Miri Old Town

Submitted by eyeonmiri on Fri, 2008-03-14 14:38. :: Eyes on Miri | Photography | Special interests | Tourism

Miri Old Town is a narrow warren of streets crammed with tiny shops selling a huge variety off goods, as well as some of the most traditional and original coffee shops in town. The Old Town is gradually being renovated, street-by-street, but the architectural style & layout is supposedly being preserved. Souvenir and antique hunters can visit the tiny shops in the Old Town, or buy direct from the producers at Miri Handicrafts Center.

Some of the accessible areas are

- Tamu Muhibbah, opposite the central bus station, is a colorful native market where you'll find a range of exotic fruits and vegetables, handicrafts and produce from upriver areas, including fragrant Bario rice. Good photo opportunities.

- Miri Fish Market, along Jalan Bendahara next to the Tua Pek Kong Temple is where the local catch is landed early every morning. A large variety of fish and seafood is sold here, and some of the fishmongers' stalls have their varieties of fish displayed in a very elaborate manner. Right next to the fish market, the Tua Pek Kong temple. Visitors are welcome and there is ample photo opportunities among the architecture of the temple.

Notes of interest:

- A lady selling vegetables along the corridors at the old-style Sea View coffee shop in front of the Tua Pek Kong Temple regularly brings her cat along for the day. This cat is much adored by her customers and those who frequent the area. Usually can be seen in the mornings.

- You can sometimes see a man riding his classic china-style bicycle in the Old Town. This bicycle is special; it is decorated with lights and other accessories to look a bit like a motorbike, but yet clearly it is not pretending to be one. Probably the only one in Miri.

- You may see one or two mentally-challenged men talking to themselves in the middle of the streets. They do not pose danger to the public but they do wander around regularly.