Location : Kampung Kajang, Desa Sungai Mariam, Kecamatan Anggana, Kabupaten Kutai Kartanegara, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
Soon as we were back to Samarinda from our Bontang adventure, my host Antok was quick to suggest we visited the latest addition to Samarinda’s tourist attraction, the KPJ Play Land.
This leisure park was the brainchild of a Bugis by the name of Haji Mangkana who migrated from Makassar to Samarinda to go into the prawn export business.
House where the boss stays
His rags to riches as told by one of our companions Gustan was as interesting as his ‘Play land’. Not surprising as most Bugis are adventurous and industrious leaving their marks wherever they migrated to. There are many similar success stories untold in both Singapore and Malaysia of these Sulawesi seafarers famous since the 18th century. The park was about 90% complete when we visited. The first structure to greet visitors was a very fine crafted house built with the Bugis architecture. Each and every corner of this house was a piece of art carved from either belian or teak wood.
A very impressive Bugis architecture
Very unique stairway but not very safe though because of its convex steps.
Impressive carved belian door panels.
The biggest we have every come across so far – petrified wood
All the roosters here have a very special of crowing – ‘ayam ketawa’ or laughing chicken and a mean looking spurs
The impressive water theme park area was not ready for operation yet. An artificial lake was there to cater for the adults to do line fishing, a popular Indonesian pastime.
Fun place for the kids
We ended the tour with a lunch at the PKJ Cafetaria.
here comes the choo choo train
Teak furniture on display
Address : jl.poros anggana, Sungai Meriam, Anggana, Kota Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur 75256, Indonesia