Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Kampung Laut, Kelantan

Kampung Laut is known for its famous Kampung Laut Mosque. It is the oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia dating to early 18th century. Built without a single nail. However, this mosque has been relocated to Nilam Puri. So if you are looking for this mosque, don't come to Kampung Laut. You will not find it.

If you are curious to check out how life in a village is, you can come to Kampung Laut. How to get there? By boat.
 The jetty is somewhere near the Tambatan Diraja. In Kota Bharu town.
The boat is pretty decent.
The fees is RM$1 for adult and $0.50 for kids.
There are life jackets. But I am the only joker who wore it :-P Safety first OK.
Scenic venue along Kelantan river. The boat ride is about 15 minutes.
 We found a shadow puppet maker, Pak Yusuf.

Pak Yusuf showed the girls his 150 years old (maybe older) shadow puppet.

Pak Yusuf usually performs at night. If you are interested in learning the process of making the shadow puppet I suggest you visit Pak Dain's Wayang Kulit Gallery in Kampung Morak. We went there and kids had a blast making the shadow puppet from scratch. I found out Pak Dain was a former student of Pak Yusuf.

If you come to Kampung Laut in the morning, you might also be able to watch some women making the meat floss. There are quite a number of them. We went in the afternoon. Most of them has stopped working. So we couldn't find any. 

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