Kota Samarahan has been recognized by many as “Town of Knowledge”. The town has several institutions of higher learning in the area. They includes Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kota Samarahan Campus and Tun Abdul Razak Institute of Teacher. Now, students at the institutions can easily spend their free time at this new mall without having to go to Kuching as the city is quite far from town.
One of the must visit place at the mall is the food court. In my opinion, the food court is decorated to look like picnic spots, fit for its name since it is called Verano Picnic. Several of plush looking benches adorned the tables along with colourful chairs, and the sizes are as big as a 3-seater sofa. You can even lie down on these benches while enjoying your meals. There are also tables with colourful chairs around them. Lots of local and international delicacies can be found here. For those who like Italian food, there is a section for pizza and pasta, where the price is cheaper than the usual price. There are also sections for local cuisine, hot plate, Middle East food, BBQ and many others.
Moreover, various exciting events had been held at The Summer Shopping Mall. Since its opening, several events such as The Summer Ground Control, Summer Photo Contest, Summer Halloween 2013, Festival Kesenian Islam 2013, Chinese New Year Carnival 2014, the recently held Miss World Harvest Festival 2014, and many more had been held here.
Apparel outlets such as Vunfa, Kitschen, Esprit, Shibuya, Hari-Hari and Factory Outlet Store had taken spots at this mall. There are also many food and beverages lots such as My Pretzel, Baskin Robbins, Big Apple Donuts & Coffee, Sushi King, Tutti Frutti, Starbucks, Lof Bakery, TwinklePan and many more.
Furthermore, the recently opened Lotus Five Star Cinema had visitors coming in every day, since the day that they offered free movie screening to early birds. Famous movies, which had been shown on theatres before, were being screened again for this free movie screening. Rise of an Empire, Frozen, Police Story 2013, Tom Yum Goong 2, Robocop and three others were screened for free all week. This cinema has 12 comfortable halls consisting of 9 elegant Cinema halls, two 3D Movie Hall and one classy theatre room. This Lotus Five Star cinema is said to be the largest cineplex in East Malaysia.
The mall also has skating rink, big enough to accommodate 50 to 80 skaters. The SkatePark will be the first ever skating rink within a shopping mall in Sarawak, and has been operating since December last year. Everyone from age five onwards is welcomed to try the ice-rink, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Different kind of promotions had been offered to encourage people to come during weekdays. Gentlemen’s Day is on Monday, 2 for 1 Promotion on Tuesday, Group Offer on Thursday, Happy Hour and Ladies Hour on Friday. Admission rates are RM12 per adult and RM8 per child for the first hour on weekdays; and RM15 per adult and RM10 per child during weekends and public holidays.
Moreover, with Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park scheduled to open later this year, the mall is going to be swarmed by the locals, as it is going to be the first water-park in the area. Make sure you visit the latest shopping attraction in Kota Samarahan when you are in town!