Sarikei ( Chinese: 泗里街; pinyin: sì lǐ jiē)is a town, and the capital of the Sarikei District (985 square kilometres) in Sarikei Division, Sarawak, east Malaysia. It is located on the Rajang River, near where the river empties into the South China Sea. The district population (year 2010 census) was 56,798.
The most distinctive feature of the bustling waterfront is a 3.6 m high pineapple statue and also the tallest building in Sarikei - Wisma Jubli Mutiara.The town itself consists of a main road, Repok Road which is bisected by another road leading to the new development in Kampung Seberang.
Attractions and Recreation Spots:
Sebangkoi Country Resort
Sarikei Deer Farm
Sarikei Wharf Esplanade
Sarikei Lake Park
Sarikei Merdeka Park
Rumah Nyuka Longhouse
Bukit Huang Pineapples & Vegetables Plantation
Wisma Jubli Mutiara: Tallest building in Sarikei with 10 Storey
Civic Centre Sarikei
Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry building
Water Tower at Lake Garden Sarikei
Clock Tower at wharf: officially opened on 29 June 1974
Swee Hoon Supermarket
Nam Leong Supermarket Sarikei
Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia
Sarikei is a fast developing town nowadays. There are some local and international retail outlets open their branch in Sarikei in recent year like The Body Shop, Blackball - Original Taiwenese Tea & Dessert, ShareTea , Boluomi Tea, Singapore Chicken Rice (SCR), Watsons Personal Care Stores, Guardian, and so on.
There are four major markets in Sarikei whereby people can buy local products and perishable goods, namely Sarikei Hawker Centre, Sarikei Rejang River Market, Sarikei Centre Market and Nyelong Weekend Market (tamu). The Sarikei Hawker Centre was opened on 14 April 1981 located at Bank Road bus terminal. At first floor of hawker centre, there have food court which separate by halal and non-halal section. There also have another food court near by hawker centre, namely Sarikei Hawker Food Centre.
Mostly hotel in Sarkei are budget hotel. Below are the list of hotel in Sarikei:
Garden Hotel (Sarikei New Township)
Hiek Lik Hotel
Leh Hua Hotel
Payang Puri Hotel
Sebangkoi Country Resort
Tanjung Manis Hotel
Yew Luen Lodging House
The main religions in the town are Christianity, Buddhism and Islam. For Islam, the primary place of worship for the Muslims is the town mosque adjacent to the Hua Tai residential area, namely Masjid Al-Muttaqin. The mosque is categorised as Gred 1 mosque located at Jalan Masjid Baru. Masjid Al-Muttaqin formerly known as Masjid Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman Yaakub. The design of Masjid Al-Muttaqin's building fully with high Muslim artwork to symbolise the spirit of unity and tolerance among Muslims in this region, especially Muslims in Sarikei.
Besides that, the town has a fairly large population of Christians. The majority of the Christians belong to the Methodist denomination which has about four churches in the town area and surrounding residential areas. The Roman Catholic parish of St Anthony's in Sarikei has its church along Repok Road. The mission also runs two schools, St. Anthony's Secondary School and St. Anne's Primary School as well as a kindergarten, St. Clement's. Other Christian churches include the Anglican Church centre in the Nyelong Park Housing Estate as well as the SIB (Borneo Evangelical Church). In 1999, a new church was built at Jalan Kwong Ming named the Sarawak Full Gospel Church (Sarikei Branch).
Sarikei Buddhist Orthodox Association is one of the religious place whereby Buddhist can having their prayers or joint the religion activities. The association located at Nyelong By Pass Sarikei.
On the others hand, Sarikei also have many small temples for folk religion like Na Tuk Kong Temple and so on.
The more famous local cuisine include:
Roti Bakar Aik Seng
Jakar Prawn Noodles
Kam Pua noodles
Erng Zhou Ark
Jin Tung Pian
Bek Ting Yuok
Tian Miang Ngu
Zhou Cai Hung Ngan