While the Sarawak Museum is under renovation and the Sarawak Museum Campus and Heritage Trail is being constructed, there are still plenty of other museums and galleries that you can visit in Kuching. In fact, there are 11 of them.
The Urang Sarawak Gallery located at the Sarawak Art Museum next to the closed Sarawak Museum building displays the rich religious, cultural and historical heritage of the Chinese, Malay, Dayak and Orang Ulu people of Sarawak.
The Chinese History Museum at the Kuching Waterfront and the Islamic Heritage Museum at Jalan P. Ramlee, display the heritage of the Chinese and Malay communities in Sarawak respectively.
The Textile Museum showcases authentic textiles made by the main ethnic communities of Sarawak, with the Tun Jugah Pua Kumbu Museum at Tun Jugah Tower focusing on the textiles of the Iban people.
Within the Textile Museum, you can find the Treasures from Nusantara Gallery, displaying 30 Bornean historic artefacts.
There are many more galleries within the city, some focusing on the history of women in the state or the lives of the Brookes, and even a museum focused on all things feline. Read more here…
The Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will be reinstating its flight from Bandar Sri Begawan to Kuching on December 28, 2018.
RB Chief Executive Officer, Mr Karam Chand said “Kuching is one of the first destinations that RB flew to back in 1975 alongside Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong and we are very proud to be connecting this beautiful city to the rest of our network and providing the missing link to Brunei. We have significantly expanded our route network this year and the direct flights will allow the marketing of single and dual destinations packages in all the Cities we serve for the benefit of our tourism stakeholders in Brunei and Sarawak”.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank and welcome back RB to Kuching, said Sarawak Tourism Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor and adding that our industry partners have been looking forward to the reinstatement of the flight.
“It makes Kuching more accessible to our focus markets including Melbourne (Australia), Shanghai (China) London (United Kingdom) which augurs well for the marketing of the destination” she continued
RB will commence its first flight to Kuching on RB A320neo effective 28 December 2018 with twice weekly service and by 3 February 2019 the frequency will increase to four times weekly.
RB first flew to Kuching on 15 May 1975 with its last flight on 28 July 2011 when the route was suspended.
The Sarawak Tourism Board is pleased to announce that the logo for the Visit Sarawak Campaign (VSC) has been officially launched in a series of campaigns held in Kuala Lumpur on October 16 and in Singapore on October 18.
Another launch will take place in London on November 6 and in Shenshen China in Mid December.
The campaign’s logo is vibrant yet simple, featuring notable designs like the vine-like embellishment in the ‘S’, much like motives frequently used in the Orang Ulu crafts, the swirl in the ‘A’s as often seen in the Dayak ‘bunga terung’ design, as well as the hornbill in the centre of the logo, depicting Sarawak as ‘the Land of the Hornbill’. The various colours also hold various meaning, which can be read here.
The tagline ‘More to Discover’ expands on Sarawak’s existing brand for Culture, Adventure and Nature, Food and Festivals, encouraging visitors to go beyond what one usually expects from Sarawak; to venture off the beaten path and discover lesser known food and festivals, and to journey into Sarawak’s interior.
A promotional video is also available, resenting the journey visitors’ take when discovering Sarawak and the self-discovery that happens along the way. Watch the video here.
To find out more about what Sarawak has to offer, visit the landing page for the campaign here.
The Sarawak Regatta will be held from November 2-4 this year, featuring 14 boat racing categories, 24 qualifying races and 12 finals.
This annual event is a grand show of sportsmanship and strength between many different villages from around Sarawak, as they row their 30-paddle longboats furiously down the Sarawak River to compete for the coveted ‘Raja Sungai’ title, in a tradition of healthy rivalry that has been alive since the Brooke era.
The significance of regattas in Sarawak dates back to 1872, when it was first held with the intention of stopping racial wars among local tribes due to the prevalent headhunting practices; a practice that had just been outlawed by the Brookes.
James Brooke had urged the tribes to challenge each other by having boat races to prove their power and strength, leading to this annual event that has been held ever since.
The regatta now includes participants from various government agencies, private sectors and teams from neighbouring countries of Indonesia and Brunei.
The Sarawak International Dragon Boat Race, one of the most significant annual sporting events in Sarawak, will bring together representatives from twelve different countries, with 29 teams of over 900 people participating.
The Dragon Boat Race which will be held along the Sarawak River will have five categories, namely the International Open’s 20 crew, International Open’s 12 crew, International Mixed 12 crew, International Ladies 12 crew and International Master 12 crew.
The total prize money for this year amounts to RM45,500.00, while paddlers team are in it for the prestige to be crowned the “Raja Sungai”, or King of the River.
Apart from the Dragon Boat races, the Kuching waterfront itself becomes an event to behold, with local food and handicraft exhibitions and busking performances bringing the area to life.
Sarawak is hosting the 23rd Asian Television Awards at the Borneo Convention Centre (BCCK) from January 11 to 13, 2019.
The event recognises and awards excellence within the Asian film and television industry from across 43 categories, ranging from performances to production and programming, bringing together over 500 delegates from across Asia.
The three day event will feature a Gala Night on the first night and a Red Carpet and Performance Award Presentation on the second night, at the BCCK.
The final day will feature a public concert to be held at the Amphitheatre at Jalan Budaya.
The Darul Hana Musical Fountain at the Kuching Waterfront was launched on October 14th in conjunction with the 82nd birthday celebration of His Excellency the Governor of Sarawak.
The musical fountain features a flashy display of water performances accompanied by a neon light show and music lasting 15 minutes at a time.
The twice-daily fountain shows take place at 8.30pm to 8.45pm and 10.00pm to 10.15pm, and is now another attraction to the Kuching waterfront.
Other attractions include the Darul Hana Bridge, the Dewan Undangan Negeri complex as well as the cobblestone walkway, food stalls and the busking sessions held over the weekends along the serene waterfront area.
Sarawak Tourism Board and six travel agencies, product owners and hoteliers from Sarawak will be meeting international sellers at booth number C05 at ITB Asia 2018, which is being held from 17 to 19 October at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The industry partners include the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching, Straits Central Travel & Tour Agencies, Kuching Holidays & Car Rental, Pullman Miri Waterfront & Pullman Kuching, Greatown Travel, and CPH Travel Agencies.
ITB Asia is Asia’s leading travel trade show, with 940 exhibitors, 951 buyers and over 11,000 delegates participating from over 110 countries across all segments of MICE, Corporate and Leisure travel.