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Darul Hana Bridge

Ben van Wijnen
 

 

The Darul Hana bridge is a beautiful pedestrian bridge, which opened in November 2017. The inhabitants of Kuching always had to cross the Sarawak river with a "bot tambang" or "water taxi". Now the population and also the tourists can cross over the bridge to make the crossing from the south to the north of Kuching. The bridge stands out because of its special shape. It is not a straight bridge, but an S-shaped pedestrian bridge, resembling a Yin and Yang sign. The bridge is 336 meters long and is supported by two cables that are 45 meters high and connected with two outward-facing steel pillars with hornbill wings.

The steel pillars face outwards at an angle of 48 degrees. They stand in opposite directions and it symbolizes the balance between the cultures that live together in Sarawak. The long S-shaped bridge has elements of the bamboo bridges of the Bidayuh community, but it is a futuristic design.
The supporting structure of the cable bridge consists of cables, which are in a steel tube.
There are two resting places on the bridge, inviting the pedestrians to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over the river.
The name "Darul Hana" bridge means "a place of peace and quiet" in Arabic.

The city of Kuching in Sarawak is divided in two parts by the Sarawak River. To connect the northern city with the southern part, the 'Darul Hana Bridge' was built. There is now an alternative route from north to south, without a detour or transfer by boat.

Tourists can now travel on foot from Kuching to the building of the Old State Legislative Assembly, the Botanic Gardens, the Orchid Garden, the iconic Fort Margherita and the current State Legislative Assembly Complex..
 


Fort Marguerita

 


State Legislative Assembly Complex with the special roof

 

 

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