16 October 2008

Kuching Waterfront

from : http://www.sedctourism.com/kuching_waterfront.html

Aptly called The People Place, Kuching Waterfront was built for the people of Sarawak. It is their place to enjoy, to entertain and be entertained. A heritage to be proud of, and a legacy to pass on to generations to come. Stretching approximately 1 km long, with a riverside walk linking the hotel precinct with downtown Kuching, the Waterfront is 'self-contained' with facilities for entertainment, refreshment, relaxation, cultural enjoyment and arts appreciation. It is also a great place for family gatherings, corporate outings and school and community projects.

Coolies bustling over junks berthed. Hawking of wares, Indian chettiars haggling. Natives selling jungle produce. That was Sarawak River to Kuching.

Then time intervened. Sarawak River was not what it used to be. Quietness settled in. The godowns deserted, the merchants shifted.

Thus, Kuching Waterfront was rebuilt to return the frontage to the people. Officially opened in 1993, it spans 890 metres, each step rich in local history and culture.

The godowns’ structures are preserved. The frame of the amphitheatre, and the buildings of the Sarawak Steamship Company and the Chinese Museum are evidents. Tradition radiates from the Chinese pavilion.

Each step of the way is paved with mosaic panels depicting ethnic motifs.

Kuching of by-gone days is revealed along panels on the promenade, and within Square Tower, a fortress of yester-years. Trace the White Rajah’s reign. Read about rebellions. And piracy.

Come evening, enjoy the musical fountain playing to the classical tunes. See abstract Hornbill Fountains. Have a taste of local food at the food outlets and pushcarts

1994 - National Project Award in the Civic Design Category
(Awarded by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture)

1994 - Merit Award in the Overseas Category
(Awarded by the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture)

1994 - Excellence on the Waterfront/ Waterfront Centre Annual Award
(Awarded by the Waterfront Centre, USA)

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