Top 10 Places to Visit in Sibu, Sarawak 0 1737

1. Take a spiritual tour to Tua Pek Kong Temple

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Tua Pek Kong Temple is one of the must visit attractions on your tour to Sibu. A number of people visit the temple to pray for long and better life. In addition, what makes it a major tourist hotspot is its impressive and striking architecture. It’s decked wonderfully during celebrations including Chinese New Year and sometimes enthralling shows are also conducted. There’s a Rain Tree in front of Tua Pek Kong Temple and the most amazing thing about the tree is that it’s 100 years old. Even though its maintenance is not easy, locals consider Rain Tree as an emblem of longevity.

2. Unveil Sibu’s history and culture at Sibu Heritage Centre

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If history and culture attract you, this circular building is a perfect destination for you to explore as it offers a glimpse of the city’s history along with Sarawak’s cultural heritage. The museum is air-conditioned and entry is free. Revel in eye-catching scenery outside the museum or buy Iban costumes or Sarawak souvenirs to treasure memories of your tour to the destination.

3. Soak yourself up with nature at Wong Nai Siong Garden

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This garden was constructed in 1901 in the memory of Wong Nai Siong, the leader of Foochow immigrants. It’s a tidy and lovely hotspot and proper maintenance has been done which proves that locals have massive respect for the man. Other than soothing their eyes with natural tranquility, visitors come here for a walk and jog as well. If you feel hungry, you can try Foochow foods like kompia, kampua mee, etc.

4. Walk around Sibu Town Square

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Sibu Town Square is the largest in Malaysia and here you can get a chance to see the unification of two great rivers which are Rajang and Igan. A good number of tourists as well as local people love to visit it to spend some quality time and indulge in entertaining activities.

5. Enjoy a visit to Sibu Central Market

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It is Malaysia’s biggest indoor market and travelers get surprised to see the vast span of stalls where one can buy fruits, fresh veggies and live poultry. Since the city is popular for Sibu olive or dabai, a number of stalls sell it; however, different vendors sell it at different prices as the rates vary according to size. What makes this market different from others is that here one can get ducks and chickens properly wrapped in newspapers.

6. Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park offers ample rejuvenation opportunities

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Locals come here especially during weekends to make the most of it. The park boasts of barbeque area, canteen lagoon, an amphitheatre, observation tower, pavilion, sky steps, gardens and playground. It’s a great place if you want to treat your eyes with soothing greenery and want to inhale some fresh air. Go for a picnic with family or spend a leisure day, this park won’t disappoint you. What’s more, there is a Culture Village opposite Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park as well.

7. Fitness freaks should visit Bukit Lima Forest Park

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Bukit Lima Forest Park at Kampung Sentosa is a favorite of fitness lovers. Go for jogging, exercising and short trekking or sooth your senses with serenity of the ambience. Travelers also might get a sight of terrapins, long-tailed macaques and few birds. Sarawak Forestry Corporation manages the park which has two separate wooden plank trails of 2.5 km and 3.5 km along with a 3-storey concrete watchtower for the purpose of sightseeing.

8. Acquaint yourself with rich culture of Sibu

Sibu has a rich culture and it’s apparent in various festivals held here. Sibu Municipal Council has been organizing Borneo Cultural Festival each year in July since 2005. It is celebrated for 10 days and if you happen to be here during that time, you just can’t afford to miss this festival. From beauty pageant to various other contests, traditional music and dance to exhibition, fun fair to good food, the festival has it all. Besides, you’ll also get to enjoy superb performances in three separate stages for Malay, Chinese and Iban. Thousands of people come here each year to enjoy the festival which was stopped in 2011 for a short period of time and then was resumed in the year 2012.

National Chinese Cultural Festival which is celebrated for 3 days has also been hosted in the city two times, in 2001 and 2009. In this, people get to enjoy various fun-filled activities including cultural dance, Chinese calligraphy, dragon dance, lantern riddles, Chinese songs, etc. Besides, Sibu International Dance Festival which takes place between June and September continues for 5 days and here people can take pleasure in dance concert, outdoor performances, workshops, etc.

9. Sibu Night Market offers a distinctive experience

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Sibu Night Market is something you must not miss on your tour to the city. Here you can find stalls set up by local traders and these stalls have something for everyone. Buy household goods, fashion products, footwear, etc. at reasonable prices. If you are hungry, try steamed buns or pork and rice at Chinese stalls whereas Malay stalls offer nice barbecue chicken.

