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Tuesday 15 March 2022

MAIN BAZAAR Walkabout (Plaza Merdeka, Harmony Arch, Riverfront, Hornbill Fountain, Cat Statue)

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The drive from Bako back to Kuching a little under an hour and a half. We parked at Plaza Merdeka, made a pitstop at the washroom and walked out.

We walked northeast for a little while along Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg before turning right past the Harmony Arch along Carpenter Street. We walked east then then turned right onto Upper China Street right to the end before turning right onto Jalan Wawasan. We continued walking east along a quiet part of the neighbourhood, and did not allow the rain to dampen our spirits.

We trudged on along and although were in an unfamiliar area we had faith in Google Maps. Sure enough, we made it to Wayang Street and was within sight of the Riverfront. We then walked across Wayang Street, and then across Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. We then walked past the Hornbill Fountain and continued along the Kuching Waterfront for a little while before heading generally east along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.

Five minutes later we reached our destination, the Cat Statue of Kuching. It was only fitting that we spent a few minutes here at the statue in honour of Kuching's namesake (as in Cat, the feline, not my wife!).

From Wikitravel: "The name of the city, Kuching, is thought to derive from the Malay word kucing, meaning cat. Many of the locals refer to Kuching as the "Cat City" but it more likely comes from the Chinese word for port ("cochin") coupled with the Malay name mata kucing (cat's-eye) for the longan fruit, a popular trade item."

We then headed back from where we came along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman albeit on the opposite side of the street. We walked past the Tua Pek Kong Temple and headed southwest for a little while along Temple Street before walking across where we stopped by Asma Cake House. 

We then headed back to Wayang Street, where we had my birthday lunch at KANTIN at The Granary, featured in our next video.

After lunch we walked out headed north along Wayang Street. we walked along Jalan Main Bazaar and stopped by Asma Cake House to get some Kuih Lapis, a traditional snack of steamed colourful layered soft rice flour pudding. "Lapis" means "layers". We then continued along the same direction due west right to the end of Jalan Main Bazaar where it intersected with Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg. 

We arrived back Plaza Merdeka and ended our walkabout there. Tonight will be our last night in Kuching, and it promises to be another smoky affair!

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Hiang Thian Siang Ti Temple -
Kuching Old Courthouse -

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