GRAND TOUR – continued
While in Kuala Terengganu recently I went for an early morning stroll up Bukit Besar, the highest hill within the boundaries of the city. I am not sure how high it is but it only took about 15 minutes brisk walking to reach the top.
From the peak I noticed a mosque away in the distance alongside the Terengganu River which I thought must be the famous Crystal Mosque. I returned to my car and managed to find my way to the mosque.
Quite an unusual design. Next door to the mosque is the Islamic Civilization Park, a theme park featuring replicas of some of the most famous monuments in the Islamic world.
A little further out of town is the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah or ‘Floating Mosque’.
There are quite a few floating mosques in Malaysia. Putra Mosque in Putrajaya is classified as a floating mosque and there are other examples in Kota Kinabalu, Melaka and Tanjung Bungah, Penang.
The most impressive example of a floating mosque I have seen is probably the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei:
I enjoyed my visit to Kuala Terengganu. There are a few sights worth seeing in the city centre and I have written them up as one of my walking tours on my Malaysia-Traveller website.