Attractions

Top Choice Public Art in Kota Bharu

Streetart Gallery

Not to be missed is this colourful display of street art covering a back alley between Jln Ismail and Jln Dato Pati. The depictions of smiling locals at work and play and idyllic jungle scenes are contrasted with gr…
Cultural Centre in Kota Bharu

Gelanggang Seni

Local cultural events, including gasing uri (top-spinning), silat (a Malay martial art), kite-making, drumming and shadow-puppet shows, are held regularly at the Gelanggang Seni. The events are especially kid-friend…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Jahar

Kota Bharu’s best museum focuses on Kelatanese ritual and crafts. It's also housed in a beautiful chocolate-brown building that dates back to 1887 and which is easily one of the most attractive traditional buildings…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Batu

The pale-yellow building, constructed in 1939, was the crown prince’s palace until donated to the state. Now a museum, the richly furnished rooms give a surprisingly intimate insight into royal life, with family pho…
Beach in Kota Bharu

Pantai Cahaya Bulan

Kota Bharu’s main beach was once known as Pantai Cinta Berahi, or the Beach of Passionate Love. In keeping with Islamic sensibilities, it’s now known as Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB), or Moonlight Beach, but most people…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Bank Kerapu

Built in 1912 for the Mercantile Bank of India, the Bank Kerapu building is a gem of colonial-era architecture. It was the first stone structure built in Kelantan, and during WWII, it was the HQ of the Kempai Tai, J…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Muzium Islam

Muzium Islam occupies an old villa once known as Serambi Mekah (Verandah to Mecca) – a reference to its days as Kelantan’s first school of Islamic instruction. Nowadays it displays a small collection of photographs …
Museum in Kota Bharu

Muzium Negeri Kelanta

This museum, next to the tourist information centre, is the official state museum. The exhibits on Kelantan’s history and culture are interesting, but the accompanying signage is poor.
Arts Centre in Kota Bharu

Kampung Kraftangan

This handicraft market, a touristy affair opposite Istana Batu, has a one-room museum with displays of woodcarving, batik-making and other crafts.
Mosque in Kota Bharu

State Mosque

Appropriate dress required for entry.