Kuching is a City in West Malaysia. It is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Therefore, it is a diverse city of old colonial buildings and towers. Along Sarawak River waterfront are Kuching food stalls. As well as shop houses selling handicrafts and a walkway with views of 19th-century landmark, the Astana. Astana is a former palace of the White Rajahs. Also a Fort Margherita, built to fight pirates.
Kuching has tropical weather and it is humid. Rain and shine all year round.
Malaysian Time: UTC +8 hour
Population: 325,132 (2010)
3-star hotel averaging RM 104, 5-star averaging RM 155 or $37.
1. Kuching Waterfront
Waterfront was where the first white rajah, James Brooke, landed in Sarawak. He reclaimed parts of the riverside, used to be docking area for villagers crossing the river. Now a beautifully landscaped waterfront along the Sarawak River with some eateries and entertainment areas. There are historical buildings, a viewing tower and sculptures in this area as Kuching Attractions.
2. Old Sarawak Museum
The Old Sarawak Museum one of Kuching attractions. It display traditional arts and crafts is the oldest museum in Borneo. This was sponsored by the second rajah, Charles Brooke, and opened in 1891. Hence, it has been renovated to this present structure. Thus, it houses a detailed collection of tribal artifacts. As well as, historical information about Borneo.
Note: The museum will be closed for renovations until 2020.
3. Tua Pek Kong Temple
Built in 1843, this red building is the oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak. This is a major landmark located in the heart of Kuching attractions near the Sarawak River. Chinese worshipers come to this temple to pray during festivals and other religious celebrations.
4. Kuching City Mosque
In 1852, a wooden mosque was built at this site. It was later demolished, and the Kuching Mosque was built on the site in 1968. The mosque has a combination of western and Italian architecture. It is another major landmark in Kuching attractions.
5. Fort Margherita
Fort Margherita was built in 1879, when the island was under British rule. In order to protect the city from attacks. This was named after Charles Brooke’s wife, Ranee Margaret. Stands on the other side of the Sarawak River and can be seen from the Kuching attractions Waterfront. The original building together with its cannons, cannon balls, guns, prisoners’ cells still intake. Hence, the old fort has been converted to a Police Museum. Furthermore, it displays weapons, opium dens and different forms of criminal punishment.
6. The Astana
On the other side of the river is the Astana. A palace and the residence of Sarawak’s Chief of State. Subsequently, this was built by Charles Brooke in 1870 and was used as his residence. It is consists of three buildings connected to each other. Hence, it is one of the popular Kuching attractions.