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India Street Pedestrian Mall
|All types of vehicles are
prohibited from entering and being parked at the India Street
Shopping Centre here effective April 1, 2013
RM1 Million to turn India Street into a ‘house within a house’
India Street, set up in late 1840s, is
ready to embrace a facelift involve keeping all the shop houses and
the street itself under a shelter.
The facelift would benefit shoppers and the traders who were the long-term stakeholders.
Keeping the street under a shelter was important to ensure that
shopping could go on uninterrupted whether in rain or shine.
The proposed facelift was deemed necessary as more locals and tourists coming to the area soon after the completion of Plaza Merdeka shopping mall in November 2012.
The proposed Plaza Merdeka Hotel would follow suit in 2013 while the renovation and upgrading works of the Open Air Market could commence soon.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib
had approved the shelter project and announced Friday April 27, 2012
an allocation of RM1million for the Kuching City North Commission to
India Street Pedestrian Mall will
have a modern shopping-arcade outlook, complete with covered
India Street : a pedestrian walkway of variety of
colorful textiles, clothing, crockery and other essentials in a manner not changed much in the past decades.
Jalan India is lined with shops selling all kinds of goods, particularly textiles. Mid-way down Jin India (if you can find it!) there is a narrow passageway that leads to Jin Gambier, where the fruit, vegetable and fish markets and the spice merchants are located. If you follow this passageway you'll pass a small Mosque hidden away in the middle of the city. The Mosque's structure has undergone many changes since it was originally built by Kuching's Indian Muslim community in the mid 19th century.
India Street is a day mall best visited in the day time when most shops open only till 6pm in the evening.
India Street Pedestrian Mall Committee chairman is Wee Hong Seng
This is the best place to shop for spices, clothing, textiles, souvenirs, this is one place you can visit. You can even get your clothes tailored.
This street used to be one of the busiest streets of the old Kuchingtown and was the main place to get clothes from around the world. Indian merchants were dominant then.
Now most of the shops are now Chinese operated, there are still a number of Indian curry-houses, spice shops and textile merchants here.
Today, the pedestrian mall has transformed into a street for fashionable clothes to funky wear and food outlets to hardware shops. The assortment of goods available is quite astonishing and be sure to venture into the various alleys on either side of the street to discover the hidden treasures of India Street.
Little Lebanon is a restaurant at one end of India street. An ideal place to stop for lunch. Serving mainly authentic Lebanese, Middle Eastern and local favorites, the restaurant has a good choice to pick from and suited for adults and children alike. An opportunity to discover the taste of Lebanon through their offerings of Shawarma, Kebabs, Arabic Sausages, Kiftah Halabi, Hommus and a variety of Pita Bread specialties. The interior is beautifully decorated with Middle Eastern design setting and highly romantic for couples to spend an evening together over a meal. Sample their bread as it is made in-house and the fresh oven baked smell is simply irresistible. Little Lebanon Open daily from 10.00am to 10.30pm.
is a narrow
passageway locally known as “Lorong Sempit” . This small lane
lead to Gambier Road. The lane is so narrow that at one section only
one person can walk pass at anytime.
INDEX of Kuching City April 06, 2013 10:16:57 PM