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Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
  Sarawak Tourism
  Getting There & Around
 
  Sarawak Map 1
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  PEOPLE & ETHNIC GROUP:
 
  General Info
  Bidayuh (Land Dayak's)
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  Iban Longhouse Visit
 
  ARTS & CRAFTS:
  General Info
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  Eating Out, Nightlife & Local Delicacy
 
  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Adventure Nature & Wildlife
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  KUCHING (STATE CAPITAL):
 
  General Info
  Bus Service / Transportation
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  History & People
  Dining & Entertainment
  Nightlife
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  Recreation & Sports
  Spa Retreats
 
  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Kuching On Foot
  Heritage Trails
  Historical Buildings
  Museums
  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
  General Info
  Dining & Entertainment
  Shopping & Accommodation
 
  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Bawang Assan Iban Longhouse
 
  Melanau's Heartland:
  Mukah Town
  Dalat Town
 
  Up Rejang River:
  General Info
  Kanowit, Song & Belaga
  Kapit
 
  Down Rejang River:
  General Info
 
  Miri
  General Info
  City Map
  In & Around Miri Map
 
  Lifestyle & Nightlife
  Shopping
 
  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
SIBU TOURIST ATTRACTION : City centre
 
 
CITY CENTRE
 

Sibu?s town centre is very compact and easily covered on foot. The narrow crowded streets are crammed with shops selling everything from native handicrafts to designer fashions, and there seems to be an old fashioned coffee shop on almost every corner. The following attractions are all within easy walking distance of the town centre and all major hotels.

 
 
 
SIBU CENTRAL MARKET
 

Sibu?s recently refurbished Central Market, on Jln Channel opposite the Express Boat Passenger Terminal, is the largest and most interesting in Sarawak. By combining the former wet market and the native Lembangan market in clean and hygienic new surroundings, the Sibu Municipal Council has created a visual feast for visitors. Highlights are the Iban ladies selling exotic fruits, jungle produce and handicrafts, and the Chinese poultry sellers who offer their live chickens and ducks neatly wrapped up in tubes fashioned from old newspapers.

 
 
 
REJANG ESPLANADE
 

The Rejang Esplanade is an attractively landscaped waterfront promenade that stretches from the Express Boat Passenger Terminal to the Kingwood Hotel, and includes the Hii?s Association Playground. Courting couples, anglers, al-fresco diners and sightseers flock here every evening to enjoy the riverfront scenery and view the Swan Statue, the emblem of Sibu.

 
 
 
NIGHT MARKET
 

The vibrant Night Market ( Jln Market, between Jln Lintang and Jln Bengkel) sets up every afternoon around 5 pm and operates until 10 pm or sometimes later. The stalls offer all manner of household goods, footwear, fashion items, and of course food. Cakes, steamed buns, satay, pastries, dumplings and many other kinds of local delicacies are on sale here, with shoppers happily snacking as they wander from stall to stall.

 
 
 
SIBU TOWN SQUARE
 

At 32 acres, the attractively landscaped Sibu Town Square is the largest urban square in Malaysia. It is regularly used for concerts and cultural activities, especially at weekends, and is also the venue for the annual Borneo Cultural Festival (see below).

 
 
 
BORNEO CULTURAL FESTIVAL
 

The Borneo Cultural Festival is usually held in July every year, and is a week-long extravaganza of cultural performances from all of Sarawak?s main ethnic groups, as well as invited performers from Sabah and Kalimantan (Indonesia). The festival is held at Sibu Town Square and also features the Borneo Traditional Food Fair, with home-cooked traditional delicacies from throughout Sarawak. Admission is free. Contact the Sarawak Tourism Board for further information or download brochures from the Sibu Municipal Council at www.smc.gov.my.

 
 
 
WISMA SANYAN
 

The tallest building in Sarawak, the 28-storey Wisma Sanyan is located next to Sibu Town Square. It dominates the Sibu skyline and houses the town?s largest retail shopping mall.

