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Banjarmasin is the capital and the pulsating heart of the province of South Kalimantan. The largest and most beguiling city of Kalimantan - the Indonesian territory on Borneo – it rests gingerly over a labyrinth of canals thus giving it its illustrious nickname as the city of a thousand rivers. Located on a delta near the junction of the Barito and Martapura rivers, Banjarmasin, together with its neighboring city, Banjarbaru, form the center of the ninth largest metropolitan city in Indonesia, named Banjar Bakula, which together comprise the area covering the Banjar Regency, the Barito Kuala Regency, and Tanah Laut Regency.
Banjarmasin has an abundance of wide and mighty rivers, which have always played a significant role in the Banjarese’ (the indigenous ethnic group of Banjarmasin) way of life. To this very day, every morning there are floating markets where farmers and merchants ply their goods on boats to trade. Floating markets such as at Muara Kuin and Lok Baintan in nearby Banjarbaru have always been a farmers’ market and it is interesting to see the genuine river-based way of life.
Just a short drive away east of the capital, one will find Martapura, a sparkling little city literally filled with diamonds and all the precious rocks delved from inside Borneo’s earth. The city is well-known as the center of the diamond industry as well as the main diamond cutting and polishing venue in Kalimantan, in addition to being producers of top quality jewelry. If one wishes to see how these precious gems are unearthed, the go visit the Cempaka Diamond Fields, in nearby Banjarbaru.....
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Formerly part of the vast South Sulawesi Province, the province of West Sulawesi was not officially formed until 5th October 2004. Along with the establishment of the new province, a capital was chosen as the center of government activities, which fell on the little coastal town of Mamuju, which lies most central in this tall shaped province. Not only does it serve as the center of government, Mamuju also acts as the main hub to explore the hidden beauty of West Sulawesi.
Formerly part of the vast South Sulawesi Province, the province of West Sulawesi was not officially formed until 5th October 2004. While it may not receive a fair share of spotlight compared to other more popular destinations in the archipelago, the young province has its own unique appeal as a pristine destination far from the hectic daily life or even bustling tourists’ commotions.
With as capital the small growing town of Mamuju, the province is divided into 5 regencies, stretching from Polewali Mandar in the south to North Mamuju in the north. As with the regencies, the beauty of West Sulawesi also stretches from high mountain ranges all the way to coastlines and the depth of the sea.
For adventure seekers and those who walk the roads less travelled, they can quench their thirst for a good adventure as they hike up to Indo Ranuang Waterfall in Polewali Mandar. While those who enjoy indulging themselves in the soft white sands, calm breezes, and the relaxing sounds of the waves there is the Dato Pangale Beach in Majene. For a refreshing experience of swimming in the relaxing ambience of nature, there is the Jati Gentungan Swimming Pool just a short drive away from the capital Mamuju. While you are here you will also be presented with the distinct hospitality and various unique cultural art forms of the Mandar ethnic group that inhabits most of West Sulawesi.....
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