Showcase Of Old Terengganu Architecture
The Kota Lama Duyong house is described as a “fort” or kota in Malay simply because it was surrounded by sturdy high brick walls that surround it. This residence belonged to one of Pulau Duyong’s proud son by the name of Dato Biji Sura, a senior officer working with the Terengganu state government. He was the great grandson of Tok Sheikh Duyong, a Muslim scholar who was born in Champa, in southern Cambodia who lived there in the 1800s. He was a well respected teacher and his teachings were sought after by both the palace as much as the ordinary folks. His scholarly pursuits had even earned Pulau Duyong the moniker “the tongue of Terengganu”.