Tuesday, 1 May 2012


The market opens every Saturday and Sunday, starts on Saturday afternoon. That's when the villagers begin arriving with their produce and livestock. They overnight at their stalls and continue business on Sunday until 5:00 am.

It’s the best place to find Sarawak’s food produce, handicrafts and knick knacks. As you wander around Satok Market, you get a feel of what the people of Kuching buy. Fresh herbs and vegetables are decked out. Bundles of fern or pucuk paku share a table with banana flower. At the meat section, there's a gory selection from beef to wild boar.
Getting there

Walk south along Jalan Tun Haji Openg and then turn right at Jalan Satok. The market is on the left side, about 500 meters down the road.

Browse the goods at Kuching's wonderful Sunday Open Market. This colourful and intoxicating weekly market is perhaps the best single spot in Sarawak to find authentic quality handicrafts from the indigenous tribes.

Beautiful textiles, beadwork, woodcarvings, and bamboo and rattan products are abundant and inexpensive here. Whether you want to buy or simply browse, the beauty of the creations will likely prove too tempting for your wallet.

The Satok market is often listed as a tourist attraction in Kuching, but unless you're a keen photographer it probably won't hold much appeal. The produce is cheap and fresh and the environment interesting to walk around, but it also gets very hot and crowded especially during weekend.

* Traders at Satok are expected to move to Medan Niaga Satok, next to Kubah Ria, in Matang Road very soon. Medan Niaga Satok situated just beside the new Kubah Ria in PetraJaya. would have five main complexes.

Lets browse through this old.....vanishing Satok Sunday Market.....

Farewell To Satok Sunday Market......

Fresh Fern Shoots (Pteridium esculentum). Sarawakian call this 'Pakuk'

 Keranji madu, tamarind fruits which are encased in a hard shell. The thin flesh is sweet.

 Gula Apong, Sarawak’s version of palm sugar

Fresh bamboo shoots

Pastries from chinese and malay stall

Putu Mayang.....my favorite

Tabaloi & Sarawak Layered Cake Stall

Jungle produce from the farmers from the hinterland of Kuching city, mostly from Bau, Lundu, Padawan and Serian

Farewell To Satok Wet Market.....

 The Old Satok Market

The Old Wet Satok Market
The most famous Terubok Masin Sarawak.

Satok, situated in the city North of Kuching was once a Malay kampung (village). Sunday Market in Satok become one of the most popular tourist attractions and visited by tourists in and outside Malaysia. 

Night eateries known as Benteng, which only operate at night enable visitors and the locals to enjoy the various food, including the famous Kolok Mee and the popular Laksa Sarawak.

Food Stalls at Benteng, Satok (operate at night only)

The Satok market will be relocated to Medan Niaga Satok beside Kubah Ria in Kuching. However, due to the upgrading of Jalan Matang into a dual carriageway, the move is expected to be after the completion of the upgrading works in August.

The minister of the state’s Tourism Ministry, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the main access road to the Medan would be widened to four lanes.

THE relocation of the well known Satok market  to Medan Niaga Satok, next to Kubah Ria, is inevitable as it has grown too huge and vibrant to be  in the middle of the city.

Kuching North Mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai said they understood the tourist value and historical significance of the market but were left with little choice.

He said when the Satok market was first set up in the early 1990s, it was just a temporary measure to house petty traders who were previously selling jungle products at the Masjid Bandaraya car park.


Medan Niaga Satok situated just beside the new Kubah Ria in PetraJaya have five main complexes.

DBKU would work together with the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) to ensure that the move would be done in a systematic manner.

There are about 1,400 traders at the Satok Market, comprising those who trade at night, traders of the Sunday Market, traders selling jungle produce and those selling clothes as well as other non-perishable items.

Speaking on Medan Niaga Satok, Abdul Wahap (Kuching North Mayor) said it would have better facilities, such as collection of unsold fruits and vegetables to be turned into compost.

”It will also have an interceptor to collect grease and other kitchen waste so that it will not go directly into the river,” he said, adding that the new market was also designed to be easy to clean.

Located next to the new Kubah Ria, the RM47mil Medan Niaga Satok is a collaboration between the state government and Fama to replace the current Satok Market.

It comprises Fama’s support service centre, a farmers’ market, a wet and dry market, a plaza and cafeteria as well as a food court.

These new facilities would provide better comfort to the traders in Satok market. Added with modern design and cleaner market waste management system, rest assured that both the traders and customers would find this new market both convenient and appealing.

One of the priorities of this project focuses on cleanliness, be it internally or to its surroundings.

As part of the city’s transformation programme, this complex is a project to help the low income group and with the tourism centre and remember that these new facilities would provide better comfort to the traders in Satok market.

Detailed plan: Johari looking at plans for the jetty and pontoon during the earthbreaking ceremony for their construction at Medan Niaga Satok, Kampung Bintangor, and Sungai Lajim, at Kubah Ria Market in Kuching yesterday. — ANDRE OLIVEIRO / The Star

The second upgrade would be the building of three more marinas along Sarawak River. Johari told reporters yesterday that the marinas would cost RM3mil in total. He said all the projects — from the marinas to the Medan — would complement one another. The marinas would encourage more visitors to the Medan and vice versa, he said.

Since returning to the ministry last year, Johari has been actively promoting the development of water transportation and riverine activities.

Along Sarawak River, the Medan’s marina would be the furthest west of Johari’s proposed water transportation system, while, the already-built and operational marina close to the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching was the furthest east.

In between, the two other marinas were at Sungai Lajim and Kampung Bintagor. Johari said river transportation was as much targeted at tourists as locals.

“River transportation will help to reduce urban congestion,” Johari said.

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