Pulau Duyung (or Pulau Duyong) consists of kampungs (villages, mostly inhabited by Malay) that showcase traditional Terengganu architecture, Duyung Old Fort (Traditional Malay palace), traditional boat making workshops, resort, food outlets and so on. In 2005, the very first Monsoon Cup – international yacht racing – was being hosted here, and it has been an annual event ever since.
How to get to Pulau Duyung
One can get to the island either by riverboat / ferry, or car or the Heritage City bus. The riverboat / ferry departs from the jetty just at the south of Chinatown (next to Hotel Seri Malaysia) or Shahbandar Jetty (next to Pasar Payang). The crossing takes less than 10min. When you arrive at Pulau Duyung jetty, walk to the left in between the Kampung houses to find the master boat makers and watch them at work. The Heritage City bus (departs from MBKT bus terminal in KT) and cars access the island the island from the "Pulau Duyung" exit on Sultan Mahmud Bridge Highway, the main bridge crossing Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River).
view across Sungai Terengganu from Chinatown towards Pulau Duyung with the reclaimed Pulau Warisan in the foreground
the art of tradtional boat making is declining but can still be found on Pulau Duyung
the river taxi commutes between downtown KT (in the background) and Pulau Duyung
Kampung (village) scene
old traditional wooden kampung house on stilts