Our journey doesn’t stop at Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah. Right upon hotel check in and a short rest, we hit the road again. Did I mentioned earlier that FF’s came up with a mission to track down Masjid Kampung Laut right after we got to know about it at the Islamic Art Museum. The history of the ‘masjid’ enthralled us and wish that we could perform our afternoon prayers there too.
Without enough research, we blindly headed to Kampung Laut in Tumpat where it was originally located. As we drove down the road half way, I suddenly remembered that it was clearly mentioned that the ‘masjid’ was then relocated to a new strategic location due to a frequent flood tragedy in the past which threaten the existing structure. I quickly highlighted FF that we were actually going to the wrong location as we shall headed to Nilam Puri. Saving all the drama, we then reached the location which is approximately 25km away from the city centre. It’s very much easy to spot the ‘masjid’ as it is located right in front of the Universiti Malaya Nilam Puri Campus and shared the same compound with Kolej Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail Petra (KIAS).
Masjid Kampung Laut is reputed to be the oldest in Malaysia even though no one could actually confirmed on the actual age of the structure.
The architectural design of Masjid Kampung Laut was indeed unique. No steel nails were used. Instead wooden or bamboo pegs replaced them. Masjid Kampung Laut had many features in common with mosque in Java (Masjid Demak) and Champa (Masjid Kono). In almost aspect, the designs were aimed at retaining the Islamic concept of the religion. The famous Islamic design of Masjid Kampung Laut is especially its unique roofing structure and other related characteristics had always been a source of pride to the people of Kelantan”
Source : Masjid Kampung Laut Information Board
Right after that, we then opt for an early dinner and decided to lavish ourselves. After looking through a wide selection of list on those popular restaurant in Kota Bharu, we decided to try one of it which is Restoran Wau! It was actually a ‘WOW’ moment for us as we’re looking at the long list of the restaurant menu. Besides, it was a good decision to reach there early since the restaurant is full house in less than an hour.
With a full stomach on, we then headed to the only market in Kota Bharu that never sleeps, Wakaf Che Yeh. It is located about 5 to 7 kilometres away from the city centre. It first started about 10 years ago and it is unique. Reason? It’s a wet market by day, a night market till midnight and a wholesale wet market selling fresh fruits and vegetables from midnight to early morning. All in one place. You can find a lots of stuff here from a cheap Thai made clothing, textiles, local foods and even gold. Yes, gold! We don’t shop much here as the price seems to be overrated. The only thing that we bought is the roasted cashew nuts.
We started our 2nd days journey with FOOD! Yes, everything is all about food in Kelantan! We drove all the way to Kopitiam Kita, the most sensational kopitiam in Kota Bharu. It’s the most popular breakfast spot in the city centre. If you guys are wondering where it’s located, do find your way to Taman Desa Jaya at Jalan Pengkalan Chepa. We’ve been spoilt when the food counter is lined with dozens of popular meals in Kelantan, from Nasi Air Dingin, Nasi Kak Wok, Nasi Tumpang and others collected all around Kelantan town. Therefore, you can have everything in Kelantan just in one place. You’re all covered!😀 Another signature dish of the coffee shop is definitely Roti Titab, a nice french toast bread with half boiled eggs and kaya.
The line up!
The famous Nasi Kak Wok. Missed this so badly eventhough it’s just a simple meal which come with a white rice, gulai lemak, sambal and fried chicken. Everything was so nice!
Roti Titab, but we very much preferred Roti Goyang in Ipoh.
Since exercise is the most effective way to burn calories, so here we are at Menara Tinjau Tambatan Diraja. With just RM1 as an entrance fees, we climbed up to the highest level, which is the 6th floor. With 150 meter height, the tower is located just by the Kelantan river bank and it’s open to public from 8am to 5pm. You can actually see the overall panorama view of Sungai Kelantan and the town itself. We spent a lil bit of our times been on top of the world appreciating the whole view by our Almighty God. Alhamdulillah.
At one side, this is the view from 6th floor which is Padang Merdeka.
Another side of it, Sungai Kelantan.
Still linger around the Kota Bharu town, we got caught up with the state mosque, Masjid Muhammadi situated at Jalan Sultanah Zainab. What amazed us that the mosque is busy at all time and not limited to prayer time. We can see people going in and out as we passed by the mosque.
Last but not least, we then headed to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB) or formerly known as Pantai Cinta Berahi, located 10km away and it was the closest beach to Kota Bharu town. We wanted to go there just to feel the Kelantan sea breeze. Sekali sekala lepak tepi pantai, kena angin pantai memang best. A local friends told us that it’s a crowd puller location especially during the weekends. We just found out the fact that one of the historical significance of the beach that nearby location used to be the initial landing point of the Japanese Imperial Army in Malaya during World War II. From our personal view, it’s not suitable for swimming as you can see breakwater structure laid along the stretch.
We wrapped up our journey by getting ourselves a bit of taste of the local fried chicken at EddLee as our tea time and Nasi Air at MakSu Nab for dinner. Phewwww! This is definitely our so-called ‘gastronomic’ adventures.
So, it’s a wrap to our Kota Bharu journey? Kelantan anyone?
Zara AB & FF
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