New attraction in Kuching set to boost tourism


KUCHINGcTypeface:> A new musical fountain at the Kuching Waterfront is the city’s latest attraction.

Set on the Sarawak River in front of the state legislature, the Darul Hana Musical Fountain was launched in conjunction with Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 82nd birthday celebration.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the fountain will boost tourism in the city centre, along with the Darul Hana pedestrian bridge that was opened last November.

“Since the bridge’s opening, the waterfront has been full of visitors whether in the daytime or at night.

“The fountain will add to the atmosphere at the waterfront and boost its attraction as a place for locals and tourists to visit,” he said at the launch on Sunday night.

Built and operated by the Kuching North City Hall, the fountain’s construction began in April and was completed this month.

According to Abang Johari, it used the latest technology to shoot jets of water up to 25m high from several hundred nozzles on a 100m-wide floating pontoon.

The fountain “dances” in time to music and lights to create a spectacle for onlookers. It can also create a water wall measuring 9m high and 80m wide.

“Its strategic location at the waterfront facing the Sarawak Legislative Assembly complex will make it a focal point for visitors.

“I am sure the fountain will be a great attraction in line with Kuching’s image as a colourful and beautiful city with a soul,” Abang Johari said.

The musical fountain will play a 15-minute show at 8.30pm and 10pm every night.

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