Terengganu is one of the 14 states in Malaysia and it overlooks the South China Sea on the east side of Malaysia. Being a charming holiday destination, Terengganu has a wide stretch of beautiful beaches and even more spectacular island. Terengganu is also home to a diverse and close-knit society, where people are friendly and charm that exuberantly warmth and grace, with strong morals and values. People of different races share the bonds of neighborhood, a strong liking for local food and speak the same local dialect.
Terengganu today is rich with its customs and tradition, upheld through generations and visible in its way of life, its arts and handicrafts, its tradition culinary and its heritage. Terengganu is in a league of its own as a vibrant tourist destination.
There are a few theories on Terengganu got its name.
The first theory is when a group of hunters from Pahang found a canine tooth and called it ‘Taring Anu” which means “that tooth” as they didn’t know where it was found or what it was. When a deer was caught near the place where “Taring Anu” was found, and some of prized gaharu tree was found there too, the name Taring Anu was stuck to this place and it went on until it became Terengganu.
The other version was based on “Terang-nya-ganu” and “Terangnya-anu” and based on old folklore that people in Kelantan saw a bright light like thunder along with a loud noise and the light was so bright that it illuminated till Kuala Terengganu area. In remembrance of that extraordinary event of nature they called the place “Terang Ganu” and when it became a state they called it Terengganu.
Other story said that an entourage from Kelantan set sail and arrived at Taring Anu estuary. When they arrived at there, rain falls heavily and after it subsided they saw a beautiful rainbow (ular mayang in local or pelangi for Kelantanese). They asked the local what’s the name of the place. The local said “We called this place Ganu” and the Kelantanese replied “Terang sungguh Ganu di sini (This Ganu is so bright)”. When they returned to Kelantan they told the story of the brightness of rainbow in Ganu and so comes the name Terang Ganu.