10. Check out some other point of interest in Sibu

Sibu has a plethora of tourist attractions and other than the major ones described above, one can visit Sibu Gateway, a landmark at downtown that boasts a pretty garden, beautiful fountain and statue of Swan. You can also head to Rajang Esplanade which is among 22 community parks of the city or take a tour to Sibu Lake Park where you can find a lake, jogging tracks, bird sanctuary, splash pool, places for picnic and barbeque, boat house, canteen, etc. – TripHobo

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Ethnicity at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) 0 2819

Sarawak Cultural Village

Experience Sarawak in Half-a-Day at Sarawak’s only Living Museum

Sarawak Cultural Village is an award-winning Living Museum that spans across 17-acres of land just across from Damai Beach Resort and Hotels. Experience Sarawak in Half-a-day at Sarawak Cultural Village and learn about the local culture and lifestyles of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak.

At Sarawak Cultural Village, there are replica buildings representing every major ethnic groups in Sarawak mainly the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melanau, Malay & Chinese. All buildings are staffed with members of the ethnic groups in traditional costume and carrying out traditional activities. The staffs act as storytellers who describe and interpret our way of life. They will happily pose with you for photos too!

Sarawak Cultural Village also has an award-winning dance troupe that will entertain you with our multi-cultural dance performance in our Village Theatre twice a day. Our cultural show runs twice a day at 11.30 am and 4 pm.

 

Bidayuh Longhouse

One would be welcomed to a round head-house with bamboo galore and carvings known as the Barok. The Barok functions as the congregation place for the Bidayuh warriors and is filled with gongs, war drums, weapons and wooden masks. The Barok is connected to the longhouses resided by the Bidayuhs- a group comprising of Jagoi, Biatah, Bukar-Sadong, Selakau and Lara. Get ready to experience the rhythm of Bidayuh’s rural activity such as sugar cane crushing, paddy pounding and winnowing rice.

 

Iban Longhouse

Climb up a notched log that serves as a staircase and find yourself on an open verandah facing the Iban traditional longhouse built of axe-hewn timber, tied with creeper fibre, roofed with leaf thatch. Here, you would be swept into the joyous atmosphere of the Iban Longhouse, entertained drums and gongs, Pua weaving, Kuih Jala, Kuih Chap, hanging skulls carrying tales of days gone by. By chance, you would also be invited to sit down on a mat for a chat with the longhouse elder.

 

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Orang Ulu Longhouse

The Orang Ulu Longhouse is built some feet above the ground amidst lush tropical greenery filled with musical instruments that could produce unique and beautiful musical tunes. Here, one would be mesmerized by the skills of the Orang Ulu ladies doing intricate beadwork and also serenaded by the melodiously haunting tune of both Sape and Jatung Utang (stringed musical instrument). Other sights of interest include the art of body tattooing, Parang Ilang (fighting sword) and Kelireng (totem pole).

 

Chinese Farmhouse

Unlike local dwellings, the Chinese farm house is built at ground level with doorpost divinely protected by the application of strips of red paper, inscribed with protection verses. The floor is made of trodden earth, the walls of whitewashed sawn timber. The roof is thatched with leaf attap. The house is divided into two main parts; the main room and the bedroom. One of the focal point of the main room is the household shrine. Outside the house is the pepper garden – a sight not to be missed.

 

Melanau Tall House

The Melanaus build massive house forty feet above the ground as traditionally, they lived near the sea and would need to protect themselves from pirates. Climb the first staircase of the Melanau Tall House to reach the first floor which displays the tools and utensils used by the Melanaus. There is a second staircase that would lead to the bedroom models. Be entertained by tall tales of spirits and demons at the Melanau Tall House. Watch the step-by-step processing of sago and taste the finished products- Sago pearls and biscuits.

 

Malay House

The wooden Malay House is a gracious structure, well adapted to the tropical climate. It is built on stilts and you reach the house by climbing up a staircase. The front room is an area designated for the men, official occasions and the entertainment of guests. Windows cut down to floor level admits breeze for the seated people. Much artistic skill is lavished on the decoration of the stair and window railings, fascia boards under the eaves as well as the ventilation grills above or beside doorways. Take a breather in its hospitable surroundings to join in the many traditional games on demonstration here, such as Gasing (top spinning) and Congkak (a traditional Malay board-like game).

