Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The trail down the history of the Chinese village in Terengganu

Speaking of the historical development of the city Terengganu , Malaysia , the role can not be released from the merchants from China . Historical evidence on the matter can be seen from the emergence of the Chinese village located in Jalan Bandar , Kuala Terengganu .

According to historical records , the Chinese Village was originally a gathering place Chinese people who stopped to Terengganu in the 18th century . At that time, they often interact with some sailors from the Malay Peninsula to the trading process .

One sailor origin of Malacca , Abdul Kadir Munshi Abdullah , had called the development of the Chinese in Terengganu very quickly . In fact , in the 19th century , he mentions the Chinese already communicate fully with the Terengganu Malay .

Developments that make Kuala Lumpur as one of the important trading center in Southeast Asia . Maznah Mohamad in his work entitled The Malay Handloom Weavers : A Study of the Rise and Decline of Traditional Manufacture mention copra , dried fish , silk and cotton major commodity trading process in Terengganu .

At that time, the origin of Chinese silk became the target for a number of European traders because the price is relatively cheap . This is where the Chinese in Terengganu role in the trading process . However , as the development of trade in the Strait of Malacca , Terengganu trade interaction that is down sharply .

Old Buildings

Now the remnants of the golden age of Terengganu is displayed clearly in the Chinese village . Old buildings still line the traditional Chinese way right on the side of the Terengganu river .

KOMPAS.COM / ARY WIBOWO Chinese village located in Jalan Bandar , Kuala Terengganu , Malaysia .
Kompas.com along the Terengganu International participants Squid Jigging Festival 2014 Chinese the opportunity to visit the village . Although when we arrived the sun was overpowering the skin , the beauty of the colorful buildings made ​​of traditional Chinese village that marginalized .

In 1998 , Chinese Villages in the list of historical sites that receive assistance from the World Monument Fund ( WMF ) . The Malaysian government is finally making the area as one of the historical sights in Terengganu in 2008 .

Chinese village down , you will see some old buildings have now been transformed into a drug store , a restaurant or a special gift for travelers coming . Decorated with colorful paint , along the way also still be given the lanterns that add to the traditional aesthetics of the area .

Jung Tan Leong , our tour guide throughout the festival squid jigging , revealed that the village is the birthplace of Chinese . He admitted , his grandfather first set foot in Terengganu with Raft Hill settled in the area before moving to Jalan Bandar .

" I remember my mother once said that this place ( village Chinese ) used to be like a forest . Not much history as the first Chinese coming here just to make money and after that they go back to their country of origin , " said the man commonly called Uncle Tan that.

Ho Ann Kiong Temple

In one corner there is a Chinese Village Ho Ann Kiong Temple is the oldest building called . According to Tan , the temple was first built in 1801 in the Chinese village and became a gathering place for prayer for ethnic Hokkien and Hainan .

KOMPAS.com / Ary Wibowo Ho Ann Kiong Temple located in Kampung Chinese in Kuala Terengganu , Malaysia .
Ho Ann Kiong skin of the building , according to Tan , is no longer the same as it was when first built in the Chinese village . It was not because the temple had experienced a fire on February 22, 2010 so that almost the entire structure of the charred building . Until now not known the exact cause of the fire.

"People here believe ( the fire ) was a message from the gods that this temple replaced the old building . Shrine is very crowded when the Chinese New Year and commemorate the anniversary of when the sea goddess Ma Zu , " he said .

market Payang

At the end of the road there is a village of Chinese traditional markets called Market Payang . Like the traditional markets in Indonesia, where it also sold a variety of food as well as traditional crafts Terengganu.Ini is one of the market attracted many travelers when visiting Terengganu .

Payang market is one of the historic places for trade in Terengganu . Reportedly , every ship that goes through the Terengganu River will visit the market for buying and selling process with local residents or Chinese . Giving Payang name itself refers to the dairy - payang boat ( fishing nets - pull ) that want to market their catches on the market .
( Read: burung pleci jantan )

This market consists of two buildings . At the bottom of the merchants selling traditional foods such as hollow lekor and dry , lunkhead palas leaves , fruit , vegetables and fresh fish . Meanwhile , at the top of the traders usually sell handicrafts and batik or songket Terengganu with typical prices ranging from 80 to 200 ringgit Malaysia .


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