1 Day in Kuching: Cultural Gems & Scenic Spots

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by Liam

May 7, 2024 · 1 min read

Kuching 1 Day Itinerary

Embark on a one-day cultural journey through Kuching, where history and modernity blend seamlessly. Begin your adventure at the Sarawak Museum, spending an hour immersed in the rich heritage of the region. Next, stroll through the vibrant Carpenter Street, where the charm of Kuching's characteristic neighborhood captivates you for another hour. As the day unfolds, find yourself along the scenic Kuching Waterfront, a city park that offers a tranquil escape for an hour of leisurely exploration. Don't miss the Square Tower, an ancient beacon of history that you can appreciate in a brief 20-minute visit. Conclude your day with a half-hour marvel at the architectural splendor of the Darul Hana Bridge, a modern testament to Kuching's continuous growth. This itinerary promises a succinct yet fulfilling glimpse into the heart of Kuching, perfect for travelers seeking to experience the essence of the city in a limited timeframe.

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1 Day in Kuching Itinerary: Day 1

1

Sarawak Museum

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Kickstart your Kuching adventure at the Sarawak Museum, a treasure trove of Borneo's rich heritage. Nestled in the heart of the city at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, this museum is an ideal starting point for history buffs and curious travelers alike. Spend an hour marveling at the extensive collection that showcases the diverse cultures, traditions, and natural history of the region, all housed within an architecturally stunning building that's a testament to Sarawak's colonial past.

Attraction Info

  • Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Taman Budaya, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open on Mon-Fri,9:00am-4:45pm;Open on Sat-Sun,10:00am-4:00pm

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2

Carpenter St

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Next, meander through the vibrant Carpenter Street, a bustling artery of Kuching's old town. This characteristic neighborhood, with its one-hour recommended stay, offers a glimpse into the daily lives of locals amidst heritage shop-houses. Here, you can indulge in authentic Sarawakian street food, hunt for souvenirs, and soak up the area's unique blend of history and modernity.

Attraction Info

  • 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours
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3

Kuching Waterfront

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Continue your journey to the Kuching Waterfront, a scenic city park that runs along the Sarawak River. This is the perfect spot to unwind for an hour, taking in the panoramic views of traditional sampans on the water, historical landmarks, and the modern skyline. The waterfront's lively atmosphere, complemented by street performers and local vendors, makes it a favorite among visitors and residents alike.

Attraction Info

  • Waterfronts, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open 24 hours
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Square Tower

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A stone's throw away from the waterfront, the Square Tower awaits. This ancient tower, with a brief 20-minute visit, offers a quick historical interlude. Originally part of the city's fortifications, it now stands as a silent sentinel by the river, providing a picturesque backdrop for photos and a moment of reflection on Kuching's colonial defense history.

Attraction Info

  • Kuching Waterfront, Kuching, Malaysia
  • Suggested tour duration: 20-30 minutes
  • Open from 10:00am-11:00pm
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5

Darul Hana Bridge

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Conclude your day with a stroll across the iconic Darul Hana Bridge. Spanning half an hour, this pedestrian bridge connects the waterfront to the north and south banks of the Sarawak River, offering stunning views, especially at sunset. Its modern design contrasts with the traditional elements of the city, symbolizing the harmonious blend of Kuching's past and future.

Attraction Info

  • 93000 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 hour
  • Open from 6:00am-11:59pm
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Kuching Waterfront Park, located on the southern bank of the Sarawak River. During the day, you can see Astana, Margarita Fort and Malakampong across the river. The nighttime hours are bustling, with more than half of the city’s people coming to the park to meet friends, watch a show, or simply enjoy the cool night breeze. At the same time, at night, you can also take a local boat to and from both sides of the strait, and experience different scenery and food along the river.
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Bako National Park
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The park is a historic national park in Sarawak, famous for its Seasnack stones, pitcher plants and wild monkeys. Cliffs, horns, bays, beaches, etc. are widely distributed in the park, with various landforms. After thousands of years of sea water erosion, the park is distributed with cliffs, horns, bays, beaches and other landforms. The world-renowned animals such as long-armed monkeys, long-tailed macaques, and silver langurs are the protagonists of the park. The original tropical rainforest and dense mangroves also make it worthy of being one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
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The Sarawak Cultural Village is located at the foot of Mount Santubong and covers an area of 17 acres. Although the Cultural Village is not big, it is like a living museum, allowing visitors to witness the multiculturalism of Sarawak with their own eyes. The cultural village has a quiet environment and beautiful scenery. There are traditional longhouses and various styles of residences of the seven major ethnic groups in Sarawak, namely Ulu, Punam, Malano, Iban, Bidayu, Malay and Chinese. They are all built with raw materials such as salt wood, bamboo, rattan, and yada leaves, giving people the feeling of a primitive village. In this "living museum", each house has ethnic artists in traditional costumes busy doing handicrafts and explaining their way of life to tourists, and there are often demonstrations of handicraft making and dance and music performances of various ethnic groups in the village. . A visit to the Sarawak Cultural Village is a cultural journey, where you can deeply feel the rich cultural heritage of Sarawak. After visiting the cultural village, the fun is to sit in the theater and watch the dance performances of various ethnic groups. The programs are colorful and popular. Each dance performance is actually a wonderful performance of national costumes, which is not only a vivid portrayal of Sarawak civilization, but also brings tourists the information of multi-ethnic harmony.
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Cat Museum, Petra Jaya, Sarawak.
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A cat-themed museum in Malaysia is located in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, also known as Cat City. The exhibits in the museum include all photos, pictures, stories, ornaments and sculptures about cats. The museum is located on BukitSiol Hill, 60 meters above sea level, with a panoramic view of Kuching City. The museum has a collection of 2,000 cat-related exhibits, handicrafts and statues from all over the world, not only modern cartoon images such as Garfield, Doraemon, Hello Kitty, etc., but also a display of traditional Chinese handicraft cloth tigers. There is also an exhibition room for celebrity cat owners. The great writer Hugo, the angel in white, Landingale, President Lincoln and Edison are all cat lovers.
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Carpenter St
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Ada Street is a famous Chinatown in Kuching City, where you can see the epitome of traditional Chinese style. There are Chinese shops on both sides of the street, which is very lively. There are many Chinese food shops, such as the famous pork chop soup shop, in addition to temples, handicraft shops, Gimpo, etc., you can buy some souvenirs here.
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Kuching 1 Day Itinerary