Gelanggang Seni

Kota Bharu

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 free.

Note, it's closed from October to end of January and during Ramadan. Check with the tourist information centre for the latest timetable.

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