Kapit’s rich and colourful history dates back the reign of the White Rajahs, who built Fort Sylvia Kapit in 1880 to prevent the Iban from migrating up-river and attacking the Orang Ulu settlements. The fort still stands today, and has been converted into a museum housing various exhibits including cannons, documents and artifacts that are related to the past era. Kapit was also witness to migration by the Chinese, who have also contributed to the architecture of Kapit by building the Hock Leong Tieng Temple in 1889. The temple is now one of the oldest heritage buildings in Kapit and is a major tourist attraction for the town.


Kapit experiences significant rainfall throughout the year, and there is about 3161 millimetres of precipitation falls annually. Although the average annual temperature in Kapit is 27.2 °C, the warmest month of the year is usually in May with an average temperature of 27.8 °C, while January usually sees cooler temperatures of 26.4 °C. Visitors who want to avoid too much rain can look at visiting Kapit in August, as this month generally records an average of 163 millimetres of rain.

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