The Chinatown in the Heart of Terengganu
The Chinatown located in the middle of Kuala Terengganu along Jalan Kampung Cina, Kuala Terengganu has always been notable for its unique Chinese-based culture and architecture in the Malay-majority Terengganu.
Kampung Cina was born from the strategic location of Terengganu along important trade routes-a number of Chinese records dating as far back as the 12th century had mentioned Terengganu. Trading during the 18th century resulted in a great increase to the number of Chinese inhabitants and Kampung Cina quickly became the most densely populated Chinese area in the state.
With appreciation for the true cultural value of the cultural value of Kampung Cina, the Terengganu State Government has cooperated with the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council and various Chinese associations in Terengganu to preserve and restore the unique heritage of the place.
Many of the inhabitants of Kampung Cina are descendants of the early settlers, with a number of traditional family businesses operating from century-old shophouses with interesting architectural designs. Other places to note are two old Chinese temples-Ho Ann Kiong (1801) and Tian Hou Gong (1896) that has served as the centre of worship for the Chinese community.
With its significant historical value and the recent restoration efforts, Kampung Cina has attracted the curiosity of locals and foreigners alike, causing a significant boost to the number of tourists in the area.