The fabulous Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge has not only joined the ranks of iconic structures in Malaysia but has also made the history books as the first time the start of a stage of PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi has been flagged off from a bridge.
The draw bridge – built to a cost of some USD 53 million – saw the peloton of 128 riders being flagged off for Stage 2 of PETRONAS Le Tour de Langkawi this morning for a ride distance of 186.2km from Kuala Terengganu in Terengganu to Kota Bharu in Kelantan.
Considered the longest draw bridge in the world at 630metres, it is the only working draw bridge in South East Asia with the middle part between the two towers that can be lifted or drawn up for ships to pass through.
Hence, its name.
The bridge connects downtown Kuala Terengganu to Seberang Takir as it provides further easiness of movement to and from the state capital
Up in the tower area of the draw bridge, there is an art gallery of local artists and also a restaurant.