Monday, October 6, 2008

The Astana by the Sarawak River

I went to downtown Kuching city today to do a bit of shopping. On the opposite side of the shopping area stood this rustic view of the Astana which is home to the present Governor of Sarawak. Back in the colonial days it was the residence of the Brooke's family who became the 'White Rajah ' of Sarawak for more than a hundred years. The beauty of Sarawak River is its stillness which is occassionally disturbed by the small boats that ply the river or the colourful small ferry boats called 'perahu tambang' that transport residents or visitors across the river at a token price of 40 cents per one way trip.

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