Sarawak Cultural Village
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Spent an interesting day today, learning about the cultures of the various local groups in this region. We took the Kuching-Damai shuttle bus from the Holiday Inn to the Sarawak Cultural Vllage at Damai Beach. The centre is set up in a big, round paddock and the various groups (such as Iban, Orang Ulu, Malay, Chinese and so on) have a little section of their own where you can enter their typical dwellings, watch a short performance and perhaps sample some of their food. We tried some rice flour noodle cakes and some tapioca biscuits - both delicious! We also saw ladies weaving the beautiful cloth, and later on the processing of sago. We went to the cultural show at 11.30am, which gave us a 45 minute performance of the local dances and songs - we even got up on stage at the end to have a go ourselves (probably not the most graceful performers that stage has ever seen, but we enjoyed ourselves!).
In the afternoon, we visited the main museums just off Merdeka Square. The Ethnography Museum had two floors of stuffed animals, large skeletons, fossils, shells and so on, plus a fantastic exhibition on the top floor of local culture, complete with a scale-size longhouse room. As we're going on an overnight longhouse stay, the human skulls hanging from the "loungeroom" roof were a little diconcerting! There was also some wonderful carving in this section, along with woven baskets and body decorations. The ARt Museum is next door, but this was much smaller with a very limited range of exhibits - mostly modern art rather than tribal art. We then took another walk along the riverfront, lychee slushees in hand, before heading back to our hotel for a very refreshing shower. We had dinner at a lovely little Moslem restaurant just behind our hotel - food was excellent and the watermelon juice was fantastic. Will no doubt end up there again. Melissa's cooking class booked for tomorrow morning won't be happening, because no other takers, so have re-booked for Monday morning (hopefully).