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About Kuching

Kuching

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of Kuching looking south east.
Aerial view of Kuching looking south east.
Official seal of Kuching
Commission of the City of Kuching North
Official logo of Kuching
Council of the City of Kuching South
Nickname(s): "Cat City"
Kuching is located in East Malaysia


 

 

 

 

History

 

 

 

Sarawak was part of the Bruneian Empire since the first Brunei sultanate, Sultan Muhammad Shah. Kuching is the third capital of Sarawak, founded in 1827 by the representative of the Sultan of Brunei, Pengiran Indera Mahkota. Prior to the founding of Kuching, the two past capitals of Sarawak were Santubong, founded by Sultan Pengiran Tengah in 1599, and Lidah Tanah, founded by Datu Patinggi Ali in the early 1820s.

 

 

 
Kuching was later established as the seat of Brooke government under the management of SirJames Brooke.

Pengiran Raja Muda Hashimit later ceded the territory to a British adventurer, James Brooke as a reward for helping him counter a rebellion. The rebellion was crushed in November 1840, and on 24 September 1841, Brooke was appointed as the Governor of Sarawak with the title of Rajah. It was not announced until 18 August 1842, following Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin II's ratifying the governorship, and requiring Brooke to pay an annual sum of $2,500 to the Sultan. Since that time, Kuching became the seat of the Brooke government.

The administration was later continued by his nephew, Charles Brooke. As an administrative capital, it became the centre of attention and development.Improvements included a sanitation system. By 1874, the city had completed several developments, including construction of a hospital, prison, Fort Margherita, and many other buildings.

Charles Brooke's wife write his autobiography, (My Life in Sarawak), including his descriptions of Kuching:

The little town looked so neat and fresh and prosperous under the careful jurisdiction of the Rajah and his officers, that it reminded me of a box of painted toys kept scrupulously clean by a child. The Bazaar runs for some distance along the banks of river, and this quarter of the town is inhabited almost entirely by Chinese traders, with the exception of one or two Hindooshops....Groceries of exotic kinds are laid out on tables near the pavement, from which the purchasers make their choice. At the Hindoo shops you can buy silks from India, sarongs fromJava, tea from China and tiles and porcelain from all parts of the world, laid out in picturesque confusion, and overflowing into the street. — Margaret Brooke

 

 

 

 
A street scene of Kuching town shortly after the surrender of Japan, image taken on 12 September 1945.

The Astana (Palace), which is now the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak, was constructed next to Brooke's first residence. He had it built in 1869 as a wedding gift to his wife. Kuching continued to prosper under Charles Vyner Brooke, who succeeded his father as the Third Rajah of Sarawak. In 1941, Kuching was the site of the Brooke Government Centenary Celebration. A few months later, the Brooke administration came to a close when the Japanese occupied Sarawak.

 

 

 

 
A Japanese propaganda in Jawi script found in the town after the capturing of the town by the Australian forces.

During the Second World War, six platoons of infantry from 2/15 Punjab Regiment were stationed at Kuching on April 1941.The Regiment defended Kuching and Bukit Stabar airfield from being the destroyed by the Japanese. Defence was mainly concentrated on Kuching and Miri. However on 24 December 1941, Kuching was surrendered to the Japanese forces. Sarawak was ruled as part of theJapanese Empire for three years and eight months, until the official Japanese surrender on 11 September 1945. The official surrender was signed on HMAS Kapunda at Kuching. From March 1942, the Japanese operated the Batu Lintang camp, for POWs and civilian internees, three miles (5 km) outside Kuching.

After the end of World War II, the town survived and was wholly undamaged.The third and last Rajah, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke later ceded Sarawak to the British Crown in 1 July 1946. During the Crown Colony period, the government worked to develop and improve the infrastructure on Sarawak. Kuching was revitalised as the capital of Sarawak under the British colonial government. When Sarawak, together with North Borneo, Singapore and the Federation of Malaya, formed the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, Kuching kept its status as the state capital and was granted a city status in 1 August 1988.


 

 

 

 

Attractions and recreation spots

 

 

Cultural


The Sarawak Museum building was built by Rajah Charles Brooke in 1891 and designed based on thearchitecture of a Normandy town hall.

Kuching maintains several museums showcasing its culture and history. The Sarawak Museum, is one of the finest museum in Asia and known as Kuching's oldest and most historical building, which exhibits collections of the indigenous races in Sarawak.Directly opposite the Sarawak Museum is the Tun Abdul Razak Hall which serves as an exhibition venue and the office of the Sarawak Museum Department. While located right behind the hall is the Sarawak Islamic Museum.

Other museums in Kuching include the Chinese History Museum, the Cat Museum (Muzium Kucing), the Sarawak Timber Museum and the Sarawak Textile Museum. Kuching is also home to the first ever planetarium in Malaysia, the Sultan Iskandar Planetarium which adjacent to the Kuching Civic Centre


 

 

 

Historical

 

 

 

Interesting historical landmarks and sites of Kuching include The Astana (the former palace of the White Rajahs and currently the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak), and Fort Margherita.

