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Kota Intan (Diamond City) Martapura, Kalimantan Selatan Indonesia

Location : Kota Martapura, Kabupaten Banjar, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia.

ethnic Banjarese, Pasar Intan, Diamond panning, Berlian, gem stones, jewels, Raw precious stones, kesultanan Banjar, Islamic learning centre, Obyek wisata, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 婆罗州,This city with the Sanskrit name has always fascinated me like as if it was a romantic city out of the Mahabharata epic. But not surprising, as the Land of Bharata or olden day India under the care of the Majapahit Empire, stretched as far east as Berau in East Kalimantan as evidenced by the Hindu artefacts. Other places in Borneo retaining those ancient Sanskrit names that I know of are Sukadana, Sukamara and Bandar Seri Begawan or ‘Bhagavan’ which in Sanskrit would mean biggest or celestial form of Lord Vishnu. ‘Suka’ or ‘sukha’ means happinese or pleasure. Hence Sukadana is ‘give pleasure’ and Sukamara to ‘live in pleasure’. Interestingly, Martapura means ‘city of mortals’. Whatever it is, to the Indonesians it is the city of diamonds, jewels, gem stones and the place where the biggest diamond “Trisakti” at 166 carat was found. Manual panning of diamonds are still practiced in the district of Cempaka.

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Icon of Martapura

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Toko permata

backpackers, Pasar Intan, Batu permata, berlian, Diamond polishing, gem stones, jewelry handicrafts, Borneo, Indonesia, South Kalimantan, Kota Martapura, Obyek wisata, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, Not only is sparkling Martapura a hot place for diamond cutting/trading but also a very established Islamic learning centre. backpackers, Pasar Intan, Batu permata, berlian, Diamond polishing, gem stones, jewelry handicrafts, Borneo, Indonesia, Kesultanan Banjar, Islamic learning centre, Obyek wisata, tourism, tourist attraction, travel guideethnic Banjarese, Pasar Intan, Batu permata, berlian, Diamond, gem stones, jewelry handicrafts, Borneo, Kesultanan Banjar, Islamic learning centre, Obyek wisata, Taman Cahaya Bumi Selamat, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, ethnic Banjarese, Batu permata, Diamond, gem stones, Borneo, Kota Intan, Kesultanan Banjar, Masjid Agung Al Karomah, Obyek wisata, Taman Cahaya Bumi Selamat, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 婆罗州,It was under the rule of 12 Islamic Sultans in its very rich history. This was also the place where the Banjarese fought the Dutch invaders for a number of years. Too bad we did not do much of exploring while in Martapura except for the brief tour of the souvenir market. Next- Museum of Banjarbaru. backpackers, suku Banjar, Pasar Intan, berlian, Diamond panning, gem stones, Borneo, South Kalimantan, Kesultanan Banjar, Obyek wisata, tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 宝石旅游景点ethnic Banjarese, suku Banjar, Kota Intan, berlian, Diamond panning, jewels, Raw precious stones, Borneo, South Kalimantan, Tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 婆罗州, 宝石旅游景点 backpackers, ethnic Banjarese, Pasar Intan, Batu permata, berlian, gem stones, jewelry handicrafts, Borneo, Obyek wisata, Taman Cahaya Bumi Selamat, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 婆罗州, 宝石旅游景点 backpackers, ethnic Banjarese, Pasar Batu permata, Diamond polishing, Raw precious stones, Borneo, Indonesia, Kota Intan, Kesultanan Banjar, Obyek wisata, tourism, tourist attraction, travel guide, 南加里曼丹, 婆罗州宝石 Taman Cahaya Bumi Selamat, Suku Banjar, Pasar Intan, Batu permata, berlian, panning, gem stones, Raw precious stones, Indonesia, Obyek wisata, tourist attraction, travel guide, 婆罗州, 宝石旅游景点

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Raw precious stones

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Masjid Agung Al Karomah

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Martapura has many beautiful mosques such as this

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Tugu Bundaran Dulang Tapin Rantau

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