Things to do in Kelantan

KELANTAN IS LOCATED at the north-east coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the south China Sea and covers a land area of 14,922 sq km. Its state capital, Kota Bharu, is a bustling town well connected to other major towns in Malaysia serves as the center for Kelantan's administrative and business activities.


Kelantan is famed for its unique cultural diversity, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and lush tropical jungle.



Places of interest in Kelantan

Gelanggang Seni (Cultural Centre)
It locally known as Gelanggang Seni, the Cultural Centre is a veritable showcase of the state's rich cultural heritage. Watch an enthralling range of traditional performance such as shadow puppetry, Malay martial arts, top-spinning, giant kite flying and musical performances.







Handicraft Village and Craft Museum
It set within a beautiful village setting, the complex houses a craft museum, craft shops, tourism offices and a restaurant. Browse through various tradition tools and handicraft in its museums. Cultural shows and craft demonstrations are held from time to time.







Siti Khadijah Market
This bustling market is one of kelantan's landmark attractions. Visitors can find everything from vegetables, local snacks to fresh tropical fruits. The colourful assemblage of goods and lively atmosphere makes it irresistible to shutterbugs. A unique feature here is that te majority of traders are women.







State Museum
This meseum showcase the arts, crafts and musical traditions of Kelantan. Other interesting exhibits include ceramic displays that testify to the early trade with China and artefacts from local archaeological sites.







Islamic Meseum
Trace the history of islam in the state. Highlights include islamic arts and crafts from variuos parts of the world and a photographic collection of Prophet Muhammad's personal belongings. This building was originally the state's first school for islamic studies.






Pantai Cahaya Bulan / Beach of Moonlight
This quite seaside town is famed for its swaying casuarinas and rustic village. The route to the beach is dotted with vibrant and colourful cottage industries that produce batik, songket and giant kites. Other beaches that overlook the Soulth China Sea include Pantai Irame, Pantai Melawi, Pantai Seri Tujuh, Pantai Tok Bali and Pantai Bisikan Bayu.







War Museum / Bank Kerapu
View a fascinating collection of documents, pictures and military paraphernalia of the Japanese Occupation in the country. Constructed in 1912, this building was originally the state's first bank. During the war, it served as the headquaters of the Japanse Kempetai, the feared secret police.







Royal Museum / Istana Batu
Originally a palace and venture for royal weddings, the building is now a repository for the history of the Kelantan royal family. View an impressive collection or royal regalia, photographs, furniture as well as beatiful crystals, silverware and palace items of former Sultans, Other interesting sites in Kota Bharu include the State Mosque, Istana Balai Besar and Merdeka Square.







Bazar Buluh Kubu (Bamboo Fort Bazaar)
This is a not-to-be-missed spot for avid shoppers and collectors. Find everything imaginable from beautifully handmade shoes, miniature musical instruments, kites, bags, silverware.







Wakaf Che Yeh
This bustling open-air night market is the place for a profusion of local snacks, fresh fruits, vegetable and clothes.