Miri is the one of the eleven administrative divisions of Sarawak, east Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It has a total area of 26,777.1 square kilometers, and is the second largest division after Kapit Division. The population of Miri Division (year 2000 census) was 316,400. Ethnically, the population was Iban, Chinese, Malay, Melanau, Kayan, Kenyah, Lun Bawang and Kelabit. Due to the petroleum industry, there is also a large foreign worker population. Miri Division consists of two districts: Miri and Marudi.
The economy is largely based on petroleum and natural gas extraction from both onshore and offshore wells, and related petroleum refining, liquified natural gas and chemical production. Another major industry is timber processing from Miri's huge tropical rainforest. Processed wood products, rather than log export has been given priority by the government. Agriculture is includes oil palm, rubber, and pepper as the main products. Tourism, particularly ecotourism, is a growing component of the economy.
Places to Visit
Taman Awam Miri
Only a few minutes drive from the City centre, this creatively landscaped public park provides you with a pleasant environment for a family outing, or for some light walking exercise. Taman Awam Miri includes a botanical garden, an observatory tower, a suspension bridge, a well-equipped children's playground, pavilions and food stalls.
San Ching Tian Taoist Temple
You have the rare opportunity while in Miri to see one of the largest Taoist Temples in South-East Asia. Located in Krokop (about 10 minutes drive from the City centre), the San Ching Tian Taoist Temple was opened in 2000 and is cared for by Taoist priests. Visitors are welcomed (as a sign of respect, please dress appropriately).
Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple
An important icon of Miri's early history, this is the oldest Chinese temple in Miri City. Located in the "Old Town" section of the City (at the junction of China street and Jalan Bendahara), the Tua Pek Kong Chinese Temple was originally built in 1913 by Chinese migrants then working in Miri's recently- established oil industry. Visitors are welcomed (as a sign of respect, please dress appropriately).
Miri City Fan
Perfect for an early evening stroll, or if you just want to sit back and relax, the national award-winning City Fan public park - located in the middle of the City - is a complex of elegantly landscaped parks, theme gardens and an open-air amphitheatre. And you can also check out local Sarawakian artworks in the Miri Library (Pustaka Miri) right next to it.