Darul Maziah was built in the late 1880s by Third White Rajah’s Herald, Haji Hassim Arif. It is a 130 years old monument in which the best of Malay architecture are still beautifully preserved.
Situated in the serene setting of Kampung Patingan (Kampung No.6), this house is home to various artifacts, photos and memories of significant points in Sarawak’s history.
Beautiful and functional architecture suited to the climate and typical for its time may be observed here in form of wide awnings, intricately carved lattices and high windows.
This heritage house is now inhabited by the seventh generation, Abang Sahari Jaya or Haji Epem, the seventh son of eleven siblings who are also grandchildren of Datuk Bentara Abang Haji Hassim Arif.
Rumah Tan Sri Abang Ahmad Urai
Rumah Tan Sri Abang Ahmad Urai is a beautiful palatial-style home built by veteran Statesman Tan Sri Abang Ahmad Urai, who had served as Senate President in the Parliament during the 80s.
This house features ornate Minangkabau inspired roof arches with intricate nature inspired carvings, an open courtyard and large common hall used for public festivities and religious programs.
Not to missed is the unique keris-shaped ‘Tunjuk Langit’, a defining feature often found in traditional Malay architecture to reflect the spiritual belief of the people of that time.
Darul Kurnia is a colonial style mansion built in the 1930s by Datu Patinggi Abang Haji Abdillah. A Sarawakian independence patriot, Datu Patinggi Hj Abdillah was a highly influential leader of his time, most known for spearheading the anti-cession movement.
The anti-cession movement is a fight against British Empire’s attempt to govern Sarawak as a crown colony without sufficient consultation with native residents.
This house is historically significant as witness to a peaceful protest by hundreds of civil servants, at the risk of losing their job, to demonstrate their unwillingness to be colonized.
Rumah Warisan Hajah Rapiah
Rumah Warisan Jalan Masjid or Rumah Warisan Hajah Rapiah is located at Jalan Ajibah Abol.
This house is believed to have been built in 1903. Hajah Rapiah Heritage House embodies the philosophy and values of the time and is a typical example of traditional Malay architecture.
Made from precious belian wood, it has 16 windows with elaborate lattices to accommodate air ventilation to cool down the house in the hot tropical climate.
The place is also known as a Quranic learning centre for young children around the villages at Jalan Ajibah Abol, in which the teacher, Haji Yaman, was brother to the namesake of the house, Hajah Rapiah.
Rumah Warisan Datuk Bandar Abang Haji Kassim
Built in 1863 by Kuching mayor Datuk Bandar Abang Haji Kassim, this building was the biggest palatial size Malay house in Kuching at the time. It is said that this house was able to fit up to 20 families in any given time.
Known to the locals as ‘Rumah Batu’ (The Stone House), it was the first Malay house built using stones and concrete, the first of its kind in a time where houses were primarily built using wood.
Having survived a sacking by Japanese army during Japanese Occupation in Sarawak, this building remains standing as an indomitable part of Sarawakian history.
Madrasah Orang Melayu Islam
A humble house with an esteemed history, Madrasah Orang Melayu Islam or Sekolah Rendah Rakyat was established as a learning institution for kampung children when an existing school in the area was demolished. It later became a public school which served as preliminary education centre for many aspiring leaders.
Among some of its esteemed teaching staffs are Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, Cikgu Midai Zakaria, Cikgu Annuar Abdul Razak and Fatimah Dahari.
This heritage house is now inhabited by Hajah Aminah, the current living heir.
The structure of the house is absolutely iconic of the traditional Malay architecture with large awnings, copious and high windows with lattices within the house to allow air ventilation, and other aspects that reflect the lifestyle and life philosophy of the time.