Sarawak Cultural Village
Sarawak Cultural Village is famously known as the living museum in Sarawak located about 45 minutes drive, 35 km from Kuching City.This living museum showcases the heritage of most of the major race groups in Sarawak in a 14 acres of vegetation.
People say when you go to Beijing, China, if you have not visited the Great Wall of China, you would not have been considered to have visited Beijing. The same goes with Kuching city. If you have not visited the Sarawak Cultural Village, you would not have been considered to have visited Sarawak as you would have missed out the main attractions in Kuching city of Sarawak.
Upon reaching there, you would see a man made lake at the centre of the vegetation surrounded by 7 replicas of ethnic houses. They are the Bidayuh centre house and their long house, the Penan hut, Iban longhouse, Orang Ulu longhouse, Melanau Rumah Tinggi, Malay house and the Chinese house.
Have a sense of adventure and shoot blowpipe darts like a true Penan. The Penan warrior there will be more than happy to show you how it is done. You can also walk across the narrow bamboo bridge which is just wide enough for one person. The native would use this very narrow bridge which is perched high up over a running river to cross over to the other side of the forests. You can also get to see a real skull hanging precariously from the ceiling in the Iban house or try climbing up the Melanau Tall House.
There are many artefacts displayed in each house that depicts the culture of each race. There are also live demonstration of arts and handicrafts like beadworks, bamboo and wood carvings, the weaving of pua kumbu textiles by Iban housewives, sunhat weaving by the Melanaus, weaving of Kain Songket with gold inlay by the Malays, and the making of Chinese ceramic by the residents there.
The main highlights of the tour is the one hour cultural dance performed in the village theatre. There will be many cultural dances by the indigenous people. The dances and songs reflect their daily lifestyle and the audience is even invited to join the dancers. One interesting performance would be the performance by a warrior where he would choose a spectator from the audience as being the person selected for his head to be chopped off. This is just a performance but it may frightened off some people. I find it interesting though because Sarawak is also known as the land of the hornbill and headhunter and this performance is just an enactment of the olden days, of times long gone.
This cultural performance of songs, dances and entertainment is something you will not want to miss out during your visit to Sarawak Cultural Village and do pick up some lovely souvenirs and sample the local food prepared at the restaurants there before leaving the Living Museum. It will be an experience that you will remember fondly even many years after.