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Kuantan unveils giant lion replica to boost tourism for Chinese New Year - Januari 29, 2024

KUANTAN: The festive season in Kuantan, Pahang, is set to be more vibrant with the unveiling of a colossal lion replica, measuring 4.5 metres in height and 10 metres in length, at a local shopping centre. The structure is poised to become a new tourist attraction, enhancing the Chinese New Year celebrations in the state.

Pahang Media, in a report on Jan 28, revealed that the construction of the giant lion, which took three months to complete, received financial support from the Pahang State Government, contributing RM10,000 of the total cost of RM40,000.

Sim Chon Siang, Pahang's executive councillor for Consumer Affairs and Human Resources, emphasised the impact of the giant lion in enlivening the festivities and attracting tourists.

"This landmark is poised to draw tourists to capture its grandeur. The replica, specially ordered and imported from China, is a significant addition to our festive decor," he said during the launch event, which also featured a traditional lion and dragon dance performance. 

Sim also expressed his hope that the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations would foster joy and strengthen intercultural relationships in the state.

"In the year of the Dragon, we hope that all citizens will live in peace, honesty, and harmony, further boosting our nation's economy," he added.

Pahang sets eyes on lucrative Muslim tourism market - Januari 16, 2024

KUANTAN: Pahang is working to brand itself as an exciting Muslim-friendly destination by executing the necessary improvements to related products in a bid to lure Muslim travellers from around the globe. Pahang Unity, Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Leong Yu Man said the east coast state has embarked on efforts to provide better experiences for Muslim travellers at various existing and soon to be introduced tourist destinations across the state.

"The state government is gearing up towards turning Pahang into a leading hub for Muslim-friendly tourism and this is done by offering facilities, and services that meet the needs of Muslim tourists.  "Pahang is certainly one of the best Muslim-friendly tourist destinations in the country especially in the state capital where visitors have the opportunity to experience breaking fast during the Ramadan month at the Kuantan City Council field next to the Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque. The practice started a long time ago," she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Leong said Pahang is also renowned for its delicious and diverse halal food options with more than 5,000 restaurants and eateries in the state. "The state government works closely with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department and halal certification bodies to ensure high compliance with the (halal) standards in the food and beverage industry. "This will provide confidence to Muslim tourists about the authenticity of their meals," she said.

Leong said the unique culture, heritage, history, natural attractions and existing tourism facilities in Pahang has made the state a must-visit destination for Muslim tourists who want to experience a memorable travel experience. "Improving tourism facilities and infrastructures, continuous promotions and uplifting tourism-related services will allow Pahang to continue to attract more Muslim tourists from other parts of the world," she said.

Leong said currently 36 imams from 14 provinces in China were in Pahang as part of their seven-day visit to Malaysia through the 'Imam Familiarisation Trip: Explore Muslim-Friendly Malaysia'. Meanwhile, State Communications and Multimedia, Youth, Sports and Non-governmental Organisations Committee chairman Fadzli Mohamad Kamal said the 36 imams who mostly spoke fluent Arabic, had performed their Zuhur prayers at the Sultan Ahmad Shah mosque in Bentong yesterday.

"Upon their return to China, the imams will promote the Muslim-friendly tourism packages in Pahang to their congregations. In China, they represent a congregation of about 30,000 Muslims. "Their visit is an appreciation and recognition to the Pahang government for efficiently managing Islamic institutions including Islamic universities, mosques, and Maahad Tahfiz," he said in a Facebook post. Source - NST

Exploring the natural wonders of Taman Negara: An eco-tourism adventure- Januari 12, 2024

Stretching across three states – Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu – Taman Negara is one of the world's oldest rainforests, offering an unparalleled eco-tourism experience. Spanning over 4,300 square kilometres, this national park is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

THE ANCIENT RAINFOREST

Taman Negara's age, estimated at 130 million years, makes it a living museum of natural history. The dense canopy of towering trees, some of which are hundreds of years old, creates a vibrant ecosystem that supports a vast array of plant and animal species.

BIODIVERSITY HAVEN

The park is renowned for its biodiversity. It's home to rare and endangered species like the Malayan tiger, Asian elephant, and exotic birds like the hornbills. Nature trails like the Canopy Walkway offer visitors a unique perspective to explore this rich biodiversity.

RIVER SAFARIS AND CAVE EXPLORATIONS

The Tembeling River, which flows through Taman Negara, provides an excellent opportunity for river safaris. Visitors can explore caves like Gua Telinga, which is known for its unique rock formations and resident bats.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Taman Negara is not just a tourist destination; it's a model for sustainable tourism. The park's management ensures that the natural environment is preserved while allowing visitors to enjoy and learn from the rainforest.

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Visitors to Taman Negara can also immerse themselves in the local culture. The Orang Asli, the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia, offer insights into their traditional way of life, closely tied to the rainforest. Source - NST

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