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Birau Festival at Pekan Budaya Tanjung Selor, Kalimantan Utara

Location : Kota Tanjung Selor, Kabupaten Bulungan, Kalimantan Utara, Indonesia.

From the province of Kalimantan Timur we moved on to the newly created province of Kalimantan Utara or North Kalimantan.

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Coming out from Derawan Island, white sandy road from Tanjung Batu

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Passing by Dayak’s village

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Its coffee breaks like this that I look forward too. Baha needs to puff too. This is where vital info change hands with the locals.

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If not mistaken this must be for the paper pulp industry

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Arriving Tanjung Selor

We arrived at Tanjung Selor in the regency of Bulungan as the sun was setting and the view was marvelous.

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Waterfront

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The iconic hornbill tower welcomes you to the esplanade

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Beautiful sunset

The esplanade was a very pleasant surprise and it was here that we found our first freshly made noodles in a long time. Nothing like Kuching ‘kolok mee’ but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Our dinner place

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Dying for noodles like Koreans deprived of kimchi

After dinner it was time to hunt for a hotel which was quick and easy. Had a quick shower before we hurried to the biennial ‘BIRAU’ event. To the locals this was their big occasion, sort of city day carnival celebrated for 224th year!

“Birau” is a word in Bulungan, which means, “Gala”. Birau used to be a traditional party organized by the Sultan of Bulungan hereditary. Now Birau has become the official agenda of the city government held each year on 12 October to coincide with the anniversary of the city of Tanjung Selor and Bulungan. Birau cultural festival is not just a formal ceremony, but one of the efforts to preserve the culture of the local area which are generally divided into three, namely Bulungan Sultanate, coastal and inland culture (Dayak).

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Baha trying out the headgear

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The famous Indonesain bamboo ‘angklung’ musical instrument

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Admiring big stuff at the agricultural section

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Giant clam

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Talking to the tourism guys

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We returned to the venue the next morning to catch the sape & gambus music competition, string instruments of the Dayaks and Malays. While the guys were busy with their local guitars, the ladies nearby displayed their creations in the culinary competition.

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Gambus participants

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Cool looking gambus

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Sape player

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Culinary competition

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