Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cycle Malaysia Day 22 Kuala Terengganu

The rising sun as viewed from the bar of Redang Pelangi Resort. I hope to could stand here again to watch more sun rise in the near future.
It was a lovely mornng we took a stroll to the nearby resorts along the beach while many were still asleep.
The famous inn at Laguna Redang used for a Chinese movie More More Tea Inn 夏日麽麽茶 in 2000 that made Pulau Redang popular. This building has been rebuilt and continues to attract visitors.
Jason having fun with the friendly squirrel with a piece of biscuit at the cafeteria.
It was great to be with these two brothers How and Roger Foo. Though we have aged but we are still going strong.
Good bye magic island I shall come back again.
So nice to see the whole of the Foo's family sending us off from the jetty, til then we shall meet again. Good bye and adios.
The boat was full of China visitors where we "tumpang" the ride to leave the island earlier and it started to rain.
The black garbage bag Macgyvered into a rain vest.
Meeting friendly cyclists along the way to Kuala Terengganu and we had short conversation checking each others' routes.
I continued to see beautiful beaches as I toured in this part of Malaysia and it can never be boring at all.
After more than 30km we reached Kuala Terengganu International Airport where Jason has to catch a flight back to KL. Thank you Jason for your company and I will see you again when I reach Melaka.
The view from Sultan Mahmud Bridge as I was about to enter Kuala Terengganu. My immediate destination was to visit the Crystal Mosque. It could seen from the bridge but it seems near yet it is far from sight.
Welcome to Kuala Terengganu with Bukit Besar in front of the busy street.
As I got closer to the mosque at Taman Tamadun Islam (Islam Heritage Park) where you could find scaled-down replicas of 22 famous monuments from various part of the world.
A uniquely decorated public bus of Kuala Terengganu.
A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.
After visiting the Islamic Heritage Park I slowly inched myself closer to Chinatown and to look for a place to stay.
I enjoyed myself seeing the surrounding of Kampung Cina as I was scouting for a hotel.
A nice map of Kampung Cina found at a corner of a street.
Checking the Turtle Alley at the Dragon Arch with figures of turtle made of mosiac tiles together with information of the turtle.
The arch at the exit of Chinatown.
Ho Ann Kiong Chinese Temple is the oldest temple in Kuala Terengganu it is believed to date back to 1801. One of the buildings in Chinatown declared a heritage site by the United Nations UNESCO World Monument Watch Programme.
It looks like another making of Jonker's walk in the east coast. Well done and keep it up.
I found How's place and the Lawrence the hotelier gave me a discount when I mentioned his name. Well done How it is a lovely place you have put up.
Viewed from the balcony of KT Chinatown Lodge.
I was fortunate to come to KT during the Peranakan Festival, the whole of the Chinatown was lively and impressive.
There were many tables in Town City Food Court enjoying this fried beehon, I found a seat and ordered mine too. The order took a while but it was worth the wait, it was super delicious and not wonder it's so popular. That's was a lovely dinner.
Though it was drizzling but it never failed to deter the people from coming out on the street. The female Peranakan is fondly known as Mek while the male as Awang.
Calligraphy is one of the many activities seen there were others like Mek Beauty contest, Mek fashion show and other performances during the Peranakan Festival. There were also many food of different kind from the various cultures.
That was it the day in Kuala Terengganu after coming from Merang Jetty over a distance of 54km.

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