Kutien Memorial Park at Jalan Bukit Lima, about 4 km away from the town. One will be greeted with this giant arch on arriving to the park. If you have never been to Gutian in Fujian Province, visit the Jixiang Pagoda at the memorial park in Sibu and chances are you will come away feeling having traveled to that Suthern China country
Known the Auspicious Pagoda, the nine storey stone structure is a replica of the tower in Gutian built during the Sung Dynasty, about 1,000 years ago The ancient pagoda is an imposing landmark in Gutian, known for its mushrooms, and the one in Sibu is a spitting image of the original.
Built in 2003 by the Sarawak Kutien Association at the edge of the water lily and lotus pond in the park, it embodies the culture of the local Kutien community, one of the 10 Foochow sub-clans in the state.
To the local Kutien community, the Auspicious Pagoda symbolises their cultural link with their ancestral homeland, and to the Sibu community, it is a source of pride, having entered the Malaysia Book Record as the tallest, largest and heaviest (300 tons of solid granite) solid pagoda in Malaysia.
Another main feature of the Kutien memorial Park was a stone slab erected as a memorial for the early settlers who died trying to make a life in Sibu. Life was harsh back then. infrastructures were poor and diseases widespread. Many had died in the first few years
This stone slabs are the Kutiens witnesses from the world over, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Sitiawan, Cambodia and Canada who attended the opening ceremony of the memorial park
The park's surrounding is beautiful and worth venturing. A lot of folks jog around this scenic park. Shed and seat are plenty here to relax and soak into the atmosphere.
There is a pond in the middle of the park. Water lily seems to thrive here. I don't recall there were so many water lily in my last visit here.
At a corner of the pond, near the reflexology path, was the iconic symbol of Sibu town, the swan
One can even try the reflexology path. I hardly make a complete round as it hurts a lot half way
There is a pavilion to commemorate the donors for this memorial park. The name of the donors are immortalized here. Behind the pavilion is an open air balcony and one can sit while enjoying the surrounding view and the pond.
The memorial park should be accessible by public transport as I note a bus stop just in front of the park. However, I have no idea which bus to take
As usual, all the interesting places in Sibu was brought to the viewers in an environmental friendly manner as I cycled from my home to the park. The journey took me approximately 30 minutes.