Kuching Mini Guide
Kuching, Sarawak’s state capital, is often described as one of the most attractive cities in Southeast Asia. It’s a city that is rich in history, and modern Kuching is a perfect mix of modern structures and old world charm. The city is divided by a river named Sarawak River. Kuching south is a commercial and residential area dominated by Chinese, and the north of the city is majorly Malay in character, with really old kampong houses lining the beautiful river. Those two parts of the city are very different in character, and they even have separate mayors and town halls.
The city of Kuching is known as the highest populated city in the entire state of Sarawak in Malaysia. When the Bruneian Empire was in administration, the city was the third capital. Just after Kuching was given to James Brooke, the city became the capital of its state. The city kept improving while Charles Brooke was the ruler. It experienced some major development like construction of schools, souks, prison, lavatories, and hospitals. Kuching was made a part of the Japanese province post the Japanese invasion by the World War II. The town wasn’t damaged even after the war.
Like many places in the world Miri has grown from a small fishing village to a metropolitan hub on the back of “Black Gold”. Oil was first commercially produced in 1910 by Royal Dutch Shell who remain there to this day under Shell Sarawak along with Petronas Carigali. Other industries include commercial logging and more lately palm oil production.
There are tons of theories as to how the city got its name (Kuching means cat in Malay), but the name roots are as a trading post, built by Sir James Brooke family, the first of “White rajahs” who governed Sarawak for over a century.
Going to Kuching today reminds me of a time when Asian cities weren’t clogged with pollution, traffic, and skyscrapers. The city’s architectural heritage and famous Chinatown are preserved well even though Kuching lacks protection from