Sibu is an island town and the capital of Sibu district in Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak. It is located on the Island of Borneo. Known as the gateway to Batang Rejang, Sibu is a charming town with vibrant culture and a bustling waterfront. Sibu is also popular for offering some of the best food in Sarawak. It is a popular day stop before or after venturing into the wild interiors of Borneo. One distinctive feature of Sibu is the Iban longhouses. Tourists can visit Iban longhouses and even have a stay to experience the Iban Tribal Life.
Sibu is well known for the biggest town square in Malaysia, the Sibu Town Square. It also has the Lanang Bridge which connects Sibu to Sarikei and is the longest bridge in Sarawak. Malaysia’s first and the only medical museum by the name Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum is located in Sibu. The city's mascot is the swan which is an ancient chinese symbol of health and good fortune. Swan statues can be seen dotted around town.
Sibu Heritage Centre is worth visiting with all the collection of antiques and chronological history. It unveils the cultural life and heritage of the people of the central region. Tua Pek Kong Temple is one of the oldest chinese temples in the town with a 7-storey pagoda. Jade Dragon Temple also known as Yu Lung San Tien En Si is considered as the temple with the largest temple complex in South-East Asia and is a must visit. Bukit Aup Jubilee Park and Bukit Lima Nature Park are among other places to visit. Borneo Cultural Festival is one of the most famous festivals of Sibu which takes place in July and August and is the best time to visit. The festival is a week-long event which celebrates the tribal diversity of the area with dance, music and food.
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