A QUICK GLANCE AT TERENGGANU
Terengganu, also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Iman, which means “Abode of Faith”, is a sultanate and constitutive state of Malaysia. With Kuala Terengganu as its capital, it is populated by 1.125 million people. Terengganu covers an area of 12,956 km2. Under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) project, Terengganu is positioned as a state that focuses on tourism and education.
Terengganu provides diverse and extraordinary tourism attractions in areas coastal and sustainable island tourism, ecotourism, urban tourism, along with its distinctive cultural and heritage tourism. In order to boost the reputation of Kuala Terengganu as a vibrant Heritage Waterfront City, the new Kuala Terengganu City Centre (KTCC) will be developed. Others key sectors of Terengganu under the ECER project include manufacturing, oil, gas & petrochemical, agriculture and human capital development.
Owing to its history background and geographical location, Terengganu gets cultural influences from its neighbour in the north, particularly Kelantan and Thailand. In terms of religion, the general public is still enjoying freedom to choose the religion that they want to embrace even though Terengganu is a conservative Muslim state. Meanwhile, the local born Chinese are well adapted to the Malay culture and traditions of Terengganu and are able to speak local dialects fluently.
MAJOR ATTRACTIONS OF TERENGGANU
Colourful Heritage & Culture
Terengganu is famous for the craftsmanship of various traditional products such as batik, songket weaving, rattan weaving, wood carving, keris making, brassware and wau making. It is also very popular in boat making and one of the most famous and finest traditional boats making place is Pulau Duyung. Located in Bukit Losong is the Terengganu State Museum that houses Terengganu's historical artefacts and artworks. Another place that has been recognised as part of Malaysia’s living history of heritage architecture is the Chinatown of Kuala Terengganu. It is lined with some ancient buildings that are over a century old and some from the Pre-World War II era. Ancient Chinese temples such as Ho Ann Kiong (1801) and Tien Hok Kong (1896) have been identified by UNICEF as Heritage Attractions.
Exotic Beaches, Islands & Parks
Terengganu has one of the longest exotic beaches in Malaysia that stretches at 244 km long with spectacular panoramic view. The gentle white sandy beaches and crystal clear water of Terengganu's islands are famous even amongst foreigners. For who enjoy scuba diving, sailing, boating, deep-sea fishing and wind surfing, Pulau Perhentian is the perfect destination. It is well-known as one of Malaysia’s marine paradise and is a part of the National Marine Park of Malaysia. For professional divers, Pulau Tenggol would be the most ideal destination as it is reputed as the best diving site in Malaysia. The world's oldest tropical rainforest Tanjong Mentong National Park, Tasik Kenyir is also another key attraction of Terengganu.
Cemerong Waterfall (305 metres) is the highest waterfall in Malaysia located about 30 km away from AI Muktafi Billah Shah Township in Dungun with untouched nature. For adventure seekers, jungle-trekking towards the waterfall would be a fun and thrilling experience. For visitors who visit Teluk Mak Nik between May and September, they will be able to witness the turtles return to the coastline to lay their eggs.
Variety of Exotic Local Foods
Terengganu is also well-known for its local delicacies which are greatly influence by its rich cultural heritage. Keropok Lekor made primarily from a combination of dough and pounded fish is one of the most popular snacks for afternoon tea. Another extension of this favourite snack of Terengganu’s residents is the Keropok Keping (fish crackers) made from sun-dried slices of Keropok Lekor. Others popular delicacies of Terengganu that one must try include Budu (a very pungent and salty anchovy sauce, often mixed with sliced onions and chillies as condiments), Laksam (pronounced as “laksang” in local Malay dialect), a improvised version of laksa made from rice flour, as well as Sata (fish cake wrapped in banana leaves) which is made from a blend of fish, grated coconut and some spices.