Gong Badak is a new town located in the northern part of the Terengganu River in Kuala Nerus district which was once part of the Kuala Terengganu district known as Kuala Terengganu Utara This town originated from villages along the main road, Jalan Tengku Ampuan Intan Zaharah from Batu Enam Circle to Simpang Tiga Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. There are several housing estates in the area around Gong Badak to accommodate population growth. According to the population census in 2010, the permanent population is about 10 000. Gong Badak develops rapidly with the development of the Gong Badak industrial area and educational institutions like Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Sultan Zainal Abidin University and Teaching College Dato Razali Batu Rakit. Large supermarkets such as Hock Kee Seng, Sabasun 2, Giant, Mydin and chain restaurants like KFC, McDonald's, Burger King, Pizza Hut also have already opened branches to Gong Badak. There are also two bookstores open, namely Seri Intan Library and Osman Young Company (SMO) to sell reading materials and stationery for students in the surrounding educational institutions. The economy here at Gong Badak relies heavily on students from the surrounding educational institutions and their industrial areas.
There are flights daily from both Subang airport and KLIA2 which takes around 55 minute to an hour to Sultan Mahmud Airport. From there, you can take a ride to Gong Badak town via Tengku Ampuan Intan Zaharah road.
From Kuala Lumpur city centre, you can drive to Gong badak for 4 hours and 30 minutes by using E8 to Kota Bharu-Kuala Terengganu road. Alternatively, it takes a longer time using Segamat- Kuantan or Kuala Lumpur – Gua Musang highway which takes more than 6 hours ride.
The museum is located at the heart of Kuala Terengganu and nearby Gong Badak town. This complex has buildings which are inspired by the architectural design of traditional Malay houses in Terengganu It was established in the year 1976 under Enactment 1976 Vol. 9 and approved by the state assembly on 28th of December 1976, effective on 1st of November 1977. Historically, the Terengganu inscription stone in Kampung Buloh, Hulu Terengganu was discovered by Syed Hussein Ghulam Al Bukhari in the year 1902. On 3rd of February 1974, a committee was set up to oversee the establishment of the Terengganu State Museum. In the year 1981, a curator has been appointed to lead the State Museum. In July 1992, the Terengganu inscription stone was returned to state of Terengganu from the Muzium Negara in Kuala Lumpur. In 1994, the museum had its new home in the Terengganu State Museum Complex in Bukit Kampung Losong, Paloh, Kuala Terengganu. The establishment of this museum is to play a role in research and studies on the State’s history and preserve the historical remains present within. Besides that, it also acts to undertake research and conservation on the fauna, flora and geological structures that are present in the state.
The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is a mosque situated in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia and nearby Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. Masjid Kristal is the country’s first mosque with a built-in IT infrastructure and WiFi connection providing visitors with internet access with which to read the electronic Quran.The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008 and the grand structure mainly made of steel, glass and crystal. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time. Regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful mosques, the unique structure inspired by contemporary style of Moorish and Gothic elements. There is a large crystal chandelier forms the main prayer hall’s centrepiece and at night, the mosque comes alive with display of lights which changes the colour of its domes and minarets to pink, green, yellow and blue.
TH Hotel & Convention Centre Terengganu is located just a 2-minute walk to Sultan Mizan Sports Stadium and placed just a 3-minute drive to Sultan Mahmud Airport. Featuring an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, the rooms are fitted with ironing facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities and an en suite bathroom with hot/cold shower facilities. Guests can also enjoy exercising at the fitness centre and utilize the meeting facilities. Besides that, there are also 24-hour front desk can assist with luggage storage space and free parking space. As for dining options, there are local Malaysian and international dishes that can be enjoyed at Lagenda Restaurant whereas Menanti Lounge serve a selection of beverages and light snacks.