Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sarawak State Museum, Kuching

Right in the middle of town, we have a historical gem in the form of the Sarawak Museum. This grand old lady has been there ever since my existence began (Duh, it was established in 1888). It was started by the illustrious Brooke family, and their legacies continue to withstand the test of time. It houses an exceptional ethnographic collection, some good natural history displays and a section on the oil industry in Sarawak.

During WW2, the museum was put under the stewardship of a sympathetic Japanese officer. It's a good thing because the museum survived the war largely intact :)

Next to the museum is the city aquarium. Inside, you may find local fish species, reptiles, amphibians, and some medium sized crocodiles. Of course, for the large crocs, you would have to visit Jong's Crocodile Farm, which is a 20 minute drive from the city, excluding entrance fees.

Further down the museum gardens is a memorial to remember the dead from World War 2, the communist insurgency and the confrontation with Indonesia.

The gardens are lush and filled with greenery. Its hard to expect a quiet oasis like this is the middle of the city, but yes, it exists! :)

There are some nice specimens of the Bunga Raya, the official flower of Malaysia being planted here. You may see the white and pink varieties here.

Thats it for now folks. Adios.



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