Pontianak is a home for more or less six hundred thousand population. Founded in the eighteenth century, the city is mature enough to provide a well service to its people. This sub-chapter contains information about interesting places you may visit during your stay in the city.
Kadariah Palace – Built in 1771 by Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman Alqadrie who was the first sultan of the Sultanate of Pontianak, Kadariah Palace (Keraton Kadriah) is located on Jalan Tanjung Raya, Pontianak. The building is coated in yellow and made of kayu belian. Eusideroxylon zwageri, known by the local people as kayu belian, is also known as iron wood because of its strength. In the courtyard, there is an ancient Cannon relic of Japan and Portuguese. While inside the building, you can find the throne of the sultan and the Queen Consort, complete with photos, clothes and other various collections sultan belongs to the sultan. One of the unique collection is a hand-written Qur’an written by Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman Alqadrie himself.
Makam Kesultanan Batulayang – This site is the cemetery of the seven sultans of Pontianak and their family. The main tomb here, of course, is the mausoleum of the first sultan, Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman Alqadrie. It is located in a room exactly in the middle of the complex and in a shape similar to a small bunker. The entrance for pilgrims is made low so the visitors must bow themselves down as they are entering the tomb. This cemetery is located on Jalan Khatulistiwa, just a few hundred meters before the city border.
Masjid Jami Pontianak – Masjid Jami Pontianak is also known as the mosque of Sultan Syarif Abdurrahman. Beside the Palace, the mosque bear witness to the origin of the city of Pontianak. The mosque has four main pillars of kayu belian with a diameter of 0.5 meters each. In addition, the mosque holds a commune of 1,500 people. Masjid Jami Pontianak is located about 200 metres from the Royal Palace Kadriah.
Tugu Khatulistiwa – This monument is the pride of the citizens of Pontianak. The monument which is located around 3 km from the city centre divides the Earth into two exact part, the North and the South. The zero-degree-latitude-monument consists of four main pillars, of which the two pillars on the rear are higher than the ones on the front. Inside the monument, there is a museum of imaginary lines of the Earth. There is also a gift shop which sells miniature of the monument. The monument offers a certificate of proof of visit signed by the Mayor of Pontianak. The best time to visit is on the 21st to 23rd March or 21st to 23rd September. At that time, a natural phenomenon occurs, the solar equinox. This particular time gives you the experience to have yourself standing under the Sun without shadow in a broad daylight.
Masjid Raya Mujahidin – Located on Jalan Ahmad Yani, Masjid Raya Mujahidin (Mujahidin Grand Moaque) is the largest mosque in the Province of Kalimantan Barat. First build in 1978, the mosque saw its finest reconstruction in 2015. President Joko Widodo officially reopened the mosque after renovation. The name of Mujahidin represents the struggle of Muslim in Kalimantan Barat to earn the country’s independence. Standing firmly on the area of 4 ha, the mosque could host 9,000 congregation.
Rumah Adat Melayu – Rumah Adat Melayu Kalimantan Barat (Kalbar) is located on the Cultural Dwelling, Jalan Sutan Syahrir, Pontianak. The construction took two years from 2003. Offically opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, the house functions for various purposes. Taking a space of 1.4 ha, the complex consists of Balai Kerja (Working Hall), Balai Pustaka (Archive Hall), Balai Budaya (Cultural Space), and Pesanggarahan (Lodging).
Rumah Betang Radakng – Rumah Betang Radakng is a replica of the Dayak traditional house. It is located on Jalan Sultan Sjahrir, Kota Baru, Pontianak. Rumah Betang Radakng sets a record as the longest traditional house in Indonesia. The length of the House reaches 138 meters with a width of 5 metres and a height of 7 meters. It is customary for the Dayak tribe to live with their extended family under the same roof. The more family member they have, the longer the house will be.
Taman Alun-alun Kapuas – The existence of the Kapuas River could not be separated from the life of the citizens of Pontianak. In addition to being a means of transportation, the river is also utilized for family recreation. The three acres of garden features a replica of the equator monument on one of its corners. In addition, Taman Alun-alun Kapuas has a port for river cruises to take the visitor to enjoy the river.
Aloe Vera Center – Aloe Vera Center is a site for cultivation of aloe vera. The geographical attribute gives the city an advantage to develop the plant. The suitability of the soil makes it possible to the plant to grow at its best condition in the city. Due to the fact, each of its leaf can weigh up to 1.2 kg. This centre offers the experience of feeling intimate to the plant. You can also see the process of making the plant into various kind of food. In addition, aloe vera is also processed into cream for cosmetics.
Museum Kalimantan Barat – The Museum is divided into three zones where each zone has different collections. The museum stores the artefacts discovered from West Kalimantan, the Royal collection, the craft of Dayak arts and culture, until a collection of ceramics from China. Outside the museum, there is a small garden with a wooden bridge that often the visitors take photograph.