Saturday, 12 June 2010

Little Chinatown by the Sea

I just wanted to show you this wonderful place
located in the city of Kuala Terengganu:

(a.k.a. Little Chinatown)

Teng Lang Po

Most of the building in Kg. Cina are in neo-classical design style since they were built, if I'm not mistaken, from the 1930s.

The main gate of Kg. Cina (built in 98)
The shop houses
(the left in neo-classical syle and the right in utilitarian style)
This in one example of art deco building
(Art Deco is different from neo-classical style)

The main street (perhaps the ONLY street)
The ornate neo-classical design in the building's facade
This is an example of building in utilitarian style
(this may be built earlier)

Colourful buildings
I wonder what they meant...

Kampung Cina or fondly known as Little Chinatown by tourists is not only limited to beautiful architectures. It also has a number of attractions, like the Low Tiey Well, which was before this the water source of Kuala Terengganu citizens. As Kg. Cina is the primary Chinese settlement in the city, one cannot miss the presence of Ho Ann Kiong, the beautiful Chinese temple that was, unfortunately razed by fire. Restorations are being done as of now.

I love this place because of the wonderful architectures and the serenity [you won’t have that serenity in the evening rush, that’s for sure]. Kampung Cina is still an area of profound and visible Chinese heritage, and many of the shops are still being run by the descendents of the original owners. One important thing is this place is still and always been the living quarter of the Chinese, who are of mainly of Hokkien or Hakka ancestries.

Kg. Cina is an integral part of the city and it is the place
where most of Terengganuese-Chinese live, play, and work.
Most important, it is also a part of the Terengganuese history that
should not be forgotten.

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