Chinatown in Kuala Terengganu is first established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century. It was once a hub for commercial activities that help shaped Kuala Terengganu into what it is today. The Chinese built the traditionally designed shop houses according to their place of origin in Mainland China.
The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nation’s UNESCO under its World Monument Watch Programme to ensure beautification and preservation of this pre-colonial heritage significant. The Chinese have been living harmoniously with the majority Malays in the state.
They blend with the local culture and heritage, speak fluent local dialect and share the likings of traditional delicacies while retaining their identity. Souvenir shops, restaurants, electronic and grocery shops lined the colourful buildings. It is also home to two grand temple or toapekongs, the Ho Ann Kiong and the Tien Hou Kong.
Visits to Kg. China are a must when you are in Kuala Terengganu. Try spending time walking along the streets. Feel the atmosphere, the distant chatter that fills the air with pungent smell of spices and appreciates the colourful and eclectic architecture with each motif articulates the houseowner’s hopes for longevity, abundance, good luck and offspring.