Location : Kota Palangkaraya, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
It was our free and easy day and Agus suggested that we did some riding in and out side of the city. So that morning after breakfast we jumped onto our motorbikes to wherever he was bringing us. He was not so specific this time but we trusted him. It was a nice sunny day and the traffic was not heavy. After about an hour we had to turn right into a gravel road and very soon all we could see was sparsely populated area that was very swampy. We came to a halt at one point because the gravel road was flooded. We were supposed to visit a village called Petuk Katimpun. So plan A abandoned.
On the way to Petuk Katimpun
Kecamatan Jekan Raya, KelurahanPetuk Katimpun
A uniquely artistic house
At the spot where we had to U turn
We turned around and headed for a Kaharingan church somewhere near town.
I was hoping to be further enlightened on this mysterious ancient religion of the Dayaks which was well established before the advent of the Islamic Arab traders and the Christian evangelists. This religious side of the Dayaks was never emphasized or researched on. Western historians were more excited in presenting to the world the savage side, especially the headhunting. Palangka has a small Balinese community and a Hindu temple of course.
We made a brief stop at the temple before moving on to the expo or trade centre where imported stuff were sold alongside local handmade products.
Skin of fish!
A bamboo woven Jap cap
What caught our attention most was the blue mobile library made out of a van with 2 rows of books. Chairs were provided for borrowers’ browsing comfort. Eureka! This could just be the perfect idea for community service to remote villages. Good thing we dropped by.
Tourism options in Central Kalimantan
Chart for the different charges to enter Sebangau National Park.
Local orang squash
Lunch ‘Dadar Gulung’
Our homestay, with Agus’ family, his sister and parents.
Two vintage buggies parked as exhibits at a fancy restaurant