Kuching

HISTORY

There are several theories about how Kuching got its name. One account indicates that James Brooke, the British adventurer who became the first Rajah of Sarawak, in 1839 referred to the settlement of “Kuchin” which is a translation of the Malay word for “cat”. ...Continue

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SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

Kuching has a population of over 570,000 of the state’s current estimated 2.6 million. The last official census ( the national census is conducted once every ten years) found a city population of 325,132 consisting of Malays (146,580), Chines (120,860), Iban (28,691), Bidayuh (13,681), Non-Malaysian citizens (7,216), other Sarawak Bumiputras (Orang Ulu) (3,250), Melanau (2,078), Indian (1,626) and others (1,140). ...Continue

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ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

The city is the gateway to the largest and fourth most populous state in Malaysia. Although the state economy is dominated by the primary commodity production of oil and gas, timber and oil palm, recent development has made Kuching an industrial and commercial center with many state and national-level and international businesses now established there. ...Continue

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KOPITIAM AND EATERIES


Garden Hill Lounge & Restaurant

Level 3 & 4, Jalan Padungan, Taman Kereta, Bukit Permata, 93250, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100

+6 082-411 605


Atok Kopitiam

450, Lorong Nanas No 4, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak

+6 082-257 121


Life Cafe

Lot 8961,Section 64, KTLD, Jalan Sekama, Sekama, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak

+6 082-337 939

 

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SHOPPING

No. Shopping malls/plazas Address & Contact
1. VivaCity Megamall Ground Floor, Jalan Wan Alwi, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak

082-263 888

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES


Golden Wave Sdn Bhd (Ho Hup Group)

Ground Floor, City Parade Centre Point, Jalan Centre Point, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

Office Phone: +6 088-257 862

Website: www.thecrownkk.com


Permai Rainforest Resort

Teluk Penyuk, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Santubong, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

+6 082-846 490


Sarawak Cultural Village

Damai Beach Resort, 93762, Kampung Budaya Sarawak, 93010 Kuching, Sarawak

+6 082-846 108

 

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  • HISTORY

    The iconic monument of a cat family at Kuching

    There are several theories about how Kuching got its name. One account indicates that James Brooke, the British adventurer who became the first Rajah of Sarawak, in 1839 referred to the settlement of “Kuchin” which is a translation of the Malay word for “cat”. It was also at that time possibly a corruption of the word “Cochin” which was in vogue at that time as a generic term for a trading port.

    Other sources indicate that the name was derived from the “mata kucing” (Euphoria malaiense) fruit tree that grows widely in Borneo whilst an old English source – an English lady writing to her son in the 19th century attributes the name to a stream named Sungei Kuching running through the town. There is also a claim that the name comes from the amalgam of the Chinese word for old well (ku = old; chin = well).

    Despite its initially unclear origins, the settlement became firmly established by the 1870s during the administration of Charles Brooke, the nephew of the first Brooke. According to Margaret, Charles’ wife, the little town looked so neat and fresh and prosperous under the careful jurisdiction of the Rajah and his officers, that it reminded of a box of painted toys kept scrupulously clean by a child.

    She also wrote that “The Bazaar runs for some distance along the banks of the river, and this quarter of the town is inhabited almost entirely by Chinese traders, with the exception of one or two Hindoo shops. 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 from Java, tea from China and tiles and porcelain from all parts of the world, laid out in picturesque confusion, and overflowing into the street.”

    Despite a disastrous fire which destroyed a large part of the town and many of its most notable buildings in January 1884, the town recovered and expanded steadily under the Brooke administration until 1941 when it was  conquered by Japanese forces on 24 December.

    Together with the rest of Sarawak, it became part of the Japanese empire for three years and eight months, until the Japanese surrendered in 1945. The official surrender was signed on HMAS Kapunda anchored off Pending Point, Sungai Sarawak, on 11 September 1945.

    A painful page from that period revolves around the Japanese operation of the infamous Batu Lintang camp located 5 kilometers outside Kuching, to hold prisoners of war and civilian internees.

    It is estimated that of the approximately 2,000 British POWs held there, over two-thirds died during or as a result of their captivity. Following the unconditional surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945, the camp was liberated a month later.

    On liberation, the camp population was 2,024, of whom 1,392 were POWs, 395 were male civilian internees and 237 were civilian women and children.  Chilling Japanese papers found at the camp following its liberation indicate two “death orders”. Both described the proposed method of execution of every POW and internee in the camp.

