Thursday, December 12, 2013
Bukit Puteri is a 208-metre hill that is rich in history. Situated next to the famous Istana Maziah, the hill’s name literally means The Princess Hill and offers panaromic view of the Terengganu River. It was formerly a fortress between 1831 and 1876. Visitors to this highest point in Kuala Terengganu will understand the significance of this stronghold in the past. At present what remains is a large brass bell known as ‘Genta’. It was struck during emergencies as well as notification of important festivals and royal events, chimed at different message tone to the surrounding townsfolk. There are also a family of cannons, flagpole, a lighthouse, cemetery and a fort. Bukit Puteri is accessible by an escalator next to the new Waterfront Heritage Bazaar.
Bukit Puteri is situated in the prime tourist attraction areas where Istana Maziah, Pasar Payang Central Market, the new Heritage Bazaar and Dataran Shahbandar are within walking distances. The Heritage city bus stops at the Shahbandar in front of General Post Office which is within the vicinity. The city bus which plies the routes within Kuala Terengganu is most convenient way to travel.
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