 

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Penan Hut

Penan shelters are quickly constructed to last for a few weeks or months. They are sited near a good stand of wild sago trees, the Penan’s staple food; after this has been used up, the family moves on. Penan’s specialty is the manufacturing and accurate use of blowpipes. At the Penan Hut, you have the opportunity to watch the art of blowpipe making. Also, seize the chance to try blowpipe shooting with the Penans, the last of the hunters and gatherers – the forest nomads. Penan warrior’s advice to the visitors is, “Do not blow from your mouth. Blow from your chest and your stomach.”

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Attractions at Gunung Gading, Kuching 0 2028

Gunung Gading National Park is located near the small town of Lundu in Southwest Sarawak. Previously, Gunung Gading was established as a Forest Reserve in 1929 and gazetted as a National Park in 1983 with a total area of 4,196 ha.  Gunung Gading National Park is one of the best places in Asia to view the spectacular blooms of the Rafflesia, a genus of leafless parasitic plant that produces the world’s largest flower. After 10 years as a conservation zone to protect these unusual plants, the park opened to visitors in 1994.

Have you ever seen Borneo’s unique flower? The genus Rafflesia is a group of parasitic plants that are classified within the family of Rafflesiaceae, together with one other genus (Rhizanthes) in Southeast Asia. The largest bloom that was ever recorded at Gunung Gading was 91 cm in diameter. Most flowers are found on the lower slopes of the mountain. Our staffs recorded 68 flowers at Gunung Gading in 1997. The entire Rafflesia plant consists of a single flower devoid of leaf, stem or roots. The five thick, fleshy petals are red and covered with lighter coloured spots, warts, and blotches. When in full bloom, the flower emits a faint carrion-like odour which attracts flies and other insects also the plant only flowers for 4 to 6 days only.

THE WATERFALL TRAIL

Although there are a few short steep sections, this trail is fairly easy and takes about 1 to 1.5 hours for the one way trip. It follows the Lundu river and passes seven waterfalls, although not all of the waterfalls are accessible. Waterfalls one, three and seven are signposted and the trail passes through stately dipterocarp forest. Before reaching the seventh waterfall, a short section of the waterfall trail coincides with a path consisting of concrete blocks, that leads from the Park Headquarters to a dam. The concrete blocks are followed for only about 50 m to the continuation of the Waterfall Trail. The seventh waterfall is in a narrow, rocky valley surrounded by dense forest with an attractive pool of crystal clear water. The scenery is perfect for a picnic and the pool invites a dip. Along the way to the waterfalls are huge strangling fig trees with spectacular basket-like trunks.

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GUNUNG GADING SUMMIT TRAIL

A challenge jungle trail leads up to the summit of Gunung Gading, which is the highest peak at 965 m. The summit trail is a continuation of Trail 2, beginning at the seventh waterfall. From there, a long and steady climb of about  2.5-3.5 hours leads to the summit. The lower part is through beautiful dipterocarp forest with big trees and the possibility to see Rafflesia flowers. The trees gradually become shorter and beginning at about 700 m elevations, this forest gradually gives way to lower montane forest. At the summit was the location of British Army camp during the communist insurgency of the 1960`s. Remnants of the camp, a water tank, and barbed wire fencing, still remain.

An optional trek from Gunung Gading summit across a narrow saddle to Batu Berkubu is fairly easy but takes an additional 2.5-3.5 hours round trip. Trail markings are painted on trees but may be difficult to see during dark, rainy weather. The saddle has beautiful forest scenery. Batu Berkubu, which is on the flank of the Gunung Sebuloh, served as a communist base camp during the insurgency. This is a huge granite rock slab, as big as a house, which rests on two other massive rocks.

REMNANTS OF WAR

A helicopter pad, water tank and barbed wire fencing which existed since the communist insurgency of the 1960’s, still remain to this day and appear somewhat out of place in the middle of a national park. They are of historical significance and the staff intends to preserve the camp at the summit area as it has been there for the last 30 years.

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SEVEN WATERFALLS

Only waterfalls 1, 3 and 7 are signposted and accessible to visitors. Those who would like to take a break and rest, waterfall 3 (only a 10 metre detour from the waterfall trail) provides a pleasant resting spot. At waterfall 7, visitors can seize the chance to take a perfect dip in the pool surrounded by forest.

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BATU BERKUBU

Batu Berkubu, on the slopes of Gunung Sebuloh, served as a communist base camp during the insurgency. Although it is often called a cave it is, in fact, a huge rock which along with the surrounding trees provides a cave-like sheltering area.

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