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“Informative and fun visit at the Sarawak Cultural Village.”

Sarawak Cultural Village
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Sarawak Cultural Village Tour from Kuching
Ranked #3 of 94 things to do in Kuching
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

If, like most of us, you do not have the time to visit all the ethnic villages in Sarawak, the next best thing to do is to visit the Sarawak Cultural Village. In half a day, you would be able to visit 7 houses in the village which are representative of the racial groups of the state of Sarawak. The long houses of the Melanau, Iban,Orang Ulu, Bidayuh, the makeshift dwelling of the nomadic Penans, the traditional Malay and Chinese houses are all fascinating to visit. In each house, there are activities of the ethnic groups which we could watch like the top-spinning of the Malays, the blow-pipe hunting demonstrations by the Penans, the craftwork, the music and even the traditional food being prepared in the houses.
The setting of the village itself is scenic, with a stream running through it, Mount Santubong as a backdrop, and lush greenery all around.
It is indeed a living museum. Of course, the visit is not complete if you skipped the entertainment. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the tradtional dances and songs in the auditorium.

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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Travelling with 2 young kids (5yo and 2yo), you really need to think about exactly what your kids can enjoy with you. This place was pretty good. You pretty much wander around at your own pace, learning about the various cultures that exist within Sarawak.

Each tribe has a house set up with decorations, and staffed by people from a village of that heritage. From my understanding, they are all contracted to the Cultural Village for a period of time, to share their knowledge and experience, before returning home to exchange the knowledge or moving on in the world to grow and learn more themselves.

Each of the people we met were friendly and chatty, if you asked them any questions. One guy did explain that they (the staff) have little expectation of "white tourists" because past experiences aren't that great. But if you make the effort and ask a question, they open up and share the most wonderful stories with you!

I was worried that the concert was going to be kitschy, but it was not! It was very enjoyable and at the end, the audience are invited up on the stage to join in the dancing. Little kids love this - so did I!

It is expensive, especially if you are going to compare it with the Museum in Kota Kinabalu (which we also visited). But SCV has staff available to answer any cultural questions, as well as interactive exhibits and resources available for food and rest. In all honesty, comparing these two is a bit like trying to compare Semenggoh and Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuaries. Two very different set-ups that will give you two different experiences.

It's worthwhile going to if you want to learn more about the cultures. However, don't be fooled by many shuttle bus operators. After agreeing to our return time, I later found out that we could have returned to Kuching much later (around 7.30pm) which would have allowed for a walk around the beaches, resorts and other scenic points in the area. If you have the time, do that. It looked quite beautiful.

It is a moderate drive out of town, so be prepared with small kids. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Reviewed 20 September 2011

Visited with my family on Sept 2011. Entrance fee is RM60 which is expensive. Not worth visiting. Staffs are everywhere but no one is kind to do the explanation except trying to sell you local food & blowpipe game. Some are sitting/chit-chat among themselves. Houses/huts are more like food stalls. Stone carving masterpieces treated like pieces of rock hidden in bushes. Daily show is just OK. You can get the better at the National Museum at Kota Kinabalu by paying RM2 (Rm15 foreigner).

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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Well worth a visit to learn about the olden days and tribes etc. The long houses are very interesting and each of them different. Watch the daily show and be warned that if you sit on the front row you are likely to be chosen to entertain the crowd, like i did...!!! Lots of food choices around with a nearby beach. The fee for the village was 60RM and the shuttle bus back to Kuching 12RM (cheaper than a taxi!)

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Reviewed 17 September 2011

We loved this visit to sample Malaysian culture. There were samples of Malaysian cuisine to try and buy - various snacks - cooked in front of you. The dancing was really professional. Everyone was so friendly - I really recommend a visit.

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