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Fraser's Hill Print
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2016 )

Fraser's Hill (or Bukit Fraser) is named after Scottish trader, Louis James Fraser, who was a tin prospector and periodically used this area as a trading post to buy tin from the Chinese miners at the upper reach of Sungai Sempam back in the 1890's. Fraser was known to have used a mule train to ascent the hill and trade in tin ore until the fateful day that he mysteriously disappeared in the dense forested hills. The development of Fraser’s Hill as a tourist destination started in 1917 by the British. Since then, various sustainable development has been carried out by the Pahang state and Malaysian government. This is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, while enjoying the cool and fresh air it offers.

Clock Tower
Clock Tower

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Buddhist Temples near Kota Bharu Print
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2016 )

Outside the culture-rich and exciting Kota Bharu, capital of Kelantan, one will be surprised to know that there are several beautiful Buddhist temples to visit. This author was visiting Kota Bharu during Vesak day in 2006, and decided to visit some of these temples. For those that do not know, Vesak Day is a day to commemorate the birth, the enlightenment and the passing of Buddha.

Wat Phothivihan

About 15km from Kota Bharu, this temple houses what is claimed to be one of the longest reclining Buddha in the world. At 40m long, it is even longer than the reclining Buddha housed in the more famous Wat Chayamangkalaram in Penang. I was surprised that there weren't many people there on Vesak Day, as I was expecting some kind of larger scale celebration going on. Nevertheless, it was quite nice place to visit, away from the hustle and bustle in Kota Bharu. There are several other shrines in the temple's compound. There is also a canteen where one can quench one's thirst with some fresh coconut drink. 

Reclining Buddha, Wat Phothivihan
Reclining Buddha, Wat Phothivihan, Kelantan http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:105735032_f89f19c063_o.jpg
 

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