12 Fascinating Facts About Rumah Melayu Kelantan Tiang 12 (RMKT-12)

Rumah Melayu Kelantan Tiang 12

In the heart of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, stands a living testament to Malay heritage — Rumah Melayu Kelantan Tiang 12 (RMKT-12). As we embark on the Visit Kelantan 2024 journey, let's unveil the enchanting details that make this traditional Malay house a captivating destination.

1. Unyielding Foundations:
RMKT-12 boasts 12 original pillars, intricately rooted in the ground, forming a structure that gracefully reaches the ceiling without any joints.

2. A Glimpse into the Past:
Erected in 1870, RMKT-12 stands as the only house maintaining its original form from 153 years ago. Complete with a picturesque gate, adorned widow walls, and Kelantanese motifs, it narrates tales of a bygone era.

3. Sanctuary of the Wise: 
Situated in Kampung Menuang (now Kg. Atas Paloh), RMKT-12 has welcomed renowned scholars and figures like Tok Kenali, Haji Daud Bukit Abal, and Prof. Emiritus Dato’ Paduka Dr. Mahmood Zuhdi bin Haji Abd. Majid.

4. Iconic Hub in Kota Bharu:
Serving as Kelantan's unique heritage, RMKT-12 stands prominently in the center of Kota Bharu, drawing travelers from far and wide.

5. The 'Rumah Ibu': 
Covering 28 square meters, RMKT-12, known as the 'RUmah Ibu,' is a haven of Malay traditions — featuring a pemeleh (traditional kitchen), wet veranda, hanging curtains, and intricate floral carvings.

6. Capturing Moments Through Lenses: 
RMKT-12 has become a focal point for famous photographs taken across Kelantan's 11 districts. These images, captured by the owner, a seasoned photographer with over 30 years of experience, are compiled in a captivating coffee table book.

7. Microcosm of Malay Life: 
More than a structure, RMKT-12 is a microcosm of traditional Malay life, intertwining architecture with the essence of Malay living and shelter.

8. Symbolism in Every Corner: 
From site selection to construction, RMKT-12 incorporates Malay beliefs, taboos, and philosophies, weaving a tapestry of symbolism into every facet.

9. Human Anatomy in Wood: 
Each component of RMKT-12 symbolizes a part of the human body, creating a harmonious representation from the feet to the head.

10. Preserving Historical Artifacts: 
Acting as a repository, RMKT-12 safeguards a treasure trove of artifacts, furniture, and works of art spanning decades — a collection showcasing Kelantan's heritage, including Wau (traditional kite), congkak (traditional game), batik, and more.

11. Abode of the Elite: 
Traditionally owned by nobility, palace carvers, and elite warriors, RMKT-12 stands as a testament to the high status of its owners.

12. Crafted with Malay Ingenuity: 
Constructed using unique Malay techniques known as tanggam and pasak, RMKT-12 emphasizes wooden joints over iron nails, preserving the integrity of the wood against decay.

Embark on a journey to Rumah Melayu Kelantan Tiang 12 and immerse yourself in the captivating history and experiences reminiscent of a bygone era. #VisitKelantan2024 beckons with the allure of rich Malay heritage.

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