Kuala Terengganu–Crystal Mosque & Floating Mosque

GRAND TOUR – continued

Communications towers on Bukit Besar, Kuala Terengganu

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.

View from Bukit Besar

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.

Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu

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’.

Floating Mosque Kuala Terengganu

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:

sultan-omar-ali-saifuddien-mosque-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.

 

Fort Duyong, Kuala Terengganu

Fort Duyong

Fort Duyong, or Kota Lama Duyung, is located on an island (Pulau Duyung) in the estuary of the Terengganu River  a few kilometres from the city centre of Kuala Terengganu.

It was never really a fort in the military sense but was given the name because it was surrounded by a brick wall and partly built from cement whereas all other houses on the island were made only from wood at that time (1920).

Kota Lama Duyong

This house, now a museum, is a mish-mash of architectural styles including Islamic, Chinese and Western. The information plaque describes it as having ‘strong Corinthian and Egyptian influences’.

Intricate wood carving at Fort Duyong

There are lots of examples of skilled carpentry throughout but they are not the originals. The old house fell into disrepair and was damaged by a flood in 1986. What we see now is a restoration completed in 1999 following closely the original design.

Boat Model at Pulau Duyong

There is not a huge amount to see at this free museum but it does have a few nice boat models, perhaps reflecting the island’s fame as a boat building centre. Here is the Malay name for this particular type of boat:

Pinis Gobel

The museum is open from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Fridays.

Fort Duyong Museum