Bukit Marak

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Bukit Marak (literally Shining Hill) is a village in Bachok, Kelantan, Malaysia, located about 24 kilometres (15 mi) south of the state capital Kota Bharu.[1][2] It is famous as the childhood home of Puteri Saadong, and thus has great significance in the history of the Sultanate of Kelantan.[2]

The village derives its name from a local hill, one of the last hillocks in the district.[2] The hill has some attractions for tourists, and draws thousands of visitors every weekend both for hiking and for sightseeing.[3] Among these are a famous pool in which Puteri Saadong was believed to have bathed, and three granite rocks at the peak of the hill resembling Puteri Saadong's favourite musical instrument.[2] However, the hill is being negatively affected by excavation of soil for use in land reclamation; local villagers are said to be selling soil from the hill at RM40 for one lorry-load. Aside from the damage to the historical site, this also may introduce the danger of mudslides and landslides during the monsoon season.[2] The state government has offered to purchase the hill from its owners in accordance with the National Heritage Act 2005, in order to prevent further damage.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azhar, Syed (2009-08-05), "Residents erasing Bukit Marak history", The Star, retrieved 2010-03-18 
  2. ^ a b c d e Azhar, Syed (2009-08-10), "Museum wants Bukit Marak saved", The Star, retrieved 2011-03-18 
  3. ^ a b "230 pesilat uji ketahanan fizikal daki Bukit Marak", Utusan Malaysia, 2011-01-05, retrieved 2011-03-18 

Coordinates: 6°02′16″N 102°18′58″E / 6.037883°N 102.316103°E / 6.037883; 102.316103