Kota Bharu, Kelantan - my hometown

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Kota Bharu, Kelantan


My hometown

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan, situated on the north east coast of peninsular Malaysia, is calm and peaceful, offers outlook on the traditional Malay culture and architecture • museums and royal palace, the countryside - rustic fishing villages, verdant padi fields and palm-fringed beaches and also lush nature.


·         Beaches

The most famous is the Pantai Cinta Berahi (Beach of Passionate Love), now called Pantai Cahaya Bulan (Moonlit Beach)

Stroll along the beach, enjoy the cool breeze or take refreshments from the many seafood stalls


·         Pasar (Markets)

The famous market is Kota Bharu is Pasar Siti Khadijah (Kota Bharu Central Market),

contains both wet and dry markets. This lively market sells fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and meat (wet market) and dried fish, spices and textile (dry market), always has a bustling, vibrant atmosphere.

It is noted that many of the vendors are women.


Bazar Buluh Kubu is best to find batik, colourful painted textile using wax resist dyeing technique.


·         Arts and Craft

Includes textile - batik, songket (brocade family of textile, is hand-woven in silk / cotton and intricately patterned with gold or silver threads.); woodcarving and silver.  


·         Wau Bulan

originated from Kelantan, is an intricately designed traditional kite (normally with floral motifs)

The logo of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is based on this kite.


·         Makyung

Makyung is a traditional form of Malay theatre with elements of acting, dancing, music and songs, originated from the Patani Malay Kingdom (Southern Thailand) in historical times also in the State of Kelantan.


·         Wayang kulit (Shadow puppets)

Performances of shadow puppet theater accompanied by gamelan (traditional musical ensemble)


·         Kelantanese Food

Traditional Kelantanese cuisine

Varieties of Kelantanese food can be found at the markets and food market near the Central Market


Strife says:
I'll definitely be using this page as a reference when i visit your hometown! :)
Posted on: May 10, 2008
SheLuvz2Fly says:
Verrrrry informative!
Posted on: Nov 25, 2007
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