Siti Khadijah Market(New Central Market)

January 5, 2008

New Central Market

New Central Market

Kelantan’s Central Market is a riot of colour. It is one of the most vibrant sites in the country where traders display brilliantly coloured fresh garden produce.

Kelantan’s Central Market is mainly dominated and ‘ruled’ by the womenfolk. It may surprise you that a majority of stalls are run by women. From the early hours of the morning till sundown, these market queens sit across-legged upon their raised wooden platforms, guarding their merchandise.

New Central Market

Perhaps this is a throwback to the fact that Kelantan was once ruled by a princess, Cik Siti Wan Kembang, a female sovereign. Kelantanese women remain fiercely entrepreneurial and have been known to be hard bargainers.

The sights, sounds, and colours are uniquely Kelantanese–women traders display garden produce, food stands grill delectable barbecued chicken and craftsmen offer traditional wares like Kelantanese silver rose bowls.

New Central Market

All around the square, or rather octagon, the energy is electric, effervescent colors swirl, as the fruits and vegetables blush in brilliant hues of bright yellow, deep burgundy, rich mauve, strating scarlet, clam olive and stunning lime green.

Baskets dance in the crowd, weaving through the throng of sarong clad women with spinach kissed snadals, filling with fresh turnips, cabbages, tomatoes and chilies.

The queens dip their merchandise in refreshing bowls of water whilst others wave about their contraption of plastic bag attached to lidi stick, keeping away bugs Piquant scents waft on the moist air, a mixture of tangy spices, sweet meat floss, chewy ‘dodol’, a traditional glutinous rice flour cake made with palm sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves, as well as the luscious fried fish paste snack ‘keropok lekor’.

New Central Market

A paradise for browsing and shopping, this market offers a myriad of local handicraft including batik, leather goods, clothing and household items.

The market is probably the most photographed site in the country and it is especially lively in the mornings.

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Buluh Kubu Bazaar

January 5, 2008

Buluh Kubu Bazaar

Buluh Kubu Bazaar

Also known as Bamboo Fort Bazaar. It is located next to the Istana Balai Besar and Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah. Here bargain-hunters will have a great time at the Bazaar Buluh Kubu.

With three floors of merchandise to browse through, this bazaar is packed with many items, especially batik fabric and handicrafts. It is stocked with just about everything imaginable and at bargain prices as well. The sheer variety of locally made souvenirs, knick-knacks, batik, gold and silver songket, fine silverware and imported Thai goods leave you in awe.

A wide choice of clothes, T-shirt, sarongs and hats are also offered at reasonable prices. There are also hats, keychains and keris available. These items are perfect as souvenirs. The bustling bazaar, with lots of traditional food items to savour, makes this place fun and interesting to be at. It is especially busy during the afternoons and evenings.


Batik Factory

January 5, 2008

Batik Factory

Batik Factory

Batik Printing is indigenous to Kelantan. In the past, basic cotton materials were printed using the stamp block method. Now much more sophisticated methods are used on a variety of materials, both for attire and as wall hangings.

A visit to the factory will gives an insight into the entire process of batik printing. Some of the bigger factories are at Kampung Puteh, Kubor Kuda and Kampung Badang.

Opening hours : 8.30am-5.30 pm daily (except Fridays)


Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel

January 5, 2008

 

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel
Kota Bharu, Kelantan

Located in a prime location in Kota Bharu, Renaissance Kota Bharu is the only 5 star International Class hotel. The hotel is within easy reach of the central business district, the airport, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. All rooms are equipped with the latest amenities and convenience including: IDD, 3 telephones, high speed internet access, voice mail, large writing desk, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar, color TV with BBC channel, electronic safe, safelock on all doors, Separate shower stall and bathtub, hairdryer, bedside control touch panel for lighting, TV and individually controlled air conditioning, power outlet for 240 volts.

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu
Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu

Accommodation
All guest rooms are equipped with modern facilities and equipped with high speed internet access.

