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Kuching Travel TipsKuching Travel Tips (3 October, 2004)

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Kuching Travel Tips is created to help you prepare for your trip to the capital of Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia.

Kuching (GPS: 1.56, 110.345) is the largest city in the state. It has a population approaching half a million people. The origin of the name Kuching, which means cat in Malay, is believed to come from two likely sources. Firstly, the word has a similar sound to kochin, which means harbour in Chinese. Another explanation has it that when James Brooke, the wealthy English adventurer, arrived in the Kuching area, he saw a lot of fruit trees bearing browish round fruits with sweet flesh. When he asked for the name of the fruit, the response was mata kuching. That name was corrupted to Kuching, and the word came to be used for the place.

Location of sights in Kuching on the map

Some of the sights are located in the surrounding vicinity of Kuching. If you are unable to see them immediately, resize the map by zooming out.

Sights in Kuching

  1. Astana (GPS: 1.56361, 110.34555)
  2. Bako National Park
  3. Bangunan Mahkamah Syariah (GPS: 1.55339, 110.3395)
  4. Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (GPS: 1.56269, 110.40572)
  5. Brooke Memorial (GPS: 1.55966, 110.34498)
  6. Carmelite Monastery (GPS: 1.53992, 110.34084)
  7. Cat Museum (GPS: 1.58662, 110.33431)
  8. Chinese History Museum (GPS: 1.55762, 110.34873)
  9. Fort Margherita (GPS: 1.56055, 110.34944)
  10. General Post Office (GPS: 1.55831, 110.34507)
  11. Gurdwara Sahib Sikh Temple (GPS: 1.55767, 110.342)
  12. Hiang Thian Siang Ti Temple (GPS: 1.55842, 110.34556)
  13. Hong San Si Temple (GPS: 1.55745, 110.34784)
  14. Japanese Building (GPS: 1.55924, 110.34455)
  15. Kuching Civic Centre (GPS: 1.54744, 110.34419)
  16. Kuching Waterfront (GPS: 1.56003, 110.34628)
  17. Masjid Bandaraya Kuching (GPS: 1.55874, 110.34059)
  18. Medan Niaga Satok (GPS: 1.55574, 110.32222) (formerly Satok Sunday Market)
  19. Muzium Islam Sarawak (GPS: 1.55519, 110.34153)
  20. Old Fire Bridge Station Lookout Tower (GPS: 1.55907, 110.34246)
  21. Riverside Kampung (GPS: 1.56071, 110.35188)
  22. Riverside Shopping Complex (GPS: 1.55771, 110.35188)
  23. Sarakraf Pavilion (GPS: 1.54315, 110.35419)
  24. Sarawak Museum (GPS: 1.55479, 110.34336)
  25. Sarawak Plaza (GPS: 1.55779, 110.35341)
  26. Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building (GPS: 1.56193, 110.34797)
  27. Sarawak Textile Museum (GPS: 1.74917, 110.31608)
  28. Sarawak Steamship Company Building (GPS: 1.55975, 110.34599)
  29. Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  30. Square Tower (GPS: 1.56026, 110.34559)
  31. Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple (GPS: 1.55277, 110.35303)
  32. St Peter's Church (GPS: 1.55177, 110.35947)
  33. Sungai Jaong Rock Carvings
  34. The Old Courthouse (GPS: 1.55966, 110.34498)
  35. The Round Tower of Kuching (GPS: 1.55874, 110.34493)
  36. Tua Pek Kong Temple (GPS: 1.5572, 110.34898)
  37. Tun Jugah Shopping Centre (GPS: 1.55731, 110.35359)
  38. Warrior Memorial (GPS: 1.55337, 110.34424)
  39. Wisma Saberkas (GPS: 1.53716, 110.34019)

Categories of sights in Kuching

  1. Bakeries in Kuching
  2. Chinese Temples in Kuching
  3. Churches in Kuching
  4. Hawker Centres in Kuching
  5. Hindu Temples in Kuching
  6. Historic Buildings in Kuching
  7. Monuments in Kuching
  8. Mosques in Kuching
  9. Museums in Kuching
  10. National Parks in Kuching
  11. Police Stations in Kuching
  12. Shopping Malls in Kuching
  13. Streets in Kuching
  14. Tourist Attractions in Kuching

