Attractions

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 or Moonlight Beach. Most people call it 'P…
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 Gelanggang Seni. The events are kid-friendly and all are f…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Bank Kerapu

Built in 1912 for the Mercantile Bank of India, the Bank Kerapu building was the first stone structure built in Kelantan. During WWII it was the HQ of the Kempai Tai, Japan’s feared secret police. Today it is also k…
Museum in Kota Bharu

Istana Jahar

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

Istana Batu

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

Streetart Gallery

This colourful display of street art covers several connecting back alleys between Jln Ismail and Jln Dato Pati. There are depictions of smiling locals at work and play and idyllic jungle scenes, but the overwhelmin…
Mosque in Kota Bharu

State Mosque

The original wooden mosque built here in 1867 was replaced by the current masonry and concrete structure in 1922. It can accommodate over 2000 worshippers. Appropriate dress is required for entry.