Location : Desa Pampang, Kelurahan Sungai Siring, Kecamatan Samarinda Utara, Kota Samarinda, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia.
Pampang Cultural Park is a cultural site to see when traveling to East Kalimantan. About 20 km from Samarinda city. Dayak Kenyah tribe live in this area after their migration in 1967 from their original hometown of Apokayan in Malinau district, East Kalimantan. They left their village to stay near urban areas, so that they could obtain education and fulfill their basic needs. At present, not less than 800 members of Dayak Kenyah community live in Pampang village.
Before entering the longhouse compound we made a stop to admire the many souvenir shops that carried quite a good range of ethnic products. The old folks there were friendly and most of them do know about the city where we came from, Kuching. As many of these ladies more than a decade ago used to bring their stuff to sell along Kuching’s Main Bazaar. I remember I used to receive calls from these ladies from their Green Hill hotel room and dropped by to have a look and buy their products. It has been a long time since these ladies have stopped coming to Kuching. However,their products still make their way to Kuching thanks to Guntur’s help. Guntur the belian carver continued from where they left off.
Pampang is probably the most advertised and commercialised Kenyah longhouse in Kaltim. Without any doubt it is the most impressive in terms of colour and intricacy of Kenyah art. The external & internal beauties of this longhouse is extraordinary and deserves every tourist’s visit.
However our visit was marred by one little incident where we were caught unaware by the rip off charges for taking photos with the elders as well as the kids. I must say they were a little too demanding and my host Guntur had to intervene, sensing we were being overcharged. Guntur determined what he thought was fair price. This incident should never have happened in such a commercial place if only the ‘management’ had put up a sign at the entrance to tell tourists of the exact price of photo shooting and arguments could have been avoided altogether. Lesson learned.
Notes : Dayak Kenyah performing art is held every Sunday from 2 pm to 3 pm. No show is held other than Sunday.
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