Sights in the vicinity of Kuching

  1. Damai Beach (GPS: 1.74943, 110.31264)
  2. Gunung Gading National Park
  3. Gunung Penrissen
  4. Gunung Santubong (GPS: 1.73333, 110.33333)
  5. Gunung Serapi
  6. Kampung Annah Rais (GPS: 1.15705, 110.26537)
  7. Kubah National Park
  8. Lundu
  9. Matang Wildlife Centre
  10. Santubong
  11. Sarawak Cultural Village (GPS: 1.74917, 110.31608)
  12. Sematan
  13. Serian
  14. Sungai Jaong Rock Carvings
  15. Telok Melano
  16. Talang-Satang National Park
  17. Tanjung Datu National Park
  18. Wind Cave & Fairy Cave

Streets in Kuching

  1. Barrack Road
  2. Carpenter Street
  3. Main Bazaar

Kuching riversideKuching riverside (1 October, 2004)

Sarawak Cultural PerformanceSarawak Cultural Performance (2 October 2004)

Kuching at nightKuching at night, with statues of its namesake felines (1 October 2004)

Going to Kuching

Almost all visitors arrive at the Kuching International Airport (KCH). Upon arrival, you can take a taxi to the city. The procedure is quite straightforward. Buy your taxi coupon at the taxi stand outside the Arrival Hall.

Getting around Kuching

The city centre can be explored on foot. This include most of the sights along the Kuching Waterfront, and all the way till the Sarawak Museum. For farther away sights, you would do better to self-drive a rented car or book a local tour package.

Tourist Information Office

Tourism Malaysia has offices at Padungan, Jalan Song Thian Cheok, and Riverbank Suites, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman for distributing brochures. Tel: 246575. Opening Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sat.

History of Kuching

The origin of Kuching, and for that matter Sarawak, was the stuff that swashbuckling adventure was made of. James Brooke arrived at the court of the Sultan of Brunei in 1839. Within a short period, he managed to get himself appointed Special Adviser. At that time, the sultan's influence was in decline, and he had difficulties maintaining control over his vast territory. That his officers were tyrants that forced the locals to pay high taxes did not help to endear the Sultan to his people.

When James Brooke helped to put down the rebellion, he sought and was appointed Governor of Sarawak. With help from the British, Brooke consolidated his position and expelled the sultan's people. The Sultan of Brunei tried to retaliate, but was unsuccessful. Instead, he was forced to sign a treaty with Brooke making Brooke the first White Rajah of Sarawak on November 24, 1841.

The Sarawak River and its tributaries was the only form of travel through the dense jungle, where tribal warfare was commonplace. Each time Brooke quelled a rebellion or warfare, he would seek new land grant, expanding his territory until eventually it dwarfed the Sultan's own territory. That was how James Brooke founded Sarawak.

With his death in 1868, James Brooke was succeeded by his nephew, Charles Brooke. While James was an adventurer, Charles Brooke was an excellent administrator and politician. Under his administration, many of Kuching's most elegant buildings were erected, includeing the Istana, Fort Margherita and the Court House. It was also under Charles Brooke that the well-beloved Sarawak Museum was founded.

When Charles died in 1917, his son Charles Vyner Brooke succeeded him as the third Rajah. He built on his father's achievements, setting up a State Council in 1941. Unfortunately the council was short-lived as the occupying Japanese forces put it to an end, and Vyner fled to Australia.

When the Japanese surrendered in 1945, Sarawak came under Australian military administration until Vyner Brooke ceded it to the British Government. Sarawak became a British Crown Colony on 1st July, 1946. And on 16th September, 1963, Sarawak and Sabah gained independence together, and joined the other 11 states of Malaya to form the Federation of Malaysia.

Square Tower, KuchingSquare Tower, Kuching
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Angling on the Sarawak River, KuchingAngling on the Sarawak River, Kuching (3 October, 2004)

Hospitals in Kuching

  1. Normah Medical Specialist Centre
  2. Timberland Medical Centre, Jalan Rock

Golf Courses in Kuching

  1. Sarawak Golf Course, Jalan Pustaka
  2. Sarawak Junior Golf Foundation and Academy

Government Agencies in Kuching

  1. Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka Sarawak, Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman
  2. Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Kuching, Jalan Green Hill
  3. Menara Pelita
  4. Pustaka Negeri Sarawak
  5. Wisma Sumber Alam / Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation

Tim at the Square Tower, KuchingTim at the Square Tower, Kuching (1 October, 2004)

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