Monday, October 26, 2015

Keledang Hills (Bukit Keledang), Terengganu, Malaysia

Keledang Hills (i.e. Bukit Keledang) on the outskirts of Terengganu River has now become a new tourism icon state after the National Heritage Department had commissioned the area as one of the historic heritage sites in Malaysia. It is located near to the Seri Malaysia Hotel  that ease the visitors to come here for overnight rest if necessary.

During interview session by the Utusan Malaysia's newspaper reporter previously, Terengganu State Museum Director, Mr Mohd Yusof Abdullah said such recognition not only promoting the hill name in terms of history but also make it an important asset of national tourism. Consequently, the maintenance of the hill under the eye of the National Heritage Department, while grass and other aspects of care are supervised by the State Museum. 

Mr Mohd Yusof also said, Keledang Hill was used to serve as a merchant base for Keledang traders from Hulu Terengganu river  in the 18th century.  He said, at the top of the Hill was the location of the first rule of  the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Zainal Abidin I (1708-1733M). He had built a Palace and a city known as Kota Lama.  At Kota Lama, Sultan Zainal Abidin 1 had carried out the rule and administration until his death. His funeral was buried on the Hill.

Sultan Zainal Abidin 1 Mausoleum, Keledang Hill

The tomb of Nang Zainab (Cik Puan Besar), Queen of Sultan Zainal Abidin II, State Officials and other Royal relatives are also among the Mausoleum preserved here. Others include several ancient tombs, located at the top of the Hill, mostly broken and unidentified.

Tomb of Nang Zainab (Cik Puan Besar), Queen of Sultan Zainal Abidin II. Keledang Hill

Meanwhile, the Royal Mausoleum Guardian of Keledang Hill, Mr Abdullah Said, 58, said the Royal Mausoleum at Bukit Keledang was fully respected because it was the former place of Kota Lama that became the location of the reign of Sultan Zainal Abidin 1 after migrating from Hulu Terengganu.

Reference Source: Utusan Malaysia Archieve & Wikipedia

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