028 The Kaying Community Association

028 The Kaying Community Association

Many of the clan associations in Kuching is Hakka related. The earliest is the “Kaying Community Association” established by FIVE clans. The five clans denote the Mei Xian, Jiao Ling, Xing Ning, Ping Yuan and Wu Hua counties. All of them are Hakka dialect counties in...
027 Chan Ah Koh / Chong Ying Zoo / Dato Sim Swee Yong

027 Chan Ah Koh / Chong Ying Zoo / Dato Sim Swee Yong

The two connected shophouses at shop no. 39 and 41 of Carpenter street were among the prosperous shops in Old Bazaar. Three renowned and influential families were directly related to these two shops. 【Chan Ah Koh】 In 1844, a young 16 years old Chan Ah Koh decided to...
026 Mr. Lee Wing Thong

026 Mr. Lee Wing Thong

Renowned Cantonese pioneer Lee Wing Thong was born in Zi Dong Town of Nan Hai District Guan Dong in 1884. He followed his village folks to Nanyang in search for better livelihood. He settled in Carpenter Street along with other Cantonese migrants. In the early days,...
025 Tai Poo Association

025 Tai Poo Association

The Tai Poo peoples from Cha Yang town arrived in Kuching at the beginning of the 20th century. They were mainly engaged in the tin smith, traditional medicine, noodles businesses. In 1916, the Tai Poo clan established “Pu Yi Gong Suo” (埔邑公所). Four years later, the...
024 Hin Ho Bio

024 Hin Ho Bio

Around 1840 there were a small number of Hainanese in Carpenter Street and China Street. In 1878, Hin Ho Bio was already present at Carpenter Street. The temple was renovated following the Kuching Great Fire 1884. In the early years, new Hainanese migrants lived in...
023 Century-Old Business Juat Siang

023 Century-Old Business Juat Siang

Around 1915, a newly married Hainanese, Lee Juat Siang left his wife and family to look for business opportunity in Kuching. After working hard for several years, he managed to accumulate some savings. He opened Juat Siang Coffee Shop at shop no. 34 of Carpenter...
022 Ann Lee Restaurant

022 Ann Lee Restaurant

Around 1920s, Hainanese Lee Seng Shen travelled across the sea to Kuching. He first help in a shop operated by one of the folks from his village. After being familiar with the environment, he started to sell curry rice. It was believed that Lee cooked two huge pots of...
021 Kiew Family Taipu Jam Mian

021 Kiew Family Taipu Jam Mian

In the 1920s, a 16 years old Kiew Shao Ngap who originate from Baihou Town, Taipu Guang Dong arrived in Kuching alone and stayed at shop no. 44 of Upper China Street. At first, Kiew began work in a Chinese medicine shop. Then he decided to start his own business in...