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Sarawak Cultural Village, Pantai Damai, Santubong, Kuching

Sarawak Cultural Village
1. entrance to Sarawak Cultural Village

As the largest state in Malaysia, it takes more than a couple of visits there to get to know the people. Therefore, to get a real taste of Borneo, it is highly recommended to check out Sarawak Cultural Village, where within the grounds of the Village, one gets a real feel of all the ethnics of the state plus their culture and tradition.

Sarawak Cultural Village
2. to access the Bidayuh Longhouse, one needs to cross the Bamboo Bridge - house shown here as used by warriors to smoke the skulls of their victims

Sarawak Cultural Village
3. the Bidayuh Longhouse where a short cultural dance is performed for guests. Right bottom is a photo of tree bark vests.

This multi-award winning cultural village is not much different from Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park in Malacca. Located at the foot of Mount Santubong, it is incidentally the venue for the world-renowned Rainforest World Music Festival, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world over the annual three-day music festival.

Sarawak Cultural Village
4. Iban Longhouse

Sarawak Cultural Village
5. Penan Hut

The 17-acre site, which requires at least two hours to explore, is a living museum that combines history, tradition and architecture, making a visit here most interesting and educational.

Sarawak Cultural Village
6. Orang Ulu Longhouse - bottom left photo shows the frontage of the chieftain’s house. It is differentiated by colourful motifs or carvings and has a more spacious veranda

Sarawak Cultural Village
7. Orang Ulu’s colourful beaded accessories produced by Erni and her husband, Ahmadie. The accessories such as necklaces, wristlets and ear-rings feature distinctive patterns that carry different meanings.

Within its grounds boasts seven traditional houses of the major ethnicities of Borneo, namely: Bidayuh longhouse, Iban longhouse, Penan hut, Orang Ulu longhouse, Melanau tall house, Malay town house and Chinese farm house.

Sarawak Cultural Village
8. clockwise from top left: Melanau Tall House, items for a healing ceremony & bridal chamber

Sarawak Cultural Village
9. the Melanau’s sago hut, where demonstration is done to show how sago products (R) are made

Needless to say, a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village is a feast for the eyes and undoubtedly, a photographer’s haven. It is no surprise that the Village caters to bridal couples who would like to hold an ethnic wedding here.

Sarawak Cultural Village
10. Malay town house

Sarawak Cultural Village
11. Chinese farm house

Additionally, twice a day for 45 minutes each time, full-time dancers present a colourful traditional cultural performance from all the different ethnicities represented at the Village.

Sarawak Cultural Village
12. a kiln is being built in the Chinese section of the Village

Sarawak Cultural Village
13. some of the sculptures found within the Village

Also not to be missed is the mouth-watering native cuisine prepared by the ethnic kitchen. For this, head to Restaurant Budaya and take your pick from the best of Sarawak food. Do take note that entrance fee does not include food and beverage.

Sarawak Cultural Village
14. some of the sculptures found within the Village

Sarawak Cultural Village
15. daily cultural performance at 11.30am and 4pm (45-minute duration)

Sarawak Cultural Village is about 45 mintues’ drive from Kuching but it is only five minutes’ walk from either Damai Beach Resort or Damai Puri Resort & Spa. Slightly further away is the Damai Golf & Country Club.

Sarawak Cultural Village
16. Restaurant Budaya serves native cuisine

Entrance fee:
RM60 (adult) + 6% GST
RM30 (child 6 – 12 years old) + 6% GST

Cultural show times: 11.30am to 12.15pm & 4pm to 4.45pm

Sarawak Cultural Village (Kampung Budaya Sarawak)
Add: Sarawak Cultural Village, Pantai Damai, Santubong, P.O. Box 2632, 93752 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Tel: +6082-846 108 / 846 078
Fax: +6082-846 988
Email: enquiry@scv.com.my
Website: www.scv.com.my

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