Kuantan (Jawi:كوانتن) is the state capital of Pahang, the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia. It is situated near the mouth of the Kuantan River and faces the South China Sea. The population of Kuantan is 58% Malay, 32% Chinese, 4% Indian and 6% other races. If one measures the distance along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, it is located roughly halfway between Singapore and Kota Bharu. Kuantan's population is approximately 552,500 and it is the 9th largest city in Malaysia.
The Pahang state government shifted the administrative centre of Pahang from Kuala Lipis to Kuantan in 1955.
Recently, the National Physical Plan 2005 identified Kuantan as one of the future growth centres and a hub for trade, commerce, transportation and tourism.
Coordinates: [show location on an interactive map] 3°49′00″N 103°20′00″E / 3.816667, 103.333333
Country : Malaysia
State : Pahang
Establishment : 1851
Government - Mayor Azizan Ahmad
- MPs Fuziah Salleh (PKR)
MPs Azan Ismail (PKR)
MPs Abdul Manan Ismail (BN)
- Total 2,960 km2 (1,143 sq mi)
Elevation 21.95 m (72 ft)
Population (2008): Total 552,500
Density: 177/km2 (457/sq mi)
Time zone: MST (UTC+8)
- Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Mean solar time: UTC+06:46:48