Architecture In Malaysia Top 20 Buildings

Architecture In Malaysia Top 20 Buildings

In common with most countries, architecture in Malaysia comes in a wide range of styles. Buildings range from the magnificent (Petronas Twin Towers for example) to the hideous (some of the older low cost housing blocks). The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) chooses for its headquarters one of Kuala Lumpur’s most attractive heritage buildings, Loke Hall which was built in 1907 as a town house for Loke Chow Kit. It was thought to have been designed by Anglo-Indian architect A.K Musdeen. Architecture In Malaysia - Top 20 Most Attractive When it comes to deciding which are the most attractive buildings in Malaysia, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Here is my list of Top 20 Buildings in Malaysia. I have excluded mosques, temples, churches and bridges which are covered elsewhere on this website. My list, which is in no particular order, is biased more towards older buildings, being something of an oldie myself! Petronas Towers. This is an obvious choice. KL’s...
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Sarawak Before 1841

Sarawak Before 1841

Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali The eastern seaboard of Borneo was charted, though not settled, by the Portuguese in the early 16th century.  The area of Sarawak was known to Portuguese cartographers as Cerava, and by the early 19th century, Sarawak had become a loosely governed territory under the control of the Brunei Sultanate. According to the Salasilah Raja-Raja Brunei, the Pengiran Muda Tengah Ibrahim Ali Omar Shah, better known as Raja Tengah, accepted the offer by his elder brother, the Sultan of Brunei, to be the Sultan of Sarawak in 1598.  He brought along 1,000 warriors and a coterie of nobilities to help him administer the new country. In 1599, while returning from Pahang, Sultan Tengah’s storm-lashed ship ran aground in Sukadana in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.  He stayed and married there.  On his return to Sarawak, he was killed by one of his followers at present-day Kampung Batu Buaya in Santubong. At the beginning of the 19th century, Brunei’s Sultan, Omar Ali...
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BOOK REVIEW: THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN SARAWAK BEFORE MALAYSIA – DR JOHN H.S. TING

BOOK REVIEW: THE HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE IN SARAWAK BEFORE MALAYSIA – DR JOHN H.S. TING

The History of Architecture in Sarawak before Malaysia John H.S. Ting 2018 (ISBN 978 967 16003 0 6) This is the first comprehensive description and history of buildings in Sarawak before 1963 and its thoroughness is impressive. For anyone interested in notable buildings in the State, described and usually illustrated in one document, this is essential reading. It describes many structures which have been demolished. They are now revived somewhat in words and pictures, not permanently forgotten. In addition to architecture, the book aims to reconstruct a picture of the changing government from the pre-1840’s, then the Brooke era till the 1940’s and finally the post 1946 British Colonial period to 1963. The author John Ting is an architect originally from Kuching, now teaching at the University of Canberra, Australia. His research, amongst other things, focuses on prefabricated timber buildings in nineteenth century colonial south east Asia. Sarawak has many examples of this form of construction described in the book. Prefabrication sounds very modern but...
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IN THE REALM OF SPIRITS: TRADITIONAL DAYAK TATTOO IN BORNEO

IN THE REALM OF SPIRITS: TRADITIONAL DAYAK TATTOO IN BORNEO

BORNEO – for many outsiders the name has been synonymous with a forbidding and isolated wilderness, a steamy rain-soaked place, dangerous and forlorn. While it was among the first lands in Asia to be visited by Europeans, it remained among the last to be mapped. Kayan women tattooing, 1890s. Borneo is the third largest island in the world. Six major, and numerous minor, navigable rivers traverse the interior and function as trade and communication routes for the indigenous peoples who live here, namely the Dayak. Dayak, meaning “interior” or “inland” person, is the term used to describe the variety of indigenous native tribes of Borneo, each of which has its own language and separate culture. Approximately three million Dayak – Ibans, Kayans, Kenyahs and others – live in Borneo. Most groups are settled cultivating rice in shifting or rain-fed fields supplementing their incomes with the sale of cash crops: ginger, pepper, cocoa, palm oil. However several hundred Penan, nomadic hunter-gatherers, continue to...
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SCV upgrading, renovation completed, all set for RWMF

