Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Chinatown @ Kuala Terengganu

This will be another post filled with just merely photos and not much words! #superfailedblogger

So let's start off with a rather boring introduction about Chinatown first perhaps? 
“ Kampung Cina or also known as Chinatown of Kuala Terengganu is the main Chinese settlement in Kuala Terengganu, situated near the heart of Kuala Terengganu city centre. Chinatown is actually a row of prewar old building at Jalan Kg Cina. These buildings are believed to be the residence for the Chinese from China mainland who arrived in Peninsular Malaysia in the 19th century. Most of the houses are 2 stories, with brick or concrete structure and wooden flooring in the second storey. Some still keep its wood carving on the windows and huge heavy wooden front door whereas some were turned into the renewed modern concrete building.

These century old building are now sundry shops, local coffee shops, offices for several tour operators, batik and souvenir shops, restaurants etc. Recently there are people who buy over the house from the original owners and turn it a ‘swiftlet house’ for their bird nest business. — Source  
Several tourist agencies such as , No.200 & 202 Square Point Resort (Lang Tengah), No.139 Redang Bay Resort, No.181 Redang Holidays, No.167 Redang Reef Resoretc are also located in Chinatown. Plus this is probably the only place you can find stalls selling pork in Kuala Terengganu. Shops here are usually closed on Fridays, so feel free to visit Chinatown on any other days but not Fridays! Cause it's Friday Friday, gonna get down on Friday #lame #facepalm

Moving on... since Chinatown is sort of like a historical place, I've edited the photos to look somehow old and vintage (: Are you ready? Down to the memory lane, we go!
The main entrance of Chinatown (:

There is also a this Chinese Temple where the local believe that ‘Goddess’ of the temple has given them very accurate guidance and ‘protection’ during the hard time, therefore there is always worshipers redeem their vow to the God.

Madam Bee's Kitchen is actually located just opposite the temple.

Some random seashells wind chime I came accross in a shop selling souvenirs. 

The bridge that connects two side of the Chinatown together which was set apart by the Kuala Terengganu river. 

Spot anything unusual in this photo? 

Look! There's a four legged snake, usually what the Chinese calls it! Or is it a deadly baby monitor lizard?  :OOO

Here's a better close up. Imagine this bugger roaming around in Chinatown *gasp*

More old and worn out shoplots. 

This red telephone booth caught my attention so I decided to have a look at it.
Hello, hello, baby; You called, I can't hear a thing.♪( ´▽`) There's a telephone inside but too bad the telephone booth was locked. I guess it's some kind of private property. 
Cool, huh? 
The girls <3

So, where are you heading next? 

Can't believe they still use this kind of lock LOL

Depsite the buildings are old, I like the fact that they are still well maintained and were painted with colourful shades along with colourful long roof which made it a pretty awesome spot for photoshooting in evening before the sun disappears from the sky. Long live, Chinatown!

Next post will be on Seberang Takir, stay tuned to find out more! :D


Camy said...

such a nice place! especially for photography!

Jessy said...

did you try the bun there? and the curry meeee?

Eunice said...

eh ehh! nice!! didnt know theres a Cina town there! haha~

Nikel Khor said...

wah.. the only tourist spot in KT

Henry Tan said...

hahahahhaa four leg snake! laugh die me!!! hahahaha anyway is the place really nice or ur photography make it better? =p

Small Kucing said...

That temple was actually burnt down in 2010 if i am not mistaken. Near CNY time. They baru rebuilt it.

You should visit that China town during CNY. Lagi best. Each shop have pertandingan decorations.

Kian Fai Koh said...

haha I usually go to that temple if Small Kuching say it was true, that was so sad :(

anyways, KT china town I always strooling outer part of it and didnt really went so inside until . . . mydin LOL!

Xue Ren said...

I havent been there before, and I'll visit this one day. Seems like a historical city for me! =P