Kuala Terengganu

HISTORY

In Malay, “kuala” can have the meanings of “river mouth”, “estuary”, or “confluence”. Thus, the name Kuala Terengganu is roughly translated as “the confluence/estuary of Terengganu”. ...Continue

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

According to the Malaysian Census 2010, Kuala Terengganu has a population of 406,317. The city population mainly consists of Malays with a population of 319,813. Chinese residents are the second biggest ethnic group (11,617). ...Continue

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ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

Kuala Terengganu was a major fishing port and one of the important trading ports in Malaya. The chief export commodities were coffee, gambier, gold, ivory, pepper and tin. They were mainly traded for rice, tobacco, cotton goods and opium ...Continue

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KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

Kedai Kopi Pok Loh Milo Tonggeng

110, 2, Jalan Kampung Dusun, Kampung Bahagia, 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

+6 017-988 2181


Kedai Kopi White House

1329-L, Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

+6 09-748 4119


Kopitiam Kita

Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Taman Desa Jasa, 15400 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

+6 019-981 0888

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SHOPPING

No. Shopping malls/plazas Address & Contact
1. Air Gau Kuala Terengganu A1390, Kampung Gong Pak Jin, 21300 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

019-932 3237

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

No. Tourist attractions and places Address & Contact
1. Terengganu State Museum 20566 Bukit Losong, Terengganu

09-632 1200

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PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

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Mohamed Salleh bin Abas former Lord President
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  • HISTORY

    Istana Maziah is the Official Palace in Kuala Terengganu

    In Malay,  “kuala” can have the meanings of “river mouth”, “estuary”, or “confluence”. Thus, the name Kuala Terengganu is roughly translated as “the confluence/estuary of Terengganu”. There are several theories regarding the name Terengganu. One such theory attributes the name’s origin to terang ganu, Malay for ”bright rainbow”.

    Another story, which is considered to be the most popular version, is said to have been originally narrated by the ninth Sultan of Terengganu, Baginda Omar. It tells of a party of hunters from Pahang roving and hunting in the area of what is now southern Terengganu. One of the hunters spotted a big animal fang lying on the ground. A fellow party member asked which animal did the fang belong to.

    The hunter, not knowing which animal, simply answered taring anu (Malay: ‘fang of something’). The party later returned to Pahang with a rich hoard of game, fur and sandalwood, which impressed their neighbours. They asked the hunters where they sourced their riches, to which they replied, from the land of taring anu, which later evolved into Terengganu.

    Among the earliest references of Terengganu are in Chinese historical sources. A Chinese writer’s note during the Sui dynasty has mentioned a state named Tan-Tan that sent tributes to China. The state was presumably located somewhere in Terengganu. Tan-Tan sent tributes to the Sui dynasty and then to the Tang dynasty after the collapse of the Sui dynasty.

    It ceased to send tributes to China after it came under the dominance of the Srivijaya empire  during the 7th century. Chinese history books such as Lingwai Daida written by Zhou Qufei in 1178 and the book Zhu fan zhi (also romanised as Chu-fanchi) written by Zhao Rugua  in 1226 mentioned Teng-ya-nu and Teng-ya-nung respectively, as being a vassal state of San-fo-ts’i  which is thought to be Srivijaya.

    After Srivijaya fell during the 13th century, Terengganu came under the influence of Majapahit. In the 15th century, Majapahit was vying with Ayutthaya Kingdom and the nascent Malacca Sultanate for control of the Malay Peninsula. Malacca Sultanate prevailed and Terengganu then came under its influence.

    When the Malacca Sultanate fell in 1511 to the Portuguese, the newly established Sultanate of Johor exerted its influence on most of the former territories of the Malacca Sultanate, including Terengganu. Terengganu was briefly under the influence of the Aceh Sultanate during the early 17th century, but Johor managed to exert its influence again on Terengganu in the late 17th century.

    The present Sultanate of Terengganu was established in 1708. The first Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Zainal Abidin I established his court near Kuala Berang. He moved his court a few more times until he settled near Bukit Keledang, Kuala Terengganu.

    During the early 18th century, Kuala Terengganu was still a small town. It was described as having about one thousand houses that were scattered around the town. The Chinese were already present in Kuala Terengganu at that time. Half of the population were Chinese and they were engaged in agriculture and trading.

    Kuala Terengganu continued to be Terengganu’s capital when it was still a vassal state of Siam and during the early years of British colonisation of Malaya. Terengganu fell under the administration of Britain through the Bangkok Treaty of 1909 and was forced to accept a resident “British advisor”.

    Terengganu, along with four other states, was grouped under the term of the Unfederated Malay States. British maintained rule over Terengganu until during the Japanese occupation in World War II. The Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council was established in 1979 to oversee the development of the town.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    Terrapuri Heritage Village

    According to the Malaysian Census 2010, Kuala Terengganu has a population of 406,317. The city population mainly consists of Malays with a population of 319,813. Chinese residents are the second biggest ethnic group (11,617). Other residents include non-Malaysian citizens (4,326), other Bumiputras (643), Indians (867) and others (287). The census also found that the population of Kuala Terengganu is 96.9% Muslim, 2.5% Buddhist, 0.2% Hindu, 0.2% Christian, and 0.2% follower of other religions, Sikhs or non-religious. All Malays are Muslim. The Chinese of Kuala Terengganu are made up of Hokkien and they practise either Buddhism, Taoism or Christianity.

    Terengganu Malay is widely spoken and the main lingua franca in the city being used by almost all the city’s population. Some Malays also speak Kelantanese, especially those from the border kampung. The Chinese mostly communicate in Hokkien with some using Teochew and Mandarin. Most Indians in Kuala Terengganu speak Tamil. Standard Malay and English are also widely spoken by the more educated residents.

