The Wayang Kulit or shadow play, is an old form of storytelling, originating in the country some 250 years ago. This theatrical entertainment seems to possess strong roots in Javanese and Hindu tradition.
The Wayang Kulit is an exciting play of light, the master puppeteer, or 'Tok Wayang' sits behind the back lit semi transparent screen, animating his characters, each carved intricately upon buffalo and goat parchments. These characters have swiveling arms, which allow them to express themselves through their dramatic hand actions.
The Tok Wayang modulates his voice, weaving between characters, and giving birth to a myriad of captivating personalities. The silhouettes float across the screen, telling the stories told so many yeras ago, each time enchantingthe audience, transporting them to the kingdoms of old.
Mak yong, mounted on Saturday night, are enced by Thai tradition and providing a fine balance between singing, dancing, romance and comedy - colorful enough for outsides, though hardly fast-moving. The Tok Dalang manipulates the puppets (made from buffalo hide and mounted on rattan sticks) and modulates his voice to create drama and suspense.
Despite a growing tendency towards commercialism, with souvenir stalls and performers wearing logo T-shirts, a visit to the center is still the easiest way to see many of the arts that are dying out elsewhere in Malaysia, and the standard is consistently high. As you enjoy the countless hours of local entertainment, remember that you won't get the same myriad of pleasures anywhere else in the country. Demonstrations are held daily.
The cultural centre is open three times a week from March to October each year except during Ramadan (check with the Tourist Information Center for detail). It will also be closed during the months of November and December.
Show Times :
3.30 pm - 5.30 pm (Sat, Mon & Wed)
9.00 pm - 10.30 pm (Sat & Wed).
Getting there :
About 10 minutes drive from Kota Bharu centre.
Address: Lot 2110, Kampung Pulau Tebu Batu 5 Jalan Kuala Krai, Kelantan
54100 Kota Bharu
GPS: 6.122014, 102.252267
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