Historical Sites in Terengganu

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Terengganu’s Glorious Past

The historical sites in Kuala Terengganu allow visitors the opportunity to recapture Terengganu’s glorious past. Each place has a unique and interesting story to tell.

 

o     Terengganu State Museum Complex

The impressive Terengganu State Museum Complex in Jalan Losong consists of four main blocks, an adjacent Maritime Museum and five traditional houses. Set amidst beautifully landscaped gardens, a small waterfall and ponds with koi fish, this is the largest museum complex in Southeast Asia. It offers a glimpse into the rich history of the state religion, royalty, culture and economy.

 

o     Bukit Puteri

The artifacts on Bukit Puteri date back to 1831 when the ruling Sultan made it a fortress to ward off invading enemies.

The large bell there was originally used to warn off impending attacks and later, it was used to signal the breaking of fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

 

o     Batu Bersurat

Batu Bersurat or Inscribed Stone, dating back to 1303 and discovered in 1887, marks the significance of Islam in Terengganu. The hand inscriptions using the Jawi script declare Islam as the official religion. The original stone is kept at the State Museum while a replica stands in Kuala Terengganu’s main town circle.

 

o     Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah

Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah, dubbed as the ‘Floating Mosque’ lies 4.5 km away from Kuala Telengganu, attesting to the blending of religion and culture in the local life. The unique combination of modern and Moorish architecture coupled with its floating illusion makes the mosque a sight to behold, particularly when seen at night.

 

o     Kampung Cina

By the 18th century, Terengganu was an established commercial centre and Chinese junks that plied the trade route brought in many settlers. The preserved entrance to Kampung Cina is a richly decorated archway with protective dragons. Restoration of the elegant homes in this district highlight the cement embossed wall patterns, and long, wooden shutter windows.

 

o     Istana Maziah

The royal palace, Istana Maziah, and its compound overlook the lively Kuala Terengganu Waterfront. With a hint of French architecture, this palace was the official home of the previous Sultan. It is currently only used for royal ceremonies and state receptions.

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