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The Gate of Pontianak City (photo: HelloPontinesia)

Pontianak City

It is the capital city of West Kalimantan, also known as the “Equator Zero”. There are a lot of things that tourists can do in this city, like hiking, visiting the Equator Monument, Baning Forest tourism site, and tasting excellent local dishes. This city is inhabited by three different ethnicities with distinctive cultures, namely Dayak, Malay, and Chinese descendant communities that have blended together over the centuries. Such cultural blends could be seen in its architecture, textile, and gastronomic heritages.

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Pontianak City

Tourist Attractions in West Kalimantan

West Kalimantan

Batik Motifs

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

 

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Penari Melayu

Penari Melayu illustrates the traditional dance of Malay ethnic in

Dayak Kamang

Kamang motif is generally found in the Dayak tribe shield because it is believed to

Tenun Bima

The motifs are adopted from Bima woven textile. This pattern has received a great

Ake Patra

Ake is related to the divinity and the composition of the universe. It is a symbol of

Cengkeh

The clove flower motif is the main commodity of the Tolitoli Regency. This motif represents

Sido Mulyo

Sidomulyo is one of the classical motifs, which is specifically used for the bride’s costume in

Peresean

The Peresean is a game that sometimes some kinds of magic are

Alam Pantai

The word “Alam Pantai” refers to the natural beauty of

Pati-Pati Pinehiku

It symbolizes the hierarchy in society and the social status of the Mekongga

Srimanganti

The name of the Srimanganti motif is derived from Palace’s hallway that connects to

Kawung

The Kawung motif was created by Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo (1593 – 1645) as a symbolic gift for

Samudra

This art painting means to be strong-willed person to pursue

Awan Berarak

Awan Berarak is a combination of Dayak motifs and Malay patterns. The word ‘Awan Berarak’ means the

Rumah Mamuju

the Batik motif illustrates the house of Mamuju King with the stairs, located on the left of the wooden stage house

Wakatobi

It symbolizes the coastal beauty of the Wakatobi island and the symbol of Patra symbolizes

Tifa Papua

This motif was derived from traditional Papuan musical instruments,

Tikar Natuna

The Tikar Natuna motif is adapted from the traditional making of pandanus mats in

Honai

The Honai is inspired by the traditional house of the Papuan community living in

Salakanagara

Salakanagara batik motif illustrates the first kingdom in the Betawi land

Awan Larat Riau

This motif is usually associated with gentleness, wisdom, and

Waruga

Minahasa batik motifs are adopted from Waruga. Waruga is the

Sinaran

This pattern originates from Cirebon. It represents the reflection of

Tanah Liek

The word “Tanah Liek” refers to clay in Minang language. It is also known as

Tabir Tanjung

Tanjung flower is a type of Cherry tree flower, which is commonly found in

Gedhog Kembang Waluh

a combination of Javanese cultural motif of the Majapahit kingdom (XII-XIV century) with

Karawo Pinang

Pinang refers to the Palm areca tree. This motif is considered as the original

Barong Bali

The Barong refers to the mythological animal with supra-natural

Teluk Tomini

This motif illustrates the beauty of underwater life in

Tidayu

The name of this motif is the acronym of three ethnics namely,

Kain Cual

Cual textile tradition has existed since the 17th century. The word “Cual” refers to

Kasih Tak Sampai

‘Kasih Tak Sampai’ is an idiom in the Indonesian language which refers to

Pantai Ambon

Ambon city batik depicts the natural wealth and marine life of

Kalo Sara

Kalo Sara is a sacred motif for Tolaki ethnic. It is considered as

Dayak Taghol

Dayak Taghol has a distinctive style of four curved lines and small dots. This motif represents

Asmat Papua

The batik motif illustrates the Asmat’s sacred tribal motifs that are

Durian Pecah

Broken Durian motifs depict the foundation of faith. The second half signifies the mastery of

Pohon Hayat (Tree of Life)

The Batik motifs in Lampung are dominated by the acculturation of Buddhist and

Gonggong Siput

Gonggong (Strombus Turturella) is one type of sea snail found around

Besurek Rafflesia

The term “Basurek” refers to a textile that contains letters or inscriptions

Daun Simpor

This motif is inspired by the Simpor plant (Dillenia Suffruticosa) which is a typical

Tongkonan

Toraja’s traditional house is called Tongkonan. Tongkonan is a place for

Ikan tambal

The word “Ikan” refers to fish. The philosophical meaning of Ikan Tambal means is

Pinawetengan

The Pinawetengan Batik pattern was taken from a prehistoric inscription in

Singayaksa

The Singayaksa motif comes from the name of a place where Sultan Hasanuddin used to

Merak Lasem

The peacock is considered to be the king of the birds. It represents

Kamaro Timika

This motif is inspired by sacred symbols of Kamaro communities in

Kuda Kupang

Horses symbolize wealth. It contains noble values of virtuous characters that bring

Insang Ikan

Insang refers to the gills of the fish. This is a typical pattern of Malay ethnic who inhabits

