Sarawak Cultural Village is Sarawak Living Museum which Showcase Sarawak Rich Culture Diversity in One Place.

Experience Sarawak in half a day at the Sarawak Living Museum with a difference.

Sarawak Cultural Village is Sarawak one stop cultural Center...located at the foot of the Mystical Mount Santubong about 45minutes drive form Kuching City Center. The village combines and architecture with a dash of education and a portion of theatre create a unique multi-cultural extravaganza. It one stop centre for Sarawak Multi-racial and Culture showcase. 

SCV is also within a walking distance from Damai Beach Resort...Damai Puri Resort and Spa...Permai Rainforest Resort and also Damai Golf Club. Making the village an ideal setting for the Rainforest World Music Festival held yearly in July.

I and group of friends made a trip to Sarawak Cultural Village during the Hari Raya holiday. Our journey to the Village took us 45 minutes drive from Kuching City Centre. Even though there is no public bus services to the village you can drive or hire a taxi, rent a car or you can make transport arrangement with your hotels. A visit to the Village is highly recommended if you want to know more about Sarawak multi-cultural and its people at the shortest possible time.

It was drizzly when we reached Sarawak Cultural Village. We parked our transport at the ample parking space at the Village's entrance. We were warmly welcome by the friendly and ever smiling Sarawak Cultural Village's staff at the entrance where we purchase our entrance tickets.

SVC Main EntranceSCV Main Entrance

Scattered over a beautiful 12-acres site are seven unique traditional houses of the Sarawak people which also double as showcase of each community lifestyle and the various artifact that each community had.

Our journey started right after the main entrance where we're being greeted by the various sculpture in various formation.

SCV Main BuildingPanggung Budaya, Restaurant Budaya and Handicraft Shop

Right in front of us is the main building which housed the Panggung Budaya...the Restaurant Budaya and just to our right is the Handicraft Shop and beside it is the Chinese Pavilion

Bidayuh LonghouseBidayuh Longhouse

As we continued our journey along the plank walk...our first stop was the Bidayuh Longhouse. Right before climbing up the longhouse is the traditional equipment used by the Bidayuh community to extract sugar cane juice to make sugar cane vine. I used to help my parent with the process in my childhood.

Walking on the “tonyu” or the veranda where the community dry out their padi was a wonderful experienced. We were greeted by the Bidayuh maiden in traditional costume going about weaving rattan basket and the man doing bamboo carving.

The interior of the longhouse is being designed to mimic the original Bidayuh Longhouse in the old days from the fire place to the living room and we saw the various traditional musical instruments (the gongs) that are being used during the traditional rituals.

Outside the longhouse is the Baruk which housed the various artifact of the Bidayuh Community. In the old days the Baruk became the focal point for the youth gathering and also for Traditional Ceremony.

Bidayuh HeadhouseBidayuh Baruk

Our next stop was the Iban Longhouse which is being designed to the traditional longhouse of the Iban Community. Inside the house we were amazed to see the various artifacts that are typically found in the Iban longhouse...the gongs...the human skull hanged about the fire name a few.

Iban LonghouseIban Longhouse

We also watch a simple demonstration of Pua Kumpu weaving by one of the residents. Upon inquired, we were told that it took about 3 weeks to finished one piece of 2 meters Pua Kumpu...enough to make 1 man shirt.

The longhouse walls are decorated with traditional iban pua kumpu, gongs and traditional iban's farming items and other items that you can see in typical iban's longhouse in the interior of Sarawak.

Pua Kumbu DemoPua Kumpu Weaving Demo

Next to the Iban Longhouse is the newly completed Rainforest Stage...the venue for the annual Rainforest World Music Festival and next to it is the Dewan Lagenda which are available for corporate or individual to hold parties, function or couple to celebrate the special moments.

SCV Open Air StageSCV Open-Air Stage

As we continue our journey along the plank, we stop at the Penan Hut which showcase the basic items found in a typical living quarters of the community in the jungle. Outside the hut was a display of the blowpipe making facilities. We didn't try our blow pipe shooting skill as the resident was involved in another activity. Next time around I will surely try it out.

