036 Mr. Ong Tiang Swee

036 Mr. Ong Tiang Swee

The son of Ong Ewe Hai, Ong Tiang Swee was born in Kuching in 1864 and studied in Singapore. From the age of 18 years, he assisted in his father’s business and at 21, he managed to help his father win the bids for the Farm Tax System licence in Sarawak and North...
035 Ewe Hai Street

035 Ewe Hai Street

The shophouses along this street were built by Ong Ewe Hai (王友海) in 1886. He was one of Sarawak’s Hokkien pioneers and also the first president of the Hokkien Kongsi (福建公司). He was also appointed the first Chinese Kapitan (community leader) of Sarawak. Ong Ewe Hai...
034 Yeck Sung Frame Makers

034 Yeck Sung Frame Makers

Au Yong Wai Choi was born in Guang Zhou in 1931. When he was 16 years old, he moved from Guang Zhou to Hong Kong surviving on odd jobs. From Hong Kong he travelled to Kuching and stayed with his paternal aunt and uncle-in-law who are childless. He worked as an...
033 Century-Old Business Ho Nyen Foh

033 Century-Old Business Ho Nyen Foh

At the beginning of the 20th century, a 20 over years old Ho Nyen Foh made the long sea voyage from Shuangkeng village in Taipu County of Guang Dong to Kuching. Under the recommendation of his fellow village folks, he worked as an apprentice in a tinsmith shop. When...
032 Bishopsgate Street

032 Bishopsgate Street

This small street is adjunction to Carpenter Street and Ewe Hai Street. It is also known as “Little Side Street” (横街仔) or “Side Street” (它横街). It leads to Main Bazaar and at the end of the street was a gate leading to the garden of the Diocese of Kuching. The bishops...
031 Bishop’s Gate

031 Bishop’s Gate

The Bishop’s Gate at the end of Carpenter Street once marked the boundary between the Old Bazaar and the grounds of the Anglican mission. In the past, many children who lived in the Old Bazaar would pass through the gate to attend the Anglican school in the small...
030 Lui Chiu Association

030 Lui Chiu Association

In early 20th century, there were not many Lui Chiu in Sarawak and the Lui Chiu association is considered as a minority among the Chinese associations in Kuching. During those early years, the Lui Chiu were mainly working in charcoal factory located at the outskirt of...
029 Tai Moh & Co.

029 Tai Moh & Co.

Sim Teow Song was born in Dong Cheng, Chao An in 1904. The Sim family was a well off family. At the age of 18, Sim Teow Song was forced to leave his hometown. He travelled through Singapore to teach in central region of Sarawak. Then he went to Singapore again to seek...