Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Churches in Kuching, Sarawak

My visit to the CMPC, Mount Singai began with the flight to Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. As the flight was at about 7.00 am by Air Asia, we had to get to the LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) very early to avoid the notorious queues and human traffic jam there. It was a good thing that the weather was fine so we need not have to experience first hand the horror stories about soaking wet luggage that were exposed to the rain.

I have been to Kuching some 30 years ago so it was as good as a first visit. The chartered bus was waiting for us when we arrived at Kuching. It was a bit small but the air-cond was not working properly so the ride was rather uncomfortable. (Luckily the air-cond was better subsequently so it was probably out of gas.) Our first stop was at the Blessed Sacrament Church as it was located between the airport and the town centre. The church looks quite new and the architecture is different from what we have here.

The front.....

The side view.......


The interior........


The altar.......
Mother Mary at the front entrance.....

The grotto.....


The grotto, closer view.......

The pieta......

From here, we went to our hotel in town. This is the
Telang Usan, a family run 3-star hotel that is not too far from the main shopping bazaar street of Kuching. There is also a convenient store nearby and the neighbourhood comes alive at night as there are many restaurants and pubs around the hotel.

After our lunch, we continue the tour of the churches in Kuching. Next stop was St.Peter's. Compared to the Blessed Sacrament Church, this is older, smaller and much simpler in design. Nevertheless it still provides the solace and the tranquility of a place of worship.

The exterior......

The interior..........

The altar..........

Next stop was the Holy Trinity Church. This is even smaller and is right in the middle of a residential garden.

The front entrance......

The altar..................

Mother and Child...........

The second last stop was to the largest church in Kuching which is the St.Joseph Cathedral.

The front......

Another view of the front.......

Close up of St.Joseph and Child.......

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary......


Next to the Cathedral, is a plot of cemetery. Here lies the remains of Father Felix Westerwoudt and several other priests. His tombstone is shown below.


Our last stop was at the Carmelite Chapel. This is where we had our evening Mass.




After Mass, we went back to our hotel and this was followed by dinner. I have never visited so many churches in one day and this must surely be the holiest day of my life.
Ronald Kwok

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