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A ‘Rumah Bujang’ that has been restored to its former glory at the Terrapuri Heritage Village in Kampung Mangkok.
SETIU: A high-end resort that combines Terengganu’s uni-que architectural heritage with all the latest modern conveniences is set to open its doors next year. The Terrapuri Heritage Village in Kampung Mangkok is said to be the first of its kind in the state.
In a 19-year labour of love, tour operator Alex Lee, the managing director of Ping Anchorage, has spent close to RM2 million buying 28 traditional Terengganu Malay houses, such as the "Rumah Bujang" and "Rumah Berserambi Terengganu". Some are being restored, and some are being reconstructed using old building materials, some up to 200 years old, that Lee has salvaged.
The layout of the resort
is inspired by the 19th century palace of Sultan Mansur II and its
surrounding buildings. Nineteen of the houses will be turned into villas
and seven will be used as a restaurant, a spa and a gallery displaying
Terengganu artifacts and crafts.
"The state has such a
colourful history. And every piece of architecture here is meaningful. I
wanted to give it a new lease on life," he told the New Straits Times.
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