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Friday, January 18, 2008

Kuala Krau, ghost town by the river

These pictures taken somewhere in year 2003. I never stepped my feet to this dead small town before. No heavy traffics, no hustle bustle, no skycrappers... It is where the old memories were left behind.

Pahang River or (Sungai Pahang in Malay) is a river in the state of Pahang, Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula.

With 459 km in length, it is the longest river on the Malay Peninsula. The river begins at the
confluence of Jelai and Tembeling rivers on the Titiwangsa Mountains range and drain into South China Sea.

Theres no bridge built to join both sided of Pahang River banks here, in Kuala Krau. Anyhow, I heard in future, there would be a bridge project to join Kuala Krau and Jengka area. After all, Kuala Krau will be no longer a dead town.
To my knowledge, alongside Sungai Pahang, only at certain places being built a bridge to cross over as there are the mainroad system to connect one area to another.

We can cross the Pahang River by bridge at:

a). Pekan
b). Temerloh
c). East Coast Expressway (at Chenor/Temerloh)
d). Jerantut (somewhere at Jerantut Feri, Pulau Tawar)
e). Where else? I don't know? Tembeling?

Back to the old time, rivers were use as the main road when boats and sampan being used as traditional transportation. In the old days, Pahang River was a main transportaion road.

By following Pahang River, trading boats from Muar River in Johor could continue their journey until they reach Kuala Pahang in Pekan, or Kuala Lipis to continue into Terengganu, Kelantan or Perak.
The banks of Pahang River was settled as early as 1400 by warriors and seafarers from around the Malay Archipelago, forming settlements. The earliest historical records of Pahang River, the riverine habitants or the people of Pahang were found in the Sejarah Melayu.
We still can see the remains of old town, villages (by later generation) being left at both sides of Pahang River banks. Why they left this area to other settlement?
They left this area because 2 main reasons;

1. Changes in transportation system. Roads being build at the other side, therefore we can see the new population emerged on the
left and right side of the road from Temerloh to Jerantut.

2. To escape from flood. i.e Kampung Burau - being erased out from world map after big flood in 1970's.

From the photos attached, you can see how rustic - Kuala Krau by the Pahang river.

I used to pay 50cents (RM0.50) to cross this river by "ferry".

1 comment:

  1. Bridges across Pahang River:
    1 Pekan (Jalan Kuantan-Pekan)
    2 Paloh Hinai (Jalan Kuantan-Segamat)
    3 Chenor
    4 Temerloh (Jalan Kuantan-Kuala Lumpur)
    5 Temerloh (Lebuhraya Pantai Timur)
    6 Kuala Krau (Jalan Kuala Krau-Bandar Tun Razak)
    7 Jerantut Feri (Jalan Jerantut-Maran)
    8 Proposed bridge at Kuala Tembeling