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Kota Bharu, Malaysia - 29th November 2006

By: imajica

Imajica brought me to see the town Kota Bharu, which takes about 10 minutes from her house. I am in the central square and at the back is the Sultan Ismail Arch, one of the main landmarks of the town.


This is called Bank Pitis, believed to be the earliest bank ever exists here, now is preserved as a display in the square. Pitis is the Kelantanese term for money. The wooden fence at the back belongs to Istana Balai Besar (Balai Besar Palace).


And this is the main gate, though we are not allowed to enter and to take pictures inside. Istana Balai Besar was built by Sultan Muhammad II in 1840, and the palace was formerly the residence of past Sultans (Kings). Now itís used as a venue for official state functions.


In front of the gate is Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) and you cans see the flags of Malaysia and Kelantan here. This was formerly a palace build in 1887 by the same Sultan and now has been transformed into a museum featuring Kelantanís cultural heritage named Muzium Adat Istiadat Kelantan (Museum of Custom and Tradition).


I donít know what this covered stage is about but it looks quite beautiful. A rest place for the princess, I guess?


* Posted Nov 29, 2006, 1:42 pm [Quote] Go to the top of the page


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