kuala terengganu

Terengganu, Malaysia: Sparkling Elegance of the Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) at the Islamic Civilization Park (Taman Tamadun Islam)

Posted on June 16, 2015

The most impressive structure in Kuala Terengganu sits along the Terengganu River. Costing around USD 80 million to build, the Crystal Mosque (Masjid Kristal) was constructed from 2006 to 2008 out of steel, glass and crystal on a man-made island called Pulau Wan Man. It can accommodate 1,500 worshippers at a time. Inside, the modern mosque is air-conditioned and features sparkling chandeliers. At night, the mosque is lit up in a dazzling array of colors that bounce off the highly reflective surfaces ofRead More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Marveling at the Terengganu Inscription Stone (Batu Bersurat Terengganu) at the Terengganu State Museum

Posted on June 10, 2015

With a massive floor area of over 75,000 square meters spread over four interconnected buildings, the Terengganu State Museum or Muzium Negeri Terengganu at Kampung Losong, Kuala Terengganu is the largest museum complex in Malaysia and the rest of Southeast Asia. The architecture is inspired by traditional stilted houses one finds in kampungs (villages) across the Malaysian countryside. There are nine galleries housing thousands of artifacts and cultural relics, but the most significant artifact on display can be found atRead More

Terengganu, Malaysia: Wandering Kuala Terengganu’s Chinatown (Kampung Cina)

Posted on June 9, 2015

At the historic heart of Kuala Terengganu – the state capital of Terengganu – is a thriving Perenakan or Chinese-Malay community centered on Kampung Cina or Chinatown. Kampung Cina literally means “Chinese Village.” Located at the mouth of the Terengganu River, Kuala Terengganu’s Chinatown is also known as Teng Lang Po in Hokkien or KT’s Chinatown. Although maritime trade between Terengganu and China has been recorded since the 10th century Song dynasty, a formal Chinese settlement only started forming inRead More