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Sultan Ismail Petra Arch
Sultan Ismail Petra Arch
Flag of Kelantan
Coat of arms of Kelantan
Coat of arms
To God Kelantan Surrenders
   Kelantan in    Malaysia
   Kelantan in    Malaysia
Capital Kota Bharu
Royal capital Kota Bharu
 • Type Parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Masjid Kampung Laut, Nilampuri, Kelantan, Malaysia
Kampung Laut Mosque is the oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia, it dates to around the early 18th century

Kelantan is a state of Malaysia. The capital and royal seat is Kota Bharu. Kelantan is positioned in the north-east of Peninsular Malaysia. It is bordered by Narathiwat Province of Thailand to the north, Terengganu to the south-east, Perak to the west and Pahang to the south. To the north-east of Kelantan is the South China Sea.

Kelantan, which is said to translate as the "Land of Lightning", is an agrarian state with green paddy fields, rustic fishing villages and casuarina-lined beaches. Kelantan is home to some of the most ancient archaeological discoveries in Malaysia, including several prehistoric aboriginal settlements.

Due to Kelantan's relative isolation and largely rural lifestyle, Kelantanese culture differs somewhat from Malay culture in the rest of the peninsula; this is reflected in the cuisine, arts and the unique Kelantanese Malay language, which is unintelligible even for some speakers of standard Malay.

Kelantan's early history is not very clear, but archaeological findings show Kelantan's evidence as a human settlement in prehistoric times. Early Kelantan had links to the Funan Kingdom, the Khmer Empire, Sri Vijaya, Majapahit and Siam. Around 1411, Raja Kumar, the ruler of Kelantan, became independent of Siam, and Kelantan became an important centre of trade by the end of the 15th century.

Notable places

Museum Kelantan - panoramio
Museum Kelantan
  • Siti Khadijah Market – Named after Prophet Muhammad's entrepreneurial wife, it's a fitting name for a market mostly run by women
  • Taman Negara – It is located in the Hantu Hill and Lebir reserve forest
  • Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha – This temple is one of the 25 temples found in Tumpat, and is one of the most popular in the country
  • Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque – This mosque architecture is unique because it combines Chinese and Islamic architecture
  • Irama Bachok Beach – Located within the Bachok District and is the main tourist spot of Bachok District residents and Kelantan residents in particular
Masjid Cina
Chinese Mosque in Kelantan
  • Gunung Stong State Park – Home to one of the highest waterfalls in Malaysia, the seven-tiered Jelawang Waterfall
  • Muhammadi Mosque – One of the symbols of splendor in this city that has the hallmarks of graceful gates and golden colors
  • Masjid Al-Ismaili – Mosque located in Bandar Baru Pasir Pekan, Wakaf Baru
  • Pantai Bisikan Bayu (Beach of Whispering Breeze) – The gentle breeze at the beach produces a hushed sound that, locals say, sounds like a soothing whisper
  • Handicraft Village and Craft Museum – It has many fine examples of Kelantanese craftsmanship such as traditional embroidery, batik printing, silver work and wood carving

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