Over in Kuala Terengganu, the narrow alleys in the heart of Chinatown pays homage to what is possibly the coastal city’s most iconic mascots – the sea turtles.
Opened in 2011, Turtle Alley in Jalan Kampung Cina is just as its name suggests. The themed pathway features all things dedicated to the reptile.
Walking along the lane, you will find walls and walkways that are decorated with turtle-inspired mosaic art. Here is also where one can find metallic plate reproductions of the Little Turtle Messenger, a children’s storybook by local turtle conservationist Dr Chan Eng Heng.
The efforts of Dr Chan to protect this endangered animal was has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Program.
The storybook she penned – which contains a strong message on turtle conservation – is replicated in Bahasa Malaysia, English and Chinese here at the alley.
That spirit of turtle conservation pretty much encapsulates the essence of the Turtle Alley. There are informative “trivia boards” to educate readers on the highly endangered animal.
Its educational aspect aside, Turtle Alley also serves the practical purpose of being a shortcut that connects Pulau Warisan to Chinatown.
Foodies will be happy to note that here’s where the main eateries are. Look out for goodies like the white kerepok lekor (served with sambal belacan) and roti paung.
If your aim is to get some Instagram-worthy photos, the alley will not disappoint. Tucked between two old shophouses, Turtle Alley exudes a charming yet mysterious vibe.
Fans of fantastical books such as the Harry Potter series might liken the path to a location out of a magical world.
With a myriad of eateries and businesses, Jalan Kampung Cina is one of the busiest roads in Kuala Terengganu, but don’t worry as there is ample parking along the waterfront.
Driving or ordering a car from ride-hailing apps would be your best bet.
Despite its relatively obscure setting, Turtle Alley is instantly recognisable thanks to eye-catching landmarks on both ends of the path. One is a statue depicting a turtle hatchling emerging from its egg shell while the other one is a big mosaic showing two green turtles swimming at a seagrass bed.
219, Jalan Kampung Cina
20100, Kuala Terengganu