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PLACES OF INTEREST
 
  Must Visit Places
 
ISLANDS HOLIDAYS
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KUALA TERENGGANU
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MARANG
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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

HISTORY & HERITAGE - The Chinese Village

 
 

Heritage and History - Kampung Cina / Chinese Village not China Town.

 

According to Munshi Abdullah (regarded as Father of Modern ay Literature) who visited Kuala Terengganu in 1836, there was a large Chinese quarter with a Chinese Capitan (Chinese leader) named Kapitan Lim Eng Huat (1798-1847). He was said to be the second Kapitan of the Chinatown. The Hokkien Chinese were the earliest and largest group of Chinese settlers, and hence, the Hokkien dialect is commonly used there.  By the mid-1800s, the Chinese population of Kuala Terengganu increased rapidly as new Chinese immigrants arrived. Kuala Terengganu, which is strategically located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, was a natural stopping point for those who plied the trade route between China and Southeast Asia in the early days. Kampung Cina became the most densely populated Chinese area in Terengganu.

 

Today, a stroll through Kampung Cina on Jalan Bandar (Bandar Road), Kuala Terengganu, is like taking a step back in time. Two rows of 195 shop houses which date back to the late 1800s flank the road. One row of shop houses is built along the right bank of the Terengganu river. Many of these shop-houses have extensions at the back facing the river.

 

Some of these extensions date back to a time when the riverside shop houses had back entrances and jetties for loading and unloading goods from boats. In the early days, the river was the essential mode of transport. Today, these jetties at the back of some of these shop houses are used for speedboats.  There is a hawkers' centre at the back of the other row of shop-houses that sells various types of local food.

 
 
Heritage and History - Kampung Cina / Chinese Village not China Town.

Heritage and History - Kampung Cina / Chinese Village not China Town.

 

An old well which dates back to more than a hundred years is also located nearby.  It is known as the Low Tiey Well. In the early settlement days, the term Low Tiey is a title for Chinese translator and Chinese community leader. The water in the well was used for drinking and washing. The well is believed to have been excavated and constructed in 1875 by Low Tiey Lim Keng Hoon (1820-1882).  Kampung Cina is acknowledged as a part of Malaysia's living history of shop-house architecture, reflecting a spectrum of architecture from the earliest wooden and Baroque, to 1920s Art Deco and postmodernism, all on one street.

 

Two very old Chinese temples - Ho Ann Kiong (1801) and Tien Hou Kong (1896) - are located in Kampung Cina. Other than being places of worship, the temples were also community centres for the Hokkiens and Hainanese respectively, and temporary shelters for the early immigrants. North of Jalan Bandar is the Central Market or Pasar Payang - where various fruits, vegetables, textiles, household goods and sundry items are displayed for sale. Throughout Kampung Cina, the Chinese have integrated with the local Malays. They like wearing sarongs, eating Malay food and often speak in the thick Terengganu Malay dialect. As it has always been a place of unique historical and cultural character, Kuala Terengganu's Kampung Cina is now regarded as a heritage attraction for both local and foreign tourists.

 
 
 
HISTORY & HERITAGE - The Chinese Village
TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA