luck and offspring.

Traditional Boat Making

Traditional Boat Making
Introduction:

Pulau Duyong or Mermaid Island are consist of Pulau Duyong Besar (big) and Pulau Duyong Kecil (small). They are actually not really an island instead both are two peninsular that extends from the mainland and river towards the sea. Pulau Duyong Besar is the home of the most famous master boat makers and the oldest traditional boat making in Malaysia and is already an international tourist destination.Pulau Duyong which is only a few hectares big sits between The Sultan Mahmud Bridge and Kuala Sungai Terengganu making it easily accessible by road or river.Traditional Boat Making Terengganu's world-famous traditional boat makers in Duyong Island are known to build row boats, deep-sea fishing boats and luxury yachts from memory and experience, and without blueprints and nails! Visitors can stroll from one workshop to another to see the craftsmen at work. The island is easily accessible via the Sultan Mahmud Bridge or a short boat ride from the Kuala Terengganu waterfront.


The island has gained worldwide recognition as a centre for traditional boat making. The boats are built without the use of blueprints or plans. Everything was done by hand and surprisingly, there were few modern equipment used. It’s true indeed that they don’t use a single blueprint or plan to build a vessel, be it a giant trawler or a luxury yacht destined for foreign shores!All a master craftsman needs to know is the type and size of vessel. He then draws on his vast experience and photographic memory to begin his work. Even in this day and age, well-worn traditional tools like axe, saw, plane and hammer are the main tools of the trade.

Boat builders prefer to make use of the local high quality Cengal wood (neo balanocarpus), Penaga wood (mesua ferrea) for the dowels. Kulit gelam (tree bark-melaleaca leucadendron) is used for caulking, the water proof packing pressed between the planks. The Cengal wood planks were left under sun for several months before use. This rendered Cengal wood lighter, easier to work and less liable to warp.

Normally boat builders take about two years or three years to finish their job and the costs to finish the boat around RM 2 billion to RM 3 billion, depends on boat size, woods and any special request. Feel free to visit Pulau Duyong before all the herritage gone

Batu Bersurat Terengganu

Batu Bersurat Terengganu

Introduction:

The Batu Bersurat, Terengganu or Inscribed Stone of Terengganu constitutes the earliest evidence of Jawi writing (writing based on Arabic alphabets) in the Malaya Muslim world of Southeast Asia. The Stone is a testimony to the spread of Islam offering an insight to the life of the people of the era as well as depicting the growing Islamic culture subsumed under a set of religious laws.

It is an icon not only in Terengganu, but in southeast Asia aswell. Historians believed it to be written on the 22nd February 1303. Proving that Islam reached Terengganu earlier than 1326 or 1386.


In Unesco International Advisory Committee meeting in Barbados on July 13, the 700-year-old inscribed stone have been listed as an item eligible for such recognition. ( according to Wikipedia )

It was actually accidentally discovered near Sungai Tersat at Kuala Berang, Terengganu, Malaysia by an Arab trader named Sayid Husin bin Ghulam al-Bokhari in 1899 after a flash flood hit Kuala Berang. The inscription on the stone proclaims Islam as the state religion of Terengganu

Kuala Berang is situated about 33 kilometers from Kuala terengganu and it is an historical place. Kuala Berang became famous when an inscribed stone was discovered here. The inscribed stone found was the earliest record of Islam in Peninsular Malaysia.

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