The Cultural Village is located on a 17acre site, approx 40mins from Kuching, near the Holiday Inn Resorts.
Over the large area are seven different ethnic villages. You will see their style of home and get to learn about the different ethnic groups in Sarawak.
Go inside and have a look, in one, we were able to taste what they were cooking.
When enough people are there, they will put on a small dance performance for you.
The seven different Ethnic groups represented here are:
Bidayuh Longhouse....Iban Longhouse... Penan Hut.............Orang Ulu Longhouse........Melanau Rumah Tingii.......Malay house....... Chinese house.
OPEN from 9 - 5.15pm daily
ADMISSION IN 2009 ......Adults 60rm Children 30rm
6 years and under are FREE
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. It gave us knowledge on the Ethnic groups and we enjoyed this experience.
The Sarawak Cultural Village brings together on a 17 acre site the cultural diversity of the 7 ethnic groups who are the traditional peoples of Sarawak.
Buildings and Long Houses are on display and open to the public to walk inside and take photos. Local people are inside their respective house and will display various activities. Some houses have people cooking traditional foods and sweets and you are able to purchase samples to taste.
There are traditional houses for the following people:
We took approximately 1.5 hours to view the houses and some people may like to stay longer, however we were running out of time and wanted to make the Cultural Show with plenty of singing and dancing.
Admission: Adults RM 60.00 Child RM 30.00, which is approx: $20 per adult.
One of the highlights of my visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village is the Cultural Dance Performance.
You can see the dances of the various ethnic groups like Iban/Bidayuh, Melanau, Orang Ulu and Penan and many other groups. Many of the dances mimic animals like the hornbill and there is skilful display of using the teeth to carry heavy object as well accuracy of shooting darts with long traditional blowpipes.
Guests are invited to join in the dance. Do not be shy as it is wonderful to have photos of your performing an ethnic Sarawakian dance.
You can drive out there about 40 minutes from Kuching downtown or take a tour that include the bus trip or the Kuching-Damai shuttle.
There is a difference in price admission for local Sarawak and another price for Peninsular Malaysians and International tourists. So do not be surprised.
Worth spending at least half a day, going from each traditional house reflecting a different ethnic group of Sarawak. You will see different ethnic costumed hosts who will lead you to participate in different activities to better understand the culture of each ethnic group.
Plenty of photo opportunities. It can be hot, so have a cap or an umbrella.
A half-day tour from Kuching, one can see the cultural diversity of Sarawak in a single place. 7 representative ethnic houses surrounding a man-make lake, with interesting cultural performances. This is definitely a paradise for culture vultures.
One of my favorite stops in the Sarawak Cultural Village is the Penan House (not related to Penang).
The Penan tribe lives in the Limbang Area of Sarawak, near Miri and Mulu Caves, near the border of Brunei. With both Penan men and women with pierced and enlongated ears and unique hairstyle, the Penan are quite attractive. One of the earlier Minister from Sarawak was a Penan and with his elongated ears and pony tail hairstyle caused a stir whenever he travels overseas with the Malaysian official delegation.
At the Penan House, you can try out your blowpipe skill. The poisonous dart is not used. So it is safe. Do not miss this wonderful experience at the Penan House.
The current Chief Minister of Sarawak is a Melanau.
Melanaus are similar to Malays and in the past were fishermen and traders as well as sago planters along and at the mouth of Rajang River.
Melanaus have been known in the past as fiercesome warriors and pirates. Today, most Melanaus are Muslims.
The Orang Ulu looks a bit like Chinese.
The traditional homeland of Orang Ulu is in the central of Sarawak in the upper river reaches at Kapit and beyond. They live in long houses and have shifting cultivation, fishing and hunting as livelihood.
When I visited there, I was surprised to ask if I am an Orang Ulu. Surprise to know that most of Orang Ulu are converted Christians.
We woke up early today, and paid an early morning visit to Permai Camp at 0815, which is located just next to Holiday Inn Damai Lagoon. The entrance fee is RM5 per head. We had our morning walk at Permai Camp after having a simple breakfast there. We were really surprised to know Permai Camp and Holiday Inn Damai Lagoon shares the same beach! Thus, it is advisable to enter Permai Camp through the beach at Holiday Damai Lagoon, rather than paying RM5, which is really not worth it.
At 0945, we began our visit to Sarawak Cultural Village. A visit to Sarawak Cultural Village is a really good experience; the houses of Bidayuh, Iban, Melanau, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melayu and Chinese races are builds in the Cultural Village. There is also a 45 minutes cultural show (or I should say dances) at the theatre inside the Cultural Village. You really spend a full day at the Cultural Village.
Coincidently it is the first day of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Festival, so we had some food at the open-house invitation at the Malay House. We left the Cultural Village at 1700.
Not a bad way to spend the day, but be warned it appears to have been made for the tourists and has all the things you would expect to find in a 'tourist hot spot' over priced shopping, food and drinks.
Several of the houses have craftspeople demonstrating their handcraft as well as selling. After several hours of walking around you can enjoy a snack or full meal at the restaurant, then enjoy the show at then end of the day.
