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Kuala Terengganu History, Malaysia

Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia - History: Wealth of Charming & Natural Landscapes

Kuala Terengganu is a Malaysian State that is gifted with the wealth of refreshing and charming natural landscapes. Apart from nature, Terengganu’s charm lies in their people. They are as wonderful as their state and are helpful and courteous. Terengganu people welcome those, who wish sharing their state’s beauty, with open arms. The state falls amongst the 3 east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

History of the state dates back to the first century. It has long been one of the most imperative regions of Malay settlement. Till today, the state has seen the rule of 16 different sultans. The current sultanate of the state has its origins in 1726. The first ruler was Sultan Zainal Abidin I, who belonged to the family of Pahang Bendahara. Mansur Syah, who was his successor, played an imperative role in having a check on the impact of Bugis outsider in this region. Siamese started for imposing their sovereignty over Terengganu with sultans sending tribute to Siam till 1909.

In 1909, Bangkok’s Anglo-Thai Treaty saw the British exercise their power over Terengganu. But, Sultan Zainal Abidin discarded this treaty and followed it up with a friendship treaty, which paved the road for appointment of a British Consul-General’s agent. In 1945, Terengganu reformed the Malayan Union in coalition with Malacca, Penang and 9 Malay states.

The coast of Terengganu was (and remains) famous for its fishing industry, and for the skill of its men at making and sailing vessels. Terengganu craft traded north to Cambodia and Siam, East to Sulu, Brunei and Labuan, South to parts of the Indonesian archipelago, and to all ports of the peninsula including Penang. The fishing and trading enterprises become interdependent because Terengganu fishing catch had to be preserved for use during the stormy months when boats could not put to sea. Salt from ports along the Gulf of Siam was necessary for the preservation of the fish. Kuala Terengganu was thus the centre of a varied and profitable local trade.

Most places in Kuala Terengganu are easily accessible. There are a large number of transportations modes that one can choose from when traveling to and within Terengganu. MAS operate direct services regularly from Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur along with other linking services from other major towns and cities.

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