Saturday, 25 September 2010

Muzium Negeri Terengganu - Treasure of Southeast Asia

photo credit: uniknyaterengganu.blogspot.com

Acclaimed to be the largest museum in South East Asia, the state museum complex, or more fondly known as Muzium Losong due to its location, was officially opened by the late Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah on April 20, 1996. It covers an impressive area of 27 hectares and consists of 4 blocks of majestic buildings which architecture represents the ancient traditional palaces of the state. These buildings are the main museum, maritime museum, five traditional houses and a landscaped area.

The main museum houses the original Batu Bersurat (Inscripted Stone) of Terengganu, with religious decree inscription, which is an evidence of the acceptance of Islamic belief in this blessed state well before the rest of the peninsula.

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There are many galleries that you will be able to see in the main building such as royal gallery, textile gallery, craft galery, natural history gallery, petroleum gallery, historical gallery and islamic gallery. These galleries house and safeguard century-old artifacts and artworks representing the state’s rich cultural and heritage.

The maritime complex consists of marine park gallery and seafaring gallery. There is also an exhibition of the equipments that were used in building the boats. The restored original old traditional boats are also prominently displayed in the compound.

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Right behind the main museum, there are some traditional houses which include Rumah Limas, Rumah Tele which is a house built for the ladies to stay, Rumah Bujang, Rumah Berserambi Besar and Istana Tengku Long.

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The museum is opened everyday except during Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji Holidays with minimal entrance fee.

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