SCV upgrading, renovation completed, all set for RWMF

Abdul Hadi (right) shares some points with Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and others during the minister’s recent walkabout at SCV. KUCHING: The upgrading and renovation works at Sarawak Cultural Village (SCV) in Damai have been completed ahead of schedule in time for this year’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) on July 12 to 14. Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) group general manager Abdul Hadi Abdul Kadir said the works were started last month, and most of them have been completed ahead of schedule. “We have also included improvement works to cover the Internet connectivity and wider coverage for the nearby Damai Central, which will provide convenience for those who will be patronising the three-day festival,” he said. Abdul Hadi urged the public to arrive early to the festival venue to avoid traffic jam and parking woes especially on the road leading to the village, which will be experiencing a hike in the number of vehicles...
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Perahu Tambang at Kuching Kampung Heritage

Perahu Tambang at Kuching Kampung Heritage

The perahu tambang are traditionally described as a passenger boat made out of timber with thatch leaf roof (although aluminium are now commonly used) that can carry 8 to 10 passengers at a time (Rahman, 2015; Manan, 2014), and has horizontal seats on both sides of the boat (Mohd Yusoff, 2013). Some are 15 feet (4.6 meters) long and 4 to 5 feet (1.2 to 1.5 meters) broad, while some are even longer and wider. The size of the perahu tambang may differ and the construction of a perahu tambang in Brooke era did not use any nails unlike in the modern ones (Taboh, 2014), instead they used pasak (timber pegs) system. Nails and steel joints are used today as to strengthen the structure of the boat and ease the construction process. Timber is used as the main material as they are strong. The process require communal works from various people as the process can be complicated. In term of...
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Sarawak’s gondolo

Sarawak’s gondolo

KUCHING: Passengers take a scenic ride on the Sarawak River in a traditional boat known as ‘perahu tambang’. Entrepreneurs are now offering travellers the opportunity to cruise the river using perahu tambang. The boats are a quick and economical way to cross the river for locals who have used them for generations. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi [Source: "Sarawak’s gondolo" published by BorneoPost Online]...
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Celebrate S’wak Day together, minister calls upon all S’wakians

Celebrate S’wak Day together, minister calls upon all S’wakians

Kuching Hokkien Association president Datuk Richard Wee (fifth left) presents Dr Sim with a fruit basket, as other committee members look on. KUCHING: All Sarawakians, regardless of race and religion, should celebrate Sarawak Day on July 22 together, says Minister of Local Housing and Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. “July 22 belongs to each one of us in Sarawak. We all can choose our unique way to celebrate such a meaningful day,” he said when officiating at the installation ceremony of Kuching Hokkien Association’s new committee members at a restaurant along Jalan Pending here on Sunday night. Dr Sim also called upon Sarawakians to put aside their differences in fighting for the rights of Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and to think of the bigger picture for Sarawak. “The people of Sarawak must stand in solidarity in fighting for a common cause – to seek the return of our rights that have been eroded in the past,” he said. Dr...
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Minister looks forward to VR changing way tourism industry operates

Minister looks forward to VR changing way tourism industry operates

KUCHING: Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah hopes that digital technology such as Virtual Reality (VR) will revolutionise the way the tourism industry operates in future. Speaking during the Beyond Paradigm Summit 2019 held at a hotel here last week, he said through VR technology tourists will be able to experience the destination of their choice even before making the trip. “This technology is especially helpful for elderly group of travellers who wish to travel to adventurous destination such as caves, underwater, mountainous areas and rainforest but are limited by their physical ability, health and age. Hence the VR technology would be able to give them the immersive personalised experiences as if they were there,” he added. During the event, Abdul Karim was introduced to a VR technology for tourism hotspots in Sarawak. According to the technology’s creators, the VR creation was in line with the state government’s vision to position Sarawak as a major tourist destination...
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