Kuala Terengganu–Crystal Mosque & Floating Mosque

GRAND TOUR – continued

Communications towers on Bukit Besar, Kuala Terengganu

While in Kuala Terengganu recently I went for an early morning stroll up Bukit Besar, the highest hill within the boundaries of the city. I am not sure how high it is but it only took about 15 minutes brisk walking to reach the top.

View from Bukit Besar

From the peak I noticed a mosque away in the distance alongside the Terengganu River which I thought must be the famous Crystal Mosque. I returned to my car and managed to find my way to the mosque.

Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu

Quite an unusual design. Next door to the mosque is the Islamic Civilization Park, a theme park featuring replicas of some of the most famous monuments in the Islamic world.

A little further out of town is the Masjid Tengku Tengah Zaharah or ‘Floating Mosque’.

Floating Mosque Kuala Terengganu

There are quite a few floating mosques in Malaysia. Putra Mosque in Putrajaya is classified as a floating mosque and there are other examples in Kota Kinabalu, Melaka and Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

The most impressive example of a floating mosque I have seen is probably the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei:


I enjoyed my visit to Kuala Terengganu. There are a few sights worth seeing in the city centre and I have written them up as one of my walking tours on my Malaysia-Traveller website.