Pattimura

Pattimura is the name of an Indonesian hero who fought against colonialism in

Biji Kopi

The coffee seeds motif illustrates the pride of local coffee specialities in

Burung Bidadari

Bidadari birds are endemic birds in Halmahera. This motif represents an

Sekomandi

Its philosophical meaning is the eternal union which refers to a saying “until death do us part”

Ondel-ondel

Ondel – ondel is Betawi traditional icons. This motif signifies

Tubo Kelapa

Coconut tree is a symbol of a good character and strong mentality. It illustrates the more success a person, the more

Keluak Daun Pakis

The word “Keluak” is a Minang language which means twisted or tangled. The Motif of

Parang Rusak

Another meaning behind this motif is an unconquerable spirit, symbolized by

Pucuk Rebung Riau

Pucuk Rebung symbolizes heart determination in achieving goals, good luck, and

Besurek Rembulan

This batik illustrates praise for God who created the wonderful universe

Lontara

The Lontara script itself is a typical ancient script of Bugis and Makassar communities. History records that

Tengkawang Ampiek

With its many advantages, the Dayaks use this leaf in ritual ceremonies. This plant is a symbol of

Kaharingan

The Kaharingan or ‘tree of life’ based on the Dayak tribes’ belief system. This tree symbolizes

Sero Tangga

The Sero Tangga illustrates an endearing feeling and sacrifices of a person to fulfil

Desa Na Ualu

The Gorga motif of Ualu Village is the symbol of the eight cardinal

Gurdo Solo

Gurdo or garuda bird is the mount of the Indian god Vishnu. As the Sun Bird,

Daun Lada Hitam

The black pepper motif represents the main commodity of Bangka Belitung

Bultiya

The word ‘Bultiya’ is an acronym of the three major tribes in North Kalimantan, namely

Leuit Sijimat

This motif reflects the daily activities of the Baduy tribe in Banten. The main ornaments of batik motif consist of:

Pisang Bali

This batik motif is usually given by a person to his/her lover who is

Gamolan

This motif illustrates Gamolan, a bamboo musical instrument of Lampung that is

Kerawang Datar

This motif symbolizes the embodiment of of religious values for

La Galigo

La Galigo is a literary work of the Buginese Epic that has 300 thousand epic lines. It is considered even

Gajah Way Kambas

The motif illustrates the Lampung’s natural reserve, the Way Kambas. it also symbolizes

Kerawang Tegak Aceh

The Vertical Upright (Kerawang Tegak) Motif symbolizes a person who has a strong

Karawo Mahkuta

Mahkuta refers to Gorontalo’s traditional crown. It represents noble characters of

Jagung

The philosophy of the corn motif illustrates the dream and

Kuda Sepasang

For the people of Kupang, having a strong horse is a matter of

Hiu Taliyasan

Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest fish, the whale shark (Rhincodon typus). Hiu Taliyasan refers to

Tangerang Herang

Tangerang Herang motif is a symbol of Tangerang city. The Tangerang Herang batik motif consists of

Tifa Totobuang

The batik motifs illustrate Maluku’s traditional music instrument called

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat motif represents the marine life at Raja Ampat archipelago in

Merak Ngeram

The hatching peacock motif has a very deep meaning which refers to the sacrifice and

Tampuk Manggis Sasirangan

The motif illustrates the philosophy of the mangosteen fruit, which is

Mega Mendung

Mega Mendung signifies the cloud. This motif means to stay

Bintik Tujuh

The Bintik Tujuh (Seven Dots) motif has 7 white spots and green color gradation as

Kaganga Tanah Rejang

If Batik Besurek combines Arabic calligraphy motifs, then the Kaganga batik takes

Bekantan Pakis

This motif represents Pakis Haji (Polystichum setiferum), an endemic plant in

Rasamala

The Rasamala Batik motif is associated with a story when the Dutch came

Bomba Mawar

This motif means sacred love for family, kingdom, and God; It also illustrates

Banji Cirebon

The Banji motif is the symbol of protection and

Paqbarre Allo

The word “Barre” means round and “Allo” means the sunlight. This motif is interpreted as

Parang Seling

Parang Seling or “alternating daggers” is a royal batik motif. It is a feminine variant of

Ukir Sentani

The Ukir motif is a batik motif that is inspired by various traditional Sentani wood carvings

Malinau Cultural Festival

You will witness a unique competition that might not be found other than in

Prada Papua

The word “Prada” in the Javanese-Indonesian dialect means a batik textile that

Lipaq Sabe

Lipaq Saqbe contains a simple geometric classical motif with various flower decorations. This textile is

Jumputan Bintang

The word Jumputan means the tie-dye technique, while the word “Bintang” refers to

Bayam Raja

The Raja Bayam Sasirangan motif illustrates the social status of

Sandeq

Sandeq Boat is a symbol of the maritime importance of the West Sulawesi region. The greatness of

Gigi Haruan Lidi

The Gigi Haruan Lidi motif is taken from the name of the cork fish and is a symbol of

Gajah Mungkur

Semantically, it means a huge longing emotion trapped in the