If you are visiting in Terengganu, you must go by to the Pasar Besar Kedai Payang. This is widely considered to be a must visit place especially if you are visiting the state for the first time although you would like to visit the market each time you come here.
Prominent market in Terengganu
Located close by the Sungai Terengganu, it is strategically located around the northern areas of the pier (Shabandar Jetyt) as you get down from the main bus terminal.
Abundant local products
Literally meaning ‘Payang Big Market Shop’ it is basically a place where you can buy a lot of the local produce here in market style. It is also more fondly known as Central Market where it is considered to be quite the provider of the dynamic life of Kuala Terengganu which is also known as KT in short. It is located in a 2 storey building where there are more than enough shops for you to spend almost half a day here.
Wet and dry products available here
There is the wet market as well as a dry area here. If you like the local produce and food then the wet market is where you can find fresh items like fruits, vegetables, fish and such while over in the dry area or the shopping arcade, you would be able to find the crafts like batik, textile as well as some local keropok lekor, a common local favourite here.
You will find that this is also the place where the local shop for their daily items so you will surely like the authentic traditional KT lifestyle here where there are a lot bargaining and chattery throughout the place. If you like you can also watch how the traditional medicine sellers ‘market’ their products by demonstrating its power and effect. It is easy to spot them here as they are usually very loud and outspoken literally.
Getting to Pasar Besar Kedai Payang
To get here, it is best to walk from the bus station as it is not that far away and you could enjoy the view and the traditional architecture along the way. The market is opened from the early hours of the day and usually the wet market would go on until the evenings while the other shops usually open until late evenings.