Kuala Terengganu Chinatown a tourist draw
Published on August 14, 2012 | by thestar.com.my
Kuala Terengganu Chinatown or Kampung Cina is a tourist spot that offers aged buildings and structures that go back more than 200 years.
Terengganu’s Kampung Cina (Chinatown) or Teng Lang Po, has existed for more than 300 years and it stands out compared to other similar settlements because of its aged buildings that showcase a mixture of Chinese, Malay, Arabic and Thai architecture.
Many of the buildings (mostly shophouses) have undergone a restoration or beautification programme to increase its appeal to visitors, but great care has been taken to preserve its heritage value.
Kampung Cina is home to ancient temples like Ho Ann Kiong and Tien Hou Kong that was built in 1801 and 1896 respectively.
One other landmark that goes back to the 19th century is the Low Tiey water well that was built in 1875. It still exists today, supplying clean water for residents in the area, and is one of the more popular attractions.
Kampung Cina is also known for its local delicacies. Among the food items one can find here are the unique roti paong, Durian cake, Pulut ‘Dipa’ and the white keropok lekor, which is made out of Wolf Herring or ikan parang.
Newer attractions include an esplanade and a scenic bridge, expanding the area of interest for tourists. – By FARIK ZOLKEPLI