Kuantan, Malaysia



Kuantan and the region was part of the Chih-Tu empire during the 1st century and later came under the rule of the Pheng-Keng empire in the the 11th century. Kuantan was a strategic trading port on the Southeast China Sea trade route attracting the Siamese Kingdom to rule the area beginning in the 12th century. The Siamese were eventually driven out from the region by the Melakan Sultanate in 15th century.

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Modern-day Kuantan developed around the mid-19th century and was initially a village located at the mouth of the Teruntum River (now known as the Kuantan River). The village was established by Haji Senik and then called Kampung Teruntum (Teruntum Village). The major economic activities of the area during the period was fishing, farming and trade.

Kuantan River
Kuantan River

By the end of the 19th century, Chinese miners and traders began to arrive attracted by the tin deposits in the area. The village eventually developed into a small township called Kuantan. The establishment of rubber plantations during the first quarter of the 20th century also saw the arrival of Indian immigrant labour. Kuantan today is experiencing further development as an economic hub in the eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

East Coast Mall, Kuantan

East Coast Mall

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