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History of Miri

Like most cities, Miri has a rich history. What started out as a small settlement of fishing village, Miri is now a modern city, some one hundred years later.

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Miri River (Sungai Miri)

Miri River is the body of water that splits Miri Peninsula and the mainland Miri, flowing out to sea from inland, curving at Lutong Town. In one particularly popular but inaccurate online map service, the river is incorrectly marked as Sungai Baong. Others references online have confused it with Baram River.

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Piasau Camp

Piasau Camp was a residential area built in the 1950s for Sarawak Shell for its employees, located on a stretch of the Miri peninsula adjacent to Lutong south from the Lutong airfield.

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Shinonome Wreck

Shinonome (東雲 ”Daybreak”) was the sixth of twenty-four Fubuki-class destroyers, built for the Imperial Japanese Navy following World War I. It had exploded and sank with all hands off the coast of Miri.

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River Road

River Road was the name of the road that stretches from the Tua Pek Kong Temple, past the fish market, old bus station (now a roundabout), the old Miri Port Authority Building (now Arcadia Square), ending at the old shop houses of what is now known as the Harbour View Inn building.

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Sungai Tujoh

Literally, Sungai Tujoh is translated as the Seventh River or Seventh Stream spelled in the form of Bruneian Malay language. An immigration post was built in the 1960s to control the movement of goods and people between Miri and points west in Sarawak with Brunei, at this "7th river".

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Old Miri Airport Tower & Terminal (Decommissioned)

The Old Miri Airport was planned and built in the 1970s, where a demand for a more modern and longer runway was needed to accommodate Fokker 50s and the Boeing 737s for a booming commercial aviation as commercial flying became a more affordable way to travel.

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Miri Peninsula

The Miri Peninsula is a piece of land that is bordered by water on three sides but connected to mainland Miri, split in between by Miri River.

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HMS Viscount Melbourne Wreck

The HMS Viscount Melbourne was a three-mast, 800-ton sailing wooden ship about 150 feet long and 45 feet wide with brass sheathing that was journeying from Singapore to Macau in 1842 when she blown off course by a heavy storm and ultimately struck a reef in the Laconia Shoals, a large reef complex in South China Sea.

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Tua Pek Kong Temple

Built in 1913, and (then) located next to the Miri River and alongside the old fish market, the temple was built and dedicated to the beloved deity by overseas Chinese. Not just a place of worship, but a historical site and a place of interest worth visiting for the architecture and culture.



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