One of the remarkable palaces located at Kota Bharu City Centre, Istana Jahar (Jahar Palace) was built by Sultan Muhamad 11 in 1887 for his grandson Long Kundur.


It has luxurious woodcarvings that showcase the excellent craftsmanship of the Kelantanese. Apart from that, photographs, artifacts and traditional handicrafts reflect the Kelantan rich and sophisticated heritage. The palace is now converted to a museum and open to the public.

There is also a Malay Weapon Gallery which houses many unique weapons such as keris and pisau. For more handicraft display, you can also visit the Handicraft Village and Craft Museum which is also located within the culture zone. It has a variety of handicraft, silverwares, songkek and other traditional handicrafts.

Demonstration of the making of songkek and batik painting is also available. However, to truly understand the culture and roots of Kelantanese, Museum Islamic (Muzium Islam/Dewan Syurga) is a must visit museum. From there you will be able to see many artifacts and understand how Islam came to Kelantan, and till today, have such strong influence in their daily life.