Marudi, Sarawak

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Marudi
Town
Marudi is located in Malaysia
Marudi
Marudi
Coordinates: 4°11′0″N 114°19′0″E / 4.18333°N 114.31667°E / 4.18333; 114.31667
Country  Malaysia
State  Sarawak
Government
 • District Officer Joseph Belayong Ak. Punan
(District Officer)
Area
 • Total 22,070.0 km2 (8,518 sq mi)
Population (2010[1])
 • Total 90,100
Demonym Marudian
Time zone MST (UTC+8)
 • Summer (DST) Not observed (UTC)
Website www.marudidc.org

Marudi is a town on the Baram River in the north of Sarawak which borders the state of Sabah in Malaysia and the small country of Brunei. Marudi is a quiet town situated inland from Miri, similar in size to Kapit though nowhere near as busy. Its main attraction is another of the Brooke outposts, the beige wooden Fort House. It is the cultural heart of Sarawak's highland tribesfolk, collectively called Orang Ulu.

Marudi, a riverine town about 100 km upriver from Kuala Baram, is the largest town in the sparsely populated Baram district. It is the district administrative headquarters and has been since the days of the White Rajahs. Marudi used to be a stepping stone to the well-known tourist destination, Gunung Mulu National Park. Pioneer tourists would travel from Miri to Marudi first, and then from the river, tourists would have to use long boats cutting through few adventurous rapids upstream before reaching Mulu. With the completion of a small airport at Mulu, most tourists prefer to take Twin Otters direct from Miri airport.

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Marudi is served by Marudi Airport (MUR) which is in the town. Twin Otters fly to Miri up to nine times daily and serve Bario, Long Banga, Long Lellang, Long Akah and Long Seridan. The airport is a 10-minute (1 km) walk east of the centre.

Express boat terminal[edit]

Express boats between Marudi and Kuala Baram used to operate regularly in the morning and early afternoon until the road connecting Miri to Marudi was paved. Since then there is only one boat operating and it leaves Miri early in the morning.

Taxis go from Kuala Baram to Miri.

Tourism[edit]

Exterior view of the Fort Hose in 1896
Interior view of the Fort Hose in 1896

The main tourist attraction in the town is "Fort Hose". Fort Hose was a wooden fort built during the Brooke administration. The fort was named after an ethnographer and a photgrapher Charles Hose. The fort was later converted into a museum which houses some ethnographic photographs, local textiles, handicrafts, and ceremonial items. The museum is accessible from Jalan Fort which is 10 minutes from the main bazaar.[2]

Marudi government departments / emergency call[edit]

  • District Office 085-755211, 755770
  • Marudi District Council 085-755755
  • Police Station 085-755221, 755222, 755751
  • Marudi Hospital 085-755511 (24-hour hotline)
  • Fire Station 085-755189
  • Sesco (power station) 085-755231

Banks[edit]

Education[edit]

Kindergarten

  • Marudi Methodist
  • Yuk Ying

Primary school

  • SJK Chung Hua Primary School
  • SJK Sungai Jaong Primary School
  • SRB Qiao Nang Primary School
  • SRB Hua Nang Primary School
  • Good Shepherd Primary School
  • Dato Sharif Hamid Primary School

Secondary school

  • SMK Telang Usan
  • SMK Marudi

College and technic school

  • Technic College (vehicle)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Basic Population Characteristics by Administrative Districts, published by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia". Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Fort Hose, Marudi, Sarawak". Sarawak Tourism Board. Sarawak Tourism Board. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

Coordinates: 4°11′N 114°19′E / 4.183°N 114.317°E / 4.183; 114.317