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