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Address: Kuching, Malaysia
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$28.75*
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Morning Sarawak River Cruise from Kuching
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$28.00*
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Kuching City and Heritage Tour
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$67.00*
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Half-Day Kuching City Tour

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Nice bike ride but not much to see...

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2016
Hieke W
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123 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Hieke W
The Hague
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112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank sarikei s
Seoul, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Globerwalker
Plymouth, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It is a house owned by the Malaysian royal family, one can see this when taking a river cruise or river boat, I doubt that this is open to public as it is a private house. Its location to Sarawak river and privacy is good, it looks good from a distance.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

i was only at across the river at take a photo, i did not come to this place. this side is good at night event

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Thank faithhenry
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Located near Orchid Garden and also Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak. I am not sure if visitors are allowed to enter.

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SF, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 678 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

The achitecture is castle like and makes for a nice focal point and landmark as you stroll along the Esplanade. We were told that it is gated not open to the public, so we admired it from afar.

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Singapore, Singapore
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1,485 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

All you can hope for here is a view across the river to the compound, or a closer view if you take a boat along the river. Entry inside seems to be restricted to official visitors only. It's an attractive looking structure though so make sure you at least make the effort to glance over in that direction and don't... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

to see is exactly a far photo view, It is the governor's home, i is not open to the public, it was guilted in 1869.

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