What better venue to listen to the resounding rhythms of the rainforest than in a living museum dedicated to the preservation of the indigenous cultures on the island of Borneo? Under the imposing shadow of Mount Santubong, and in the midst of a virgin rainforest at the edge of the South China Sea, lies the award-winning...
Sarawak Cultural Village
Only 45 minutes away from Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, and a stone's throw away from the quiet beach resort area of the Santubong Peninsula, the beautiful 17-acre Sarawak Cultural Village presents inhabited replicas of the traditional dwellings found in the interior and coastal areas of Sarawak, thus preserving the architectural traditions of the many different ethnic groups that make up the population of Sarawak.
This culturally rich environment provides the backdrop for the Rainforest World Music Festival. The music workshops and daytime activities are held in the replica longhouses and other traditional houses, informally seated on mats while listening to rhythms from all over the world blend with those from the jungles of Borneo, to the delight of musicians and audiences alike. Nighttime concerts are held on a stage built by the lake, under the open sky and in an informal ambiance, sitting on the grass lawns and dancing to entrancing world beats.
It has been described as Asia's best kept secret. Now the secret is out. Sarawak is a place for history, mystery ,romance and exotic adventures. The land of the fabled white Rajahs, the hornbills and the orang utans.
Its rainforest houses the world's richest and most diverse ecosystem. The ancient virgin forest is also home to 27 ethnic groups with their own distinct language, culture and lifestyle. Their ancient cultures may differ but they have one thing in common, their warmth and hospitality.
Arrive in Sarawak and you step into adventure. You can stroll for a morning in the national park near your hotel, or you can
trek through pristine jungle, or spend days exploring the world's most extensive cave system.
If history thrills you, visit caves that were inhabited 40,000 years ago, learn how Indian and Chinese merchants traded for Sarawak's exotic products centuries before the first Europeans came here. Hear stories of princes and pirates, of headhunters and explorers.
But if that is more excitement than you need, relax on our beaches on the South Chine Sea, scuba dive off reefs where you will be alone with the sea, or just enjoy a round of golf on one of our excellent courses. Sarawak has something for everyone and a welcome for all.
After all, "Selamat Datang", "Selamat Datai", are some of the different ways to say welcome in the many languages of Sarawak.
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Calendar of Events 2005
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