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Main Bazaar, Kuching

Main Bazaar is the oldest street in Kuching, dating back to the year of 1864 when it was the center of Old Kuching. Today, the Main Bazaar still remain as a row of 2-storey shop houses along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kuching. Opposite the Main Bazaar is the Kuching Waterfront.

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Main Bazaar

After visiting the Tua Pek Kong Temple, I proceeded on to take a stroll along the Main Bazaar. The temple is just located at the head of Main Bazaar. In fact, they are only separated by a street. Main Bazaar showcases superb examples of Chinese shop house architecture. These shop houses have been around for more than 1 century now, older than you and me! What really caught my eyes are the antique and handicraft shops found in abundance here. I was really impressed with some of the wood carvings there that have features unique to each ethnic group in Sarawak. Other Sarawak handicrafts one can find here are bead bracelets and necklaces, rattan baskets and mats, ceramics and many other.

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Peculiar wood carvings

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Wood carvings again!

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Rattan baskets and mats

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I think is purse…

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Key chains made of bamboo?

I continued my walk until the end of Waterfront. Kuching Waterfront runs in parallel with the Main Bazaar, on the other side of the road. Kuching Waterfront ends at the now abandoned Gambier Market. I learnt that Gambier Market had been closed down with effective from June 15, 2008. The market has been around since 1935. I just wonder why local authorities fail to preserve a building with such a long history!

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Gambier Market

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A peep inside the market

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A peep inside the market

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The abandoned market

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8 comments to Main Bazaar, Kuching

  • Jama

    It’s a waste to just to leave the old market place like that. They should refurbish or redevelop it and still maintained the old charm of the building.

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  • I realized a lot of Malaysians don’t appreciate old buildings…particularly those with darjat.

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  • Haha

    Hi…u r the true tourist … :clab-tb: Kuching City really does has a lot to offer to any visitors if they have a lot of time and patience to see slowly. …love the native things…they are beautiful.

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  • JL

    I read about the Gambier market from Borneo Falcon before. It’s a pity in a way. :innocent2_tb: The least they can do is keep the building for future use I think.

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  • Neo

    The old market looks so classic. :em22:

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  • iWalk

    Though I know most of handicraft shops are aimed at tourists, But I still love to visit. :em55:

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  • jam

    Jama, the building will be demolished for the extension of Kuching Waterfront.

    Absolutely right, Che-Cheh!

    Haha, Kuching city does really have a lot to offer, if only you have more time and know how to explore.

    Thanks, JL! But I was away for the past few days.

    Neo, as classic as you!

    Ya iWalk, just window shopping is ok, I guess!

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