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  Welcome
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  Sarawak Map 1
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  PEOPLE & ETHNIC GROUP:
 
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  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Adventure Nature & Wildlife
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  KUCHING (STATE CAPITAL):
 
  General Info
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  History & People
  Dining & Entertainment
  Nightlife
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  Recreation & Sports
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Kuching On Foot
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  Historical Buildings
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  Handicrafts
  Street Life
 
  Nature & National Parks
  Bako National Park
  Batang Ai National Park
  Gunung Gading National Park
  Kubah National Park
  Kuching Wetlands National park
  Matang Wildlife Centre
  Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  Talang Satang National Park
  Tanjung Datu National Park
 
  Santubong & Damai Beach
  General Info
  Irrawady Dolphin
  Sarawak Cultural Village
 
  Kuching Southwest
  Tourist Destination
  Teluk Melano & Sematan
 
  Sibu
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Bawang Assan Iban Longhouse
 
  Melanau's Heartland:
  Mukah Town
  Dalat Town
 
  Up Rejang River:
  General Info
  Kanowit, Song & Belaga
  Kapit
 
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  Miri
  General Info
  City Map
  In & Around Miri Map
 
  Lifestyle & Nightlife
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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  Must Visit Places
  Bario & Ba?kelalan
 
  Gunung Mulu National Park
  Lambir Hills National Park
  Loagan Bunut National Park
  Niah National Park
  Similajau National Park
 
 
 
 
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Historical Buildings

 
 

 

CITY ATTRACTION :

HISTORIC BUILDINGS

 

PADANG MERDEKA

 

An interesting and historical landmark in Kuching is its Padang Merdeka, a neat well-kept field that is graced majestically by several centuries old Kapok trees. The trees are special and significant as every two to three years, they flower, bear pods filled with seeds and cotton-like filling, which then burst scattering the white substance. Some say the ground beneath the trees looks like it has just received a layer of snow. Many have seen this unique spectacle but the trees have witnessed much more, having been around for several human generations.  The Padang Merdeka is where many events are held, including the National Day celebrations. Once called the Padang Central, the field is the place where the people of Sarawak from its multitude of ethnic background, congregate to celebrate. At other times, the field witnesses various other events including those by the government, private bodies and organisations. It is indeed a significant side in Kuching, made even more prominent by the towering Kapoks.

 
 
 

THE SQUARE TOWER

 

The Square Tower on the Waterfront was built in 1879 as a fortress, fortunately never fired a shot in anger, unlike its wooden predecessor which was burnt down in the 1857 gold miners? rebellion.

 
 
 

THE ASTANA

 

The Astana, the imposing palace on the north bank of the river opposite the Waterfront, was built in 1870 by Charles Brooke as a bridal gift to his wife, the Ranee Margaret. It is nowadays the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak, and therefore not open to visitors.

 
 
 

FORT MARGHERITA

 

Fort Margherita (across the river from Holiday Inn) was built in 1879 to guard Kuching?s river approaches from pirates. Named after Charles Brooke?s wife, Ranee Margaret, it is an extremely attractive and interesting building. As the Fort is situated within the police training barracks, visitors may be asked for some form of ID. Sampans go to the Fort from various Waterfront jetties.

 
 
 

COURT HOUSE COMPLEX

 

The Court House Complex (junction of Main Bazaar and Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, facing the Waterfront) was built in 1871 as the seat of Sarawak?s government, and was used for this purpose as late as 1973. It is a superb collection of buildings, with magnificent belian (ironwood) roofs and beautiful detailing inside and out, reflecting local art forms. The colonial-baroque Clock Tower was added in 1883 and the Charles Brooke Memorial in 1924. The complex also includes The Pavilion Building - a piece of old New Orleans transplanted to Kuching, completed in 1909 used for many years as the General Hospital and now transformed into Sarawak?s Textile Museum - and The Round Tower, originally planned as a fort (1886), then used as a dispensary, and nowadays the headquarters of the Sarawak Craft Council.

 

Following restoration of the original buildings and redevelopment, this important heritage site reopened in 2003. Now known as the Sarawak Tourism Complex, the area also houses the Visitor Information Centre.

 
 
 

SARAWAK STEAMSHIP BUILDING

 

The Sarawak Steamship Building on the Waterfront was built in 1930, and was previously the offices and warehouse of the Sarawak Steamship Company. It is now the home of the Kuching Waterfront Bazaar, with dozens of stalls selling a wide range of handicrafts and souvenirs.

 
 
 

MAIN POST OFFICE

 

The Main Post Office on Jln Tun Haji Openg is another good example of Kuching?s cosmopolitan architectural mix. Built in 1931, it appears to belong to the early 19th century with its neo-classical style and Corinthian columns

 
 
 
 
KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Historical Buildings
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO