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“Authenticity lost.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sarawak Cultural Village

Sarawak Cultural Village
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Half-Day Sarawak Bidayuh Longhouse Experience from Kuching City
Ranked #2 of 85 things to do in Kuching
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Helsinki
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“Authenticity lost.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

There's nothing particularly wrong with the Cultural Village, but it's an obvious tourist trap where the main focus is to sell souvenir trinkets at overwhelming prices.

Visited June 2013
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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“A living museum of tribal culture”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Sarawak Cultural Village is an attraction unlike any other I have been to. Located by the South China Sea in the shadow of Mount Santubong, the village allows visitors to a glimpse of how many of Borneo's ancient tribes used to live.
There are a number of tribal houses spread across the site, each one unique to a particular tribe. In addition the Cultural Village offers theatre shows in it's own air conditioned theatre, as well as workshops and a chance to try your hand with a blowpipe and darts.
The whole site is beautifully laid out and the buildings, bridges and walkways are completely authentic. It's a unique opportunity to gain an insight into how the tribes of Borneo have lived for centuries, and certainly not to be missed if you're anywhere near Kuching. Oh, and the local beach is well worth a visit as well!

Visited June 2013
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Great environment and it was all good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Love to see all types of culture at the village. the facilities was good and clean. Enjoyed the RWMF! :)

Visited June 2013
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Brisbane
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“My kids LOVE this place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

I have visited Sarawak Cultural Village twice with my young family, three girls between 5 and 10. We returned the second time at their request, though it is not hard to see why. First of you, the children are presented with their very own passport which they are invited to complete by collecting all of the various stamps at the various houses within the village. Straight away, the passport gave the children a focus to their visit and a drive to visit ALL of the houses!

Within many of the houses there are traditionals crafts being demonstrated, such as cake making, weaving, carving etc. If you are feeling a bit more hands on, there are opportunities to partake in various other activities from blow darts, playing koncak to dancing between moving bamboo poles...

If getting stuck into these types of activities is not your thing then I would still recommend a visit here. the buildings are beautiful crafted and distinct from each other. It is a lovely introduction to Malay culture and life in the longhouses. With Mount Santubong providing a stunning setting to the villages, it is hard not to come away with stunning photos.

The dance show at the end of the day is engaging and I would applaud their use of audience participation, my girls loved it! Both times we were there for most of the day, though I would say for most visitors 2-3 hours would be ample time.

Visited October 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“Great place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

This place showcases the entire cultural and social aspects of this region. the drive to this place is great and dont miss out on the local beach when you are there.

Visited June 2013
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