Kota Samarahan is almost a suburb of the greater metropolitan area of Kuching, in the Kuching Division. It is located about 30 km south east of Kuching. The lands in Samarahan are mostly non-hilly, flat and low-lying. Most of the soils are peat soils which are ideal for coconut, oil palm and pineapples plantation. Most of the development in the Samarahan Division is concentrated in Kota Samarahan.
Transportation & Medical Facilities
Prior to the 1990s, the shortest means of access into Samarahan from Kuching was via the ferry at Sungai Kuap other than direct road access via Jalan Datuk Muhamad Musa which takes more distance to travel through. The construction of a bridge has further shortened the road distance from between Kuching-Kota Samarahan to 11 kilometers. This new road, Kuching-Kota Samarahan Expressway, links Kota Samarahan with the major industrial areas of Pending, Demak Laut and Sama Jaya. This new road currently undergoing expansion in anticipation of increased traffic between Kuching-Samarahan due to the increasing population in Samarahan.
Heart Centre, Sarawak General Hospital (SGH Heart Centre) is located in Kota Samarahan. The RM400 million centre, formerly known as Sarawak International Medical Centre (SIMC) equipped with highly skilled cardiac specialist, modern and latest technology. Other than that, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) has proposed to build a teaching hospital for its Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty under the 10th Malaysia Plan.
The Summer Shopping Mall
Great picture of the fast growing division of Kota Samarahan has been cherries with the existence of The Summer Shopping Mall. It is the first Shopping Mall open in the area which was developed by Tetap Majumas Sdn Bhd.
The three-storey landmark building covering 800,000 square feet build on the mixed development of residential, commercial and education hub of Kota Samarahan looking forward to cater over 300,000 population of the area.
With “Everything Under One Roof” concept, the mall is an integrated development comprising over 335 retail lots with a wide range of trade mix including fashion & lifestyle retails, food & beverages, entertainment and Servay Hypermarket and Parkwell Departmental store as the anchor tenants.
The three floor retail is introducing 'first' to the region Fashion Brand Name such as Kitschen, Shibuya, Hari-Hari and XES Shoes Store making their debut in the greater Kuching area. Not forgetting the region largest Lotus Five Star Cineplex with 12 comfortable hall consist of 9 elegant Cinema hall, two 3D Movie Hall and one classy theatre room.
The adjacent Summer Lagoon Water Theme Park is on schedule to be open later in this year. And for future development, the hotel and service apartment block will be complete the beautiful picture of the whole building. Sources : The Summer Shopping Mall