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Famous Places in Kuching City Center


 Kuching Waterfront

     Kuching Waterfront is situated at the Main Bazaar along Sarawak River in Kuching. The waterfront is about 1 km long. It is also known as the People Place. It was built for the people of Sarawak. It has many facilities such as restaurants, handicraft shops, entertainment hall, and the dancing water fountains.

     The Waterfront has undergone several transformations since the 19th century - from a small settlement with a few atop buildings, to a busy port with warehouses and wharves, to the landscaped riverside walk it is today. The Waterfront is now also home to modern sculpture, an open-air theatre and a musical fountain.

     Several buildings, originally built in the 19th and early 20th centuries to cater to Kuching's earlier development as a port and administrative center, have been restored to their former glory and are worth visiting.

 India Street Mall

     India Street is located at the Kuching City Center. Along India Street, which is designated as a pedestrian walkway, are a variety of shop houses trading colorful textiles, clothing, crockery and other essentials in a manner which has not changed much in the past decades.

     Bargaining is very much a way of life here. Storekeepers are friendly and customers are encouraged to browse around the shops. If you like, you can take a short break here, resting on the attractive wooden benches along the street, just observing life passing by.

 Main Bazaar

     Main Bazaar, located at the Kuching City center. It is just located opposite the Waterfront. It is the oldest street in the city and the heart of old Kuching. It has some superb examples of Chinese shophouse architecture, many of which have been occupied by the same family for generations. These families still pursue traditional occupations such as tin-smithing, carpentry and petty trading. Kuching’s highest concentration of antique and handicraft shops are to be found here, and shoppers can rest between bargaining sessions in a number of old-fashioned coffee shops with panelled walls and marble-topped tables.

 Kuching's China Town @ Carpenter Street

     Kuching's Chinatown is marked with a grandiose Chinese-inspired red archway that certainly indicates the entry point of this popular shopping and eating place. The refurbished old shophouses are nice to look at, with brightly painted walls and windows.

     Most of the shops along Carpenter Street are selling mostly non-touristy stuff. Note that this is a real Chinatown which is frequently by locals, not necessarily just for tourists. Hence you will find bicycle shops, book stores, hardware stores, antique furniture stores and quaint coffee shops (locally known as kopitiam) where you can witness the city dwellers go about their daily life. There are a number of establishments catered for tourist here, namely the Carpenter Guesthouse which seems like a decent backpacking place, Century Caf?which provides a great cocktail bar, and an exquisite looking Chinese restaurant.

     There are also many Chinese temples in the precinct. Along Carpenter Street alone, there are two of them, with delicate stone carvings, pagoda and prayer places. Nonetheless, the most popular temple has to be the Tua Pek Kong temple along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman which is the oldest temple in the city.

 Malaysia-China Friendship Park @ Taman Sahabat

     Malaysia-China Friendship Park is located at Jalan Song, Kuching. It is undoubtly one of the most picturesque parks in the State. Costing RM12-million to build, the park commemorates 30 years of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China. The seven-acre-park is a symbol of bond and appreaciation of cultural differences between the two nations.The China park area incorporates the styles of Yunnan province with a Chinese gateway, friendship memorial tea pavolion, zig-zag bridge, Beijing and Kunming pavilions, wishing well and a 20-foot statue of Admiral Zheng He (or better known to Malaysian s as Laksamana Cheng Ho), admidst elegant landscaping of Chinese flora, a water lily pond, man-made lake, walking tracks and an open plaza for community activities. In the Malaysia park area, there are elegant depictions of Malaysia's rich multicultural heritage and diversity particularly that of Sarawak.