Handicraft Village and Craft Museum

Handicraft Village and Craft Museum

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Also known as “Balai Getam Guri”, the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum is located in the heart of Kota Bharu’s cultural zone, within walking distance from the Istana Balai Besar and Buluh Kubu Bazaar.

The Craft Museum houses many fine examples of Kelantanese craftsmanship.

A restaurant called “Balai Sulur Gadung” is located on the ground floor of the building, where visitors can savour some of Kelantan’s famous dishes.

The adjacent Handicraft Village provides visitors the chance to see just how these crafts are made. Demonstrations of traditional embroidery, songket weaving, batik printing, silver work and wood carving are carried out by skilled artisans. Their products are also on sale at the centre.

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The museum is open from 8.30am–4.45pm daily (except Fridays).

Located in the heart of Kota Bharu’s cultural zone, the Handicraft Village is a walking distance from the Istana Balai Besar and the Buluh Kubu Bazaar. It is easily accessible from Jalan Sultan and Jalan Hilir Kota.

Islamic Museum / Syura Hall

Islamic Museum / Syura Hall

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The history of Islam in the state can be traced at this Islamic Museum or also known as Balai Syura (Syura Hall). The museum is housed in a large two-storey traditional wooden house which used to be Kelantan’s first school of Islamic studies. The establishment of this Islamic Museum testifies to the importance the state places on the religion.

Exhibits inside include Islamic fine arts and crafts and photographs of the belongings of Prophet Muhammad and of Islamic historical sites. The Islamic Museum is located along Jalan Tengku Chik, close to the Istana Balai Besar.

The Islamic Museum is open from 8.30am to 4.45pm Saturday through Thursday. Closed on Friday. For more information, please contact the Islamic Museum at 604-7440102 or the Kota Bharu Tourist Information Centre at 609-7485534

Istana Jahar

Istana Jahar

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Kota Bahru is the capital of Kelantan, and it’s located at the west peninsular Malaysia. It has a colourful local culture and it’s also known as the ‘cradle of Malay culture’. Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is located at the cultural zone and easily reaches by accessing from Jalan Hilir Kota and Jalan Sultan.

Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is built by Sultan Muhamad 11 in 1887 for his grandson Long Kundur. It has luxurious woodcarvings that showcase the excellent craftsmanship of the Kelantanese. Apart from that, photographs, artifacts and traditional handicraft reflect on the Kelantan rich and sophisticated heritage. The palace is now converted to a museum, to share the uniqueness and beauty to the world. There are also a Malay Weapon Gallery which house many unique weapons such as keris and pisau. The museum is open daily from 8.30 a.m to 5.45 p.m except for Fridays.

Jeram Linang Waterfall

Jeram Linang Waterfall

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Jeram Linang Waterfall, Machang was one of the first to be developed by the state. Located in the Ulu Sat Forest Reserve, its cool waters are always crystal clear despite the location’s popularity. The state government has provided facilities including public restrooms, rest areas, Musalla, restaurants and car park. Visitors to Jeram Linang come not only to bathe, but also to jungle trek, and pitch their tents up for an eco-friendly vacation at the camp site provided.

New Central Market (Pasar Siti Khadijah)

New Central Market (Pasar Siti Khadijah)

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Kelantan’s Central Market also known as Pasar Siti Khadijah by the local is a riot of colour. It is one of the most vibrant sites in the country where traders display brilliantly coloured fresh garden produce.

Kelantan’s Central Market is mainly dominated and ‘ruled’ by the womenfolk. It may surprise you that a majority of stalls are run by women. From the early hours of the morning till sundown, these market queens sit across-legged upon their raised wooden platforms, guarding their merchandise.

Perhaps this is a throwback to the fact that Kelantan was once ruled by a princess, Cik Siti Wan Kembang, a female sovereign. Kelantanese women remain fiercely entrepreneurial and have been known to be hard bargainers.

The sights, sounds, and colours are uniquely Kelantanese–women traders display garden produce, food stands grill delectable barbecued chicken and craftsmen offer traditional wares like Kelantanese silver rose bowls.

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All around the square, or rather octagon, the energy is electric, effervescent colors swirl, as the fruits and vegetables blush in brilliant hues of bright yellow, deep burgundy, rich mauve, strating scarlet, clam olive and stunning lime green.