    The first order, scheduled for enactment on 17 or 18 August, was not carried out; the second was scheduled to take place on 15 September. The timely liberation of the camp may have prevented the execution of over 2,000 men, women and children.

    The town itself, fortunately, was little undamaged.by the war but its political future had been altered. The third and last Rajah,  Charles Vyner Brooke ceded Sarawak to the British Crown on 1 July 1946 and this led to a new stage of development of the town and the state under direct British colonial rule.

    The iconic monument of a cat family at Kuching

    Despite a bout of political instability in the 50s and early 60s arising from decolonization, Kuching continued its steady progress as the capital of Sarawak. 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 city status on 1 August 1988.

    Since then, Kuching has experienced further development in the last three decades and today has become one of the most attractive of state capitals with a harmonious blend of conserved history and local identity.

    Perhaps the most significant of its positive traits is its maintenance of racial harmony and the close bond that is found in the city population arising from inter-racial marriages, multi-racial schools, a balanced workforce and a relative absence of discrimination in many spheres of life.

  • SOCIAL AND CULTURAL

    Kuching has a population of over 570,000 of the state’s current estimated 2.6 million. The last official census ( the national census is conducted once every ten years) found a city population of 325,132 consisting of Malays (146,580), Chines (120,860), Iban (28,691), Bidayuh (13,681), Non-Malaysian citizens (7,216), other Sarawak Bumiputras (Orang Ulu) (3,250), Melanau (2,078), Indian (1,626) and others (1,140).

    The Chinese are made up of Hokkien in the city areas and Hakka in the suburbs. Other Chinese subgroups consist of Foochow, Hainanese, Teochew, Cantonese, and Henghua.

    The Iban, Bidayuh, Dayak and Orang Ulu are mainly Christian while the Chinese practise either Buddhism, Taoism or Christianity. Most Malays and Melanau are Muslim. The city also has Hindus, Sikhs and an unknown number of animists and secularists. There is a sizable number of non-citizen migrant workers from the bordering Indonesian region of Kalimantan.

    Interracial marriages are common in Kuching, and the city is reported to be home to 30 different ethnic groups – perhaps a record in Southeast Asia if not the world.

  • ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

    Traditional Melanau tall houses at Kuching Culture village

    The city is the gateway to the largest and fourth most populous state in Malaysia. Although the state economy is dominated by the primary commodity production of oil and gas, timber and oil palm, recent development has made Kuching an industrial and commercial center with many state and national-level and international businesses now established there.

    There are 3 industrial areas in Kuching to boost its commercial and industrial growth – Pending Industrial Estate (Mixed and Light Industries), Demak Laut Industrial Park (Mixed, Light, and Medium Industries), and Sama Jaya Free Industrial Zone (Hi-Tech and electronics industry).

    The city is also a popular conference and tourist center and hosts numerous national, regional and international conferences and related events, including the highly rated Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), an annual music festival which brings performers and spectators to the region from all over the world. Hosted by the Sarawak Cultural Village near Mount Santubong, the festival is one of the largest musical events in Malaysia.

  • KOPITIAM AND EATERIES

    Notable dishes in the state which feature in the city’s restaurants and eateries include Sarawak laksa, kolo mee, and ayam pansuh. The state is also known for its Sarawak layer cake dessert. Each ethnic group has its own delicacies with different styles of preparing, cooking, and eating food. However, modern technology has altered the way of cooking for native dishes.

    Examples of ethnic foods include the Iban tuak (rice wine), Melanau tebaloi (sago palm crackers) and umai (raw fish mixed with lime juice), and Orang Ulu urum giruq (pudding). The traditional food of Sarawak has been marketed as a culinary tourism product.

    Examples of locally developed food franchise stores in Kuching are SugarBun, SRC (formerly known as Singapore Chicken Rice) and Bing Coffee. Other international foods such as Western food, Indonesian food, Indian food, and Middle Eastern food can also be found for sale in the city’s polyglot restaurants and eating places.


