The capital city of the federal state of Sarawak, Malaysia is Kuching. Serving as famous seaport and the gateway for tourists to visit Borneo, Kuching is a city which is known for its history and vibrant culture and heritage. For long or short stays in a serviced apartment hotel in Kuching make a reservation at the Citadines Uplands Kuching, a hotel which offers a choice of fully serviced apartments and luxury amenities.
One of the popular historic landmarks of Kuching is Fort Margarita. Built to protect the city from pirates and bandits, the Fort is a symbol of strength. Fort Margarita was built in 1879 by Charles Brooke, who served as the Rajah of Sarawak. The name Margarita was inspired by Brooke’s own wife, Ranee Margaret, who served alongside Brooke throughout his tenure. The Fort was built to fend off both river borne and land attacks, making it a formidable fortress at that time. So much so, that the soldiers in the fort never had to fire a shot to attack, as no pirates dared attack it. It also served as a prison during World War II by the Japanese, during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.
Today Fort Margarita is a popular attraction, which attracts many locals as well as tourists. This fully white-washed three storey fortress was inspired by an English Renaissance Castle and contains many features of such a castle. A visit to this fortress will allow you to witness the architectural beauty of the structure as well as the many other features of the fortress, such as its three-storey tower, watch points, and courtyards. You can also witness its defensive mechanisms, such as the glass laden outer walls and wooden framed windows used to fire cannons from.
Fort Margarita is a great symbol of military strength, architecture and colonial Malaysia, and is sure to offer you a unique and intriguing experience. So make sure you pay it a visit when you are Kuching.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.