Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Colorful Market of Kota Bharu...

This market always fascinate me. I have been there before and I kept going every time I visit Kota Bharu. It is one of a kind; once in there you would be awe with its splendor that no other market could give. It is special in that it sell almost everything under the sun, almost I say!. From fish, poultry to meat to vegetable and Batik and Handicraft and other Kelantanese textile of all kinds and colors making it a one-unique market.

Nowhere else could you find the varieties of goods sold under one roof and most of all are run by their womenfolks. It is a tapestry of the culture of the uniqueness of the womenfolks of Kelantan, a state that was once ruled by a woman Che Siti Wan Kembang.

Take a slow walk and taste the traditional cakes like Buah Hulu, Akok and other delicious Traditional Kueh [cake] that only the Kelantanese know how to create that exquisite taste. Up at the Batik section one could easily get lost in the narrow walkways where individual stalls sells Batik and other textiles of varieties and design, the color of the rainbows.  

Peep down the balcony and you would witness the sprawling wet market below with goods laid in rows after rows making it a fascinating sight to watch. Such a clever way of presenting goods for sale. Indeed a kaleidoscope of color that always fascinate me every time I look. A magnificent sight indeed.

Just look at the photography that I have taken on this trip and I am sure you would agree with me that this is one place that should never be missed by those who visit Kota Bharu. Indeed a wonder of color by itself. Giving your holiday a memorable sight to remember in this east coast state of Kelantan.

Have a nice day.



Pak Zawi said...

Pak Idrus,
How I wish they could improve on the cleanliness of the place. The vendors are more to blame as they don't bother to dispose their rubbish properly. Strict enforcement may help educate them a bit.

Pak Idrus said...

Pak Zawi, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting. Well cultural changes takes time but a little push by the authority on cleanliness would surely help.

Have a nice day.

mokjadeandell said...

Really enthralled when visiting this place.I like to see the sweet faces of the vendors and their soft voices are music to the ears...itu yang buat hati tertawan nak berbelanja disini.

Pak Idrus said...

mokjadeandell, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the enchanting Market of Kota Bharu.

Indeed the vendors are of the Kelantanese sweets that could be found only in this Market place. It is because of their way of business that tourist comes not only to see but to buy as well. Well my spouse did quite a damage there and happy with it. How we wished the shop open at night too.

Have a nice day.

Temuk said...

Pak Idrus
The whole market complex is indeed a site and sight to behold! I do envy the energy that you have, travelling to all the corners of the country. Semoga sihat sejahtera selalu.

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting. Agreed with you that this market is special and its indeed an awesome place to just while the time away. Colorful indeed.

As for traveling I had my nephew to be the co-driver all the way since I no longer have that energy of the youth. He drove almost all the way and I just sat and enjoy the trip.

Well age is indeed catching up fast. And I still love to travel, there are so much to see in our homeland.

Have a nice day and take care.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Your photos and blogposts always tell such fascinating stories, Pak Idrus. I have always loved the Pasar Payang in Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu when I visited my relatives in the East Coast during my childhood and youth. The sights, smells, sounds and colours. The lovely kuih which we can't get in KL. The Kelantan market is a delight to the senses. Esp the tastebuds!

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78~, Ee Lynn thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Agreed both the Pasar in KT and KB are unique and should be kept that way with as little improvement as possible. It is because of the uniqueness that folks visited it whenever they visited both places. It is that atmosphere of differences that always draw the tourists back again and again.

Have a nice day.