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Notes on the Geography of Malaysia: Colonial Kuching (Commercial)

The city's main bazaar has survived competition from suburban shopping centers.

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Here's that core again, as rebuilt in brick after a fire in 1884 destroyed 130 shophouses.

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The riverside is no longer a port, but signs of that past survive, along with adaptive reuse that hints again at the importance of the tourist trade.

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The moribund Brooke Dockyard.

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The drydock can be filled at high tide.

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An obsolete riverside market.

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Interior.

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The separate fish market.

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Despite the decrepitude shown in the last few pictures, the interior of the bazaar is still very lively.

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Traffic is intense.

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One street has been insulated converted to a pedestrian mall. It's India Street, originally Kling Street.

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Sunset.


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