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Terengganu ~ Kuala Terengganu

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• Chinatown • Local Cuisine • Handicrafts and Shopping • Places of Interests •

Kuala Terengganu, the state capital stands on the bank of the Terengganu River. The feeling is laid back, slow paced and free and easy. Kuala Terengganu was a port-of-call for spice traders in early 1900s. The port attracted traders from all over Southeast Asia, exchanging goods like pepper, onions and salt with local rice and spices. Kuala Terengganu has grown tremendously since the discovery of oil.

Best described as a city that fell asleep in the seventies - there are hardly any shopping centres, and very few high-end fashion brands. Instead, Chinese shops exhibit advertisements from the sixties or seventies with drawings of girls with yesteryear hairdo’s and guys donned in bell-bottoms. Trishaws are still visible as a means of transport. One main road winds from the east side up around the north side, it has only two fast-food restaurants, a Pizza Hut and a KFC, side by side near one end of the very small Chinatown.

For most travellers, this is the favourite part of Kuala Terengganu is definitely Chinatown. A row of pre-war Chinese shophouses filled with familiar scents of the past- old fusty rooms with cardboard boxes full of bric-a-bracs, aged documents piled up high in the corner with a lingering faint smell of dampness.

A few of the shophouses have been taken over by island resort operators, but many of the premises are still maintained by the original owners. If you get a chance to snoop around, the back of the shop extends out onto the river, which opens an entirely different scenario from the bustling street. Here, you may be able to spot the fishing boats coming back from a day's fishing and the usual daily routine of river life.

Local Cuisine
Traditional Chinese food can be had in Kampung Cina. The “Golden Dragon Restaurant” serves excellent spare ribs and fish. On the highest level of Central Market, a small food court offers decent Malay food coupled with a great view of the waterfront and Pulau Dayung.

keropok lekoDo try local famous delicacy keropok leko, which is made primarily from a combination of dough and pounded fish, fried and served with hot sauce. Fish makes up 90 per cent of the ingredients and is essential in bringing out the flavour. The types of fish mainly used are the ikan parang (herring), tamban (sardine-like fish) and selayang (decapterus russellii).

The famous Nasi Dagang is located at Chendering, so don't missed to try this local delicacy while you were here. The dishes is made by cooking plain rice and glutinous rice together. Coconut milk is then added. Nasi Dagang is eaten with its own specially made side dishes of tuna fish curry and a light pickled vegetable. Besides being considered as the centre for handicraft and traditional textiles in Terengganu, it will also be worthwhile to visit the beautiful beaches of Chendering.

Handicrafts and Shopping
Terengganu is known for its attractive handicrafts, notably silverware and songket. It also produces the best batik and songket in Malaysia. The vibrant cottage industries involved in the making of traditional handicrafts, such as songket, batik, brassware, pandanus mats and basket weaving, bear testimony to a people whose heritage dates back as far as 2,000 years - the rapturous celebration of its many generations of cultural and traditional heritage.

A vast choice of traditional textiles can be purchased on the first floor of the Central Market. Rattan baskets and farmers’ hats are also popular. In Chendering, a village 6 km away from the city centre, is also home to a weaving centre as well as the Malaysian Handicraft Centre.and Noor Arfa Batik in Chendering Terengganu Craft Centre. The Craft Centre attempts to preserve the local cottage industry by bringing together a large array of handmade craftworks obtained from the villages throughout the state – such as batik, songket, mats and bags woven from pandanus leaves – in one large showroom. Visitors can see the production of selected handicrafts such as brassware and songket.

Located within an easy 10-minute walk from the Craft Centre is Noor Arfa Batik, where visitors will find most educational since the centre provides batik-making demonstrations and explanation on its production processes. A renowned household name in Malaysia, the Noor Arfa Batik showroom features batik and other local crafts which are on sale.

Suterasemai Centre, located in Kuala Ibai, 6 km from Kuala Terengganu, is Malaysia's pioneer silk-weaving centre, offering insights into silk production, from the spinning into yarns, to textile-weaving and batik printing. Beautiful batik, hand painted or printed are for sale in the centre's showroom.

Places of Interests
There are many places of interests in Kuala Terengganu such as markets, historical places, museums, palaces, fishing villages, magnificent mosques and other sights.


K. Terengganu - Sights & Visits I

Central Market (Pasar Payang) / Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill) / Istana Maziah (Maziah Palace) / Terengganu State Museum Complex

K. Terengganu - Sights & Visits II

Pulau Duyung / Seberang Takir Fishing Village / The Floating Mosque / Crystal Mosque

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