Guest Room Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm clock
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee maker/tea service
  • Crib
  • Electrical adapters
  • Individual climate control
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Luxurious bedding – down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens
  • Pillows: down/feather
  • Bathrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Separate tub and shower
  • Cable channel: ESPN
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Color TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Movies/videos

Business & Meetings
We’re the experts you can count on to make your meeting a success. Our meeting professionals approach every event, large or small, with a dedicated focus–providing you the comfort level you deserve.

Facilities

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu
Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu

  • Coffee/tea in-room
  • Newspaper delivered to room
  • Newspaper in lobby
  • Babysitting
  • Cash machine/ATM
  • Concierge desk
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Foreign exchange
  • Limousine service
  • Room service, 24-hour
  • Safe deposit boxes, front desk
  • Valet dry-cleaning
Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu

Location Map

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel Kota Bharu

Renaissance Kota Bharu Hotel
Kota Sri Mutiara,
Jalan Sultan Yahya Petra,
15150 Kota Bharu,
Kelantan, Malaysia.


Billion Shopping Centre (KB) Sdn. Bhd

January 5, 2008

Kota Sri Mutiara,
Lot 97 Seksyen 21,
Jalan Pasir Puteh,
15150 Kota Bharu
Kelantan , Malaysia

Phone
+609 743 3221


Pantai Timur Shopping Centre Sdn. Bhd

January 5, 2008

No.4171-4179,
Jalan Lebuh Raya,
Rantau Pantang
Kelantan , Malaysia

Phone
+609 795 2225


Wakaf Che Yeh

January 5, 2008

 Wakaf Che Yeh along Jalan Kuala Krai in Kota Bharu is a favourite shopping destination in Kelantan and attracts people from all over. This place is actually a huge 24-hour market, which is more active at night when traders set up numerous stalls selling unusual local food, exotic tropical fruits, cheap clothes, second hand goods as well as fresh product.

A scene at Wakaf Che Yeh Shopping HeavenWhile most parts of Kelantan turn quiet and mild as it approaches the evenings, Wakaf Che Yeh, or Che Yeh Market, in Jalan Kuala Krai, Kota Bharu, bustles 24-hours a day.

This open-air trading area, occupying about a quarter acre, is the stage for Kelantan commerce. As the day unfolds, traders enter and exit like actors in a play, changing the scene from a wholesale market to a wet market and finally to a typical local night market.

In the early hours of the morning, wholesale traders assemble their goods along the road, under the glare of fluorescent lights. Huge baskets, bursting with colour and aroma are set on the ground, offering all kinds of vegetables and every imaginable spice. Everything is sold in bulk at incredible wholesale prices. The atmosphere is almost surreal as traders and buyers go about the process of buying and selling under the cloak of the night and a million stars.

In the later hours of the morning, another set of traders enters the arena turning the whole place into a busy wet market. Fishermen with the morning’s catch and butchers with fresh, prime meat gather to make a sale. Scales are brought out, cleavers are sharpened, and blood, inevitably, spills. The locals shop here for the best cuts and freshest seafood – poultry, beef, fish, clams, squids.

In the evening, the scene changes yet again. Trestle tables are set up within inches of each other, leaving only a narrow lane for shoppers to negotiate their way through. Stools and plastic tables are brought out, the gas stove is fired up and food is served. Music, and sometimes dikir barat tunes, blares from speakers while fairy lights twinkle in rhythm, signaling the start of the pasar malam or night market.

This outdoor “shopping mall” has something for everyone. Local Kelantan food and desserts for the hungry; perfumes, shoes and clothes for the fashionable; music CDs, video CDs and even stereo systems for fans of entertainment; vegetables and fruits for the cook; traditional medicines for the weary; jewellery (including gold and gemstones) for the indulgent; and the charged, electric atmosphere for those who cannot afford anything.

This is Wakaf Che Yeh at its busiest. The narrow lanes are crammed full with tourists bargaining for souvenirs and locals shopping for groceries. It’s the perfect place to practice a little Kelantanese and catch some local action till the wee hours of the morning when the whole scenario repeats itself with the arrival of the wholesalers and their huge baskets of goods.