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

    Kuala Terengganu attraction

    Kuala Terengganu was a major fishing port and one of the important trading ports in Malaya. The chief export commodities were coffee, gambier, gold, ivory, pepper and tin. They were mainly traded for rice, tobacco, cotton goods and opium.

    The economic sector in Kuala Terengganu is mostly made up of small-scale manufacturing industries such as the traditional textile making, local food industries, arts and craft factories, and agriculture, with most of them centred around residential areas or villages.

    There are two main industrial estates catered to bigger industries, one in Chendering and the other one in Gong Badak. Factories such as those that produce bricks or timber products are located further away from the main city areas. As the principal gateway for tourists to the state, tourism remains as one of the economic sources for Kuala Terengganu.

  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES


    Kedai Kopi Pok Loh Milo Tonggeng

    110, 2, Jalan Kampung Dusun, Kampung Bahagia, 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 017-988 2181


    Kedai Kopi White House

    1329-L, Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 09-748 4119


    Kopitiam Kita

    Jalan Sri Cemerlang, Taman Desa Jasa, 15400 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 019-981 0888


    Ayang Cafe

    4652, Jalan Masjid Langgar, Kampung Langgar, 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 014-841 7889


    Kakti Pasar Lama MPKB

    Pt 2431, Tingkat Bawah, Jalan Hospital, Kampung Paya Bemban, 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 016-961 7486


    Nasi Cik Minah (Bawah Pokok Ceri)

    D111, 15050 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 016-771 8569


    Restoran Hover

    1963-A, Jalan Dato Pati, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 09-748 1439


    Warung Pak Mat Pulau Pisang

    Jalan Kuala Besar, 15350 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 013-919 8131


    Restoran Selera Cik Siti

    Jalan Belakang Hospital, Taman Uda Murni, 15200 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 09-747 4734


    Warung Cikgu

    Lot 9349, Kampung Jati, Gong badak, 21300 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    +6 014-294 1844


    Burger Mat Salleh

    Bandar Kota Bharu, 15050 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 012-949 6669


    Warung Acu Tera Sotong Celup Tepung

    Jalan Pantai Sabak, 16100 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 014-840 7616


    Kedai Kopi Ann Hin

    Lot 356, Jalan Zainal Abidin, 15050 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 012-922 8118


    Gano Kopitiam

    4662 H, Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra, 15150 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 09- 744 1444 / +6 016-98 8234


    Kopitiam Kota Bharu

    No. 2870 Jalan Temenggong, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 019- 959 9383


    Butter & Cream Kopitiam

    No. 118-E Jalan Ismail, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 012-955 4467


    Ann Loke Cafe

    No. 183-C Jalan Ismail, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan

    +6 019-983 2228

  • SHOPPING

    No. Shopping malls/plazas Address & Contact
    1. Air Gau Kuala Terengganu A1390, Kampung Gong Pak Jin, 21300 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    019-932 3237

    2. KTCC Mall Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, 20200 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    03-7960 3219

    3. Mayang Mall Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kampung Surau Pasir, 20000 Kuala Terengganu

    Francis Kam / Nick Yew

    017 – 883 2870 / 012 – 918 3103

    4. Leno Kuala Terengganu Lot 3763, Tingkat Bawah J Suites Hotel, Jalan Kota Lama, Kuala Terengganu, 20300 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-631 3532

    5. Giant (Kuala Terengganu Mall) Padang Hiliran, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-631 9233

    6. Callikhat Paya Bunga, 20100 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    016-231 4605

    7. DcurveFrozen 5A Tingkat Bawah Panji Curve, Jalan Panji Alam, 21100 Kuala Terengganu

    012-499 6697

    8. Mydin Mall PT 1547 & Lot PT, Lot, 1548, Jalan Sultan Mohamad, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu
    9. Pasar Payang Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, Kampung Tanjung Kapur, 20200 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    011-5338 0758

    10. Emporium Hock Kee Seng Gong Badak Branch Lot 28550, Kawasan Perindustrian Gong Badak, 21300, Terengganu

    09-666 9668

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES

    No. Tourist attractions and places Address & Contact
    1. Terengganu State Museum 20566 Bukit Losong, Terengganu

    09-632 1200

    2. Ho Ann Kiong 183, Jalan Kampung Cina, Kampung Banggul, 20100 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    011-3677 6208

    3. Crystal Mosque Pulau Wan Man, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-627 8888

    4. Taman Tamadun Islam Pulau Wan Man Losong Panglima Perang, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-627 8888

    5. Taman Monumen Pulau Wan Man, 21000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    010-869 6901

    6. Pusat Sains & Kreativiti Terengganu Kampung Laut Chendering, 21080 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-617 4004

    7. Kuala Terengganu Waterfront Jalan Balik Bukit, 20300 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    017-952 3037

    8. Uptown Kontena PT 31964, Kg.Tok Jembal, 21000 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu

    010-800 1383

    9. Abidin Mosque Jalan Masjid Abidin, 20000 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-623 1771

    10. Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu

    09-617 4867

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

    PROMINENT HOMETOWN FIGURES

    Mohamed Salleh bin Abas former Lord President
    Abdul Hadi Awang (Marang) Politician
    Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Politician
    Nora Danish Actress
    Wan Mohd Ariffin Wan Long Businessman
    Idris Jusoh (Jerteh) Politician
    Azizulhasni Awang (Dungun) Cyclist
    Safawi Rasid (Dungun) footballer Footballer
    Wan Zawawi Ibrahim (Kijal) Academician