Location : Kota Sintang, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
It would be pretty tough to tour Sintang town on foot as it is quite a big town. So we did it mostly driving and crossing quite a number of bridges. The Keraton was first on our list of places to visit. We drove quite a distance to find it located next to the Kapuas River. It would have been easier if we just parked our car on the opposite bank and took a boat ride instead. But anyway, we learned more as we drove along and asking for directions.
We arrived at the quiet belian structured palace, knocked on the door to find the ‘permaisuri’ or queen opened it. She explained that the Sultan was away in Pontianak for some medical attention but would only be back later that afternoon.
She kindly offered to guide us around showing and explaining on the antique artifacts which were quite impressive.
She continued her interesting stories over coffee. It was a good visit and nice coffee too with much information learnt. We noticed a donation box, so we chipped in a bit for the upkeep of this heritage before we said sayonara.
Next, we checked things out at the fresh market which was not as impressive as we had hoped for.
From there we proceeded an interesting lunch at the Happy Green vegetarian shop, highly recommended by our host Ms Mina. Totally agreed, awesome food here. The pecel lele dish made from soy fibre was unforgettable.
Visiting Sintang without seeing the magnificent Christ the King Cathedral would be considered incomplete. Friends from both sides of the border kept reminding us. Very impressive European styled architecture. Next……Bukit Kelam
Gereja Katedral Katolik Kristus Raja Sintang
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