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Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu

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  • The front gate is beautiful. Tourists don't seem to be able to enter except for special occasions. There's nothing to do except take a quick picture. 
    The front gate is beautiful. Tourists don't seem to be able to enter except for special occasions. There's nothing to do except take a quick picture.  more »
  • It's a palace fully made by wood & not open to tourists at this moment. Tourists are only allow to take photo outside the palace. The gate is beautiful 
    It's a palace fully made by wood & not open to tourists at this moment. Tourists are only allow to take photo outside the palace. The gate is beautiful  more »
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  • (was on Official business with the close royalty of Kelantan). The palace includes the Offices of the Sultan and the Royal Kelantan (Al-Muhammadi) Association. It's used for official events such as royal awards bestowal ceremony, birthday of the HRH The Sultan etc. The palace construction goes back during the late 1800s. In fact the surroundings itself holds a history of its' own. You will notice Istana Jahar (which turned into a Museum), other palaces, the Al-Muhammadi Mosque and even the architecture expands to local houses/premises in the surroundings. You can google them or read some reviews written here. (and sorry, can't show what's inside - you can already view some photos and reviews taken during the tahlil ceremony, official ceremony, Hari Raya etc. where it is basically opened to everyone) Most of the Kelantan royalties are really down-to-the-earth people if you get to know them. But nowadays since the MCO, I imagine, many events has been postponed or cancelled. It will be a while till we get to see the place get lively again. On the other hand, the food stalls are selling great food with really good & affordable prices.
  • Friendly staff. Surrounding area very clean n tidy.

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