Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin
20000 Kuala Terengganu
(Coordinates: E103° 8' 7.5" N5° 20' 6.7")
Aah! Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, an iconic heritage, a traditional structure so synonymous with local and foreign tourists' mention of Terengganu, which has made it a must-visit shopping and sight-seeing location here. We heard of some disturbing development concerning this beloved landmark.
Apparently the Public Works Department had initially confirmed the market's compromised safety condition; the Chief Minister then in February announced its revamp; a plan to modernise it into a four-storey, air-conditioned market, together with the construction of a 23-storey, 550-room five-star hotel and a 30-storey apartment in a project involving a whopping investment of RM400 million.
Then on May 23, during the Terengganu State Tourism Association (PPNT) 24th general meeting, its chairman Wan Supian Wan Ishak had asked the state government to review its intention to demolish the central market.
|been coming here for as long as I can remember|
|we headed upstairs first|
|where the textile shops entranced her|
|while he was kept entertained|
|its been a while since I've seen these|
|take your pick|
|the traditional Malay dagger, the 'Keris'|
|waiting for her change?|
|she has her hands full, she has|
|this was on the ground floor|
|by the roadside|
|we then headed to the wet market downstairs|
|staple fruit growing up|
|half the usual price in Kuala Lumpur|
|we then headed to the snack stalls|
|a mountain of munch|
|doing a little bit of haggling|
|and again, waiting for her change|