Country’s first “City of Unity”, Kuching, Sarawak has a new landmark which is a bridge over the river, Sungai Sarawak.
The bridge is called the “Darul Hana Bridge” or “Jambatan Darul Hana” which connects Pangkalan Batu to Pangkalan Sapi. The new landmark was the brainchild of Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Back then, before the bridge was situated, people used to cross the river using a boat. Now, with the bridge situated, people can cross the river with ease.
The structure of the 335m-long S-shaped bridge contains elements of the Bidayuh community’s bamboo bridges combined with a futuristic design. The bridge was supported by steel cables and it has hornbill-topped towers.
The meaning of the bridge was “Home to Peace and Tranquility”.
From a historical perspective, when Sarawak was ruled by Sultan Tengah, he had named the state ‘Sarawak Darul Hana’, thus the reason for the name of the bridge.