Venue

Main Venue

The Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) is the first international purpose-built convention centre in Sarawak, Malaysia. Growing alongside Sarawak’s position as a captivating culture, adventure and nature destination on the exotic island of Borneo, the BCCK debuted in 2009, as a state initiative of the Sarawak Government to grow business tourism through the hosting of business events. To date, the BCCK has hosted close to 1,400 events and welcomed 1.7 million clients, delegates and visitors from various regions of the world.

Situated on the Kuching Isthmus and ringed by the Sarawak River, the BCCK is approximately fifteen minutes’ drive from the city centre and twenty minutes’ drive from the Kuching International Airport.

Conceived and built with nature and a green theme in mind, the Centre’s structural designs were inspired by the rainforest trees of Borneo with a roof akin to the native Ririk leaf. Fulfilling both form and function, the building showcases its distinctive interior and exterior architectural features designed to deliver BCCK’s business purpose as well as the Centre’s commitment to environmental sustainability and conservation.

The BCCK epitomises the progressive vision of the Sarawak Government to bring socio-economic progress to the state through new sources of growth. From its humble beginning, the BCCK is an exemplar in Malaysia of how a convention venue can rise to become an ambassador to promote its second-tier city. The Centre has received local, national and regional accolades for professional standards, innovation and best practices achieved within Malaysia’s business events industry, and for having the size and capabilities to handle the requirements of different conferences in a bespoke manner.



Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK)     
The Isthmus, Sejingkat,
93050 Kuching,
Sarawak, Malaysia


Satellite Venues

On the morning of the third day (19 October 2018), the Conference will move from the BCCK to four iconic sites in Kuching city. These sites will enable the participants to have an immersive experience of the topics that will be discussed at the four sites. Participants are advised to indicate early which site they prefer to be at as seats for some of the sites are limited. Again, free transport will be provided from the city centre to these four sites.


Friendship Park is about 8 km from the City Centre. The topics that will be covered here will be open spaces, green spaces, healthy lifestyles, friendship and unity, and so on.

Friendship Park or Taman Sahabat is a beautifully landscaped park implemented by the Council of the City of Kuching South (MBKS). The Park symbolises efforts made by two great nations – China and Malaysia to forge a bond of friendship; nurture and appreciate the rich cultural difference across the international borders. Although both countries may not share the same language or culture, this special bond will overcome these differences and provide the support needed through trials of times. It is through the strengthening of friendly relations and sharing of culture heritage that allowed nations and people to progress and achieve a high level of civilisation.

China and Malaysia have established diplomatic ties for over 30 years and to commemorate this special occasion, the Friendship Park was built in 2005 in Kuching City to celebrate the closeness of friendship and the sharing of cultural diversities between two countries. The Park features an amalgamation of China Park and Malaysia Park.

In the area of China Park, the structures’ design from Yunnan Province, Kunming, China are strategically applied to emphasize the lovely home state of Admiral Zhenghe. The Park is reminiscent of a Chinese Garden with slight Malaysian characteristics such as the Chinese Arch, the Friendship Memorial, the Tea Pavilion, the Zigzag Bridge, the Beijing Pavilion and Kunming Pavilion, Marble Bench of Panda and Orang Utan and the Statue of Admiral Zhenghe amidst an elegant landscape of Chinese willow, a water lily pond, a man-made lake, walking or jogging tracks and an opened plaza for community or recreational activities.

For the Malaysian Park area, the rich multicultural heritage and diversity of Malaysia in general, and Sarawak in particular, are elegantly depicted. The main entrance to the Park is signified by the Friendship Arch flanked by a pair of Hornbills or Burung Kenyalang as the gatekeepers, and the Marble Globe. The Sarawak Fountains remain the focal point of the Park with granite artworks displaying 7 major ethnic groups in the State of Sarawak.

Other interesting exhibits in the Malaysian Park include two Baruk Pavilions inspired by the Bidayuh’s Meeting Place, fifteen embossed mural panels representing the 14 States of Malaysia and a central panel showing the map of Malaysia and Sarawak.

The first of its kind in Sarawak, Friendship Park is a culmination of great cooperation, close collaborations and valuable contributions from various government agencies, of China, Malaysia and Sarawak, corporate bodies, individuals and sponsors. The Park is a gem to be cherished and treasured by all.

 

Stutong Wet Market is also about 8 km from the city centre. The topics that will be covered here will be healthy markets, food wastes and composting, urban food supply, city gardens, and so on.

