Malaysia’s tropical vegetation provides an ideal habitat for a diverse population of animal life, including large mammals, primates, crocodiles, and hundreds of species of birds, snakes, lizards, and insects. Along with a burgeoning industrial economy that employs the majority of Pinang’s workforce, tourist attractions such as this butterfly farm have flourished. The lotus flowers of Tasek Cini, an area of 13 freshwater lakes in Malaysia, bloom in a spectacular display of red and white between June and September each year. The Malay people have many legends connected with the Tasek Cini region and consider the lakes and surrounding hill country sacred.
One of the largest museums in Southeast Asia, the Terengganu State Museum displays collections of Islamic art, regional textiles, and exhibits of Malaysia’s maritime history. Although it is constructed from concrete, the museum presents a woodlike appearance. Architectural design and the manipulation of building materials combine to create this effect.