While I perfer the nature and wildlife, this was also a nice place to visit.
You can "see" Sarawak in a day at the Cultural Village. Described as Southeast Asia's finest living museum it offers the culture, arts and crafts of the State's many ethnic groups in one location.
The Cultural Village has won a string of international awards and high praise from travel writers. No wonder, within its seven-hectare site, and just five-minutes walk from the beach hotels, are replicas of traditional longhouses, roundhouses and huts built around a lake.
Each house is inhabited by staff from the appropriate ethnic group, dressed in traditional costume. They live traditional lifestyles and keep alive the arts and crafts of their own tribe. In each house a storyteller explains the tribal traditions to visitors and invites them to take part in the activities.
Nowhere else can you perform an Iban war dance, shoot darts from a blowpipe, drink tuak, the potent rice wine, team Bidayuh bamboo carving, watch Penans making traps, hear Orang Ulu legends or a performance on the sape all in one day.
There are daily performances of native dances and music and special events can be organized for groups.
If you are thinking of getting married and want a ceremony with a difference, why not arrange an lban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu or Malay wedding at the Village?
Whether your stay in Sarawak is long or short, mark the Sarawak Cultural Village as a 'must' on your itinerary.
RM 45.00 for Adult
RM 22.50 for Children (6 - 12 yrs)
Free for Children aged under 6
*Ticket can be purchased at the Entrance of Sarawak Cultural Village.
There are two Cultural Shows per day"
11.30am - 12.15am
4.30pm - 5.15pm
Weekdays - 9.00am to 5.15pm
Weekends & Public Holidays - 9.00am to 5.15pm
Rainforest Music Festival - Every 2nd weekend (Fri - Sun) of July
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A few far-sighted planners suggested that we build a 'model' village or longhouse within easy reach of Kuching.
In the 1970s, cultural performances in a langkau in the Museum Gardens scored a spectacular success. This reactivated the idea; the Reservoir Park was suggested as a possible site, so was Sungai China in Matang.
The Sarawak Museum contributed ethnographic and cultural input... but nothing came of it. There were other development priorities.The plan for a Cultural Village was resuscitated in the 1980s, after the whole Damai area had been identified as a 'tourism zone'.
Architects and engineers engaged in the early stages of the project cruised up and down the river in the time-honoured Sarawak way - Santubong Bridge didn't link the road from Kuching to the sea until 1988. The very road to and from the bridge and around the steep flank of Mt.Santubong had to be built first!
But build it they did - SCV took shape with a Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu and Melanau longhouse, a Penan hut and a Malay village house, and a Chinese farm house. By mid-1989 a solemn house-warming ceremony with offerings and sacrifice put life into the empty wooden structures. The dream had become reality.
RM 45.00 for Adult
RM 22.50 for Children (6 - 12 yrs)
Free for Children aged under 6.
They are two Cultural Shows per day. Catch it at:
1130 - 1215
1630 - 1715
Well , if you have not been to a living museum , then this is the time to explore this unique place . You can actually see the real people living in this village . All toghather there's 7 houses . For more info you can browse at the website given . Its a must see if you visit Kuching .
Tucked away on the foothills of legendary Mount Santubong, 35 km away from Kuching is Sarawak's fascinating cultural showcase, the award winning "Sarawak Cultural Village".
This living museum depicts the heritage of the major racial groups in Sarawak and conveniently portrays the respective lifestyle amidst 14 acres of equatorial vegetation. Here, it is possible to see Sarawak's ethnic diversity at a glance.
The handicraft is both bewildering and tempting, including the Kain Songket (Malay cloth with gold inlay), Pua Kumbu (Iban housewives textiles), Melanau Terendak (sunhat), Bidayuh tambok (basket), Iban parang (swords), Orang Ulu wood carving and Chinese ceramic.
The 45-minute cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment is something you will not want to miss out during your visit to Sarawak.
To see Sarawak in one sunny day .. this is the basic concept of Sarawak Cultural Village, where the 48,000 square miles of Malaysia's most majestic State are condensed into just 17 acres. One leisurely stroll opens seven homes to the visitor, seven cultures, including the famous longhouses of Borneo.
Ever since tourism took its first hesitant steps into Sarawak in the 1960s, the intrepid 'adventurers' who veered off the beaten track found Borneo's unique house-form an irresistible attraction.
Of course they wanted to see the landscape of breathtaking splendour and the world's richest ecosystem, but the fascinating array of peoples and cultures was the real magnet.
Unfortunately, Sarawak is huge, much of it covered by rugged mountains and jungle. How can a visitor hope to sample it all in less than three weeks of arduous travel?
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Besides the large Christian Chinese immigrants of Fuzhou in Sibu, there is a large immigrant group of Hakka Chinese (Kejiaren) in Kuching and Sarawak in general.
You can still hear Hakka dialect being spoken.
The Hakka village was of significant interest for me as a Hakka. The floor is pounded earth and there is stone grinder by rotating to turned rice into fine "flour-like" as shown in the picture.