An Introduction to Terengganu


One may think Terengganu is a quiet city as compared with Selangor and Kuala Lumpur with its bustling city centres and vibrant population but it only takes a bit of time and a sense of adventure and open-mindedness to discover the true uniqueness of Terengganu. Located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is bordered by Kelantan in the northwest, Pahang in the southwest and in the east by the South China Sea. Some of the surrounding islands well known for its white sandy beaches and tranquil waters are Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Redang, all of which have attracted a huge number of foreign tourists.

Terengganu has an area of 12,955 km² and its state capital is Kuala Terengganu. Its districts are Besut, Dungun, Hulu Terengganu, Kemamam, Kuala Terengganu, Marang and Setiu. For those who are familiar with Terengganu, one just has to mention this state and images of traditional kampung houses, authentic handicrafts, azure beaches and amazing local and cultural scenes come to mind.

It has a rich history dating back to the 6th century AD as recorded by Chinese merchants and sea men traveling through the South China Sea. It was under the Srivijaya occupation of the state that the practice of trade was most prominent. This was then followed by the Siamese and then the British rule. Terengganu was occupied by the Japanese in World War One. The British regained control over the state after that and finally, Terengganu became part of the Federation of Malaya in 1948 and a state of Malaysia after i...
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