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Fun at the beach market

Even if you're not shopping, come along to the Batu Buruk Friday market in Kuala Terengganu to soak in the lively atmosphere. Story and pictures by Alias Mohamed

From New Straits Times Online of January 10, 2006

FANCY doing some shopping while enjoying fresh air and beautiful scenery at the same time? You can but only if you're at the Batu Buruk Friday market in Kuala Terengganu.
The shine of clear golden sands against the cool blue sea forms a nice backdrop for the popular market, which was started less than two years ago. It operates from 3pm to 7pm.
The goods available here range from batik sarungs to toys, nasi lemak to burgers... you name it, and you may just find it. Some sellers just display their goods right on the beach!
Also available are Terengganu home-grown products such as bronze wares, replicas of keris and turtles, key chains and ash-trays made from coconut shells.
Stall-owner Jah Kana, 51, of Kampung Panji Alam, Kuala Terengganu, has been selling cloth at the Batu Buruk beach for the past one year. Although the market is only a weekly affair, she can earn between RM1,000 and RM1,500 a month.
Another trader, Mohd Azmi Long, 26, of Kampung Gong Balai, Marang, confirms that he too makes between RM1,200 and RM1,500 a month from selling hand-made goods at the market.
It's not only shoppers who throng the market; leisure seekers come too. Those who picnic on the beach would bring along packed lunches from home or bought at nearby restaurants which offer various kinds of foods, all reasonably priced.
Others play volleyball, sepak takraw, beach soccer, netball and other games at the beach.
For younger children, there is a playground nearby where they can have have fun on the see-saws, ladders or play hide-and-seek.
Between 5pm and 7pm, the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council organises regular cultural shows like pencak silat (Malay martial art), top spinning, kite flying, sepak raga etc at the Cultural Centre hall nearby, adding to the lively atmosphere of the Friday market.


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