Siti Khadijah Market, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
I'm generally more of a details guy, but now and again there's a place for a high-level, 30,000 foot view of a place (and cheesy sociology jargon).
Kota Bharu's massive central market is not for the feint of heart - or the vegetarian. The central section, depicted here, is generally where you'll find standard fruits and veggies. If you wander deeper into the bowels of the complex, you'll find a rather intense wet market (men chopping beef flanks like a lumberjack would fell an oak, pig intestines hung like festive garlands, and unscrupulous vendors hawking sea turtle eggs). We visited with a few travel friends, and I think I was the only one from the group who could handle the sensory assault.
I found parts of this market particularly disturbing (just a whole lot of things going on I'm not used to seeing anyplace else), but as a travel experience - whoa, yeah. I'll never forget this one.
I must have shot more than 400 photos in the couple of hours I dragged our party through this complex. I'll focus on the details in a future post.