Stutong Community Market is sited at Setia Raja Road, Tabuan Laru, Kuching and is a centralized, double storey market place providing traders and hawkers with ample trading space that is spacious, clean and modern. All the stall owners from the former Gambier Street Market were successfully relocated to this new Stutong Community Market in June 2008 to give way to new development. The Stutong Community Market has since undergone amenities and facilities upgrade to facilitate business trading and for the comfort of the patrons.

During the weekends and festive seasons, the Stutong Community Market, as it is popularly known, is busy with shoppers looking for fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits as well as jungle produce on the ground floor. Other items or products that can be sourced or purchased are flowering plants and clothing. In addition, customers who may be tired or hungry from walking, browsing, bargaining or shopping can replenish their energy levels at the numerous food stalls or eateries located at the first floor.

 

India Street is in the city centre. The topics that will be covered here will be urban revitalisation, pedestrianisation, community participation, and so on.

Initially known as Kling Street, India Street was one of the first established streets in Kuching during the reign of the White Rajahs. It is said to derive its initial name from the numerous Indian shops that were found to occupy it. Following this, in 1928, the Indian community requested for its change of name into India Street.

India Street was turned into a Pedestrian Mall in 1992. Since then it has flourished and been transformed from a suburban avenue to a vibrant and lively area, while still having the ability to preserve most of its history and familiar sights and sounds.

This transformation has significantly created an intimately homey ambience, greatly fostering a healthy and harmonious relationship between local traders and consumers, and even foreign tourists. Its affordable and great diversity of merchandise clearly enables it to become a 'treasure house' that attracts old-timers and new-age tourists of all ages. Tourists can get a first-hand experience on how urban Kuchingites live their daily colourful, harmonious and culturally-enriched lives.

Several hidden gems can be garnered in India Street. A relaxing walk along the street will unveil a vibrant collage of life that merges vestiges of the old colonial world with the new. Most of the shop houses still retain their historical charms despite the added splash of refinements such as wooden benches that are set up to enable pedestrians to sit and indulge in the scenic atmosphere.

India Street not only plays an important role as a prominent tourism spot but also as an integrated part of the district. Thus, in 2015, the community has requested that the State Government further develop the street by adding the rooftop so that, trading can be carried out rain or shine. This is the first government project which is community-based in consultation with the local community, 90 percent of who have agreed to have this project carried out. This project took two years to be completed and was officially launched in October 2017. The community later proposed to City Hall to take over the management of the Pedestrian Mall.

India Street along with its community has also been working to solve prominent issues pertaining to the people's interest ensuing from the formation of the Kuching City Centre Consultative Committee. Following this, the district has successfully maintained its reputation of having the lowest crime rate in Kuching, in adherence to Kuching North City Council’s recently launched public service slogan which is known as the 3Ps, progressing together with the Public Sector, Private Sector and the People.

Looking forward, the India Street Pedestrian Mall's recently proposed the creation of District 93000 that targets a wide-range of job creation and decent, safe and affordable housing. It also aims to maximise the returns from public investments like the Darul Hana Bridge, State Legislative Assembly Building, Astana Garden, Satok Museum and many more.

 

 

Sarawak Cultural Village is about 38 km from the city centre. The topics that will be covered here will be culture and the city, soul of a city, happiness, tourism, and so on.

Known as the 'Living Museum', the Sarawak Cultural Village is set in a tranquil setting of natural tropical forests and a man-made lake. This cultural village is considered a must-visit for every visitor to Sarawak because it showcases the various attributes of 7 major ethnic populations in the whole state of Sarawak. Spread over a beautiful 17-acre site at the foothills of Mount Santubong, Sarawak Cultural Village gives you the perfect introduction to Sarawak, its people and cultures, whether you are looking for insight into longhouse lifestyles or a taste of exuberant Sarawak hospitality.

Sarawak Cultural Village is also the home venue for international events such as the Sarawak Harvest and Folklore Festival, Rainforest World Music Festival and Rainforest World Craft Bazaar held annually in the month of April and July respectively.

This award-winning living museum showcases Sarawak's multicultural dance performances in an air-conditioned theatre.

One can taste some local delicacies in the Budaya Restaurant and also purchase perfect mementos for loved ones in the Souvenir Shop.

It is possible to have a village-stay in the ethnic houses, organize a theme-dinner or a traditional wedding ceremony, where you will be dressed up in traditional ethnic costumes and be entertained with ethnic dances, music, activities, games and folk songs.

Enjoy our famed Sarawak hospitality, courteous, warm and friendly at Sarawak Cultural Village where you are treated like an honoured guest.