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Sarawak, Malaysia

Known as the 'Living Museum', the Sarawak Cultural Village was set up to preserve and showcase Sarawak's cultural heritage. Located at Pantai Damai, Santubong, just 32 km from the state capital, Kuching, it is the perfect place to get introduced to local culture and lifestyle.

Sprawled across 17 acres, there are about 150 people living in the village, demonstrating traditional daily activities from Sarawak's diverse tribes like the processing of sago to the making of handicrafts.

Replicas of buildings that represent every major ethnic group in Sarawak from the longhouses of the Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu to a Melanau tall-house and a Chinese farm houseare on display here.

The village also has a theatre for multicultural dance performances,  a restaurant and a handicraft shop. One can even get married at the Sarawak Cultural Village garbed in traditional Iban, Malay, Bidayuh or Orang Ulu costumes.

The Iban longhouse with its long communal hall is often used for leisurely activities like wood carving and basket weaving.

Guests are invited to attend nightly ceremonies and partake a potent rice wine, "tuak". Comfortable guesthouses are available for visitors.

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