Kuala Terengganu (Pinyin:
登嘉楼) colloquially abbreviated as KT; Jawi: كوالا ترڠڬانو) is the largest city as well
as the state and royal capital of Terengganu state, Malaysia.
January 2008, Kuala Terengganu was awarded city status
. The city has a population of
396,433 and is also the seat of a district of the same name.
Terengganu is located about 500 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur on a promontory
surrounded on three sides by the South China Sea.
The name means the "river mouth of
Terengganu", referring to the broad expanse of the Terengganu River
estuary which empties into
the ocean at this point. Kuala Terengganu is also the name of the
parliamentary constituency in which the city is situated . The
inhabitants of the city speak a distinct Terengganese dialect of
Kuala Terengganu town area
There was only one street, called Kampung Cina (Chinatown), when
Kuala Terengganu was founded. A family of Chinese traders who were
trading between China and the Malay Peninsula established it as
early as the 15th century. This is proven by the Chinese settlement
in Kampung Cina (Chinatown) where buildings are hundreds of years
It soon grew into an important trading post between the two
countries. However, after the Malacca Empire
conquered the town, its
influence as a leading port in the Southeast Asian region
diminished as most of the traders preferred to stop at Melaka,
which was the center of trade between China, India and Southeast
economic activities include retail and wholesale trade in food
items, fabric and apparels, fisheries, agriculture, service
industries, and tourism, particularly as a jumping-off point for
the nearby Perhentian
Places of interest include Chinatown, Pasar Payang (Central
Market), the Sultan's Palace, the State Museum, Pulau Duyong and
the latest attraction is Masjid Kristal in Pulau Wan Man. Kuala
Terengganu also famous for its keropok lekor Losong
traditional dishes nasi dagang.
The Monsoon Cup
2005 celebrated its
inauguration and debut as the 50th official event of the Swedish Match
, and serves as the Malaysian leg for the prestigious
international sailing event. Dubbed ‘The Formula One of Sailing’,
this professional sailing series was formed in 2000 to unite the
world’s best match-race regattas under one banner. The Swedish
Match Tour comprises nine events in nine specially selected
locations around the world. As the leading professional sailing
series in the world, the Tour events are recognized as must-attend
regattas on the match-race circuit. The Monsoon Cup 2005 was held
at Pulau Duyong, Terengganu, from 29 November to 4 December 2005.
The Monsoon Cup for the 2006 offered the highest prize money in the
world (RM1 million) for a match racing event with the sponsorship
of Richard Mille of Richard Mille Watches. Richard Mille was also
be the official time keeper for the event. The Monsoon Cup 2006 was
held at Pulau Duyong
, Terengganu, from
the 29 November to 3 December 2006.
The city is connected to other towns via a good network of roads
and also some ferries that ply the Terengganu River. The Sultan Mahmud Bridge
, a bridge over the
Terengganu River, provides a road link to both banks of the river.
On the other side of the Terengganu River, there is a medium-sized
airport called Sultan Mahmud
serving domestic routes.