A park sprawling over 33ha, the Islamic Civilization Park of Pulau Wan Man is one of the state’s most distinguished attractions. Featuring impressive edifices and intricate craftsmanship, the Island's park takes visitors on a spellbinding tour of the finest in Islamic architecture.
The island is divided into two zones.
Which housed the the replicas of 21 historical Islamic monuments mention above, souvenir shops, restaurant and a recreational lake. The park also provides audio visual presentations of signage of the heritage and history which will provides interesting information for visitors.
That housed a commercial centre, a convention centre, a main square and an Islamic concept garden. Tucked at the tip of the island is the iconic splendour and pride of Terengganu the Masjid Kristal or Glittering Crystal Mosque. Majestically constructed overlooking the scenic Terengganu River.
Today Islamic Civilisation Theme Park in Pulau Wan Man, Kuala Terengganu, is the latest icon for Malaysia and features 20 replicas of monuments from all over the world.
The central attraction is the majestic Crystal Mosque constructed with crystal shine glass and steel overlooking the scenic Terengganu River. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launched the park on Feb 3. Engineers for the projects comprised not only locals but also Australians and Europeans. State Infrastructure, Public Amenities and Communications Committee chairman Datuk Wan Hisham Wan Salleh said the park was an attraction featured for Visit Terengganu Year this year.
The 23ha park costing RM250mil is also a project under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).
Since it’s opening, the park has attracted 500,000 visitors mainly from Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Baru and Seremban.
Among the famous replicas at the park are:
-National Mosque: The mosque located in Kuala Lumpur and built in 1965. The main characteristics of the design are the dome and umbrella-like minaret.
- Pattani Mosque, Thailand: This mosque was built in 1954 during the military rule of Field Marshall Sirat and took him nine years to complete.
- Kudus Minar Mosque, Indonesia: Built by Muslim scholar Sunan Kudus in 1549. The architectural design is a mix of Hindu and Javanese.
- Taj Mahal, India: A mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1648.
Its garden is considered the “garden of the world” for its splendid and beautiful landscape.
- Dome of the Rock, Palestine: The monument was built in 602 AD in Haram Al-Sharif, featuring a mix of Jewish and Christian architectural forms.
- Lutfallah Mosque, Iran: Built in 1602 AD during the Safavid Dynasty. Its name is taken from famous Muslim scholar Sheikh Lutfallah Maisi Al-Amili. It is significant because of the blue marble at its entrance.
- Kul Syarif Mosque, Kazan, Russia: Originally built in Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century. It is designed after Volga Bulgarian traditions and elements of early Ottoman architecture. It was rebuilt in 1996 with a modern look.
- Minaret of Xian, China: This great mosque of Xian was built by Admiral Cheng Ho during the Ming Dynasty. Its architectural design is of a Buddhist temple but it is built facing the Qibla.
- Mausoleum of Abu Nasr, Afghanistan: This mausoleum sits in the middle of the Balkh Central Park. Its main attraction are its two spiralling towers, blue mosaic walls, dome, minaret and calligraphy.
- Aleppo Citadel, Syria: This citadel is a fortress built by Muslims on a hill in Syria. The mosque of Abraham was built there too.
- Great Mosque of Samara, Iraq: This mosque is located in the Iraqi city of Samara. At one time, it was the largest mosque in the world. It's minaret, the Malwiya Tower, is a vast spiralling cone (snail shaped), 52m high, with a spiral ramp.
- Al-Hambra Citadel Granada, Spain: This citadel is a city-fortress and castle of the Moorish Kingdom in Granada. It was built as a mosque during Islamic rule in Spain and the wall is decorated with fascinating stucco calligraphy of the holy Quran.