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Landmarks & Monuments in Kuching

Brooke Memorial
Main Square, Kuching

Set in front of the old Court House (now the visitors information centre) on the downtown main square, is this 6-m (20-ft) obelisk. The Brooke Memorial was erected in 1924 to commemorate the second White Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke, whose commitment to his little protectorate kingdom brought considerable benefits to its mixed-race community.

Open: daily; admission: free.

Civic Centre
Jalan Taman Budaya, Kuching

The viewing platform of the Civic Centre's tall tower is the best place for a 360-degree view of the cityscape, hiding behind its coverage of trees. Interestingly, the Civic Centre also boasts the highest public toilet in the city, plus a restaurant on the penultimate level and a planetarium on the ground. A public library is also location on site should you require a spot of light reading or research.

Open: daily – daylight hours; admission: free.

Divisional Mosque
Next to Brooke Dockyard, Lebuh Market, Kuching

The gilded cupolas of this splendid mosque can be seen from across the entire city. This majestic building was completed in 1968, after being built on the site of an older wooden mosque. Formerly the Sarawak State Mosque, the Divisional Mosque is today one of the city's most striking landmarks and well worth a look. It is worth noting that non-Muslims may not enter during prayers, and the necessary dress code must be observed at all times.

Open: daily; admission: free.

Fort Margherita
Across Sarawak River, Kuching

Perched high above the city and commanding magnificent views across the river, this 19th-century landmark castle was named for Rajah Charles Brooke's wife, Ranee Margherita. It now houses a Police Museum containing ancient artillery pieces, a condemned cell and reconstructed opium dens, as well as scenes of punishment and execution, cannons and a lookout tower. However, most visitors will agree that it is the bright-white architecture of the fortress itself that is the most impressive feature. Water taxis regularly drop-off close by, with the fort being roughly a 10-minute walk away, uphill.

Open: daily – 9 am to 4:30 pm; admission: free.

Great Cat Statue
Jalan Pandungan, Kuching

In spite of the probable mistranslation of 'Kuching' as 'cat', this popular tourist destination is often known as 'Cat City' and is smothered with cat images in various more or less attractive forms and sizes, including cats along the waterfront and outside the Hotel Grand Margherita. The largest and most kitsch is this particular statue, a huge white concrete version glaring at passers-by with its paw raised. With blue eyes and often dressed in a top hat and waistcoat, or a big bow tie, the Great Cat was erected in 1990 and measures in at 1.5 m (5 ft) in height.

Open: daily; admission: free.

Kuching Waterfront Promenade
Sarawak Riverside, Kuching

The city's beautifully landscaped waterfront promenade is a popular meeting place for locals as well as tourists, with rows of food stalls and bars contrasting with the luxury hotels and spas along the riverbanks. This is a good place for an evening stroll with the locals. The waterfront also provides a pleasant spot for an afternoon sit down, where you can relax on a bench and watch the water taxis (tambangs) sailing on by, down the Sarawak River.

Open: daily; admission: free.

Main Bazaar
City Centre, Kuching

The Main Bazaar is literally the main street of Kuching, set along the riverbanks in the old part of town. This area consists of a maze of 19th-century Chinese shophouses, which together offer visitors the best of the city's antiques, curios and handicrafts. If you are looking to spend a little holiday money on a souvenir to take back with you, the Main Bazaar is the place to come. All kinds of pottery and tribal arts are available here, amongst the other Malaysian goodies.

Open: daily; admission: free.





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