Kuching My Hometown

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Old shophouses along Main Bazaar.
Kuching is a unique city among historic cities in Asia. It is the only place to have been ruled by White Rajahs. The White Rajahs were members of the Brooke family which ruled Sarawak for over 100 years.

The first Rajah was James Brooke, a British adventurer who first landed in Kuching in 1839. He was made Rajah after helping the then Governor of Sarawak – Pengiran Muda Hashim to quash a rebellion. Unlike the colonialists in other parts of Asia who were mostly interested in exploiting the colonies for economic gains, the White Rajahs made Sarawak their home, and set up administration systems which helped to develop the state. It was only until the 2nd World War, after Sarawak was occupied by the Japanese, that the Brooke family decided to cede Sarawak to become a Crown Colony.
Old shophouses.
Later, in 1963, Sarawak joined the Federation to form Malaysia.

Due to this unique history, Kuching has some interesting built heritage, in the form of buildings built during the Brooke era, and later on the Colonial era.

The Main Bazaar is one of the oldest streets in Kuching. It was here that the earliest shophouses were built - as a base for the traders and wholesalers. Early traders were mainly Chinese, but there were also Indians and others. Today, the traders and wholesalers are slowly making way for souvenir shops and lodging houses, due to the advent of tourism.

Next to the Main Bazaar is the Kuching Waterfront, a redevelopment of the old waterfront which was controversial at the time, as many lamented the change of character. Today this is a popular public space where many open air events are held - most recently the Kuching Regatta, a popular rowing contest.







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Old shophouses along Main Bazaar.
Old shophouses along Main Bazaar.
Old shophouses.
Old shophouses.
Tua Pek Kong Temple at the end of …
Tua Pek Kong Temple at the end of…
View of the Kuching Waterfront.
View of the Kuching Waterfront.
Along the Waterfront.
Along the Waterfront.
Kuching Waterfront.
Kuching Waterfront.
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