Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sarawak Cultural Village : An Open Air Living Musuem

Land of The Hornbills.
Where Adventure Lives.
More Than Paradise.

The names given to Sarawak.
And I concur.

I always believe that cultural village of any countries is good. As we don’t have sufficient to venture to all the country site and learn their history, culture, origin and ethnicity.

After going to a few, both in-country and abroad, I realized not only learnt, I also get to see whether our very own cultural village is at par with those I’ve seen. And I am truly impressed and in love with Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), located at the foot of Mt. Santubung. Being rich in history, culture and heritage, rewarded with beautiful natural wonders, charmed visitors with heartfelt warmness, Sarawak boast to be a paradise that every travelers seek. Me included.

Sarawak Cultural Village is an open air living museum portraying the cultural and heritage of Sarawak’s main ethnicity, showcasing handicrafts, food, weapon, attire as well as dances. The houses that one can experience here are Orang Ulu Longhouse, Melanau Tall House, Bidayuh Longhouse, Iban Longhouse, Malay Kampung House and Chinese Farm House. Every house have it unique characteristic and ethnic showcase, no one house is the same hence I advise that you allocate few house if you plan to visit this exciting place. The other thing you should try out is the local food being served here at the cafeteria, from ayam pansuh to umai, to uban goreng belacan; the food here will surely excite your taste palate. 

My first experience in Sarawak Cultural Village was awe-inspiring. The first thing that came to my mind was the museum I visited in Romania. I tend to have trips with no preparation, I let my feet craft my path. That's what happened in Romania, it took me to a living museum. And since then, my benchmark was Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania. Even the one in Stockholm lost to them. These are my thoughts of a living museum of which Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) met ithe mark.

  • SCV team were friendly & knowledgeable, this is key as visitors will have a lot of questions to ask and they have to feed them with accurate information.
  • The longhouses and tall house in SVC were as how an original home should be, the closest best.
  • Having the local ethnicity to represent their home, heritage and culture nails it.
  • SCV keeping it to 5 main ethnicity was a good move : Iban, Bidayuh, Ulu, Melanau, Penan, as well as Malay and Chinese home. 

Bidayuh Longhouse
SCV educates visitors on Bidayuh's custom & culture. 

Iban Longhouse
The art of weaving beads that enthrall us.

Penan Hut
SCV taught us on Sarawak's jungle nomad: Orang Penan.

Orang Ulu Longhouse
We learnt from SCV on Orang Ulu's sword craftsmanship.

Melanau Tall House
It's Melanau Tall House not longhouse, we found out at SCV.

Malay Kampung House
It portrays the simplicity of Malay kampung house with local delicacies.

Chinese Farm House
It is a farmer’s house with the usual oriental d├ęcor and the only home here that is floored by the earth.

And at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV), your visit will end with performance which will blow your mind away. The SCV mini concert should not be missed!

So, my verdict on #Sarawak Cultural Village?

... A must-mandatory-compulsory place to go if you are in Kuching *proud. Smile*.

Entrance Fee
RM 60.00 (US$20.00) - Adult
RM 30.00 (US$10.00) - Child : 6-12 years old
Free for Children aged under 6 years old

Sarawak Cultural Village
Pantai Damai, Santubong
Kuching, Sarawak


* For more photos, please click HERE.

Jom Jelajah Koperasi Sarawak Media Fam Trip is in collaboration with Surahanjaya Koperasi Malaysia (#SKM) with #GayaTravel as media coordinator


Diana Diane Teo said...

Sarawak Cultural Village - I went back in year 2003, it likes more than 10 years ago. Not with my family but I went with Girl Guides. If I got the choice, I love to return again.

The last photo is really beautiful.

Ren said...

belum pernah masuk lagi culture village ni....hmmmmm

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