Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kuching's Historical Buildings - The Pavillion - Going 100.

The Pavillion
It was somewhat a trip down memory lane for me when I visited the Sarawak Textile Museum during this trip to Kuching ( 1 Dec - 12 Dec). The present building was called 'The Pavillion' in the Brooke's days. The above picture was taken sometime in the mid 1900's when it became the Medical Headquarters.  Years later it became the home of the Education Department before it was renovated to become the Sarawak Textile Museum , it is today.
A plaque attached to the side of the main door today indicates that the building was built in 1909 and thus will be 100 years old next year!
I will have more time to recourse to this building and the stories surroundng it in future. Even though it is now a textile museum, I have fond memories of working in this building for about two years ( 1978- 1979) when as a junior officer in the Sarawak Education Department  I was entrusted to head the Educational Radio section of the Educational Mass Media Service whose main office was at this building then. Comparing the two pictures above it is interesting how intact the exterior character of the building is preserved.

1 comment:

Eki Akhwan said...

What a beautiful architecture. I like the somewhat Malay character of the facade. Very nice.