"Pontianak- My Hometown" Pontianak by black_mimi99

Pontianak Travel Guide: 39 reviews and 78 photos

City of Equator

Pontianak (Chinese: Khuntien) is the capital city of West Kalimanta/Borneo, It occupies an area of 107.82 km in the delta of the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia
The city is best known for being located precisely on Equator line. An Equator Monument was built to mark the location of the line. The monument now become the icon of the city. That is why the city is nicknamed Kota Khatulistiwa (The City on Equator). It is also known for its large chinese population. The city is called Khuntien by the chinese.

The name Pontianak is come from Malay language, which is a type of vampire in Malay folklore. A pontianak is usually a woman who died during childbirth and becomes undead, seeking revenge and terrorizing villages. In Bahasa Indonesia, pontianak is known as kuntilanak.

Kapuas River

Pontianak city had devided into two part by Kapuas river. When I was in yunior high I like swim in this river, but when I visit there again...mmm I will think twice before I jump....hahahaha:))

The river(approximately 1,143 km) rises in the mountains of Kapuas Hulu near the border with Sarawak, Malaysia, and flows west. It empties into the South China Sea about 20 km south of the city of Pontianak. The river drains the extensive Lake Sentarum area, an extensive protected reserve of wetlands and freshwater lakes, and intermittently flooded forests.

Rumah Betang/Rumah Panjang

This is a Dayak Traditinal house, it called Rumah Betang/Rumah Panjang, mean Long House. The measures of long house are: 186 m long, 6 m wide 269 people live there.

  • Last visit to Pontianak: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 9, 2006
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  • prakash84's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Hi Mimi,
    how are doing there? Hope you doing well.

    Need your kind assistance to guide my first trip to Pontianak, Indonesia which will be on 02 March 2012.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    thanks & best regards

    prakash

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    Hello, Mimi! Thanks for your nice story about your hometown.....

  • meiyergani's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2009 at 5:12 AM

    Mimi Comment alles vous, di Perancis ada pelihara doggy gak ya, ......la chien amor salam dari bogor....peace

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Nice page ... never saw an Aloe Vera Plantation ! Thanks for sharing .

  • ines2003's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2007 at 10:19 PM

    nice page and pictures, your city look nice and quiet!!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Thanks for your bday greetings. Memang bila kecil selalu gelak ketawa apabila terdengar name Pontianak di Kalimantan. Kalau boleh dapat poskad dari Pontianak, memang manis.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    I think if I had to see that black cobra swimming in the river, I would never get into a boat ;-)

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2006 at 5:39 AM

    Interesting city on the equator! Those aloe vera plants are really huge :)

  • hassan_abu's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2006 at 3:34 AM

    Great tips. My late late great great grandmother was from Pontianak. Hope to visit it one day. Cheers, Abu

  • H-TownJourneyman's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2006 at 10:56 AM

    Great job mimi, but beware of the vampire woman!!! :)

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