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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014

9 Must-go Places in Sibu, Sarawak

Sibu is the third largest town in Sarawak, besides Miri and Kuching, populated by mainly Chinese, as well as Melanau, Malay and Iban people. The city might not be a famous tourist destination, but there are some places that you have to visit once you are in this Swan City.

 

1.     Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

This museum is one-of-a-kind medical museum in Malaysia. The place has old medical equipment on display with old photos adorning the walls. Lau King Howe, a generous man who ran a rubber tree plantation in Engkilo, donated a big sum of money to build it, hence the name of the hospital. Furthermore, it was stated in Sarawak’s history that Sir Duncan Steward had received early treatment here when he was stabbed by Rosli Dhoby.

It was interesting to be taken back in time when you see the old instruments, as it lets people imagine the medical facilities in the past, with its limited helping hands and staffs. Visitors can walk through the ward and experience the thrill of walking in the empty hospital, without the nurses and doctors around.

 

Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum

 

Image credit to Sarawak Tourism

 

2.     Tua Pek Kong Temple

The interesting architecture of the temple with its pagoda is a prime tourist attraction in Sibu. People come here to pray for a better life and for their family and friends or just to admire the unique architecture. For Chinese New Year and other celebrations, the temple is decorated beautifully and you might get to watch the fascinating show on the stage. Moreover, a hundred years old Rain Tree in front of the temple is another appeal at the temple, and although the tree is hard to maintain, the people here see it as a symbol of longevity.

 

Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sibu

Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sibu

3.     Wong Nai Siong Garden

The memorial garden is built in remembrance of the Foochow immigrants in 1901, led by Wong Nai Siong. The beautiful landscape shows the respect the people has to him, as the place is well maintained and clean. For the locals, it is a perfect spot for jogging and evening exercise. Besides, you can walk around the surrounding of the garden where you can find many Foochow foods, such as kampua mee, kompia and many others.

 

Wong Nai Siong Garden

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

4.     Sibu Heritage Centre

This circular building displays the history of Sibu, and the cultural heritage of ethnic groups in Sarawak. The entrance of the museum is free and it is air-conditioned, to create a comfortable environment to the visitors while browsing the gallery. The landscape outside is quite spectacular. There are some handicraft shops selling Sarawak souvenirs including Iban costumes, and some cafés nearby.

 

Sibu Heritage Centre

Sibu Heritage Centre

 

5.     Bukit Lima Forest Park

Situated at Kampung Sentosa, the park attracts mostly joggers, as it is a perfect place for exercising. The visitors can go try the short trek, where you can enjoy quiet and peaceful environment. Furthermore, you might see some birds, lizards, terrapins or even long-tailed macaques there.

 

Bukit Lima Forest Park

Bukit Lima Forest Park

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

6.     Sibu Central Market

Sibu Central Market is the largest indoor market in Malaysia, and be prepare to be awed by the vast span of stalls at the market, selling fresh vegetables, fruits and live poultry. As Sibu is famously known for dabai or Sibu olive, you can find many stalls selling this fruit with different price based on the size and quality of the fruits. Another unique attribute of the market is that you will find chickens or ducks neatly wrapped in newspapers, fastened by nylon strings arranged nicely on the table.

 

Sibu Central Market

Sibu Central Market

 

7.     Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

The park is a favourite place for the locals to relax during weekends. It comprises an amphitheatre, sky steps, pavilion, observation tower, gardens, canteen lagoon, playground and barbeque area. You can see the surrounding plantations and longhouses at the top of the observation tower. The park is quiet and a great place to breathe in some fresh air or just having picnics there. Besides, you can visit 1 Malaysia Culture Village which is just opposite the park.

 

Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park

 

Image credit to TripAdvisor

 

8.     Daesco Star Mega Mall

You probably did not visit Sibu to shop, but look out for this new mall in town. This mall is operated by Daesim Group, and it was located at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Sibu. There are several stalls and shops, varies from food stalls, electronic, etc.

 

9.     Wisma Sanyan

This is the tallest building in Sarawak. It was opened in 2001, and the building serves many purposes such as shopping mall, restaurant and offices. This building houses Parkson and Giant Supermarket, along with the headquarters of Sarawak’s largest timber companies, Sanyan Group. Furthermore, BASE Jump was held here annually since 2009.

 

Wisma Sanyan

Wisma Sanyan

 

To go to Sibu, you can either board a bus or a plane. From Kuching, the road distance is about 400 kilometres, so if you want to enjoy the scenery of Sarawak’s greenery along the way, you can opt for the 5 hours bus ride from Kuching Sentral. Flights to Sibu from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Kuching are also available.

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