Theme Week Malaysia – Kuching

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Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com - Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0

Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com – Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0

Kuching, officially the City of Kuching, is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. It is also the capital of Kuching Division. The city is situated on the Sarawak River at the southwest tip of the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and covers an area of 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi) with a population about 165,642 in the Kuching North administrative region and 159,490 in the Kuching South administrative region – a total of 325,132 people.

Kuching was the third capital of Sarawak in 1827 during the administration of the Bruneian Empire. In 1841, Kuching became the capital of the Kingdom of Sarawak after the territory in the area was ceded to James Brooke for helping the Bruneian empire in crushing a rebellion particularly by the interior Borneo dweller Land Dayak people who later became his loyal followers after most of them being pardoned by him and joining his side. The town continued to receive attention and development during the rule of Charles Brooke such as the construction of a sanitation system, hospital, prison, fort, and a bazaar. In 1941, the Brooke administration had a Centenary Celebration in Kuching.

Bako National Park © flickr.com - Peter Gronemann/cc-by-2.0 Downtown Kuching seen from Fort Margherita © Mattun0211 Astana Palace © panoramio.com - diego_cue/cc-by-sa-3.0 Fort Margherita © Akml5599/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sarawak River flowing through the city centre © CoolCityCat/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sarawak State Assembly building © CEphoto, Uwe Aranas/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sarawak State Library © flickr.com - soho1199/cc-by-sa-2.0 Sarawak State Museum © Yeo Jiun Tzen/cc-by-sa-4.0 Kuching Wetlands beach towards Mount Santubong © Beavittw/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kuching Cat Museum © flickr.com - Patrick Liu/cc-by-sa-2.0 Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com - Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Damai Beach Resort north of Kuching © flickr.com - Bernard DUPONT/cc-by-sa-2.0
During World War II, Kuching was occupied by Japanese forces from 1942 to 1945. The Japanese government set up a Batu Lintang camp near Kuching to hold prisoners of war and civilian internees. After the war, the town survived intact. However, the last Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke decided to cede Sarawak as part of British Crown Colony in 1946. Kuching remained as capital during the Crown Colony period. After the formation of Malaysia in 1963, Kuching retained its status as state capital and was granted city status in 1988. Since then, the Kuching city is divided into two administrative regions managed by two separate local authorities. The administrative centre of Sarawak state government is located at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Kuching.

Kuching is a major food destination for tourists and the main gateway for travellers visiting Sarawak and Borneo. Kuching Wetlands National Park is located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the city and there are many other tourist attractions in and around Kuching such as Bako National Park, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF), state assembly building, The Astana, Fort Margherita, Kuching Cat Museum, and Sarawak State Museum. The city has become one of the major industrial and commercial centres in East Malaysia.

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Read more on SarawakTourism.com – Kuching, SEDC Tourism and Hospitality Group, Wikitravel Kuching, Wikivoyage Kuching and Wikipedia Kuching. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.










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