Signs & Facades: Kuala Terengganu

03 November 2016

Continuing in our photo series on signboards and store facades, we visit Kuala Terengganu to document what the town has to offer.

Early morning in Kuala Terengganu sees a clanging of giant woks and pots, and the unmistakable aroma of freshly steamed rice and curries. Lines build up at warungs (food stalls) as locals wait to feast on a breakfast of Nasi Dagang, a local staple of rice steamed in coconut milk, fish curry, hard boiled eggs, shaved coconut and pickled vegetables.

By 10am, every morsel of rice and dish will be devoured by patrons, and warung owners will stack their chairs and pull their shutters back up. It’s a quiet town again. Kuala Terengganu remains unchanging despite the passing of time and the unpredictable winds and tides.


Kedai Jam Trendy Collections, Pasar Payang.
 


Katijah Enterprise, Pasar Payang.
 


Kedai Buku Zaman, Pasar Payang.
 


Coconut stall, Pasar Payang.
 


A row of keropok lekor stalls, Pasar Payang.
 

At the heart of the town, Pasar Payang is a multi-storey wet and dry market that houses a conglomeration of fruits, vegetables, snacks, traditional batik and songket, kuih-muih, and an entire ground floor dedicated to keropok lekor, a traditional fish cracker snack.


Syarikat Gabongsama Letrik, Jalan Panji Alam.
 


A typical breakfast joint in Kuala Terengganu.
 

China Town or Teng Lang Po, spans along the Terengganu River with colourful rows of pre-war Chinese shop houses. It is one of Southeast Asia’s earliest Chinese settlements and contains stately ancestral homes, temples, townhouses, and business establishments.


China Town, Kuala Terengganu.
 


Pendandan Rambut Chan’s, China Town.
 


Chin Guan Industries, China Town.
 


Syarikat Perniagaan Tan, China Town.
 


Hock Teck, China Town.
 


Restaurant Homemade, China Town.
 


Kedai Tan Kang Swee, China Town.
 


Chris Pat Agency, China Town.
 


A meat vendor at China Town.
 


Chin Guan, China Town.
 


Restaurant Sin Phin Siang, China Town.
 


Chee Seng, China Town.

 

By Lillian Wee
Photos by Lillian Wee

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