Fort Margherita, Kuching
Categories: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
Fort Margherita is an old fort built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak situated in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The fort is an important landmark and monument in Sarawak's history which goes back to the Brooke Dynasty. The fort, built in the style of an English castle, was designed to protect Kuching from attack by pirates. It served as a Police Museum from 1971 before being handed over to the Sarawak state government and now is a tourist attraction in Kuching.Fort Margherita is named after Brooke's beloved wife, Margaret Alice Lili de Windt, whom he married at Highworth, Wiltshire on 28 October 1869; she was raised to the title of Ranee of Sarawak with the style of Her Highness upon their marriage.The fort was built on a hill overlooking the Sarawak River and situated on the north bank opposite the then fast expanding town centre of Kuching. The fort was well equipped to protect the capital from river-borne invasions.The three-storey tower block's battlement includes a watchpoint on top, a courtyard surrounded by a high wall with sharp glass shards inlaid for protection, and set into the wall itself are wooden windows from where the cannons were fired. Executions of prisoners were carried out in this courtyard, right up to the Japanese occupation during World War II.Plan to see Fort Margherita and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kuching trip itinerary maker.
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We drove here in a rented car, we visited the Brooke Gallery, there isn't much heritage building per se on this side of the river, in addition to the Astana which one can just view from the outside. S... read more »
It was interesting to take a water taxi from the esplanade side to the other side of the riverbank, and then found our way up to the Fort by walking through small lanes and ruins of public school. Alt... read more »
The fort houses an interesting gallery with many exhibits where you can learn about the history of Kuching. The fort used to be a prison and you can see the cells inside the fort. There is a watchtowe... read more »
The police museum is non existent. The fort itself is not fully open. Access from the river involves walking down a narrow path past abandon buildings. Not really worth the effort. Staff at the fort do not speak English.
Maans le roux
Nice fort, well restored
Dum Spiro Spero
Kit Har Pang
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