Written by Dayang Sorfina
Have you ever taken a walk around town and just admire the beauty of the city? Ever wondered about its history and how it all started?
Get to know the culture, heritage and people with OKSHe (pronounced O-Kay-Shee). But what is OKSHe you ask? Also known as Old Kuching Smart Heritage, it is an initiative to introduce and tell the story of Kuching’s famous landmarks, and the local’s favourite place to chill and dine.
OKSHe is made up of 4 areas which are Historical Monuments Heritage, Kampung Heritage, Business Heritage and Riverfront Heritage which extends from Kubah Ria to Padungan area, for you to explore and discover what Cat City has to offer.
These areas are distinct in their own way. However, they all share the same story behind them which is being a part of Kuching that leaves an impact after every visit.
The Historical Monuments Heritage consists of buildings and monuments that are not only iconic, but some were actually a part of Sarawak’s formation. Dive into the history of Kuching by visiting the Historical Monuments Heritage. The Waterfront area is home to many of these monuments such as the Square Tower situated at the heart of Waterfront, and standing magnificently across the river is the Astana and Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Building. Other nearby landmarks include Fort Margherita, Brooke Memorial, Old Courthouse, Old Government Printing Office and General Post Office that is worth checking out.
On the other hand, the Kampung Heritage takes you on a journey into the daily lives of the local Malay community. From heritage homes that have been around are Rumah Warisan Haji Taha, Rumah Warisan Bentara Darul Maziah and Rumah Warisan Jalan Masjid to businesses that are passed down for generations such as the postpartum herbal therapy set called Air Periuk, prepare yourself to be immersed in a culture that you will never find elsewhere.
Your visit will not be complete without taking a stroll through the streets of Business Heritage. Discover quaint little cafes, souvenir shops, boutiques, and many others that will certainly pique your interest. Explore India Street, Main Bazaar and Carpenter Street for a variety of locally made products, delicious food and rare findings. Don’t forget to take a walk around Padungan where you’ll be met with old buildings but with a dash of modernity.
Relax and unwind at Riverfront Heritage and enjoy the scenic view of the Sarawak river. Whether it’s just for a cup of coffee, a bowl of Laksa Sarawak or a casual walk around the streets of Kuching while stumbling upon hidden gems, you will never run out of things to do! Kampung Boyan is a Malay village across Waterfront that is home to the infamous Kek Lapis Sarawak and other traditional delicacies. If you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite at Kubah Ria while enjoying the cool breeze and scenery of the Sarawak River.
Doesn’t matter if you’re a tourist or even a local, embark on a virtual adventure on the OKSHe trail below!
Kuching, the City of Unity: https://bit.ly/okshe