Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace)
|| Jalan Sultan, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Kota Bahru is the capital of Kelantan, and it's located at the west peninsular Malaysia.
It has a colourful local culture and it's also known as the 'cradle of Malay culture'.
Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is located at the cultural zone and easily reaches by accessing
from Jalan Hilir Kota and Jalan Sultan.
Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) is built by Sultan Muhamad 11 in 1887 for his grandson
Long Kundur. It has luxurious woodcarvings that showcase the excellent craftsmanship
of the Kelantanese. Apart from that, photographs, artifacts and traditional handicraft
reflect on the Kelantan rich and sophisticated heritage. The palace is now converted
to a museum, to share the uniqueness and beauty to the world. There are also a Malay
Weapon Gallery which house many unique weapons such as keris and pisau. The museum is
open daily from 8.30 a.m to 5.45 p.m except for Fridays.
For more handicraft display, you can also visit the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum
which is also located within the culture zone. It has a variety of handicraft, silverwares,
songkek and other traditional handicrafts. Demonstration of the making of songkek and batik
painting is also available. However, to truly understand the culture and roots of Kelantanese,
Museum Islamic (Muzium Islam/Dewan Syurga) is a must visit museum. From there you will be able
to see many artifacts and understand how Islam came to Kelantan, and till today, have such
strong influence in their daily life
From Kota Bahru airport, get a cab to the cultural zone and it will take about 30-40
minutes depends on the traffic, and it will cost about RM 30-40. Most of the museums are
located within the cultural zone, so after arrives the cultural zone, short walk will be
the best options.