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Kota Baru redirects here. It was also briefly the name of Jayapura. Kota Bharu (Jawi: كوت بهارو; Chinese: 哥打巴鲁; occasionally referred to as Kota Baharu) is a city in Malaysia that serves as the state capital and royal seat of Kelantan. It is also the name of the territory (jajahan) or district in which Kota Bharu City is situated. The name means 'new city' or 'new castle/fort' in Malay. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia, and lies near the mouth of the Kelantan River at 6°8′N 102°15′E / 6.133°N 102.250°E. The northeastern Malaysian city is close to the Thailand border. Kota Bharu is home to many mosques, various museums, the unique architecture of the old royal palaces (still occupied by the sultan and sultanah and off-limits to visitors but viewable from outside) and former royal buildings (which can be visited) in the centre of town. The City is served by Keretapi Tanah Melayu's East Coast Line at the nearby Wakaf Bharu Terminal Station, in the town of Wakaf Bharu across the Kelantan River and Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, located in Pengkalan Chepa.

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Facts and Stats for Kota Bharu*

  • Pollution Statistics in Kota Bharu

    Know the pollution level of Kota Bharu before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Kota Bharu: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Kota Bharu for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kota Bharu.

    • Burglary and Theft 75 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 40 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 75 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 85 (Very High)
    • Attacks 45 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 80 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 55 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 50 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65 (High)
  • Living in Kota Bharu - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 39.69 (Low)
    • Pollution Index 55.75 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.5 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.78 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Kota Bharu

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kota Bharu

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 65.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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