Forming a nice backdrop for Kuala Terengganu is Bukit Puteri (Princess Hill), a 174 years old hill located at the centre of the town. It covers an area of about 658 hectares and the height is about 200 meters from the sea level. The name Bukit Puteri is said to have originated from its pioneer residence – a Puteri Bunian – who has since left the hill. The hill was later opened by a chieftain from Johor named Tuk Raja Menteri who came to Terengganu to install the first Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Zainal Abidin I; in 1831.
On top of the hills are a few historical artifacts that have significant link to the history of Terengganu, some of which are still in used now. Among the historical artifacts that can be found here a an old fort, a “genta” (big bell), cannons, a flag pole, a light house, old graves and a defence wall. A small cave known as Gua Puteri can also be found here. From the top of the hill, you can have a nice bird eye view of the entire Kuala Terengganu town. Nowadays, Bukit Puteri is used as a firing range for cannon when royal ceremonies are held.
Bukit Puteri is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm everyday with minimal entrance fee of RM1.00. It is best to visit the hill early in the morning or late afternoon when temperature is not so hot. Plus, you will get to see the fishermen boats plying along Sungai Terengganu during this time.
Directions Right in the heart of Kuala Terengganu town.