Monday, 20 August 2018

Istana Jahar Museum In Kota Bharu

Wanna live like a royal in Malaysia? If you abide by all of the requirements proudly displayed at the Istana Jahar Museum of Royal Traditions, heavy will hang the head that wears the crown. There's no end to traditions that must be abided.

The museum is housed in an impressive former royal residence. It was built in 1887 by Sultan Muhammad II of Kelantan for his grandson Long Kundur. The museum opened in 1981.


Beautiful woodwork throughout and an impeccable restoration. On to ceremonies. Many examples are displayed, frequently for reasons that seem exhausting. There's an Earth Stepping ceremony, a Bathing ceremony, the required Seven Month Pregnancy ceremony and so on. You want to be royalty? You're gonna be busy.

Your wardrobe, like living atop a wedding cake. Sweet.


More displays of ceremonies. One consistent feature: a big, rubber chicken.

Royal bed, with instructions. You did not just encourage people to...move along.

Friday, 17 August 2018

A Look At The Town Of Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is a city in the northeast corner of peninsular Malaysia, a mostly Muslim section of the country. There are a handful of historical landmarks to see when wandering around town.

Central gate, Koran holder in the middle.


Square with clock tower. Much of the city architecture is 1960's Soviet-looking brutal concrete buildings.

Promenade on the muddy river Kelantan.


More looks, colorful balcony, top of another tower, overlooking the river (and reaching into the sky).

Bold look for the stadium.