Typical Penan HutTypical Penan Hut

From here...we climbed to the Orang Ulu Longhouse. Housed here are the items and artifact that can be found in a typical Orang Ulu longhouse in the yesteryear. We were amazed by the wood-carving and “tree of life” murals on the wall of the house.. We watch a demonstration Sape making... the traditional musical instrument of the community.

Orang Ulu LonghouseOrang Ulu Longhouse

Our next stop was the Melanau Tall House which showcase the various artifacts found in a typical Melanau Tall House in the olden days. As we entered the main room..we saw the belum carving designed to carry away sickness and disease during the healing rituals. Inside the house we also saw the typical items that are being used during the healing rituals.  

The Melanau community could be found living around Dalat, Daro and Mukah.

Melanau Tall HouseMelanau Tall House

At the back of the house is the Sago processing we're shown the step-by-step process of extracting starch from the sago palm until the finish product...that is the sago pearls and sago biscuits or the tabaloi as known to the community.

We continue our tour to the Malay Town House....we're greeted “Selamat Datang” by the host who invited us to their open house. We were lucky as the community was celebrating Hari Raya Festival. We were treated with varieties of local dishes and drinks.. I enjoy eating Sarawak Layer Cake or Kek Lapis Sarawak as it popular known. It's one of my favourite cake.

Malay HouseMalay Town House

We didn't try out the Congkak... a strategy game or the top spinning or gasing as it is know to the community as we are too full. As the host was busy entertaining other guest we don't have the chance to watch the ladies of the house preparing the traditional portions and medicine which are being used by the ladies after birth and during confinement and also body massage.

Our last stop before we head back to the Panggung Budaya for the Cultural Performance was the Chinese Farm House. Inside the house we could see the various items and artifacts typically found in a typical Chinese farm house.

Typical Chinese Farm HouseChinese Farm House

The tools of the trade...the basket for pepper berries storage, the dacing a traditional weighing instruments and other tools like the saw...just to mention a few. We also noticed that the typical living quarters of the community is a raised platform. Outside the house is the typical brick making facilities and also the drying kiln. We also saw the pepper vine outside the farm house.

Pepper VineTypical Pepper Vine

As the Cultural performance was about to start we rushed back to the Pangung Budaya...being performance twice daily. The first of 45 minutes show start at 11.30 am and the second one is at 4.00pm. As it was still drizzly outside...most of the visitors adjourned to the theater to watch the performance.

Pangung BudayaPanggung Budaya

This is where all the action happen, the cultural dance of the dominant communities in Sarawak being performed. Every one is waiting eagerly for the show to start. The show start with a welcoming dance by the Sarawak Cultural Village's cultural troupe.

SCV Wecloming Dance

follow by the Rajang Be'uh from the Bidayuh Community.

The Ngajat Lesong is performed by an Iban warrior who demonstrates the extra-ordinary strength of his teeth by lifting a 20kg mortar.

Iban Ngajat Lesong Dance

From the Melanau Community is the Alu-Alu dance which is the performances during the funeral rites as a way to comfort the deceased relatives and friends.

The Orang Ulu Community performed the Kanjet Ngeleput portraying the humble but stealthy gait of the warrior as he conducts a hunting trip in the jungle.

The Cultural performance is ended with the Malay Community performing the Tarian Zapin.

Tarian Zapin

We were fascinated and amazed by the stunning performance of the Sarawak Cultural Village's cultural troupe. We took a lot of pictures and some of us even took video using our phone and cameras.

After the show we ...head to the Restaurant Budaya for a hearty meal of local dishes and drinks. Some of us stop at the Handicraft Shop to buy a souvenir or two to bring home for remembrance.

Our trip to Sarawak Cultural Village was both enjoyable and eye-opening as we have learn that there is more to Sarawak then just Kuching Waterfront and the City tours. The Sarawak Cultural Village's staff bid us Selamat Jalan dan Berjumpa Lagi meant have a safe journey and looking forward to see you again.

Yes. We will surely make another trip in the near future. We drove back to Kuching feeling excited and also happy at the same time feeling sad leaving such a wonderful place behind.

Next time around we would like to join Sarawak Cultural Village's Homestay program.

To learn more about the various activities and program available at the Sarawak Cultural Village you can visit them here.

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