Sarawak

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SARAWAK

CULTURE

Sarawak Cultural Village

The Sarawak cultural village situated at the foot of the legendary Mt Santubong at the edge of the South China Sea. Explore the “Live” replicas of the 7 representative houses: Chinese Farm House, Malay Stilted House, Melanau Tall House, Penan Hut and Longhouses of the Bidayuh, Iban and Orang Ulu. The student program will involve beading, music and a dance lesson followed by a spectacular cultural dance presentation by the various ethnic people of Sarawak at the village theatre.

Kuching Cultural Tour

The perfect introduction to Sarawak’s historic capital Kuching. Students will witness many fine examples of colonial-style architecture and a beautiful waterfront with a number of interesting museums including the Textile and Cat museum. Its city centre is well preserved with ornate Chinese temples, the Astana, City Tower, Main Bazaar, China Town and the Old State Mosque.

Annah Rais Bidayuh Longhouse

There will be a short briefing session about the longhouse & its history. The journey offers a colorful glimpse into the lifestyle of the Bidayuh natives. They are also a thriving tribal community where you can meet and interact with the residents, observe them going about their everyday tasks, and appreciate the superb quality of their traditional handicrafts. Students will visit the Pangah (skull house) and see among many other things, the head trophies of headhunting from a few hundred years ago.

Lemanak Iban Longhouse

Students will enjoy a overnight stay at the Lemanak Iban Longhouse. The Lemanak River takes about 4 hours, passing padi fields, pepper plantations, farms, roadside kampungs and tropical jungles. At the jetty, board a native boat for the upriver journey to an Iban longhouse. On arrival, settle in at the Longhouse while your guide prepares dinner. After a simple dinner, join the rest of the longhouse folks and enjoy an evening of music and dance. Witness and take part in a blowpipe demonstration before proceeding for a nature walk to visit native farms and an Iban burial ground.

Bumbu Cooking Class

Students will enjoy an authentic Sarawakian cuisine, which includes a local market tour at the same time shopping for the needed ingredients, and briefing on the uses and medical values of the various herbs. A chance to have a hands on cooking experience under the guidance of the instructors whilst preparing the authentic Sarawakian cuisine. The dishes are then served at the longhouse themed restaurant.

The Sarakraf Pavillion

The Sarakraf Pavillion which was built in 1909, is a handicraft centre showcasing Sarawak’s traditional arts and crafts. This is the place to visit for students interested to view how the handicrafts are made. There are five workshops where you can view demonstrations of woodcarving, weaving and beadwork. You can learn how to colour batik, write Chinese calligraphy or even perform a traditional dance.

Sarawak Artisans

This is a fantastic tour for students that are interested in art and textiles. The tour begins with a visit to the Sarawak Textile Museum, showcasing authentic textiles made by the main ethnic communities of Sarawak. We then proceed to the Tun Jugah museum. This place show-cases a magnificent selection of the Pua Kumbu fabric in modern & authentic designs. There is also a splendid exhibit of antique Iban silverware, local beads and jewellery.

Miri Culture Tour

Students will enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Miri, Sarawak’s largest city and popularly known as the Oil Town of Malaysia. See the historical Oil Well No. 1 at Canada Hill, site of the Petroleum Museum with its displays on oil development, and visit the Miri Handicraft centre for an understanding of Borneo’s multicultural heritage. Experience the process & sale of local craft works made by the local communities, following this is a visit to a Kek Lapis factory to experience the process of famous layer cake of Sarawak. We then proceed to a Native Market named as “Tamu Muhibbah” where you can experience the sale of local & jungle products ranging from wild vegetables to fruits, salted fish & prawns which have been operated by the local communities of various Ingenious groups. We then continue to the 1st Chinese community early settlement area named as “Chu Par” and a final visit to “Taoist Temple” which is one of the biggest in this region.

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