The Road To Old
northwards from Kuala Terengganu and you will soon reach
Penarik in the district of Setiu. This serene fishing
village has a unique geographical landscape - a narrow
isthmus of casuarinas and coconut groves flanked by the
Setiu River on the west and the South China Sea on the
east. It is the setting of Terrapuri Heritage Village,
part conservation project, part boutique guest house,
and on-going 20-year labour of love by local
entrepreneur, Alex Lee, to preserve the authentic
traditions of the Malay Terengganu house.
are accommodated in hundred-year old dwellings, each one
personally sourced by Lee from various parts of
Terengganu, dismantled, carefully restored and assembled
again on this piece of beach-front land in Kampung
Mangkuk. Rich in history and displaying the refined
carpentry and design skills of highly-respected master
craftsmen, each of these 29 houses may be the last
legacies of a fast-diminishing Terengganu culture and
heritage. The hospitality by locals employed from nearby
villages is genuine and unpretentious - at the end of
your stay, you'll be bidding goodbye to friends and
family instead of service staff.
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