Set along the banks of the Sarawak river, Kuching has a fascinating history, once held under the sway of the Empire of Brunei and, later, the reign of the White Rajahs of Kuching. It was the second rajah, Charles Brooke, who built Fort Marguerita, built in 1879 and named after his wife Margaret. Further along the waterfront is the Astana, or palace, also built by Charles Brooke, this time as a gift to his wife. The waterfront also has a wide range of shops, restaurants and a Chinese temple, and is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon people-watching and taking in the sights and sounds of this busy Malaysian riverside city.
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