Gathered around the Padang Merdeka area of Kota Bharu is a cluster of excellent museums. Spend a leisurely day exploring them and you’ll...
The pale yellow Istana Batu, constructed in 1939, was the crown prince’s palace until donated to the state. The richly furnished rooms...
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Kedai Kopi White House
For a classic local experience, pop into this old-school Chinese coffee shop for a tea or coffee while you’re exploring Kota Bharu’s...
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Kota Bharu’s best museum, both in terms of exhibits and structure. It’s housed in a beautiful chocolate-brown building that dates back to 1887, easily one of the most attractive traditional buildings in the city. The interior displays focus on Kelatanese ritual and crafts, from detailed descriptions of batik-weaving to the elaborate ceremonies of coming-of-age circumcision, wedding nights and funerary rights.