"see the Islamic Museum in..." Malaysia Favorite Tip by Ric

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Favorite thing: see the Islamic Museum in Kuching. It is a thoughtful, well-designed exhibition that presents Islam both as a world religion and as part of a distinctively Malaysian experience. All museums are free; no admission charge.

Fondest memory: the enthusiasm and friendliness of the staff and resource people at the Sarawak Cultural Village which presents houses, lifestyles, and performances from seven major ethnic groups in East Malaysia. Located 40 km outside Kuching near the Damai Beach Resort Hotel, the Village is a good introduction to East Malaysian cultures assembled on one site. The exhibitors are well-informed, take time with the visitors, and speak English. A good place for a basic orientation before heading into the rain forests or up-river to some of the long houses. The most spectacular structure is the Orang Ulu longhouse built on the side of a steep hill with highly decorated support posts. The most interesting presentation was the Melanau wish-making ritual guided by a young shaman who was both charming and informative.

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2002
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