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    Largest flower

    by kyoub Written Jul 4, 2004

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    We was told that there was a rafflesia in bloom at Gunung Gading National Park.
    We must hurry and drive there because they only bloom for a few days. It was a long drive and a ferry ride to get there. When we arrived a park guide lewd us down the path to the flower. The rafflesia ptoduces the largest flower in the world. Some measure 1m across.
    It is best to call the park before you go to see if one is blooming when you are there.

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    Satok Weekend Market.

    by Robdaz Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    If you are in Kuching over the weekend , make sure you go on Saturday evening or wake up early on Sunday morning and head to the weekend market. It's located at Satok . You will find all types of stores selling a wide variety of foods, fruits , plants , handicrafts, clothings , pets etc etc etc. When I was a boy my favorites stops were the pet stores areas where you can find all types of exotic animals and fish.

    If you are a tourists this is where the locals shop for fresh produce such vegetables and jungle fruits where you are unlikely to find in the supermarkets.

    Fruits at Satok Weekend Market
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    The Astana

    by Robdaz Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Also across the river from the Kuching Waterfront is The Astana, built in 1870 by the second Rajah, Charles Brooke. It was then known as , Government House.

    The Astana was originally built as a bridal gift for the Ranee Margaret by Charles Brooke. It is now the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the Governor of Sarawak.

    The Astana is not open to the public but Visitors are allowed to strolle around the Astana's beautifully landscaped garden.

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    Tua Pek Kong Temple.

    by Robdaz Written Mar 12, 2005

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    This is the oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak. The Tua Pek Kong Temple is believed to have been around since 1843.

    During the days leading to the Chinese new Year, the chinese population pay homage by placing giant joss stick round the temple and burning for peace and prosperity as can be seen in the photo I taken.

    Tua Pek Kong Temple.
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    Not to miss the Sarawak Cultural Village

    by lilysuzlini Written Aug 22, 2008

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    As for us we get a tour guide to take us around and the rate is reasonable, RM250 for the whole day trip and it is sufficient to go most of the interesting places. We went to a few places like crocodile farm, See the Orang Utan and Cultural Village. Admission Fees: Adults RM60.00, Kids RM30.00. Opening hours: 9.00 - 16.45hrs. Cultural shows: 11.30hrs - 12.15hrs & 16.00 hrs- 16.45hrs.

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    The Square Tower on the Waterfront.

    by Robdaz Written Mar 12, 2005

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    This was built in 1879 as a prison and was later converted into a fortress and then a dance hall, which seem a bit small to me.

    Today the Square Tower is a multimedia information center and video theatre providing information on Sarawak's tourist attractions.

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    Kuching Mosque.

    by Robdaz Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    The mosque was completed in 1968. You can't missed it while waliking around the older part of the city with it's striking onion shaped golden domes. It was built on the site of an original old mosque that was built in 1852.

    I personally have not been in the mosque but if you want to enter you are welcome to do so as long as you dress respectfully . During prayer times, non-Muslims may not enter .

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    The Old Court House

    by Robdaz Written Mar 12, 2005

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    The is the administrative center of the White Rajahs of Sarawak, the Brooke Raj family since its completion in 1874.

    In 1847, this was the site of a mission, which was turned into a judicial administration office. In 1858 ,the mission was demolished and two more buildings were erected put up in its place before the Court House came into being.

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    Chinese History Museum

    by Robdaz Written Mar 13, 2005

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    If you stroll along the Kuching Waterfront you will come across the chinese museum . The building itself was built in 1912 and was originally a courthouse for Sarawak's Chinese community.

    In 1930 it became the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Chinese History Museum. It traces the history Sarawak's Chinese population, which makes uo about 30% of the State's population.

    The Chinese History Museum
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    Sarawak Museum

    by Robdaz Written Mar 13, 2005

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    The original Sarawak Museum building was completed in 1891 . Across the road and connected by a footbridge is new building of the museum built in the 1970s.

    The original building was commissioned by Charles Brooke, and built in the style of a Normandy town house designed by the Rajah's butler as he distrusted architects.

    It houses some interesting native artifacts.

    The Sarawak Museum
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    Fort Margarita

    by Robdaz Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    The Fort was completed in 1879 was named after the second Rajah's wife, the Ranee Margaret.

    It is now the Sarawak Police Museum and many of its old cannons, cannon balls, guns, pistols, swords and other vestiges of its military are still on display.

    Because of it's location, the view from the fort of the Sarawak River and back to Kuching is worth the trip. However , it is the northern banks of the Sarawak River is presently a giant construction site so the Fort/ Museum is not at it's best when I visited in April 2005.

    Fort Margarita.
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    Damai and Santubong Area.

    by Robdaz Written Mar 16, 2005

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    Once accessible only by river when I was little , Damai, on the Santubong Peninsula, is now just a 40 minutes drive from Kuching.

    This is where the locals go to getaway from the city for the weekend. There is 3 international standard resorts here , namely Holiday Inn Resort Damai Beach, Damai Lagoon Resort and Santubong Kuching Resort.

    This is where you can sit on the beach or the landscaped gardens or free form swimming pool. The water of the South China Sea is always warm and you can look up at the lush green Mt Santubong.There is also jet skiing, water-skiing, windsurfing, mountain biking, tennis, squash and fitness centers.

    There is also the Arnold Palmer-designed course at Damai Golf & Country Club near the foot of Mt Santubong.

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    Sarawak Cultural Village.

    by Robdaz Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    If you are short of time and can't visit an real Longhouse of the local Dayaks or other local tribes in the interior of Sarawak, this is the place to go. It is touristy no doubt but it will give you a good taste of the different cultures of Sarawak including the Malays and chinese.

    All the different styles of buildings of the local tribes are erected around large pond and you can have a go at Blow pipe, the traditional way where the dayaks used to hunt , bamboo dancing or making local delicacies as you walk around from one building to the other. There is also a great dance performance by the local troupe.

    This is a living museum and they even organised weddings for couple who want to get married the traditional dayaks way. It is also the home of the annual Rainforest World Music Festival where performers from all round the world come to share their craft.

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    Orphans

    by kyoub Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Semenggoh Wildlife Rehab Center works to rehabiltate orangutans to be released back in the forest. They are fed twice daily and only return here if they are hungry.
    The day that we were there we saw several
    orangutans.

    Orangutan
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    Fort Margherita

    by hhalosg Written Dec 24, 2006

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    Completed in 1879, Fort Margherita commands a breathtaking and strategic position along the Sarawak River, with a location chosen to overlook the long stretch of river approaching Kuching. Named after the second Rajah, Charles Brooke's wife, the Ranee Margaret, it was built in the defensive edifice/castle style of the late English renaissance. Fort Margherita has been converted into a Police Museum and many of its old cannons, cannon balls, guns, pistols, swords and other vestiges of its artillery can still be seen. The armoury still exists as does the condemned prisoner's cell. The Police Museum has a display of old police weapons, reconstructed opium dens and scenes of hanging and other forms of criminal punishment.

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