Kuching is the capital of Sarawak state in Malaysian Borneo (East Malaysia). It is the most populous city in Sarawak with the total population of 650,000 approximately. Kuching means ‘Cat’ in Malay. There are many stories about the origin of this name but Sarawakian wholeheartedly refer Kuching as ‘Cat City’ and adopted the animal as a symbol of their city. There are various cat statues and murals can be seen around the city centre.
Kuching is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-religions city. Ethnic groups of indigenous to the island of Borneo, Malays, Chinese and Indians are living under one roof, embracing different cultures, ethnicity, religions, languages and dialects. It is diverse yet harmony.
Kuching is a gateway to other parts of Sarawak and Borneo. Kuching International airport is 20 minutes away from the city centre. It is not a glamorous metropolitan city but it has it own charm to engross you.
From the era under Malay sultanate of Brunei to 100 years under the government of White Rajah, experienced the Second World War then joining Malaya in 1963. Sarawak has its own unique stories to tell and Kuching had never missed to witness all these important and significant moments. Kuching became state capital since the era under the Malay sultanate of Brunei till present. The panorama of Kuching City is the mixture of local cultures, colonial style buildings and modern architecture. Among popular attractions in Kuching are Kuching City Mosque, Masjid Jamek, the Malay kampung (villages), Tua Pek Kong Temple, China Town, Fort Margherita, Astana, Waterfront Promenade, Sarawak State Museum, Sarawak Textile Museum, Sarawak State Assembly and etc. Most of the above attractions are reaching by foot. Walking through alleys and streets bring you to discover the hidden gems in the city.
Don’t miss the authentic Sarawak cuisines that you hardly get a chance to taste in other parts of the world. Give your taste buds an adventurous food trying when you are in Sarawak. Stimulate your sense of taste with all these local authentic delicacies like Sarawak Laksa, Midin (a crispy wild jungle fern), Kolo Mee, Kompia, Ayam Pansuh (bamboo chicken), Tuak (gentle rice wine), Layer Cake, Bihun Cangkuk Manis, Kampua Mee Belachan Noodles and many more.
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Sarawak Cultural Village
Sarawak state is rich in its cultural heritage. There are more than 40 sub-ethnics groups in Sarawak. The six major ethnic groups are Iban, Malay, Chinese, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and Melanau. Each ethnic have their own culture, language and lifestyle. On the Day 3 of IKS 2019, we will be visiting Sarawak Cultural Village to discover the wide diversity of different cultures by watching cultural shows, attending workshops of drumming, cultural dances, folk songs and games from asia and visiting long houses of Iban, Orang Ulu, Bidayuh and Melanau Tall House.
Sarawak state is also famous of its natural tourist attractions, there are about 14 national parks and 5 nature reserves in Sarawak. These protected areas are the home for unique and intriguing flora and fauna, and where spectacular caves, coral reefs, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, islands and pristine beaches can be found. Do not miss the opportunity to explore the nearby national parks and nature reserves around Kuching like Bako National Park, a tropical rainforest where rich in various tropical plants and creatures, Gunung Gading National Park where the world’s largest flower, Rafflessia bloom, Kubah National Park, a place for jungle trekking fans, Semenggoh and Matang Wildlife Centre to visit orang-utan. If you stay long in Sarawak, do visit other parks like Mulu World Heritage Area, each park has its own distinctive attractions and beauty.