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Odd places to visit in Malaysia

Odd & Mysterious Places To Visit In Malaysia

Crystal Mosque (Terengganu)

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The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is a mosque in Wan Man, Terengganu, Malaysia.  It is a grand structure that is typically made of steel, glass and crystal, the mosque is located at the Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. Believe or not, it has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time. It costs over $80 million USD to build.

 

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple (KL)

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple

One of its oldest temples, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, was established in 1922. The temple, one of Johor Bahru’s oldest Hindu temples, is situated next to the railway tracks between Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Jalan Mohd Taib. Light from crystal chandeliers is reflected on doors, pillars, walls and ceilings in a bright blaze that’s quite blinding initially. At least 90 per cent of the temple is embellished by a mosaic of 300,000 pieces of red, blue, yellow, green, purple and white glass.

There are 10 gold-finished sculptures close to the ceiling. Of the two figures on the left, one appears to be lying down and the other crawling, while the one on the far right seems to be reclining too. These sculptures portray the cycle of life, from birth, youth, adulthood, to old age and death.

There are 10 white marble statues standing 120 centimetres (47 in) tall each. According to the name plaques, these are Gautama Buddha, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sai Baba and Mother Teresa. The Guru believes that these are messengers of God, and visitors of other faiths will be happy to see them here.

Interesting Mural:

On the left wing, there are two large panels on the ceiling painted by specially commissioned artists to convey a universal message of social and racial harmony. In one picture, a cow is next to an Indian girl, a dog is near a Chinese girl while a Malay girl holds a cat in her arms.

The other picture has a Hindu motorcyclist being helped up by a Muslim after he fell off his bike, while a Buddhist is picking up his helmet and a Christian is lifting up the motorcycle.

Kuching Cat Museum (Sarawak)

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The Kuching Cat Museum (Malay: Muzium Kucing Kuching) is a cat museum in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It was founded in 1993.  Known as “cat city,” Kuching is dotted with various feline sculptures and this unusual cat museum. Inside, see cat items from ancient times to “Hello, Kitty.”

Tracing the history of cats back 5,000 years, the Kuching Cat Museum houses 2,000 different artifacts.  Exhibits include a mummified cat from ancient Egypt, a gallery of feline-related advertising, and the five species of wild cats found in Borneo.

Museum of Beauty (Melaka)

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Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Beauty’s Museum is hidden in an unassuming building off the main square. Oddly enough it still receives many tourist, figures are around 2,000 visitors every month and was originally constructed in the 1960s, believed to be built on top of the ruins of Dutch building.

With displays on foot binding, tattooing, stretching lips, corseting and shaping oval heads, the museum makes stilettos seem perfectly reasonable.

B-24 Liberator Wreck at Gunung Telapak Buruk (Negeri Sembilan)

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This forest is certainly undisturbed. Signboards at the trailhead states that Berembun Forest was gazetted as a reserve in 1910 and housed several compartments of untouched virgin forest. What makes this place so interesting? Well firstly there’s a wreckage of a Royal Air Force B-24 Liberator left behind during the World War II  era. The plane was lost while dropping supplies for resistance fighters in the remote jungles of Seremban, N9.

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The RAF crew members of the B-24 Liberator KL654/R aircraft are believed to have perished after the aircraft struck a tree and crashed down the dense forest in August 1945. Once visitors reach the summit, they would have to travel on foot to reach the crash site which remains accessible and largely untouched in a remote location.

Bukit Cina (Chinese Hill)

Bukit Cina is the ancestral burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community. Also known as Chinese Hill, it is the largest and oldest Chinese graveyard outside of China itself with over 12,500 graves. In the mid-15th century, Hang Li Po, daughter of the Chinese Ming Emperor, was sent to be married to the sultan of Malacca, Mansur Shah. The couple established their residence on the hillside, later dubbed Bukit Cina.

The oldest grave in Bukit Cina is that of Tin Kap, the first Chinese kapitan (a mediatory position created by the Dutch East India Company which made it possible for them to rule the various ethnic communities). These days the 20ha hill is chiefly used as a jogging track.

The Ming Bride

According to Malay history the marriage of the sultan to the daughter of the Emperor resulted in a dramatic influx of Chinese settlers because when the princess arrived she brought along a sizeable retinue that included 500 handmaidens.

The Ming Bride set up home on Bukit Cina along with her vast entourage and the hill has been a Chinese-dominated area ever since. Later on, the two adjoining hills became the burial ground for Chinese merchants.

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