Visit Malaysia: Kuching, Sarawak (Part 4) – Historical Buildings

From the riverside, I walked towards the main street to look at an old building which location is unsuited to the surroundings. Just imagine, a building as square as a box suddenly popped up in the middle of a walk. The building is really inviting. I took a closer look and it turned out to be the old Kuching state prison, in existence ever since the 1800s.

The prison was locked and I could only peeked from the outside. It was quite eerie imagining what type of criminals had stayed here and what kind of activity happened here previously. Nevertheless, the building was maintained properly.

I continued walking and crossed the street and voila! It is a heaven for history enthusiast like yours truly. A lot of old and heritage buildings were built around the Kuching downtown area.

I honestly did not expect Kuching to host this much of heritage buildings. I walked and visited each and every one of the buildings there; the Kuching General Post Office, Charles Brooke (2nd White Rajah) monument, the old courthouse building. Even the Astana which formerly housed the White Rajahs and now the governor’s residence  is visible from where I stood.

When I stood alone looking at the surroundings, I felt like I was standing in a living museum. I could only imagine how was life back in those days when the buildings were still new.

I spent some time there before walking back to the riverside to watch the sunset.

I was told that sunset in Kuching was mesmerizing. How true is that?

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I would like to personally thank the Sarawak Tourism Board and Tune Hotels for making this trip possible and to Planet Borneo for the hospitality throughout the trip. This trip was held in conjunction with the International Bornean Frog Race 2014.

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