    Garden Hill Lounge & Restaurant

    Level 3 & 4, Jalan Padungan, Taman Kereta, Bukit Permata, 93250, Kuching, Sarawak, 93100

    +6 082-411 605


    Atok Kopitiam

    450, Lorong Nanas No 4, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-257 121


    Life Cafe

    Lot 8961,Section 64, KTLD, Jalan Sekama, Sekama, 93200 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-337 939


    Mom’s Laksa Kopitiam

    Ground Floor, SL-2, Jalan Astana, Ave Astana, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 019-812 8587


    On 3 Kopitiam

    Lot 16700 & 16701, Lorong Song 4 & Jalan Song, Tabuan Heights, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 010-781 9656


    Az Kopitiam

    Lot 2552 section 66,KTLD, Jalan Merbau, Pending Industrial Estate, 93450 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 014-699 1512


    After 4 Kopitiam

    Lot 14498 & 14499, No 59 & 60, Pusat Komersil Swan, Jalan Matang & Batu 4, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-511 344


    Hajerah Kopitiam

    Lot 5590, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 019-864 7766


    26B Kopitiam

    Jalan Petanak, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 016-390 5668


    Lok Thian Restaurant

    317- 319 Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-331 310 / +6 083- 335 042


    Seng Yuen Food Centre

    Lot 7054 Jalan Foochow, No. 1 93300 Kuching Sarawak

    +6 016- 882 1122


    Hong Hing Cafe

    Lot 174, Sec 49, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching Sarawak

    +6 016- 809 0278 / +6 019- 959 9383


    Hiap Yak Cafe

    No. 17, Kai Joo Lane, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 019- 888 0881


    Juat Siang Cafe

    No. 34 Jalan Carpenter, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-244 617

  • SHOPPING

    Kuching waterfront Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building

    The Kuching Waterfront is a 2 kilometre long riverside esplanade stretching from the main hotel and commercial heartland of the city to downtown Kuching. It is a popular haunt with its food stalls, restaurants, benches and views of the cityscape. As with other big towns. Kuching has numerous shopping malls and plazas as well as weekend markets.

     

    No. Shopping malls/plazas Address & Contact
    1. VivaCity Megamall Ground Floor, Jalan Wan Alwi, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-263 888

    2. Boulevard Shopping Mall Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli, Taman Seng Goon, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-467 999

    3. Plaza Merdeka 88, Pearl Street, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-237 526

    4. The Spring Shopping Mall 304, Persiaran, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-238 111

    5. Riverside Shopping Complex Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-233 351

    6. CityONE Megamall Kuching T20, 3rd Floor,Mall 2 City, 1, Jalan Song, Taman Phoning, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-532 888

    7. Tun Jugah Shopping Center 57, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-253 308

    8. Wisma Saberkas Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-233 660

    9. The Hills Interhill Place, No. 8, Jalan Bukit Mata Kuching, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-253 310

    10. Centrepoint Shopping Centre 271, Jalan Chan Chin Ann, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    014-681 7953

    11. Majma’ Mall 41, Jalan P. Ramlee, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak

    082-243 837

    12. Matang Mall Taman Matang Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    014-396 4220

  • TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES


    Golden Wave Sdn Bhd (Ho Hup Group)

    Ground Floor, City Parade Centre Point, Jalan Centre Point, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia

    Office Phone: +6 088-257 862

    Website: www.thecrownkk.com


    Permai Rainforest Resort

    Teluk Penyuk, Jalan Sultan Tengah, Santubong, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-846 490


    Sarawak Cultural Village

    Damai Beach Resort, 93762, Kampung Budaya Sarawak, 93010 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-846 108


    Orchid Park Kuching

    Kampung Istana, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-446 688


    The Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita

    Fort Margherita, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 016-310 1880


    Kuching Waterfront

    37, Jalan Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 017-356 1980


    Bako National Park

    Sarawak

    +6 011-6572 9229


    Kubah National Park

    93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-845 033


    Kuching Cat Museum

    Bangunan DBKU, Jalan Semariang, Petra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-446 688


    Sarawak State Museum

    Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 082-244 232


    Upside Down House Kuching

    Ground Floor, No.281-1-1, Lot 281, Section 48, KTLD, Block H, Taman Sri Sarawak Jalan Tun Abdul Rahman, Off, Jalan Borneo, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak

    +6 012-858 6725

  • PERSONALITIES AND CELEBRITIES

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    Adenan bin Satem Former Chief Minister
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    James Wan Film Director
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    James Chan Khay Syn Civil Servant
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    Ong Kee Hui Politician
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