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Kuala Terengganu ~ Sights & Visits I


• Background • Kuala Terengganu • Sights & Visits • Beaches • The Islands • Kenyir Lake • Getting There •
• Terengganu State Map • Travel-in Terengganu • Stay-in Terengganu •

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



Central Market - Pasar Payang
Located just by the Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River), one can find everything local and exotic in this massive market cum shop building. Consisting of a wet market and a shopping arcade, it offers fruits, vegetables, fish, batik, brassware, brocade, songket and handicrafts.

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. Silk garments handkerchiefs, batik shirts, scarves and kaftans can be bought here. Apart from that, you can get fresh produce of local delicacies such as the 'keropok lekor', Bartering is totally expected - thirty percent off the marked price is possible and forty is a steal. If you smile you may even get more
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Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill)
Atop this 200 m high historical hill which offer a view of the town, are the remains of a small fortress. Visitors to the hill will be able to trace the remnants of the fort, such as a big bell to signal danger, four cannons, a flagpole, a lighthouse, graves and the defence wall. It also provides a panoramic view that encompasses the city limits, its silky shores and tropical islets that lay beyond.

During the year 1830, there was a struggle for power among the two royalty of Terengganu that is, Tengku Mansur, the Sultan of Terengganu who was conferred the title of Sultan Mansur Shah II and Tengku Omar, the Yang Di Pertuan Besar. Tengku Omar built the fort at the top of Bukit Puteri for defence. The fort was built of bricks and cemented with honey, lime and egg white. However Bukit Puteri was captured by Sultan Mansur Shah II and Tengku Omar was forced to flee to Besut. In 1839, Tengku Omar successfully recaptured the fort after 3 attempts. He spent much of his early days as the ruler of Terengganu with his generals on a raised platform called a 'singgahsana' as seen still at the fort. Also to be seen here is a large bell. It was believed that the bell was guarded by a boy from the royal family. The boy job was to sound the bell as an alarm in times of emergency or danger. Made from yellow copper, it was commissioned during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin III in the year 1908.

Many of the original canons were taken back to Siam (Thailand) by the Siamese when they ruled Terengganu from 1843-1845 The cannons were believed to have originated from Spain, Portugal and the Malay States and were given names such as Seri Jamlor, Seri Buih, Seri Johor and Laila Majnun.

Also known as Princess Hill, It is named after a Fairy Princess. According to legend, Bukit Puteri was said to have originated as a place of residence for Puteri Bunian. However, the princess left Bukit Puteri when the local residents borrowed her cutlery and did not return them to her A cave known as Gua Puteri can also be found here. It was used as a place to keep the gun powder, stone and iron bullets. The 18 meters high. flag pole that is on top of Bukit Puteri was used to raise the royal flag when there were any royal ceremonies held. The lighthouse on the peak of Bukit Puteri functioned as a guide for fishermen and sailors that sailed into Kuala Sungai Terengganu. During the reign of Tengku Umar, he built a palace called the Green Palace at the foot of Bukit Puteri but was burned down in 1882. He built a new palace near the site of the Green Palace and was named Istana Maziah which still exit until today.

Best time to visit the fort in the morning or evening time when temperature is not too extreme. From the platform at the top, you can see fishing boat coming back home after a hard day.
Location – Just beside Istana Maziah (Maziah Palace) and less than
5 minutes walk from Pasar Payang.
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Istana Maziah (Maziah Palace)
Built n 189,during the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin Ill, Istana Maziah was built to replace the Istana Hijau that was burned down which was burned down during World War II. Believed to have been built by 20 craftsmen using limestone mixed with clay, coarse salt, egg yolk and honey, Its architecture is a blend of the old and the new.

The palace has tall shuttered windows that resemble a French chateau. Located near the Terengganu river mouth, it is used for royal ceremonies only such as for royal birthdays and weddings, conferring of titles, and receptions of dignitaries.

Located in front of Istana Maziah, Dataran Maziah is a mini-park beautifully adorned with landscapes of shrubs, trees and paved walkways. In the centre of the park, stands an impressive replica of Betel Chewing instruments such as Gobek Sireh and Kacip Pinang, symbolising the culture and traditions of the state. This is however not a place where you can just walk in and take a photo.
Location – Jln Sultan Zainal Abidin next to Bukit Puteri.
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Terengganu State Museum Complex
A priceless historical relic, the "batu bersurat" which is regarded as the earliest written testimony of the existence of Islam in Terengganu, greets visitors at the main building. The main building is an artifact in its own right, is built on 16 stilts with Malay and Thai influences.

Covering over twenty-seven lush hectares, the Terengganu State Museum is the largest in South East Asia. The complex houses ten galleries, a fisheries museum, a maritime museum four traditional palaces, a botanic garden and a herbal garden.

Pathways lead to maritime and fisheries archives, as well as a display of traditional houses where we glimpse into lifestyles from the past. The focal point, though, is the museum’s main building, and behind its stilted Islamic exterior are ten unique galleries showcasing everything from historical crafts to contemporary arts. The ten galleries are devoted to the history of the state and displays of fabrics, Islamic calligraphy and various handicrafts.
Location – Bukit Lesong / Visit Rating -




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