Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

theahou-02

Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama. Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Dedicated to Tian Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen, the temple is also a shrine where many come to worship Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Built by KL’s Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city.

Inside Thean Hou Temple is a modern Buddhist pagoda and plenty of Buddha images enshrined in the octagonal hall. There is also a statue of Tian Hou which sits between the Goddess of the Waterfront and the Goddess of Mercy. Additionally, statues of Guan Di (the God of War) and Wei Tuo contribute to incorporate elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism into its grandiose structure. The temple also features a Chinese medicinal herbs garden and a tortoise pond along with a well; beside the temple is a sacred Boddhi tree

theahou-01

Thean Hou Temple’s structural design represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs with intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals.

The front entrance has a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. Also, the temple has dragon-inspired columns and pagoda rooftops, and an extravagant prayer hall with three altars.

You can often see both devotees and visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer and placing offerings at the feet of the statues. During Chinese festivals such as Wesak Day and Mooncake festival, thousands of devotees frequent the temple.

Thean-Hou-Temple-Kuala-Lumpur-Malaysia-Travel-Wallpaper

Thean Hou Temple is a popular wedding venue among KL’s Chinese locals and even conducts fortune telling readings as well as traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes. Minibus #27 from the Klang bus terminal takes you to Jalan Syed Putra and the temple is only a short walk away.

Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 – 18:00

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

dsc_0073

360° of Kuala Lumpur starts here! The Tourist Information Centre is your first stop as soon as you step into Kuala Lumpur! Get the only KL Walks & Tours Map in Eng/Chi for free, a self initiated map by the gallery founder, Andrew Lee. See the Past, Present and Future of Kuala Lumpur, and the Kuala Lumpur City Model, an innovative showcase! The giant I LOVE KL is a must photo-stop! Take home Made In Malaysia gifts, The Official Souvenir of Kuala Lumpur. End your visit by savouring the finest of Malaysian delicacies at the ARCH Cafe.

In 1899, during the British colonial administration, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery building was first built to meet the administrative needs of Kuala Lumpur, the newly founded capital of the Federated Malay States. It replaced the Government Printing Office in Taiping, which was closed down. The government printer at the time, J. Russell, helped the Public Works Department architect A. C. Norman design the ideal printing office to house large printing press machines. The exterior façade was designed based on neo-Renaissance principles, with exposed bricks, plastered columns, and large semi-circular windows decorated with keystones; while the interior had a structural support system of cast iron columns and trusses. The building did not have a pronounced entrance or front porch, but just a simple door located on the western side. Canopy roofs were added above the first floor windows in the 1940s, as protection against the harsh tropical sun.

002

For years, the printing office produced official government reports, government books and train tickets. In 1961 the Ministry of Labour took over the building, and later in 1977, the building was converted to the Metropolitan Postal Security Office.

In 1986, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall bought the building for over RM3 million, then renovated and furnished it with quality library equipment, making it the first public library in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Memorial Library, as it was named, also acted as a research centre on all things related to Kuala Lumpur – its history, administration and development, as well as exhibitions on objects and artifacts connected to the heritage of the city. After opening its doors in 1989, the library grew quickly and after three years, it made history by being the first public library in Peninsular Malaysia to go on-line.

The library was renamed the Kuala Lumpur Library in 2000, and a new annex was added on in 2004

006

KLCG is strategically located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s heritage enclave – Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square), fronting the 100-meter flagpole where the Union Jack was lowered, and the Malayan flag raised for the very first time. This enclave, protected under the Conservation & Heritage Protection Board, is a must-visit heritage destination. It houses many historical buildings, structures and icons that date back to more than a century, such as the:

  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building (1897)
  • overnment Office (1896)
  • National Textiles Museum (1905)
  • Former National History Museum (1919)
  • KL City Library (1989)
  • Victorian Fountain (1897)
  • Royal Selangor Club (1889)
  • St Mary’s Cathedral (1894)
  • City Theatre, built (1896)
  • Sessions & Magistrates Court (1910)
  • The High Court Building (1909)
  • Jamek Mosque (1909)

Opening Hours: From 9am – 6.30pm daily. Free WIFI.

032

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

 

Pantai Cahaya Bulan, KelantanFormerly known as the Beach of Passionate Love or Pantai Cinta Berahi, this is a picture post card beach. The name was then changed to the current name, which means the “Moonlight Beach”. This lovely stretch of shimmering sand is perhaps Kelanian’s most famous beach. Its warm golden sands and crystal blue waters amidst tall and graceful palms encourages one to just lay on the sand and bask in the sun. Fringed by swaying casuarinas and coconut palms, providing the ideal place for picnics, camping and relaxation. It is the perfect getaway for the world-weary.

The beach stretches to about 1.2km. Cahaya Bulan Beach is definately a croud puller during the weekends, popular among the local to bath under the sun and cherish the tranquility offered by the natural beauty of the coastal East Coast. The abundance of cultural and artistic shops decorating the path to Cahaya Bulan Beach adding to its charm and beauty to this stretch of beach.

Visitors can stop by the multitute of artifat shops while passing some scenic villages and discover some of Kelantan’s rich heritage, including batik prints, songket, kites and copper-tooled handicrafts. Feel free to drop by and have an hands-on to understand the technicality of producing such an intricate artifacts as most of the outlets welcomes visitors.

3

Transport

From Kota Bharu town, take the D1 Route headed north towards Pengkalan Chepa. Pantai Cahaya Bulan is located some 10km down this road. If you are taking public transportation, take Bus No.10 from the town centre. The journey takes about 20 to 25 minutes. You will pass through quiet Malay villages and you can drop by to get some traditional handicraft as souvenirs.

Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody)

Pantai Irama (Beach of Melody)

irama1

This beach is facing the South China Sea with wide and long sandy beach. Pantai Irama Bachok (Beach of Melody) is popular among the locals and visitors and hence, during the weekends (Friday and Saturday), the beach will be packed with family and children. It is also a common place to hold concerts and events. It is situated along the main road of Bachok, Kota Bahru.

Pantai Irama Bachok (Beach of Melody) got its name from the gently hushing sound of the sea breeze. It’s known to be the most beautiful beach in Kelantan and is a common hang out place for families and friends. The beauty of the beach does not lie only to its clear blue water, but also to the facilities available for visitors. Apart from basic facilities like motels, public toilets and restaurants, there are also water sports, boat for hire and barbeque facilities to make your visit more interesting.

irama2

Transport

If you are coming from Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak highway to Kuantan and then to Kota Bahru. The journey will take about 7-8 hour drive. There are also express buses running from most major towns and Singapore to Kota Bahru. Alternatively, fly in from Kuala Lumpur will only take 1 hour and you will land atKota Bahru airport, which is 20 mins drive from town.

Pantai Irama Bachok (Beach of Melody) is located 20km southeast from Kota Bahru. You can either take a taxi or catch bus No.2A or 2B to Pantai Irama, Bachok.

irama3

Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of the Whispering Breeze)

Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of the Whispering Breeze)

bayu1

Pantai Bisikan Bayu, also known as Pantai Dalam Rhu, is just a scenic 50km drive south of Kota Bharu, Kelantan’s capital. Around the village of Semerak, gentle breezes rustle the casuarina trees lining the beach producing a hushed sound that, locals say, sounds like a soothing whisper.

Surfing is good at certain times of the year, and wind surfers will find great conditions here during the North-East Monsoon from November to April.

Yet nothing beats resting in the shade of the tall casuarina trees, staring out to sea, listening to the whispering wind and sipping on a cool coconut.

bayu2

bayu3Transport

It’s situated near Semerek, Pasir Puteh, which is about 50 km south from Kota Bahru town. From Kota Bahru town, get on to a taxi and it will take a journey of 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can board a bus from the main terminal in Kota Bahru in bus No.3 to Pasir Putih and then take bus No.96 to Kuala Besut.

Batik / Songket Centre

Batik / Songket Centre

songket

Songket, aptly dubbed Malaysia’s “cloth of gold”, is a proud legacy of the Kelantan and Pattani courts.Only 4km north of Kota Bahru at Kampung Penambang is a “songket” weaving factory. Here silk material is woven with gold and silver thread.Originally the silk material came from Thailand while the gold and silver threads were imported from India .

Once strictly reserved for royalty, songket is now used for ceremonial occasions and weddings. The use of songket material was once reserved for royalty but now it is used for ceremonical occasions and weddings.

stage-3

Batik Factory

Batik Factory

DSC00591

Batik Printing is indigenous to Kelantan. In the past, basic cotton materials were printed using the stamp block method. Now much more sophisticated methods are used on a variety of materials, both for attire and as wall hangings.

A visit to the factory will gives an insight into the entire process of batik printing. Some of the bigger factories are at Kampung Puteh, Kubor Kuda and Kampung Badang.

Opening hours : 8.30am-5.30 pm daily (except Fridays)

Buluh Kubu Bazaar

Buluh Kubu Bazaar

Kota Bharu10

This is the famous bazaar that known as Kelantan Batik centre selling various design of batik with a higher quality. The bazaar is located next to Siti Khadijah Market. The concept of this bazaar is open market gives a nice and good view as it also offer an affordable price to the visitors.

Also known as Bamboo Fort Bazaar. It is located next to the Istana Balai Besar and Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah. Here bargain-hunters will have a great time at the Bazar Buluh Kubu. With three floors of merchandise to browse through this bazaar is packed with many items especially batik fabric and handicrafts.

Cultural Centre

Cultural Centre

85929f381d9fb236c7ca931184831483

One interesting ‘must visit’ place for tourists in Kelantan is the Cultural Centre (Gelanggang Seni) which is located along Jalan Sultan Mahmud (opposite Perdana Hotel). This place of interest display Kelantan’s cultural heritage whereby visitors will be introduced to traditional cultural dances and dance-dramas, kite flying competitions, top spinning and wayang kulit (shadow puppetry) since Kelantan is a centre for Malay culture, crafts and religion.

The best time to visit Cultural Centre would be during the evening since performances of wayang kulit and cultural dances such as Main Puteri can be seen at these times which also feature Kelantan’s famous musical instruments such as the large drums called Rebana Ubi. Other attractions include the gasing (giant top) competitions and the displays of the colorful wau (giant kites).

8392383410_1df18f7196_b

walang-6181

Fishing Village

Fishing Village

DSCF0997

No visit to Kelantan would be complete without a trip to a fishing village dubbed “the soul of Malaysia’s East Coast”. Two of the most well-known villages are the Sabak Beach (approx. 14 km from Kota Bharu) and Kuala Besar (15 km from Kota Bharu).
If you wish to fully capture the moment, you should arrive no later than 2:30 pm when the boats laden with the day’s catch are first spotted on the horizon. As they come ashore. their intricately carved prows are a riot of colours. Then the bargaining begins between wholesalers and the fishermen – a noisy but interesting ritual.

You will also be able to witness other related activities such as fish-curing and the mending of nets. Buses No. 8 and 9 depart every half hour from the old market terminal to Sabak Beach.

Bus No. 28 leaves from the New Central Market to Kuala Besar every half hour.