 
 
 
SIBU GATEWAY
 

This symbolic ?gateway? to the town of Sibu is located on Jln Kampung Nyabor and includes illuminated fountains, an open air stage, and Lin?s Garden, which features the second of Sibu?s two swan statues, guarded by the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

 
 
 
CIVIC CENTRE HERITAGE MINI-MUSEUM
 

The Civic Centre Heritage Mini-Museum ( Jln Tun Abang Haji Openg - take a taxi or see Travel Connections) houses a fine collection of antiques, artefacts and photos, cultural exhibits on the various ethnic groups of the Rejang, and displays tracing the history of Chinese migration to the Rejang Basin. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10.30 am - 5.30 pm. Admission free.

 
 
 
TUA PEK KONG TEMPLE & GODDESS OF MERCY PAGODA
 

The 100-year old Tua Pek Kong Temple (Jln Temple) is the oldest and best preserved Chinese temple in Sibu. Visitors should take the opportunity to meet the friendly temple caretaker, Mr Tan Tack Chiang, who speaks excellent English, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Taoism, and is always delighted to tell visitors all about the temple and its history.

 

The adjacent 7-storey Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Pagoda was added in 1987, and is said to be one of the most perfectly proportioned pagodas outside Mainland China. Visitors are welcome to climb its many steps to enjoy spectacular views of the Rejang and the Sibu Waterfront, especially at sunset.

 
 
 
FLOATING SUPERMARKETS
 

The floating supermarkets that service the village and longhouse communities along the Rejang and its tributaries berth opposite the Tua Pek Kong Temple on Jln Temple. Their colourful paintwork, with advertising sponsors? logos, provides an attractive and unusual photo opportunity.

 
 
 
MALAY KAMPUNGS
 

Traditional Malay kampungs (villages) can be found within easy walking distance at Jln Kampung Datu. They combine an interesting mix of architectural styles, from modern brick and concrete to traditional wood and attap, and the villagers are very welcoming, often inviting visitors into their homes. The kampungs also offer an attractive photo opportunity when viewed from the river, as many of the waterside houses are built on stilts above the river.

 
 
 
BUKIT AUP JUBILEE PARK
 

Winner of the 1998 National Landscaping Competition for Public Parks, Bukit Aup is a 24-acre (10ha) cluster of low hills with a lookout tower offering views of the surrounding plantations, longhouses and the Igan River. The tower, located on the park?s highest peak (59m), is often visited by local Ibans bringing offerings to a benevolent spirit, the Naga Bari, which is believed to help people in need. There are picnic huts, a canteen, a suspension bridge over a small lake which is good for photo opportunities, and jogging and walking trails.

 

Open daily 8 am - 6 pm. Admission free. Take a taxi (15 min).

 
 
 
SUNGAI MERAH HERITAGE WALK
 

The site of the earliest Chinese settlements in Sibu, Sungai Merah (Red River) is an old bazaar about 10 minutes by road from the town centre. The area has recently been restored and landscaped, with a pleasant walking trail along the river front (the water really is red, changing occasionally to yellow!) which leads through a quaintly landscaped park to the Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden (see pic), erected in honour of the town?s principal founder and featuring a bronze statue of the missionary leader.

 
 
 
TRADITIONAL POTTERIES
 

There are a number of potteries around Sibu which produce excellent quality wares in traditional Teochew Chinese styles, albeit with strong local influences. Visitors are welcome to come and watch the potters at work. The potteries are mostly located along Jln Ulu Oya, between 7 and 12 km from town.

 
 
 
SHIPYARDS
 

Sibu has a thriving shipbuilding industry, specialising in small to medium sized vessels such as express boats and marine tugs. A number of the shipyards welcome visitors, but only by prior appointment. Contact the Visitor?s Information Centre in Sibu to make arrangements.

 
 
 
 
SIBU TOURIST ATTRACTION : City centre
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO