Sunday, October 2, 2016

Road Trip to Penang Wedding : Kuala Krai Tumpat, and Kota Bharu

Sigh!!! I am getting behind in my blogging!!! I still have not givenyou my stories on Kuala Krai and Kota Bharu!

So. we are whizzing on to Kuala Krai!!!

Lots of fruits on food stalls along the way....

 Kuala Krai's Big Market (Pasar Besar)
 The roundabout with a gasing (spinning top) in the centre.

 Policeman having his elevenses but it was so hot, he bared his midriff!

 Kuala Krai town

 So we leave Kuala Krai and move on the Kota Bharu

We passed some nice padi fields enroute

We  have reached Tumpat and there are many "wats" here, blink, you will miss the entrance!

(Wat Photivihan is a Buddhist temple located in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan, in Malaysia. The temple is one of 25 temples found in Tumpat, and is one of the most popular in the country)

 Wat Phothivihan

 We have visited this place 30 years ago....then 

 and now!!!


 In 2016, this Kirin Guardian has become a Pokestop!! such is the changes in  time

 Hungry dog wants to eat the buns

 He topples the plate and has a nice feed!!!

We came here to view the largest reclining Buddha in this wat.

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Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha (Tumpat, Malaysia)

AddressKampung Jambu, 16200, Tumpat, Kelantan, Malaysia
 As we did so many years ago!
and now

and now
Then we walked to Wat Machimmaram to view the Sitting Buddha
 Wat Machimmaram Sitting Buddha
 The statue was simply awesome as it was huge and makes you wonder how long it took them to build it

 Beautiful lilies and lotus on the grounds
 So now we leave Tumpat

And enter Kota Bharu town

 We checked in Tune Hotel

 Gosh, wonder, what he is doing? hahaha!

 After checking we drove round town. Kota Bharu is still rustic and green.

 We are going to visit the famous market where women power rules: Khatijah Market
 It is situated near the mosque and Trade centre, all of which are also Pokestops!

 Colourful and well known market named after Prophet Mohamad's wife (the entrepreneur one) and is famous for its women traders who sit among their produce and conduct business, rather than men.

 Siti Khadijah Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah)
 AddressPasar Besar, Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, 15000, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, 15000, Malaysia

 We leave the market (bought only fish keropok to fry back home) and went to Palace complex to visit Istana Jahar, Kota Bharu

Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu

 Istana Jahar

 The Istana Jahar was a royal residence in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. It was built in 1855 by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan for his grandson Long Kundur. Wikipedia
AddressJalan Sultan, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
 The Palace built in 1855:....The palace has a pentagon-shaped porte-cocherewith the first floor balcony from which members of the royal family could watch ceremonies held in front of the palace.
Today, the palace houses the Museum of Royal Traditions and Customs of Kelantan.

 The National Monument

 The War Memorial

 Nice, easy and cool evening to walk around looking for all the tourist sights!

We are going to the royal bridge


 So this is the end of our Kota Bharu cultural walk.

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