KELANTAN - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
PLACES OF WORSHIP
 
 

PLACES OF WORSHIP

There are several interesting places of worship in Kelantan. The state?s mosques were renowned as centres for Islamic missionary activities and religious studies. The Al-Muhammadi Mosque was one of the most prominent, with a teaching system that is similar to the one practiced in Masjidil Haram in Mecca. The Buddhist temples or watts are another unique

attraction here.

 
 

MASJID AL-MUHAMMADI / STATE MOSQUE

Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kota Bharu

 

A significant landmark in the city, this mosque features graceful arches and golden-coloured domes. It was named the Al-Muhammadi Mosque as a tribute to the late Sultan Muhammad IV for his contributions to the state. It was reconstructed to the present stone building in 1925, during the reign of Sultan Ismail. In the 18th century, the mosque was a centre for Islamic missionary activities, and well-known religious scholars such as Tuan Taba and Tok Kenali carried out their teachings here. Upon completing their learning in this mosque, students will pursue their studies in Mecca. The State Mosque is today the official venue for state-level religious activities and functions.

 
 
 

MASJID KAMPUNG LAUT

Nilam Puri, Kota Bharu

 

This mosque is acclaimed as the oldest in the State, and one of the oldest in the Malay archipelago. Originally located in Kampung Laut, Tumpat, the mosque was moved here in 1968 after the great flood. The Kampung Laut Mosque was said to have been built by Islamic missionaries who travelled between Champa and java, with the help of some locals. Although there are no records of the mosque?s age, it is noted to have similarities to the Demak Mosque in java, built in 1401.

 
 
 

MASJID LANGGAR

Kota Bharu

 

Boasting palace-style carvings, this mosque has the distinction of being the only 19th century wooden mosque that is still being used in the state. It is said to have been built in 1874. Beside it stands a newer structure, constructed in 1987. Menara Pulai Condong in Machang is another historic mosque built in 1856. Visitors are advised to obtain permission before entering the mosques and observe its rules and regulations at all times. Ladies are required to wear headscarves. Female visitors to the State Mosque are required to wear robes, which can be collected at the International Islamic Centre (ICC), situated a short walk away.

 
 
 

There are a number of Buddhist temples or wats in Kelantan, especially in the district of Tumpat where there is a sizeable Chinese population. The temples attract a large number of devotees on Wesak Day, a Buddhist festival.

 
 

WAT PHOTIVIHAN

Kampung Jambu, Turnpat

 

About 15km from Kota Bharu lies one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Kelantan. Wat Photivihan houses a statue of Reclining Buddha, believed to be the largest in Southeast Asia. It measures 40m in length, 11 m in height and 9m in width. The Wat Laikatong, also in Tumpat, features a 43m ?Standing Buddha?.

 
 
 

WAT MACHIMMARAM

Kampung Bunuhan, Jubakar. Tumpat

 

A magnificent statue of Sitting Buddha is the striking attraction of this temple. It is said to be the second largest of its kind in Southeast Asia. Seated in a meditative pose on a lotus blossom, the statue measures 30m in height and 47m in width. It is also acclaimed to have lips made of pure gold. Chinese folklore statues, dragon-adorned pillars and intricate carvings are other intriguing features here.

 
 
 

WAT MAI SUVANKHIRI (DRAGON BOAT TEMPLE)

Kampung Bukit Tanah, Tumpat

 

Covering four hectares, this breathtakingly beautiful complex consists of two main temples. A unique attraction here is that the main temple is housed within the replica of a huge dragon boat. Guarding the entrance are two magnificent dragons, each said to be around 150 feet long. The ornate decorations make these temples an astounding sight.

 
 
 

SWEET NYET KONG TEMPLE

Kampung Pulai, Gua Musang

 

Believed to be over 500 years old, the Sweet Nyet Kong Temple, or ?Water, Moon Temple? was built by the earliest Hakka Chinese community in Kelantan. A month-long festival, held annually in March, is celebrated on a grand scale to pay homage to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. This temple is situated about 7km from Gua Musang town.

 
 
 
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP
KELANTAN - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA