March 26, 2015

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

What Lonely Planet said: A microcosm of Malaysia’s economic explosion: fishing village strikes oil, modernity ensues. Kuala Terengganu is surprisingly attractive despite the number of newly built (with petro-wealth), sterile-looking skyscrapers. There’s a boardwalk, a couple of decent beaches, a few old kampong style houses hidden among the high rises, and one of Eastern Peninsular Malaysia’s prettiest Chinatowns. With seafood-heavy local cuisine and good transport links, KT is worth a day or two in between the islands and jungles.

I was there: August 5, 2013 - August 6, 2013

Cameras used: Canon EOS 40D, Samsung Galaxy Note

A worker renovating a shop in Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown

The Chinatown

Dragon on the roof of a temple in Chinatown

Two merlions

Abidin Mosque

It was the royal state mosque

It is also known as the white mosque

Tengku Tengah Zaharah Mosque

It is the first floating mosque in Malaysia

It is built on Kuala Ibai Lagoon

Worshippers at the mosque. I was in KT during Ramadhan, Islam's holy month

The Crystal Mosque

It is situated at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man

It is also a floating mosque. This one is on a river

Terenggan State Museum

The largest museum in Malaysia

Kota Lama Duyung


A grill letting light in. The design is based on Jawi calligraphy