Within Lundu Town.

from river

The Malay word for "town" is pasar. This derives from the Persian bâzâr, and means "market." People say, "I'm going down to the pasar," in Malay, Iban, Selako, and English (or, alternatively, in English, "I'm going down to the bazaar") as often as they say, "I'm heading for town." The market is the town, the town is the market. Few people actually live in the pasar except for the (usually Chinese) owners of retail businesses and coffeshops, and their families. Everybody else lives outside the pasar, in one kampong or another, or in a house on a separate plot.

dry market

An open shop at the Dry Market. As the name suggests, the Dry Market is where things like salt fish, beans, rice, coffee, and sundries are sold.

bus station

Directly facing the dry market is the bus-station. The Kuching busses arrive and depart from here. And there is service to Bau in the east, to Sematan and Pueh in the west, and also to Kampong Pandan. By this last route one may get to Gunung Gading National Park---about one mile outside of town---and to Siar and Pandan beaches, which are considerably further out.

bazaar 1

At the center of Lundu town lies the padang or square. Shophouses line three sides of the padang, and the third side is open to the river. Here we are looking NW from the river side.

bazaar 2

And here we are looking SW.

williams shop

A little farther back from the previous photo, you can see the extent of the shoprow to the back, and on the left, the fishmarket.

fish market

Facing from the shoprow above, we see the fish market.

office row

A little farther down towards the road to the Malay kampong, the newest row of shophouses in Lundu, which contains a breezy coffeeshop, two cold-storage outlets, a clinic, a motorcycle repair shop, a bakery, and my office.

vegetable market

From the back area of my office, one has a complete view of Lundu's Wet Market. Here are sold vegetables, fruits, and other things. Upstairs in the main building is a "food court."

Traders in the main building specialize in vegetables grown by commercial farmers outside Kuching, and in imported fruits such as apples. Many of the traders here also grow and sell their own vegetables and fruits, such as cucumbers and citrus.

To the left of the main building stands a large oven pavilion. Here Dayak women bring the vegetables they grow to sell. They will also sell the jungle produce they collect: ferns (midin and paku), bamboo and palm shoots, and wild fruits. Women traditionally take care of this type of business.

happy seafood

Sam and his mother at the corner coffeshop/restaurant, the Happy Seafood Center.

old district office

The old District Office, built by the British during Sarawak's brief time as a colony. Here, at a desk behind the window under the staircase, I wrote my book Jalai Jako’ Iban.