Pasar Besar Kedai Payang
Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin
Simply known as Pasar Payang, it is a popular spot in Kuala Terengganu. Located near Chinatown, this central market is hard to miss.
Honestly, I am not sure about their operating hours. Search on internet indicated that the market is closed on Fridays but some blogs claimed that it wasn't true. I visited the market in the morning and many sellers especially in the dry grocery part haven't start selling for the day. At night, we saw vendors setting up outside the market. So, I guess it's busy all day long.
Similar to the Siti Khadijah market in Kota Bharu, you'll be able to find clothes, batik, toys, gold accessories, frying pan, cooking pots, fruits, vegetable, serunding, fish crackers and many more here. The market is also famous for the Terengganu songket (gorgeous, handwoven fabric), making it a great place for souvenir shopping.
If you're interested in sampling local food, there is a food court here. Alternatively, check out the local cakes (kuih) at dry grocery section. Serunding (chicken/fish/beef floss) and keropok (crackers) are nearby.
|A popular cake seller|
|Yummy serunding. Recommended.|
Unfortunately, they are still selling turtle eggs here. Sucks. Walk ahead. Don't stop.
It was my first visit (I think) to the market and I was quite confused with the layout. I had to get out to find stairs but really there was one in between the wet market and dry groceries on the ground floor. Upstairs are the clothes and batik and the more-appropriate-for-souvenir stuff shops.
Parking available. Sellers were not pushy, very friendly. Expect to spend about an hour even if just to explore the whole market. Oh and wear something comfortable cuz you'll sweat.