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Address: Kuching, Malaysia
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Half-Day Kuching City Tour

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Great view

You can get a lovely view of this building for the opposite side of the river. Hard to miss! As it is a residential building still you cannot go inside.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You can get a lovely view of this building for the opposite side of the river. Hard to miss! As it is a residential building still you cannot go inside.

Thank Alice Q
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is not a lot to see in Kuching city with most of the monuments and landmark stuck in one central area okay to look around and is nice job on the boat across the river to see other sites what delivered a walk and I hope to go to the grand market which means you can buy lots and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

Those who love to a very nice structure of building & fortress, you can visit Astana palace where James Brooke is the one whoo build up the place.

Thank Faridah M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

We hired a taxi and went to Astana but we had to see it from the outside as visitors were not allowed to go inside without prior permission.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

You can see this building clearly from the opposite side of the river. Astana is the official residence of the Yang Dipertua Negeri Sarawak. A grand, big and quite an imposing landmark.

Thank Ngan H
Melaka, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

This building is located across the river. You can take the pictures of this building from the Kuching Waterfront. Or across the river by a public small boat to get other views. Just for information, behind this building, there is an orchid garden.

Thank akadir64
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

We biked here, which was a nice ride. From here you get a nice view of the beautiful House of Parliament which is right next door. Our guide explained how many people were placed in the prison cells and the three ways people were executed.....back in the days:-( Other then that there is not much to see.

1 Thank Hieke W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

On the northern bank across the river from the Waterfront the Astana, being the official residence of the Governor of Sarawak (not open to visitors), is a regal complex embodying an architectural and historical monument of the history of Kuching. The palace was a bridal gift from Charles Brooke (2nd “White Rajah” of Sarawak) to his wife Margaret.

Thank buaya40
Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016

This place is not open to the public. Only open for government functions. The only thing you can do is to appreciate the building from outside the gates. It is located opposite the orchid garden.

1 Thank sarikei s
Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2016

The astana is now used as the residence of the governor but was built by Charles Brooke in 1870. As it is the governor's residence it is not open to the public, so you can only admire the exterior. Nevertheless that is pretty impressive as it occupies a prominent riverside location and looks wonderful lit up at night.

Thank Globerwalker

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