Baskets dance in the crowd, weaving through the throng of sarong clad women with spinach kissed snadals, filling with fresh turnips, cabbages, tomatoes and chilies.

The queens dip their merchandise in refreshing bowls of water whilst others wave about their contraption of plastic bag attached to lidi stick, keeping away bugs Piquant scents waft on the moist air, a mixture of tangy spices, sweet meat floss, chewy ‘dodol’, a traditional glutinous rice flour cake made with palm sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves, as well as the luscious fried fish paste snack ‘keropok lekor’.

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A paradise for browsing and shopping, this market offers a myriad of local handicraft including batik, leather goods, clothing and household items.

The market is probably the most photographed site in the country and it is especially lively in the mornings.

Jeram Pasu Waterfall

Jeram Pasu Waterfall

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Jeram Pasu Waterfall (Airterjun Jeram Pasu) is the most popular waterfall in Kelantan. Its cooling and clean waters promise to revitalize the body and refresh the mind. You can find Jeram Pasu at Kampung Pak Amat. It is situated off Kota Bharu-Pasir Puteh road, which the location is accessible by car or bus. The refreshingly cool waterfalls and rapids here make the area a deservedly popular outdoor recreation spot for locals. Here you can also bring your family to have a good weekend dip in the wonderful and fresh waterfall. The authority has also made it possible for tourists and locals alike to have an overnight camping. Facilities are widely available for the convenience of picnickers.

How To Get There

From Kota Bharu (35km away), take bus No. 3. Board bus No 3 from the main terminal in Padang Pak Amat, or drive/take a cab to the waterfalls. It is located about 8km away, off the Kota Baru-Pasir Puteh road.

Kelantan Silver

Kelantan Silver

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Kelantan silver is renowned for its intricacy of design and superior workmanship. Silversmiths use two kinds of techniques – filigree and repousse. Items range from the functional to the purely ornamental and include fruit bowls, tea sets, ash trays, brooches and bracelets.

You can visit the silvercraft factory at Kampung Sireh (along Jalan Sultanah Zainab), Kampung Marak or at Kampung Badang on the road to Pantai Cinta Berahi.

Open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm daily except Fridays.

Kite Making

Kite Making

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Kelantan is the home of giant kites that soar through the air with nary a care in the world. Kite-flying usually takes place after the harvest when farmers have time on their hands to fashion and fly these wau.

There are many different types wau kuching (cat kite), wau merak (peacock kite), wau ikan (fish kite), wau bulan (moon kite) to name a few.

Kite-making requires tremendous skill and patience. The art is usually handed down from father to son. Along the road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan, there are many such establishments producing these gaily-decorated kites. These establishments can be reached by boarding Bus No. 10 in front of the New Central Market.

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

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Merdeka Square is an open public area in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Also known as the Independence Field, it was the site where the independence of Malaya was declared on 31 August, 1957.

The site of Merdeka Square was a reclaimed land. It was originally the site of a floating market in the 19th century. When Sultan Muhammad II built the Grand Palace of Kota Bharu in 1844, the area was reclaimed. It was then called Padang Kelupang.

For a short period at the turn of the 20th century, it was also known as Padang Pitis, in reference to the Bank Pitis which was built by Sultan Muhammad III.

At the centre of Merdeka Square is a Kota Bharu Cenotaph, built by the British following World War I. It continued to be used as the war monument.

Royal Museum / Istana Batu

Royal Museum / Istana Batu

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Istana Batu, popularly known as the Royal Museum or Castle Rock is situated in the heart of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. The castle was built in 1939 during the reign of Sultan Ismail 1, son of Sultan Muhammad Ke 1V.

It was a wedding gift by Sultan Ismail 1 to his nephew Sultan Yahya Petra and later went to Sultan Ibrahim Petra and since that moment it served as the abode of the royal family. The conversion of the palace to a museum was with the consent of Sultan Ibrahim Petra.

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A visit to the museum gives an insight into the history and lifestyle of the royal family. On display are photographs of the royal family, costumes and priceless artefacts such as beautiful crystals, silver and brass ware and antique furniture. Also, known as the brick palace, the blue and white colour of the castle looks magnificent with the surroundings.

Timing

Monday to Sunday, 8:30 a.m to 4:45 p.m, Friday closed.