Sarawak Culture Village @ Kuching, Sarawak

Monday, August 15, 2011

One of the tourist attraction in Kuching is the Sarawak Culture Village where you will get to know more about their life. Sarawak Cultural Village only 45 minutes drive from Kuching. It is also known as a living museum. 

At here, you will get to visit the local ethnic groups namely Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melanau, Malay and Chinese where they have living together in harmony for more than a century.

Breathtaking view when we stepped in from the main entrance.

Each of us have a "passport". Guess what is the feature of this passport?

1# Ruman Cina - Chinese House

Chinese house was built from wood. When I was a little girl, I stay in this wooden house with my grandparents. Although it was not as tough as concrete house, we were still get protected under the roof. Chinese wooden house will be very hot during day time and really cool at night. 

A pair of lines of verse written vertically down the sides of a doorway. Normally Chinese will hang it on the doorway during Chinese New Year.


A very traditional black CD player.

From top left:
Kitchen - it look exactly same like my grandparents house. I think it is same in every Chinese house; Well - normally it was place behind the house; Bedroom with the net - Before I went to pre-school, I slept with my grandma every night. I didn't get bite by the mosquito because I was protected by the net. When I visit the Chinese house, it really brought back many memories to me.

Dad and sista with the tofu maker.

Group picture before we left to 2nd house.

2# Rumah Melayu - Malay House

A beautiful set up when there is a Malay wedding held at home.

Aunt was making kuih kapit - a crispy love letters.

Malay House

3# Rumah Melanau - Melanau Tall House

Melanau is among the earliest settlers of Sarawak and Melanau people making up to 5.8% of Sarawak's population. The house was really high and we need to climb up to visit the interior of the house.

A glance at the interior in Melanau house. Every part was built with wood.

Actually, there are many floors inside Melanau house. A very narrow stairs was at every corner of the house.

Bed room.

4# Rumah Orang-Ulu  - Orang-ulu Longhouse

This is the longhouse stay by Orang Ulu.

Orang-ulu playing the traditional instrument. Beside that, they also performed a dancing to all the tourist.

5# Rumah Penan  - Penan Hut
Penan specialty in manufacture and accurate use of blowpipes. I don't have the picture of Penan Hut because I didn't realize it was the Penan Hut when I was there. It was only a small hut with a piece of roof, no door and window. Silly me! 

6# Rumah Iban  - Iban Longhouse

The Iban race, once known as “Sea Dayaks”, built their longhouses to last 15 to 20 years, or, until the farm land in the surrounding area was exhausted. The above picture showing the Iban people wearing their traditional outfits and holding the wood shield.

My handsome daddy :)

7# Rumah Bidayuh  - Bidayuh Longhouse

Finally, come to the end - Bidayuh House.

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Still remember the "passport"?
This is the reason why we were given a "passport".
Each stamp will be given when we visit the house. Here is my total collection of 7 stamps.

After that, we were invited to enjoy the 45 minutes cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment which is something you will not want to miss out. The show was presented in an air-conditioner hall. There are 2 cultural show per day, 11.30am - 12.15pm and 4pm - 4.45pm. 

Some of the shows were quite boring but some were interesting too. The above picture, it is one of the game and entertainment I played before. How about you? 

Entrance Fee
RM 60.00 / USD 20.00 (Adult)
RM 30.00 / USD 10.00 (Child : 6-12 years old)
Free for Children aged under 6.

Tickets can be purchased at the Entrance of Sarawak Cultural Village. You can also get them from authorised local travel agents around Sarawak.
Opening hours is: 0900 - 1700 daily

Sarawak Cultural Village
Pantai Damai, Santubong,
P.O.Box 2632, 
93752 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel: (6082) 846 411

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