The oldest street of Kuching is the Main Bazaar, a row of 19th-century Chinese shophouses located along the Kuching Waterfront overlooking the Sarawak River. It offers the city's best concentration of antique and handicraft shops. The Main Bazaar is part of Kuching's old town, which also includes the Carpenter Street and India Street. The old Courthouse building, which sits in between Carpenter Street and India Street, has undergone major renovation and now houses the Sarawak Tourism Board complex. Some other interesting areas around the central business district include Padungan Street, which is the Chinatown of Kuching.


 

 

 

The Astana one of the historical landmarks in the city.

Leisure and conservation areas

 


Part of trekking activity in Mount Santubong.

A numbers of leisure spots and conserved areas can be found in Kuching. The Talang-Satang National Park was established with the primary aim of conserving Sarawak's marine turtle population. It covers a total area of approximately 19,400 hectares (47,938 acres), and comprises all lands below the high tide marks on the respective islands. The park also comprises the coastline and sea surrounding four islands of the southwest coast of Sarawak; Talang Besar, Talang Kecil off Sematan, and Satang Besar and Satang Kecil off Santubong, near Kuching. All these four "Turtle Islands" are responsible for 95% of all the turtle landings in Sarawak and the park also includes the Tukong Ara-Banun Island Wildlife Sanctuary, two tiny islets which are important nesting sites for colonies of bridled terns and black-naped terns.

Damai, one of Sarawak's main beach resort area, is located on the Santubong Peninsula, about 35 minutes drive from Kuching. The area has sandy beaches at the foot of an imposing jungle-covered mountain. Damai features three world-class resort hotels such as the Damai Beach Resort, Damai Puri Resort and Spa and One Hotel Santubong.Each resort has their own private beach, swimming pool and offers jet-skiing,waterskiing, windsurfing, mountain biking, tennis, squash and fitness centres. There is also an international standard 18-hole golf course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer located nearby. Other attractions include the Damai Central, Permai Rainforest Resort, Sarawak Cultural Village and the sleepy fishing villages of Santubong and Buntal with their excellent seafood restaurants. While for visitors who like adventurous activities, there is a trekking activity on Mount Santubong.

Aside from that, Damai is also one of the perfect places in Sarawak to see the Irrawady dolphin as the mammals can be spotted along the Salak River, Santubong estuary and at the Bako-Buntal Bay.The Santubong Peninsula offers a few sites for bird watching with the BirdLife International Organisation has registered the whole area on Bako-Buntal Bay as an 'Important Bird Area'.Between October and March, the Buntal River become an important wintering ground for bird migration. A numbers of birds that have been spotted by the Malaysian Nature Society (Kuching Branch) at Buntal including a variety of plobers, sandpipers, egrets, terns and other rare migrants, while resident birds including collared kingfisher, the white-bellied sea eagle and brahminy kite.

Numerous natural attractions including National Parks, notably the Bako National Park and the Kuching Wetlands National Park as well as the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre which operates an orangutan orphanage and rehabilitation program. Also, available near Kuching are the Mount Gading National Park and the Kubah National Park. Located about 40-minutes drive from Kuching is Santubong, a prominent beach resort area home to numerous world-class beach resorts. Other beaches accessible nearby Kuching are the Lundu Beach and the Sematan Beach. The Borneo Highlands is also nearby Kuching and offers a fresh and chilly highlands resort experience located 1000-meters above sea level.

 

 

 

 

 

Other sights

 

 

 

 

 

The Sarawak River along the city waterfront.

 

 

 

The Kuching Waterfront is a 2 kilometre long riverside esplanade stretching from the main hotel and commercial heartland of the city to downtown Kuching.Designed by Sydney architects, the waterfront landscaped is served with food stalls, restaurants, benches and offers an excellent views of The Astana, Fort Margherita and the new Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building. The waterfront also features an observation tower, an open-air theatre and musical fountains.

 

 

 

 

Shopping

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Kuching features a number of shopping malls. These includes The Spring Shopping Mall, Boulevard Shopping Mall, Plaza Merdeka, CityONE Megamall, Kuching Sentral, Emart Lee Ling, Hills Shopping Mall, Sarawak Plaza, Tun Jugah, Riverside Shopping Complex, One Jaya, ST3 Shopping Mall, Genesis Parade 100% Mall, Green Heights Mall, Wisma Saberkas, Giant Tabuan Jaya Mall, Giant Kota Padawan Mall and many more. More shopping malls are set to open in the city as construction continues. The Satok Weekend Market is located at Medan Niaga Satok and operated in Saturdays and Sundays. A varieties of vegetables and fruits can be found there including other handicrafts, forest produce (such as wild honey), orchid plants and a whole range of local snacks and delicacies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuching#cite_note-104


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