Friday, 23 March 2012

Batu Bersurat Terengganu

The Terengganu Inscription Stone is a wonderful archaelogical find. It provides evidence that Islam reached Terengganu very early in Malay History. Who brought Islam to Terengganu? Probably the Arabs in addition to the local Malays who returned from Makkah. Probably the Arabs who followed the Terengganu people back to Malaya after the Hajj. We await for more evidence of that era.

I passed by Hulu Terengganu where the Terengganu Stone was initially discovered and unearthed from the river. The area is a flood plain and low-lying.

Hulu Terengganu where the Terengganu Inscription Stone was discovered. This view was taken from my car (while in motion) while crossing the bridge. The river can be seen underneath the signboard.

The area surrounding the river and flood plain is built-up and much higher. There is dual carriage-way on the bridge that stretches over the river. It is hard to stop on the bridge to get a good photo of the river and flood plain. There is a roadsign that gives the direction to the location of the Terengganu Stone. But I did not go down that path as the tiny road led far away from the highway and I was on the way to Kuantan for a function. I thought of visiting the Terengganu Stone site on the way back but I had taken another route home and therefore did not have the chance to visit the place to find out more. I have planned to return some other time, insyaAllah.