Pekan town is located on the banks of the Pahang River which is around 50 kilometres south of Kuantan and approximately 280 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. It is the Royal Town of the Malaysian state of Pahang Darul Makmur. Its name comes from a flower, the Bunga Pekan which was a favourite flower of people back then. According to local, a flowering plant named Bunga Pekan used to grow wild at the banks of Pahang River and the flower is said to be white like jasmine.
The river at the Pekan town (near Mengkasar village) is also called Pekan River and other sources say the name "Pekan" came from the word "Pekan Sehari" (Pekan Sehari or Sunday Market still exists today), and the word "Sehari" was eventually omitted and the locals simply called it "Pekan".Pekan is also the name of the district the town is situated in and a parliamentary constituency in its own right. It is the home of the state's royal family headed by Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mu'adzam Shah. Besides, it is also the hometown of the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
You may reach Pekan by a direct bus from Terminal Bas Bersepadu (TBS), or by another option, take a bus from Kuantan. It takes approximately 1 hour to reach Pekan from Kuantan. There are also many buses from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan daily.By Car From Kuala Lumpur city centre, it takes around 3 hours and 25 minutes to Pekan, Pahang by using MEC highway and Gambang road.
The Sultan Abdullah Mosque is the third mosque in Bandar Pekan and is built on the second mosque site at Kuala Sungai Parit. The stone building was uniquely designed with the "Moorish" design, which was built in early 1929 and completed in 1930. The mosque opening ceremony was officiated by YTM Tengku Abu Bakar Ibnu Sultan Abdullah (Tengku Mahkota Pahang) which took place on 8 January 1932. The mosque of Abdullah was functioning as the main mosque for Pekan residents for Friday prayer and all other Islamic religious activities at that time. In 1997, the Pahang State Museum Board took over the building of the mosque from the Islamic Religious Council and the Malay Archipelago after finding that the mosque was no longer used and abandoned without any basic maintenance. Initially, the Pahang State Museum Board carried out indoor and outdoor cleaning works. After that, in order to preserve this mosque as an old and historic monument, the Pahang State Museum makes an effort and turns it as Pahang State Islamic Art and Cultural Museum due to its strategic location and is ideal for exhibition galleries.
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