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Selamat Tinggal Raungbauk Kijae
Farewell Raungbauk Kijae
it was nice growing up with you....
What was before :
Raungbauk Kijae on one of those final days. Photo courtesy of Perakan.net
Raungbauk Kijae on Google Earth. So it was.
What is Now :
A mixture of some demolished houses and a leveled roundabout, produces a widened bridge, roads, a junction and a probable solution for Kota Bharu ever increasing traffic congestion problems.
SO, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL WITH ~ RAUNGBAUK KIJAE ??
Raungbauk Kijae or Bulatae Kijae is a local term for a roundabout located at a meeting point of four Kota Bharu main roads ~ the Jalan Hamzah, Jalan Kg Sireh, Jalan Sultanah Zainab and Jalan Kota Bharu ~ Pasir Pekan ( the Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge ).
It was a roundabout with a fountain in the middle. There were even several Kijae or Kijang ( Muntiacus muntjak ) effigies, lining the edge of the rounded pool, spouting water towards the center, hence the name, Raungbauk or Bulatae Kijae, among the locals.
The effigies were later disposed in early 1990s, as it was deemed un-Islamic by the ruling local government. But the name sticked until the roundabout is no more.
Before there were Tendong Bridge ( or casually known as Ghertock Berghaehaeng Ali ), Pasir Mas ~ Salor Bridge and Tanah Merah ~ Machang Bridge or even the newly completed Jambatan Dabong, there was only a single road bridge, over the Kelantan River.
The Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge, completed in 1965 was the only one of such kind
and it was not until 30 years later when the second link ( the Tanah Merah ~ Machang link ) was finally built, followed shortly after by the now existing bridges.
If I am not mistaken, the Raungbauk Kijae came with the completion of the Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge.
So, after all those years, I believe there is no way to deny how significant Raungbauk Kijae must had been to most Kelantanese or perhaps to the outsiders as well.
Being the most favorable gateway ( as it still is, despite other links ) into West Kelantan ( Tumpat, Pasir Mas, Wakaf Bharu, Rantau Panjang, Pengkalan Kubor etc ) from Kota Bharu and vice versa, the bridge alongwith the roundabout must had given a lot of fond memories to those who spent their growing up days in Kelantan.
At least to me, it was something to remember.
The late Sultan Yahya Petra at the opening ceremony of the bridge connecting Kota Bharu with Tumpat ( 17th April 1965 ). The 840 meters long bridge was named after the Sultan's.
Image courtesy of the Malaysian National Archive ( click image for source )
Dredging Barge at work on the murky Kelantan River, with the Sultan Yahya Petra Bridge in the background.
The riverbank at left is currently being developed into new commercial and living areas.
I hope my dear readers could help me with photo(s) of Raungbauk Kijae during its heyday,
do email it to me if you have one so that I could share it with everyone else here and dont worry,
I'll make sure the credit goes to the right place.