Square Tower


Along with Fort Margherita, the Square Tower, built in 1879, once guarded the river against marauders. Over the past century the structure – still emblazoned with Sarawak’s Brooke-era coat-of-arms – has served as a prison, a mess and a dance hall. Currently, it hosts a dinner-only restaurant.

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2. 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…

3. Old Court House Complex

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The Old Court House was built in the late 19th century to serve as the city’s administrative centre. It now houses a cafe and bar, the excellent Ranee…

4. Ranee Museum

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Opened in 2018, this excellent museum focuses on the colourful and exciting times of Ranee Margaret of Sarawak. Born Margaret Alice Lili de Windt in Paris…

5. Harmony Arch

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An ornate arch that marks the official entrance to Kuching's Chinatown district.

6. 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…

7. Sarawak Textile Museum

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Housed in a ‘colonial Baroque’–style building constructed in 1909, this museum displays some superb examples of traditional Sarawakian textiles, including…

8. Hiang Thian Siang Temple

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This temple, rebuilt shortly after the fire of 1884, serves the Teochew congregation as a shrine to Shang Di (the Emperor of Heaven). On the 15th day of…