Unlike its neighbor Sabah, not many travelers have travel or even heard about Sarawak. It's known for the rugged, dense rainforest of its interior, much of it protected parkland. The capital, Kuching meanwhile is a bustling city, and up until 2019; the population of the city is 570,407.
Sarawak’s land is blessed with a rich ecosystem and biodiversity, these open up to various exiting things, natural attraction as well as its historical part. Each year, Sarawak Day will be celebrated on the 22nd of July, and here are a few things that you probably didn’t know about the land of the hornbills.
#1. Longest River In Malaysia
Flows approximately 563km into Kapit then to the South China Sea, The Rajang River is the longest river in Malaysia. The river is believed to home a mythical creature called Nabau, a 33-meter-long phyton. It has been said that Nabau once been spotted in 2009 but many believe that the photo has tampered or it's just a hoax.
#2. Legendary Monster Croc
Bujang Senang is the infamous monster crocodile with white marking on its back and once rampaging its way in the waters of Batang Lupar River (part of Rajang River). Local legends believe that Bujang Senang is actually ‘Simalungun’ – a great Iban warrior.
The skull of the monster croc can be seen at the Sarawak Museum but the locals believed that the croc that been killed wasn’t the real Bujang Senang and it is still there, somewhere in the Rajang River.
#3. Largest Known Cave Chamber In The World (By Area)
The Gunung Mulu National Park is one out of four designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malaysia. Not only that, but the park is also an area of exceptional natural beauty, with kast terrain, primary forest, waterfalls, mountains, and the largest caves on earth!
Good Luck Cave or Gua Nasib Bagus is one of the chambers in Gunung Mulu and it measures 600 meters long, 435 meters wide, and 115 meters high. That’s huge!
#4. Land Of The Hornbills
Sarawak nicknamed the ‘Bumi Kenyalang’ which translated to ‘Land of the Hornbills’.
According to the records, there is a total of eight out of 54 species of hornbills in the world can be spotted in Sarawak.
Apart from that, the hornbills also an important cultural symbol of the Dayaks as it represents the spirit of God. It is believed that if you see one flying over your house, good luck will follow.
#5. Incredibly Diverse
Sarawak’s demographic is very unique and distinctive. There are over 40 sub-ethnic groups coexist in Sarawak and each of them has its own distinctive lifestyle, culture, and language.
The six major ethnic groups are the Iban, Chinese, Malay, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, and Melanau. Not only these, but there are also several minor ethnic groups as well. Such as the Kedayan, Murut, Indian, and many more.
If there’s one word to describe Sarawak, it is diverse.
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