Kuching is Sarawak’s beautiful capital city. Like most other Malaysian cities, it is a delightful mix of the traditional, the colonial and the modern. Visit the city’s Chinatown with its quaint shops, iconic temples and mosques. The golden-domed City Mosque is definitely worth a visit. Drink in the sights and smells of Old Kuching at its bustling bazaars with their exotic spices and colorful merchandise. The origins of this riverfront city may be better understood at the famous Sarawak Museum. The city is also home to the country’s colonial heritage buildings from the era of the ‘White Rajahs’. One can catch a glimpse of the Astana, the former residence of the colonial White Rajahs, from Kuching’s pretty waterfront. This city is also a convergence point from where you can take trips to a number of ecological destinations.
Colonial heritage, Temples & Chinatown
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Uncover the secrets of Kuching, the historic capital of Sarawak. Begin your tour amid the bustling lanes of Kuching’s Chinatown, observe the famous Cat Statue (Kuching means “Cat” in Malay), and amble over to the colorful TuaPek Kong Chinese Temple. Move on to Civic Centre Viewing Platform and the world-renowned Sarawak Museum. Walk past the gold-domed City Mosque as you pass through Old Kuching, known for its spice dealers and textile shops. The heritage buildings of the White Rajah era, including the Pavilion, Charles Brooke Monument, and the Post Office, bear testimony to the city’s rich colonial history. On your way back, you’ll see the Astana, an erstwhile residence of the White Rajahs, on the other side of the Kuching Waterfront. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy)
Half Day Kuching Heritage Walking Tour
Discover the many gems of Kuching’s glorious past on this walking tour. Begin at the Waterfront with the TuaPek Kong Chinese temple and the Chinese Historical Museum that showcase the impact of Chinese culture on this region. Your next stop, Carpenter Street, is known for its charming old shophouses. The area also houses the General Post Office at the end of the street and monuments from the Brooke dynasty, including the Brooke Memorial Monument and the Old Court House. India Street, up next, is a delightful melange of colorful shops and enthusiastic shoppers and passersby. Walk past the 19th century Masjid India and move on to Gambier Street, drawn by the aromas of rich Indian spices. Ahead, is the Old Fire Brigade Station, which is now an open-air market. Take a quick detour to admire the stunning architecture of St. Thomas’s Cathedral before you wrap up your tour at the Sarawak Museum. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfers; Duration: 3.5 hrs; Fitness level: Easy; please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen lotion. Please note that there is a possibility of rain in the evenings.)