Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Chinese New Year Biscuits

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Malaysians love it sweet. Before and during major holidays like Hari Raya (the end of the fasting month Rhamadan for Muslims) or the Chinese New Year Festival, you can find these plastic containers with red lids everywhere in supermarkets and street stalls in Malaysia. These jars contain sweet (sometimes also savory) pastries and snacks such as butter cookies with nuts or pineapple biscuits. In the family homes on the coffee table there will then be always a nice variety of treats in the festive season.
In this picture you can see a Chinese street stall in January 2013 just before the Lunar New Year.



photo: 2013
Kota Bahru, Istana Balai Besar entrance
Kota Bahru
Istana Balai Besar entrance