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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