Back in the past…

After my breakfast that morning, I embarked on a very long walk and headed to The Kuching Waterfront where I strolled along leisurely, enjoying the early morning peace and quiet and the lovely scenery of the river and beyond, watching the tambangs (wooden boats) on the Sarawak River and sitting on the benches here and there to relax. After all, I had all the time in the world and was not in any hurry to go anywhere.

It was already 9.00 a.m. when I got to this building, the Chinese History Museum…


…opposite the Tua Pek Kong Temple at the junction of Main Bazaar, Temple Street and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (that heads towards Padungan where the hotel I was staying in is located). The building was originally the Chinese Court set up by Rajah Charles Brooke, the 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak, and declared open on July 1st, 1912.

My timing was perfect as it had just opened for the day…


…so I went in through the entrance…


…located at the back, not facing the main road. There was a sign by the door that stated that photography was not allowed except with permission but it was too dark to take any decently-nice photographs, anyway and I did not see anybody around at the time to ask if I could snap a shot of a thing or two.

I only took one of this rickshaw…


…and this old school coffee shop marble top table and rattan chairs…


There were not many exhibits but I was tickled by the recording of the Foochow dialect in the section on the various Chinese communities. You press the button and you will hear a couple talking about the high prices of things and one of them said it did not matter, they would just have to work hard and scrimp and save for their children’s education. I thought that was so Foochow, true and true.

After I had come out of the museum, I went down Main Bazaar – I had a lot of friends staying above their families’ shops there in the 70’s. I spotted my friends’ family’s Guan Ho Leong optical shop that used to be at No. 56, now at the corner at the junction of Main Bazaar and this street…


…where some friends of mine also lived before.

Going up the other stretch past the Carpenter Street and Ewe Hai Street junction, one would be able to see the gate…


This plaque by the side…


 …explains why the road was thus named.

All this while, I thought the whole stretch of road was Carpenter Street right up to the temple at the very end where the road meets Wayang Street. I did not know that from this junction with Bishopgate onwards, the stretch where Kim Joo is, it is actually Ewe Hai Street. I guess we get to learn new things every day.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

5 thoughts on “Back in the past…”

  1. hah, I thought you didn’t like taking long walks but luckily you did this walk cos we got to learn so much about the museum and the names of streets near it.

    I truly amazed myself! I guess the best way to explore a place would be on foot, going through all the back lanes and alleyways. Would be able to see a lot of things one would not see if driving around. The two photos in this earlier post were taken at The Waterfront that morning.

  2. All these while, I thought the word “walk” doesn’t exists in your dictionary but I am wrong. Did you walk across the newly built bridge, Darul Hana bridge? You should try to walk over to the other side. Since no photo taking is allowed, how do you manage to snap these two pictures, curi curi kah?

    Yalah! I wanted to ask but there was nobody around.

    No, I did not walk across the bridge – I am not sure if I should as I have this fear for heights – my legs turned wobbly when I walked across the 1st Floor overhead bridge linking Mid Valley & Gardens, the car zooming past underneath. On the way back, I went to the ground floor to walk back, no more bridge! LOL!!! Maybe I’ll try on my next trip to Kuching.

  3. what an interesting cultural and historical excursion – we should all do more of this! 🙂

    There is what they call the “heritage trail” around parts of Kuching city centre for visitors but I am not too sure exactly where that covers. I just went my own way.

  4. Yes. That is Ewe Hai Street. Where Kim Joo is. But we are too familiar to call it Carpenter Street. Did you get to try Kim Joo’s sio bee???

    No, I didn’t go that way, left so I did not go past Kim Joo. Instead, I turned right. Maybe I’ll do that in December – I will be in Kuching again, another wedding and I will be staying close by, right up the street.

  5. I thought you are more of a food person and didn’t like visiting museum hee hee, but no doubt it is a very nice and relaxed leisurely walk where one learn more of the history of kuching

    It was more a walk down memory lane, going to all those places where I used to hang out with friends, places where they stayed…way back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. I did eat something…for sentimental reasons but that will be in tomorrow’s post, a continuation of this one, Episode 2, so to speak.

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