KUCH1NG CITY TOUR
RM50 per person

The capital of Sarawak, a city which features the perfect blend of history, culture and modern development. The lour will cover places of interest such as the :
Colonial Court  House,
Astana,
Charles Brooke Monument,
Kuching Waterfront,
Sarawak Museum,
Cat Museum,
Chinese Temple,
Pottery Factory
Giant Cat Monument.

 


SARAWAK MUSEUM  |  CAT MUSEUM  |  CHINESE MUSEUM  |  ISLAMIC  MUSEUM  | TEXTILE MUSEUM  |

SARAWAK  MUSEUM
http://www.museum.sarawak.gov.my

Opening Hours: 09:00 am-05:30 pm
Open daily. Closed on 1st day of Major Festivals.
Location: Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg.
How to get there:  About 10 mins walking distance  from Water front.
Entrance tee: Free
Contact: Sarawak Museum, Tel: 082-244232

The Sarawak Museum, straddling both sides of Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, has one of the best collections in Southeast Asia. The old wing, opened in 1891, is designed in the style of a Normandy town-house. It houses an exceptional ethnographic collection, some good natural history displays and a section on the oil industry in Sarawak. The exhibition of traditional wood-carvings is magnificent. The new wing across the footbridge is used for events and exhibitions. In the Museum grounds there is an Aquarium, the Botanical Gardens and the Heroes' Memorial, built to commemorate the dead of WW 2, the Communist Insurgency and Confrontation with Indonesia. Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission free.

Sarawak Museum - Reputed to be the best in Southeast Asia. Originally built in 1891 in the style of Normandy town - house. Collection of Borneo ethnography prehistoric artifacts, local art, historical documents, antiques, specimens of Sarawak fauna, reptiles, mammals, birds etc. Also Shell exhibition petroleum industries in Sarawak.

The oldest entomological collection in Borneo is that of the Sarawak Museum.  Originally built to house and display arts and crafts of the indigenous people of Borneo, the Sarawak Museum has gained a reputation for having the single most comprehensive collection of Borneon artefacts to be found anywhere. After several extensions, the Sarawak Museum now straddles both sides of Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, with both buildings connected by an overhead pedestrian bridge.

The new wing, just across the road, was built in the 1972.

As one of the oldest museums in South East Asia, the Sarawak Museum houses some of the most precious relics from past civilizations which were found from excavations sites in various parts of Sarawak. The remains of Niah Man (recently reclassified as woman) found at the Niah Caves and on display here, is obviously an attraction for its significance in the annals of human history. There are of course numerous other things that attract people to the museum, including its impressive animals and insects collections. In fact, there are eight museums in the state, namely Islamic Museum, Chinese Museum, Niah Archeological Museum, Limbang Regional Museum, Baram Regional Museum, Textile Museum and the Petroleum Museum. To visit each of these will certainly take some time!

Currently at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak in Kuching, a gallery of the Sarawak Museum just across the road from the main building, is a display of ceramic relics excavated from various sites at the Sarawak river delta. Undoubtedly, the delta area of Sarawak was a primary trading centre during the early period of the state's history as evidenced from these discoveries. Initially, traders from other parts of Asia were interested in the spice trade, birds' nests, beeswax, hornbill ivory and other exotic products found aplenty in Sarawak and in return, the natives here received textiles, beads, ceramic and brass wares.  

Situated on the 1st floor of the gallery, the display comprises mainly items discovered and recovered since 1948. Based on the findings, a number of these ceramic items and pieces were from the 11th to the 13th Century A.D. Majority of them originated from China with some from Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and Europe too. The items range from jars to plates, small vases and teapots as well as bowls and bottles. In order to group these materials, nine classifications have been made based on their glaze color and clay body or texture. These include White wares, Yueh types, Celadons from the Sung Dynasty, Temmoku from Fukien in China, Green glazed wares, T'zu Chou wares, Coarse stonewares. Siamese wares and Blue and White wares. Some, like the Green glazed ones actually owed their color to the presence of lead in the clay material used in the making.

Exposure to the ceramics products brought by the foreign traders later led to the development of ceramic products by the natives here. Over time, it has brought about the rise of the pottery industry in Sarawak and more recently, the export of ceramic products from here. Surprisingly, the earliest indigenous ceramics were found at the West Mouth site of the Niah Cave which were actually plain, undecorated large jars, urns and other special funerary vessels which were linked to the burial customs of the local people.

Over on the ground floor of the gallery is the Museum Shoppe, a retail outlet that sells souvenirs and other memorabilia. A comfortable place to browse around after going through the exhibitions, you can buy things like T-shirts, books, miniature art pieces and things to help you recall the time spent in the museum. The gallery is open everyday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and admission is free!



INDEX of Kuching City  August 14, 2014 02:18:00 PM

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