The Waterfront, now transformed into a landscaped
esplanade, was an important place in the founding of Kuching. Take a leisurely stroll
along the Waterfront to explore its historical buildings and admire the modern sculptures,
open-air theatre and the musical fountains. While doing so, imagine the scene back in
1839, when English adventurer James Brooke first landed here and created history in
Tua Pek Kong Temple
The oldest Chinese temple in Sarawak, the Tua Pek Kong
Temple is believed to have been around since 1843 although official records only
recognised its existence in 1876. One of the city's prominent landmarks, the Chinese pay
homage to the Tua Pek Kong deity here for peace and prosperity. This temple is situated at
the traffic light junction near Jalan Bazaar.
This row of 2 storey shophouses is located on one of
Kuching's oldest streets dating back to 1864. Nowadays it can be considered as an 'antique
arcade' not only because of its old-fashioned facade but also for the variety of antiques
and handicrafts to be found here. Souvenir-hunters can seek out an assortment of
traditional brassware, pottery, ceramics, tribal arts and much much more.
Kuching Divisional Mosque
One of the city's most striking landmarks, this mosque was
completed in 1968, on the site of an old wooden mosque built in 1852. Its splendid gilded
cupolas can be seen majestically above the Kuching skyline. All visitors are required to
dress respectfully and non-Muslims are not allowed to enter during prayer times.
India Street Mall
Along India Street, which is designated as a pedestrian
walkway, are a variety of shophouses trading colourful 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.