Founded as a fort in 1862 to fend of the area’s indigenous tribes, Sibu quickly grew into a predominantly Chinese city, earning the nickname the "New Fuzhou". Though many travellers just pass through Sibu on their way to traditional villages, the city offers those who make time to explore it an experience unlike anything else in Sarawak. In a predominantly Chinese city, one of the main landmarks is undoubtedly the Tua Pek Kong Temple - a colorful Buddhist temple with seven-story pagoda. Sibu’s Central Market is the largest indoor market in all of Malaysia, and a great place to sample the city’s excellent food. Likewise, lively Night Market is streetfood heaven if you’re travelling after sundown. To learn about the city’s rich cultural history, head to the Sibu Heritage Center, which has informative displays about everything from Chinese ethnic groups to Sarawak’s Communist insurgency.
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