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The Kapit skyline
The Kapit skyline
Kapit is located in Borneo Topography
Coordinates: 2°01′0″N 112°56′0″E / 2.01667°N 112.93333°E / 2.01667; 112.93333Coordinates: 2°01′0″N 112°56′0″E / 2.01667°N 112.93333°E / 2.01667; 112.93333
Country  Malaysia
State  Sarawak
Population (2013)
 • Total 18,000

Kapit is a town and the capital of Kapit District in Kapit Division, Sarawak, Malaysia on the south bank of the Rajang River. The district comprises 15,595.6 square kilometres and as of 2002 has a population of 60,200.

Rajah Charles Brooke founded Fort Kapit in 1880 as a garrison town, primarily to prevent the Iban from migrating up-river and attacking Orang Ulu settlements. The fort was later renamed Fort Sylvia, after the wife of Rajah Vyner Brooke, Rani Sylvia Brooke, but the town retained the name of Kapit. Initially settled by Hoklo (Hokkien) Chinese in 1880, additional Ka Chinese immigrants arrived in 1906, and Fuzhou Chinese in 1919. The Chinese grew rubber and pepper and traded treated rubber sheet and forest products. In 1941, at the time of the Japanese occupation, Kapit only had two rows of 37 shophouses. The town was completely destroyed by allied bombing during the war. Kapit today remains as a busy but compact town with a few streets running parallel to the river.

Although accessible only by boat (slightly more than 2 hours from Sibu by express boat) or light aircraft, it is the vibrant commercial and social center for the middle Rajang River catering to the longhouse communities and timber camps. It is an excellent base for exploring nearby longhouses or for arranging trips to the Upper Rejang and Balleh Rivers.


  • Fort Sylvia
  • Kapit Museum - houses a fine collection of ethnic arts, handicrafts and sketches and water colours of life along the mighty rivers.
  • Hock Leong Tieng Temple
  • Pasar Teresang – Wet Market
  • Regency Pelagus Resort
  • Church of Mary Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic Church

Notable people[edit]

  1. Tun Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Jugah ak Barieng, Iban Paramount Leader
  2. Temenggong Koh, Iban Paramount Leader
  3. Datuk Amar Dr. Leonard Linggi ak Tun Jugah
  4. Temenggong Datuk Kenneth Kanyan ak Temenggong Koh
  5. Tememggong James Jimbun ak Pungga
  6. Dato Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing,Minister of Land Development Sarawak
  7. Datuk Sng Chee Hua
  8. Alexander Nanta Linggi, Member of Parliament for Kapit
  9. Encik Larry Sng, former State Assemblyman for Pelagus


Typical houses in Kapit 
Speedboats and longboats at Kapit wharf terminal 


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