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Square Tower is a heritage structure on the Kuching Waterfront. As you walk along the Sarawak River, you will come upon the Square Tower, a white cube-like structure in the shape of a fortress. The Square Tower in Kuching is one of those odd looking buildings that is hard to miss. It was built in 1879, the same year Fort Margherita on the opposite bank of the river was erected. Originally, it was used as a prison, and it even had dungeons. Then, it was turned into a fortress, and even into a dance hall.
The Square Tower, as seen from the Reflecting Pool at night.
Today the Square Tower is one of the heritage buildings in Kuching that serve mainly for tourism. It is now fitted with a multimedia information centre, complete with a theatre for video presentations.
Night shot of the Square Tower.
One of Square Tower's fortress-like towers.
The Square Tower during the day.
In keeping to its Sarawak motif, the weather vane is shaped as hornbills.