Friday, December 25, 2009

India Street & Gambier Street, Kuching

The India Street derives its name from the fact that it has always been a street occupied by the Indian Shops. Most of the Indians are from the southern and northern India. At first, it was called as the Kling Street in the 1850’s, but the Third White Rajah of Sarawak, Sir Charles Vyner Brooke changed the name to India Street in 1928.

In 1992, the street was closed to vehicular traffic and converted into a pedestrian mall.

Shops along India Street have variety of colorful textiles, clothing, crockery and other essentials in a manner not changed much in the past decades. While, Gambier Street are the best place to shop for spices, clothing, textiles and souvenirs.

1. India Street Pedastrian

2. Old Shop houses at India Street


3."Lorong Sempit" A passage way to go to Gambier Street or the other way round.

4. Mum and her Sleeping Child.

5. Man at work early in the morning.

6. Spices shop at Gambier Street

7. More Spices

8. Curry Powder.


9. The sign said it. Sad that this is one of the 7 shop that been burned down by the recent fire outbreak.

10. One of the many Textile shop at Gambier Street. This one burned down as well.


11. Old school salon at Gambier Street.

12. River Taxi to get across the river. Demolished Old fish market at the middle. Newly built DUN building at the background. Taken this just a few step away from Gambier Street.

13. Ban Hock Wharf. this section will be gone to give way to the waterfront extension project.


14. Scenic view of the village and Mt. Serapi from the jetty near Gambier Street.

15. Window at one of the old shop house.

16. Mosque : view from the India Street Pedestrian entrance.

17. Today paper.

18. In between India Street and Electra House.

19. Some eatery near India Street. mostly open at night.

20. India Street

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