- Read 303 times
Kuching Heritage Ride
Kuching Heritage Ride is suitable for leisure riders, families and children, focusing on exploring the busy Kuching downtown.
Gurdwara Sahib Kuching Sikh Temple
We began our journey at the car park opposite 1. Masjid Bahagian, the oldest and largest mosque in Sarawak. Known among locals as the “Kubah”, this onion-shaped masjib is the only mosque in Sarawak with a cemetery in the front yard. Within walking distance were old bus terminals and the 2. Gurdwara Sahib Kuching Sikh Temple. Pity traders were selling their daily produce along the street shoulders in the vicinity.
Riding along Jalan Market through Jalan Gambir towards Jalan Main Bazaar provided a feast for our eyes as we marvelled at the local sights. The streets were running parallel with Sungai Santubong. It offered spectacular views between the shores of the river. The elegantly built 3. Waterfront alongside Jalan Main Bazaar and the river offered wide and long pavements for locals and tourists to walk in between points of interests. It was unfortunate that the Waterfront pavements prohibited cycling despite being spacious enough to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists.
On one side of Jalan Main Bazaar were the Waterfront and the Main Bazaar, while the other side were crammed with shops that sell a variety of souvenirs, handicrafts, and local delicacies.
Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak
Further up were the majestic 4. Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak, where state assemblies were held, and 5. Astana on the other side of Sungai Santubong. Built in 1870 by Charles Brooke, the second White Rajah, this palace served as his official residence. Astana is now the official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, the Governor of Sarawak. Facing Astana on the other side of the river was the 6. Square Tower formerly the control tower of vessels passing Sungai Santubong. It now houses an art gallery where paintings, souvenirs and handicrafts are sold. If you are travelling with your family, it would be fun to take short courses on bead work, batik colouring and bamboo weaving for a nominal fee in the art gallery.
Charles Brooke Monument
Our next stop was across the street from the Square Tower to the 7. Courthouse. Built in 1874, the colonial courthouse was used to be the home of the sitting of state legislatures and also the venue for historical events. Built in 1924, the 8. Charles Brooke Monument graces the courtyard. We left our bikes at Magna Carta Café and walked to the courthouse where Sarawak Tourism Board, Sabati Women’s Museum, travel agencies and souvenir shops are now located. Not to be missed was the 9. India Street next to the courthouse. Unknown to many, there is a hidden mosque in India Street.
Temple Tua Pekong
Chinese History Museum
Cycling further up to the junction of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, you will see the colorful 10. Temple Tua Pekong for the Chinese community in Kuching and the 11. Chinese History Museum. Formerly the Chinese Chamber of Commerce building for Chinese migrants to manage community affairs, the 100 year-old colonial building was now converted to Chinese History Museum that showcases Chinese artefacts and video clips of the history of Chinese migrants.
Great Cat of Kuching
Then, we delighted over a tasty bowl of local noodles 12. Mee Kolok for lunch, just before we cycled all the way to Jalan Padungan for the 13. Great Cat of Kuching. The Great Cat will be dressed with festive customs throughout the year for state and national celebrations and multi-cultural festivals.
Padang Merdeka Kuching
We cycled back along Jalan Carpenter and Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg to finish the tour, while catching sight of 14. China Town, 15. Padang Merdeka Kuching, 16. Sarawak Museum, Islamic Museum, Ethnology Museum, Art Museum, and Natural History Museum.
The manageable half-day 5.64km Kuching Heritage Ride overwhelmed us with numerous sites of interests that could not have been covered on a bus tour. Be extra careful when cycling in downtown Kuching as some streets are narrow and busy.
Cycling Route - Kuching Heritage Ride
This cycling tour package is provided by: Go Travel Holidays Sdn Bhd
43SF, Synergy Square, Matang Jaya, Jalan Matang, 93050 Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak. Tel: 082-649211
- Cat City
- Masjid Bahagian
- Gurdwara Sahib Kuching Sikh Temple
- Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak
- Square Tower
- Charles Brooke Monument
- India Street
- Temple Tua Pekong
- Chinese History Museum
- Mee Kolok
- Great Cat of Kuching
- China Town
- Padang Merdeka Kuching
- Sarawak Museum