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  Gunung Mulu National Park
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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Heritage Trails

 
 

HERITAGE TRAILS

 

Boasting a history that goes back well over a hundred years, it is easy to imagine the White Rajahs of Sarawak?s yesteryears, going about their businesses of administrating the state at that time. The countless accounts written of the British legacy have never ceased to fascinate visitors to this city.

 

The Kuching Heritage Trail unravels this history and interesting aspects of the rulers, fanning out also on the historic buildings across and around the Waterfront area. The varied architectural heritage here combines many styles and influences that form the city?s skyline. These days, such heritage sites attract hordes of camera-wielding travellers as they marvel at the majestic architecture and do their photography rounds in the bustling city. These sites are close to one another and within easy walking distances.

 

You may start your walk from the Old Court House. Befitting its status, the former Court House is an impressive building made of belian (iron wood) roof and is decorated with beautiful engraving reflecting local traditions. It was built in 1874 and used to house all government offices and was the venue for state ceremonies too. High Court proceedings and numerous State Council meetings have taken placed here from the 19th century to September 2000. Three years later the building was made into the Sarawak Tourism Complex. At the entrance of the courthouse, is Brooke Memorial. The memorial stands six metres high and the structure is built from granite. It was commissioned in 1924 to honour the second Rajah, Charles Brooke. The obelisk has a bronze panel of four figures representing the Malay, Chinese, Dayak, and Kayan communities. In 1883, the colonial baroque Clock Tower behind the memorial was added.

 

First it was a prison which was later converted into a dancing hall for the colonial masters and quarters for the servants, the Square Tower today is a multimedia information centre and video theatre. The tower was built in 1879 as a fortress, which never saw a single shot fired during its heydays. Just next to it is the Sarawak Steamship Building that was built in 1930. It was previously the office and warehouse of the Sarawak Steamship Company. Years later, it was extensively restored and now houses a restaurant and a convenience store. Walk across the road and up the street; and you will see a prominent 1931 building with imposing neo-classical style architecture. The Kuching Post Office is believed to be the only building in this part of the world, which is constructed using the Corinthian columns. It used to be a police station and horse stable.

 
 

A rather odd shaped building opposite the Post Office is the Pavillion. It was built in 1909 and was regarded an architectural enigma. A mix of late English renaissance and colonial architecture, The Pavillion used to be the General Hospital and now houses the Textile Museum. A little intriguing because locals seem not to know why the building was built in the first place, the Round Tower was constructed in 1886 and its purpose remains a mystery to this day. Due to its structure, it is believed that the building was meant to be a fort during emergency, but was later converted to a dispensary.

 

Further up the street is the Sarawak Museum, reputed for having the most comprehensive collection of Borneon artefacts. Originally built in 1891, it displays the arts and crafts of the indigenous people of Borneo. The Sarawak Museum straddles both sides of Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg after extensive extensions and an overhead pedestrian bridge connects the two buildings. Retrace your steps back to the Waterfront to take the penambang or sampan and meander slowly up and down the Sarawak River.

 

If you wish to pursue your heritage walk, why not ask the boatman to drop you off at the jetty near the Astana. Even from across the river where you came from, you can see the Astana in its regal splendour. Since it is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the Governor of Sarawak, it is not admissible to public. But you can still marvel from the outside at the sheer majesty of the whole palace. The second Rajah, Charles Brooke built this building in 1870 as a bridal gift for his wife, Ranee Margaret. Then it was known as the Government House with three separate buildings fused into one, each connected to the other by short and narrow passageways.

 

The Fort Margherita commands another breathtaking and strategic position along the Sarawak River. The location is chosen to overlook the long stretch of river approaching Kuching. Named after the second Rajah, Charles Brooke?s wife, the Ranee Margaret, it was built as an edifice of an English renaissance. Formerly, it was the Police Museum, with many cannons and artillery ammunitions but now the Fort is under renovation.

 
 
 
KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Heritage Trails
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO