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Kota Bharu’s Central Market

Posted date:  September 29, 2009
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Inside Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu Malaysia's Central Market

Since I was already in far southern Thailand, I decided to cross the border and spend a few days in Malaysia. Specifically, I wanted to spend some time in Kota Bharu, apparently one of Malaysia’s more traditionally Muslim areas, during Ramadan. I was hoping to soak up some of the holiday atmosphere, eat some good Malaysian food and to hit up more post-fasting markets. I also wanted to check out Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu Malaysia’s famous Central Market, which I had read about previously here.

Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned. Kota Bharu was practically comatose during Ramadan. The streets were eerily empty and all shops were closed. Thankfully the evening market was functioning, which I’ll blog about soon, but virtually no restaurants, other than a mediocre Chinese noodle place, were open. In the end, I was able to hit up Kota Bharu’s striking indoor market one day (it was closed the next for Aidilfitri), although the results are only marginally food-related, and more an excuse to show off my cool glass:

Inside Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu Malaysia's Central Market

Inside Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu Malaysia's Central Market

Inside Pasar Siti Khadijah, Kota Bharu Malaysia's Central Market


3 Comments for Kota Bharu’s Central Market


i spy calamansi limes in the last picture… they make a great refreshing drink…love the colours… i can almost smell them…

it’s a pity that brisbane doesn’t have these limes. i’ve never seen them here before…

i just want to pick up the pink banana flower and smell them…

yeah… Muslim areas become a ghost-town during Ramadan, but the life returns around 4pm when the stalls spring to life selling Buka-Puasa (break fast) food!

Great photos!

Very nice pictures!



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