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Address: Btwn. Carpenter Street and India Street, Kuching 93400 , Malaysia
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Heritages should be presrved for good purposes and not commercial use.

I believe other reviewers have the same sentiment. When I saw the old courthouse lease to a restaurant, I felt that commercial value in more important than preserving the heritage... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I believe other reviewers have the same sentiment. When I saw the old courthouse lease to a restaurant, I felt that commercial value in more important than preserving the heritage especially Sarawak which has more than other places I have seen in Sarawak. The building could have been put to better use such as a cultural or colonial museum since... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

When I was at the Old Courthouse, the entrance to the building was closed and there was a policeman seated outside guarding the building. I understand that the building was now being run like a restaurant. The area in this part of the Kuching waterfront is unique and beguiling. The rows of delightful prewar Chinese shophouses along the stretch of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I did not manage to go into the courthouse as it seems opens from Mon-Fri. I gave a very good review reason being I like the building a lot. This is where the courthouse used to be until the new building is up. some of the place in the courthouse already turned into the cafe & restaurant. I do feel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Situated near Kuching's famed waterfront, the Old Courthouse is a trip down memory line. The structure's the same except for the fact that it doesn't perform as a courthouse anymore but a restaurant. Souvenirs are also available for keepsakes collectors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You will love this colonial white building, now turned into a fine restaurant. Price is steep though, but table-cloth service is excellent. Great location, walking distance to a lot of handicraft stores and of course the waterfront.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The design of the building is more to Europe style. it was beautiful. When I was there, the place was not clean, there were rubbish on the floor. in the same building, there was a place for shi-sha(Lebanan), usually at night.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The old court house, with its porticoes, big trees & central courtyard, is a lovely place to wander around & get a bit of respite from the heat. Meandering around it conjures up images of ladies & gents from a bygone era swanning around in white linen with long, cool drinks in their hands (although I doubt a court house... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Each time I came around here, I always have a habit of taking picture of the historic structure like this one. I really admire the architectural design during the Brooke period.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I must admit that there is nothing much to see, except for the architecture itself. it was built during the Brooke era and was the old court house until the 80s, I think. It is also near to the waterfront, so if you are walking along this way, just take a look at it. Nice Photo areas thou..

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Buildings in good condition, but lost potential here. These were the centre of administration and law at the time of Sarawak's birth as a nation, but no considered reflection of that here. Instead, the tourist office has one building, coffee shop another, and art studio the bulk.

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Address: Btwn. Carpenter Street and India Street, Kuching 93400, Malaysia
Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sarawak  >  Kuching

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