Kota Bharu is the state capital and Royal City of
Kelantan. It is also the
name of the territory (jajahan) in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The
city is administered by Municipal Council Kota Bharu or Majlis Perbandaran
Kota Bharu (MPKB) in Malay.
This northeastern Malaysian city is close to the
Thailand border, and is home
to many mosques. Also of interest are various museums and the unique
architecture of the old royal palace (still occupied by the sultan and sultanah and off-limits to visitors but viewable from outside) and former
royal buildings (which can be visited) in the center of town.
The City is served by Keretapi Tanah Melayu's East Coast Line at the
nearby Wakaf Bharu Terminal Station, in the town of
Wakaf Bharu across the
Kelantan River to the Railway Station.
Kota Bharu's new and efficient
Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (KBR) in
Pengkalan Chepa currently receives flights from
Kuala Lumpur provided by
Malaysia Airlines and budget carrier AirAsia.