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Kuching is the capital city for the state of Sarawak - Malaysia's largest state on the island of Borneo. It is said that its name is derived from many sources, however the most significant is from the Malay word "kucing" which means cat. Some sources say that Kuching originated from the Chinese word "Gu Chin" which means harbour as well as after a lychee like local fruit called "mata kucing" (cat's eye).

Kuching is a city fronting the Sarawak River. The river plays a significant role in the early days of Kuching as a trading post and it is still a significant part of the city untill today. The city has a long history as a trading post that has attracted people from various places to settle down in the area. Malays, Chinese, Indians, Europeans and others have joined the many indigenous groups of the region to create a multi cultural city as it is today.

In the 18th century, Sarawak was part of the Kingdom of Brunei. However, there was an uprising of dissatisfaction among the locals on the high tax payable to the Kingdom. These caused a large demonstration against the Brunei Empire.

Enter James Brooke, a rich English Adventurer who was later asked by the Sultan of Brunei to stop the demonstration in Sarawak. He succeeded and as a sign of appreciation, the Sultan of Brunei appointed James Brooke as the Governer of Sarawak.

As being a Governor is not enough for him, James Brooke requested the British Navy assistance to protect his position. With the protection, the Sultan of Brunei was forced to sign an agreement with him and Sarawak was fully handed over to James Brooke who later proclaimed himself as the First White Rajah of Sarawak.

Under his rule, Kuching became an important trading and administrative centre and consolidated its role as a port. His successor, Charles Brooke (1868-1917), was responsible for many of the historical buildings within the city. When Sarawak became part of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, Kuching has changed and developed into a flourishing modern city.

Today, Kuching is said to be one of the most live able and people-friendly citiy in the region. It is a green and clean city that has all the modern amenities without losing its old world charm where multi-storey buildings blend well with structures from its colonial days. As its river front remain a focal point of the city , Kuching Waterfront was developed to give the city its own character.

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  • Last visit to Kuching: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mar 15, 2009 at 4:50 AM

    1.What is the name of this court? Or a nickname.. 2.When is this building start builds? 3.Who is the "Pengasas" of this court? 4.What is the differences of uses of this court now compare with last time. 5.What is special in this court?

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    Jan 11, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    I am just starting to plan a trip to East Malaysia. Your excellent Kuching tips are very helpful. Thanks!

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    Jul 19, 2008 at 4:06 AM

    Thank you for all the great information...now I'm able to identify all my photos. I was just in Sarawak for the Rainforest Festival, which was incredible.

  • Jan 31, 2008 at 7:01 AM

    I ve been many times in Thailand. I hope to be and in Malaysia, is very near also! I put it in my travel plans! Nice page!

  • Aug 9, 2007 at 8:21 PM

    Unfortunately the free city tram was no longer in service during my last weekend travel. You can still find the tram parking beside Old Court House (Visitors Info Centre).

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    May 16, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Wonderful Kuching page. I really had a great time reading all your tips. I would like to visit your country some day.

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Meow, meow... Excellent page of Kuching. One of my personal fav Malaysian cities. Mee Kolok and Sarawak Laksa are really yummy. SL

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    I like the cat statues very much. A great page overall ;-)

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Hi! These are great pages... =) It's really fun to travel within our backyards...then to discover our neighbors...then... =) Bye for now!

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