Pasar Besar Payang | Chinatown, Terengganu | Malaysia

This colourful and charming market is located next to Chinatown (at the end of Jalan Bandar) and strategically located at the river mouth of Terengganu River that opens into the South China Sea. Pasar refers to market; Besar refers to big as it was enlarged in the 60s; Payang refers to the name of the typical Terengganu’s fishermen boat. The market offers huge variety of traditional products and souvenirs such as batik and brocade, metal products such as cooking ware and utensils, grocery items such as spices, seafood (fresh from the sea), fruits, fresh vegetables and so on.
It is always busy in the market, especially during the peak hours from 6-9 in the mornings. One gets to watch and indulge in the experience of the local life where traders unload goods and merchandises in the utmost efficient manner and selling.
Therefore, it is one of the must-visit places if you are at Kuala Terengganu, The Pasar Payang is housed in 2 storeys building consisting of a wet market and a shopping arcade. this market will have a delightful experience shopping in local fares at reasonable prices. On the ground floor, trading stalls are covered with fresh fish, meats and vegetables of all colour, many manned by kindly-faced old ladies, ever smiling, inviting you to their wares. You can get fresh produce of local delicacies such as the 'keropok lekor', made of grounded fish and flour, and 'serunding', the spicy flavoursome meat floss.
Terengganu is also known for its thriving batik industry. Some of the best batik and songket in Malaysia is hand made in Terengganu and a vast choice of this traditional textile can be purchased on the first floor of the Pasar Payang. A wide range of colourful silk handkerchiefs, batik shirts, scarves and kaftans are on display for you to choose from. A wide array of souvenirs. Silk garments, rattan baskets, brassware items and farmers’ hats are also popular items on sale here. Be sure to bargain for the best price when you're buying.
The Terengganu Suspension bridge, comprising the main route of the bridge, four towers, and two ‘sky bridges’. where visitors can see the raising and lowering of the bridge. It will be an exciting phenomenon for visitors.
Enjoy a river cruise along the scenic Sungai Terengganu while stopping over at the State Museum and other interesting attractions along the river. During the hour long journey that includes cruising around Pulau Duyung, visiting the scenic traditional fishing village of Seberang Takir as well as stopping by at Payang Market. The cruise starts and ends at the jetty near the iconic Crystal Mosque. There are also night cruises with dining experience where passengers can savour authentic Terengganu or western dishes while enjoying a panoramic view. Definitely a memorable journey that will mesmerize shutterbugs.
Fee:
Adult | RM 20 per person
Children (Age 7-12 years) | RM 15 per person
Children (Below 7 years) | FOC
Ticket Include: Safety Jacket & Insurance
Duration: 45 Minutes
Max Capacity: 42 Seater
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10.00am-7.00pm,
Friday , Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 9.00am-7.00pm;
Break for Friday Prayer (12.45pm-2.30pm); Tuesday: Closed (Except on School Holidays)
The Colourful Car park space beside Pasar Besar Payang
Kampung Cina is a Chinatown located in Kuala Terengganu. Kampung Cina is located along Jalan Bandar (formerly known as Jalan Kampung Cina), in Kuala Terengganu city centre at the river mouth of Terengganu River that empties into the South China Sea. Kampung Cina literally means Chinese Village, it is also called Teng Lang Po or KT's Chinatown by local people. It is one of Southeast Asia’s early Chinese settlements and contains stately ancestral homes, temples, townhouses, and business establishments. The town is small but has colourful shophouses along both sides of the road that carries traditional flavour.
Kuala Terengganu's Chinatown was first established by the Chinese community in the late 19th century. It was once a hub for commercial activities that helped shape Kuala Terengganu into what it is today. The Chinese built the traditionally designed shop houses according to their place of origin in China. The buildings have been declared a heritage site by the United Nations UNESCO World Monument Watch Programme and grants are being given annually to finance preservation of this pre-colonial heritage significant.
The Chinese village settlement had more than 1000 house compared from its today row of pre-war Chinese shop houses of that which only dated as far as 200 year or its earlier dated that are recorded by foreigners like Alexander Hamilton and Captain Joseph Jackson who visited the Chinese settlement while in the Kuala Terengganu town during 1719, and other like J. Newbold in 1893, Munshi Abdullah in 1836, and more. The great fire in early 1880s destroyed a large part of the area and subsequently, many of the houses were rebuilt.
Kampung Cina site which is now a part of the city. Many who live here may be descended from the first Chinese who arrive and settled here at Terengganu since the 16th century. Thus many of its occupants treat their house as an ancestral home which has much history after being handed down from generation to generation. Nowadays, preservation and modification projects are carried out on many of the old buildings.
Chinatown was opened about 300 years ago by the traders from Southern China and was the first area for business and trading in Kuala Terengganu, although in its current form, the oldest building (many of which are shophouses) dates back from the late 1800s. Today, there are about 270 pre-war Chinese shophouses. Many of these shophouses were originally built with brick, plaster, and timber. Currently, due to the old age of these structures, refurbishments and renovations are carried out to a number of buildings. the buildings incorporate various styles such as traditional Southern Chinese designs. The façades of these shophouses differ according to their styles. Neoclassical buildings, for instance, are rather elaborate and ornate in its decorations.

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