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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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Kelantan
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  About Kelantan

Kelantan, which translates as the "Land of Lightning" is a veritable treasure throve of delights - rustic fishing villages, verdant padi fields and languid, palm-fringed beaches.

Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia, the people of Kelantan have managed to keep alive age-old customs and traditions, thus earning the state a reputation as the Cradle of Malay Culture.

Introduction Kelantan, which translates as the "Land of Lightning" is a absolute treasure, throve of delights - rustic fishing villages, verdant padi fields and languid, palm-fringed beaches. Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Peninsular Malaysia, the people of Kelantan have managed to keep alive age-old customs and traditions, thus earning the state a reputation as the Cradle of Malay Culture. Here, colourful kites soar upwards defying gravity and giant drums reverberate. Shadow puppets mesmerise audiences and giant tops provide hours of endless fun.

With a population of about 1.4 million, the Malays, who make up over 95% of the state’s population, have managed to retain many of their traditions, and the state has been dubbed the “Cradle of Malay Culture.” The Chinese, Indians and Orang Asli making up the rest. Kelantanese are renowned for their warmth and friendliness. Kelantan Darul Naim is a world of gracious beauty, retaining an old-world charm that few can resist. Visit Kelantan and let her natural attributes work their magic on you!

To step into Kelantan is to go back in time. Western influences seem to have bypassed this state.

 

In Kelantan, colourful kites (wau) soar,  shadow puppets (wayang kulit) mesmerise audiences and giant tops (gasing) provide hours of endless fun.

One thing that surprises first-time visitors to Kelantan is the Buddhist influence. In fact it is home to some of the biggest and most beautiful Buddhist temples or wats in Malaysia.

The state is one of the most scenic in Malaysia with rustic fishing villages, green padi fields and palm-fringed beaches. Everyone who comes to Kota Baru pays a visit to Pasar Besar Siti Khatijah, a market which is a riot of colour. The majority of the stall owners are women!

Shopaholics head for the border towns of Rantau Panjang and Pengkalan Kubur, two tax-free zones which are gateways to Southern Thailand, and offer cheap wares from Thailand.

 

Places of Interest in Kelantan

Batik Factory

Batik Factory

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)

 

 
 

 

 

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