Sarawak State Assembly


Inaugurated in 2009, the iconic home of the State Assembly on the north bank of Sungai Sarawak is an imposing structure whose soaring golden roof is said to resemble either a payung (umbrella) or a terendak (Melanau sunhat). The best views of the building are from the Waterfront Promenade and Jln Bishopsgate. A waterfront esplanade below the building links with the city's spectacular Darul Hana footbridge.

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Nearby Kuching attractions

1. Darul Hana Musical Fountain

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Although bathed in controversy over its funding and contracting, this garish addition to the Kuching waterfront is certainly a head turner – when it's…

2. Fort Margherita

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Built by Charles Brooke in 1879 and named after his wife, Ranee Margaret, this hilltop fortress long protected Kuching against surprise attack by pirates…

3. Orchid Garden

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Sarawak's state flower, the Normah orchid, is just one of the 82 species growing in these peaceful gardens and greenhouse nursery. Other Borneo orchids to…

4. Darul Hana Bridge

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Linking the northern and southern parts of Kuching, the city's spectacular pedestrian bridge (335m) is constructed to resemble the letter 'S' (for Sarawak…

5. Square Tower

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Along with Fort Margherita, the Square Tower, built in 1879, once guarded the river against marauders. Over the past century the structure – still…

7. Astana

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Built by Charles Brooke in 1869, the Astana (a local word meaning 'palace’) – conveniently labelled in giant white letters – and its manicured gardens…

8. Kampung Boyan

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This sedate, old-time Malay kampung (village), filled with joyously colourful houses and a profusion of flowering plants, is a world away from the glitz…