Istana Balai Besar Jalan Tengku Seri Akar Kota Bharu Kelantan Malaysia
Tumpat in Kelantan is famous for its Buddhist temples. In fact, there are 25 temples in the place and Wat Photivihanin kampung Jambu is said to be the famous among all of them. Simply because it houses the largest reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia measuring 40 meters in length and 9 meters in width. Since Tumpat is near the border of Thailand, you can obviously say that the temple itself in this area are typical examples of Thai Buddhist Temples. I haven’t been to a Buddhist temple before, that is why I make sure that it will be included in our itinerary. Its very visible upon entering the compound. Even if it doesn’t look colorful compare to other Buddhas and temples in the area, it still remains as the center of attraction because of its size.
Istana Jahar Jalan Sultan Kota Bharu Kelantan Malaysia
This palace houses the museum of royal traditions and ceremonies since 1992. The name is derived from the tree that grows in the palace ground. The inauguration of Istana Jahar is formally officiated by the Sultan of Kelantan. There is also a marker at the entrance that says “The palace was built in 1887 during the reign of Sultan Muhammad II as a gift to Long Kundur. who was Raja Bendahara and third in the line to the thrones. It was known as Raja Bendahara Palace. Long Kundur succeeded Sultan Muhammad II in 1889 and became Sultan Muhammad III. Istana Jahar was a royal residence during the reign of Sultan Muhammad III and several other sultans.” Beside the palace is the place where the collections of weapons are being displayed as well as the boats and kereta kuda that was used in different occassions before.
Kampung Bunohan Tumpat Kelantan Malaysia
After being amazed with the largest reclining Buddha, we headed to another temple. This time, its in Wat Machimmaram located in Kampung Bunuhan which is popular for its Sitting Buddha. They said that it is the second largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Upon entry to its gate, we cant help but say “wow!”. Its really big and beautiful. It is also surrounded with other Buddhas and temples.
Tok Bali Pasir Puteh Malaysia
After Istana Negeri, we went to Tok Bali, almost an hour away from Kota Bharu. I took advantage of that long travel to sleep and rest. I opened the taxi’s window for the fresh air. When we arrived, we felt that its not the Tok Bali Beach that is shown in the map that we have. Where we at seems like a fish port name Tok Bali. The taxi driver talked to some of the fishermen in the area to ask where is that picture. We found out that we were on the wrong side of Tok Bali, so without any time to waste we left the place and head to Tok Bali Beach which is just 10 mins away from the Tok Bali Fish Port. Tok Bali Beach: Going to Tok Bali Beach is easy when you have you’re own car. Though its roughly 45 minutes away from Kota Bharu, I cant see any public transport passing by the area. What we did is we rented a taxi for the whole day for a tour around Kota Bharu and nearby districts, which for me is very much convenient. It is also best done in a group so you can split expenses. After we parked and got off the car, I can completely feel how serene the place was that time. It was very quiet that only the crashing waves and the chirping birds are making the sound. We’ve also seen a group of students having their lecture under the trees beside the sea. I was not sure if during peak seasons and holidays the place will still feel the same. There line ups of stores which were closed when we arrived. But for me, at that very moment I felt so calm and relax.