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Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

The Sarawak Cultural Village is also dubbed the living museum of Sarawak.  It is a must visit for any tourist that comes to Sarawak.

The Living Museum spans across 17-acres of land just across from Damai Beach Resort.

It is located at the foot of mount Santubong.  This provides the village it’s mystical appeal and a taste of Sarawak’s rich rainforest.


This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak’s unique and diverse cultures in an accessible.

There are seven authentic traditional buildings built surrounding a tranquil lake.

Members of Sarawak’s many ethnic groups populate the Sarawak Cultural Village by going about everyday activities in this village.  Aside from traditional buildings, traditional structures are also prominent around the village.

Sarawak Cultural Village bamboo bridge
Sarawak Cultural Village bamboo bridge. Photo credit: Sarawak Cultural Village FB Page

Visitors to the village can see local culture and daily routines when going around the village.  These activities include wood and bamboo carving, bead work, weaving, sago-making, sugar-cane crushing, pepper-growing and the preparation of bird’s nests.

One can also learn how to throw a Malay spinning top, shoot a Penan blowpipe or pick out a tune on an Orang Ulu sape.

Sape workshops were a huge hit during the RWMF – KUCHINGBORNEO

There’s also interesting cultural shows for visitors to the Sarawak Cultural Village.  The cultural shows shouldn’t be missed and it is done at the air-conditioned theater.

During these shows, Sarawak Cultural Village’s award-winning dancers and musicians present their famous multi-cultural performances in full traditional costume. The two cultural performances are done at 11:30AM and 4:00PM daily.

A new addition to the village is the stone sculpture park.  This is where native stones are transformed into work of art by a group of very talented international and local sculptures.


Ticket prices to the Sarawak Cultural Village differ according to occasion.

In general, an adult ticket price cost RM60, while children go in for RM30.

Sarawak Cultural Village
Sarawak Cultural Village Passbook. Photo credit: Farah Cheman

You can either buy a one day pass, or a 30-day open pass. The 30-day open pass allows visitors to go to the village at any time of the month.  The pass can only be used once.

If you do not want the hassle of arranging transportation or buying the tickets, you can book a tour to the Sarawak Cultural Village using KLOOK.  KLOOK ensures you get experience and highly rated tour agents to the Cultural Village.

The prices of tickets above do not apply during the Rainforest World Music Festival.


The Sarawak Cultural Village is located within a 40-minute drive from Kuching City.  There is a van shuttle from the Grand Margherita Hotel, Kuching.

Alternatively, you can take GRAB to the village but I would advice arranging for your transportation back as well.  There’s little rides nearby the Sarawak Cultural Village.

Below is the map of the Cultural Village.

Hassle free tours can be arranged using KLOOK.  KLOOK ensures you get experience and highly rated tour agents to the Cultural Village.


Visiting the Sarawak Cultural Village usually takes about three to four hours.  However, if you do want to stay nearby, I do recommend these hotels due to its proximity to the cultural village.

  • Damai Beach Resort – Located just opposite the Cultural Village. It is one of the most well equipped hotel in the area and is not too expensive.
  • Permai Rainforest Resort – Just beside the Sarawak Cultural Village, but you need to walk for about 10 – 20 minutes to get to your rooms.
  • Damai Puri Resort and Spa – An upscale resort that is best if you enjoy privacy.  Within walking distance to the Cultural Village.
  • BB Bunkers – A simple hostel about 5 minutes from the cultural village.  Cheapest options among the rest.



Cyril Dason

Cyril Dason was born and currently lives in Kuching. He loves jungle trekking, clean rivers and chilling out with friends.

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