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Batu Bersurat Memorial

The Batu Bersurat, Terengganu or Inscribed Stone of Terengganu constitutes the earliest evidence of Islamic acceptance by a local ruler. The Jawi writing (writing based on Arabic alphabets) in the Malay Muslim world of Southeast Asia normally associated with the spread of Islam by Middle East traders. The Stone is a testimony to the spread of Islam offering an insight to the life of the people of the era as well as depicting the growing Islamic culture subsumed under a set of religious laws. Syed Hussin Gulam al-Bukhari, who discovered the stone tablet in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang in 1903, realized the historical significance of the Romanized Arabic-like text inscriptions on the stone.

It is one of the most important historical evidence of an Islamic decree in scripted by a local ruler, dated 1303 AD in the 14th century. The stone is an evidence of one of the earliest Islamic government in the Malay Peninsula. The inscriptions on the stone explain the decree and enforcement of Islamic laws and its punishments. Today, a replica of the stone has been built as a memorial in Kampung Buluh, Kuala Berang where it was originally discovered. It is a reminder of the importance of Kuala Berang as a preferred port of call among international traders and travellers in the olden days. Another mammoth replica of the Batu Bersurat has been built at a roundabout in Kuala Terengganu. The original is prominently displayed at the State Museum. Terengganu’ Batu Bersurat has been listed under the United Nation’s Memory Of The World, an UNESCO’s programme aiming at preservation and dissemination of valuable heritage archive worldwide.

Where To Stay

  1. Warisan Pahlawan Resort
  2. Syafiq Resthouse
  3. Anggerik Impian Resort
  4. Brang Cottage
  5. Kuala Berang Resthouse

Where To Eat

  1. Tuan Ahmad Tuan Abdullah Restaurant
  2. Shamsuddin Abdul Rahman Restaurant
  3. Hussin Hj Ibrahim Coffee Shop
  4. Hafsah Mat Jusoh Restaurant
  5. Sia Bee Khiaw Restaurant
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