Kuching Cat Statue, Sarawak

Kuching is the capital city of Sarawak in Borneo Malaysia. Kuching or rather Kucing is the Malay word for cat and thus this city is known as the Cat City. Not very sure whether historically there were tons of cat in that region for that to come up with such a name. One of the famous landmarks around the main town area is the Cat Statue which is located opposite the Riverside Majestic Hotel on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Abell.


Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia

Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia

Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia

Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia

Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia

Cat Statue Kuching Borneo Malaysia


If you walk around the Kuching City on Jalan Abell, you will also be able to see a few other cat structures and one famous one is located at the end of Jalan Abell nearing a roundabout that leads you to Jalan Padungan. This particular cat statue is said to be famous for the different theme that is being set for each festive season. I was there during the Hari Raya festival and the cat statue was dressed up in traditional Malay clothings. This Cat Statue was created on the 1st of August 1988 to remember the “Hari Bandaraya” or also knows as the City Day Celebration in English.


Another Cat Statue on Jalan Abell

Another Cat Statue on Jalan Abell

Heading towards the Roudabout on Jalan Padungan

Heading towards the Roudabout on Jalan Padungan

The Cat Statue themed with Hari Raya Festival

The Cat Statue themed with Hari Raya Festival


Kuching town in Sarawak is so famous that they have a Museum that is specially allocated and displays everything about cats and it’s simply knows as the Cat Museum.


The building where the Cat Museum is located

The building where the Cat Museum is located


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10 Comments

  1. ken says:

    im gonna go there and explore soon :)

  2. Shirley says:

    Thanks for sharing this! My family is crazy about cats! Sure to show them this post. Thank you for visiting and commenting at my blog!

  3. Blackswan says:

    I’ve not travelled there before but it’s so interesting to see so many cats. Guess that’s where the name comes from. Hey, don’t forget to pick up your award!

  4. Loeffle says:

    I think the name relates from a misunderstanding between James Brooke and the natives when he founded “modern” Kuching – as far I remember from my stay there it had then nothing to do with cats but with fruits.

    Quote from Wikipedia:
    Kuching was named after a tidal stream called Kuching River (Sungai Kuching) that ran between the present-day Tua Pek Kong Temple, and Chinese History Museum. The stream originated from Cat’s Eye Hill (Bukit Mata Kuching) where there was an abundance of a local fruit called Green Longan (Isau, Dimocarpus longan ssp malesianus), vernacularly known as Cat’s Eye (Mata Kuching).[10] In 1928, the stream was filled up to make way for the construction of Temple Street (Lebuh Temple), and thus the city’s expansion eastwards.

    But today Cat City is of course a great thing for city marketing :) Better than city of cat fruit hill ;)

  5. Thristhan says:

    @Loeffle Wow, this is something new that I learnt, all this while I had the assumption that it had something to do with cats. Thanks for the added info.

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