The Specialties in the Cat City
HotSpots In Kuching
Though Kuching is not a metropolis, there is still many places one could visit at this Cat city. These places includes parks for relaxing walks, shopping complexes, and historical monuments.
The Kuching waterfront used to have a dark history of crimes and snatch thief. But now it is turned into a safe and friendly place for families and tourist alike. The waterfront is also sooooooo romantic and you often see couples strolling down the walk path under the starry skies. These couples are often target of snatch thief because they are sooooo in loved with each other until not noticing they have been targeted. so watch out for snatch thiefs! or say bye bye to ur Lv and guccis.
Strectching for about 1 km long, the Kuching Waterfront is called The People Place since the idea behind its re-development was to renew the relationship between the city's peoples and its river.
Among the facilities here are food & beverages outlets, children playground, a chinese pavilion, open air Waterfront Square for recreational activities, musical fountains, flooting pontoon and an obsevatory tower. A thorough observation walk along the Kuching Waterfront is a must to explore historical buildings such as the Square Tower & Sarawak Steamship Building; and also admire the modern sculptures, open-air theatre and the musical fountains.
CHINESE HISTORY MUSEUM The Chinese History Museum was built in 1912 as a courthouse for Sarawak's Chinese community. The building was later used as the office of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1930. In 1993, it was converted to house exhibits for the Chinese History Museum.
Its exhibitions offer a fascinating insight into the establishment and growth of Sarawak's Chinese population, which now comprises approximately 30% of the state's population. The entrance is free except on public holiday.
Built in 1870, the Astana has a romantic story behind its construction as it was build as a gift to his bride, Ranee Margaret. It is actually three separate buildings fused into one. Each building is connected to the other by short and narrow passageways.
Today it is the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the Governor of Sarawak. As the official residence of the governor, it is not open to the public except during special events like the Hari Raya celebration.
WAVING CAT STATUE
There are a few cat statues in Kuching as a tribute to cats (and even a Cat Museum). The waving cat statue is an iconing spot of Kuching. Many tourists get out from their cars at the roundabout just to take a photo with the waving cat statue.
Nick named The Great Cat of Kuching, the cat statute will be dressed up with traditional attires during major festivals - Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Gawai Dayak and Christmas.
The Sarawak Museum is said to be the best in this region and should not be missed by visitors to Kuching. This is not a suprise as Sarawak is one of the pioneer state in Malaysia and South East Asia to build a museum. The museum has various galleries.
The ground floor is dedicated to the natural history collection and specimens of Sarawak fauna (reptiles, mammals, birds, etc) and the petroleum exhibition hall as a tribute to Sarawak's booming oil industry.
The first floor of the museum is mainly occupied by the ethnography exhibits with ethnographic artifacts such as models of traditional houses of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak, a real size replica of the Iban's long house, musical instruments, various kinds of fish and animal traps, handicrafts, models of boats and other cultural element of the locals (tattooing, cock fighting etc).
The new wing of Sarawak Museum (Dewan Tun Abdul Razak) is located accross the street. Here, the exhibits are mainly the photographs and paintings of historical events that happened in Sarawak as well as items related to the pre-historical era.
KUCHING POST OFFICE
The building stands out majestically with its imposing neo-classical style and impressive Corinthian columns. Build in 1931, it has ornate facade with semi-circular arches, ornamental columns capitals and friezes. A colonnaded portico serves as a corridor in front of the building. Plan is underway to convert the building into an art museum, befitting its grandeur architecture.
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