Sambaliung Islamic Sultanate of Old Berau

Witness the beauty of the sun set behind the mountains in the village of Long Ayap, Segah river upstream. A village in the remote area of Berau. Like the other villages in the remote area, we will witness the beauty of nature in its original form. We will never forget this experience if you come and see the authenticity of the natural in land Dayak tribes of Borneo once.

Gunung Tabur Palace

Located 120s  km from Tanjung Redep,  the capital of Berau Regency is another option offered in Berau, East Kalimantan, in addition to the beauty of the island Derawan . When you have come on the island Derawan,  it is bad if  you do not visit another interesting place.

As an old city,  Berau also has the potential on historical tours. We can follow the historical heritage of the city in past time by visiting the Royal Palace and Museum Sambaliung.  Just for you know, the kingdom of  Sambaliung is Islamic sultanate. Traces historical royal heritage Sambaliung with the last king Sultan M. Aminuddin (1902-1959). This place has a unique collection that is on the front page of two poles carved ironwood Bugis original script which is believed to be relics of the followers of Raja Alam from Bugis Wajo derivatives. According to the museum guard, characters that form the rules when the people across the palace.

Faced with Sambaliung palace, split by the River Berau, longitudinal Istana Gunung Tabur. The place can be reached in about 20 minutes over the bridge Segah or three minutes if you choose this ketinting ride, known as the Museum of Batiwakkal. Here are stored in the form of around 700 precious collection of historical objects, ceramics, objects of archaeological, ethnographic, and manuscripts. The museum was built in 1990 and inaugurated in 1992. The visitors can also see the palace residence of Princess Gunung Tabur.

Hotel in Derawan Island

There are some choices on accommodation in Derawan Island. With the price from  one million until the Rp. 400,000 (US $ 38) for so called a homestay, you can rent a house with your friends. Don’ you worry not to get place to stay, at least you can use  tent or you can stay in the homestay owner.

Inn Danakan is one of  good place to stay .This is the first inn in Derawan Island  with the long shape to the sea, so tourist can look and enjoy the beautiful of sunset or sunrise. And even you can also see the turtles just under the inn. It will be easier you want to go swimming. The building of Danakan Inn  was made of wood,  with simple rooms and bathrooms inside. Of course there’s air condition in it. Besides Danakan Inn, there a lot of place to stay now. You can choose Homestay Dira, Penginapan Pelangi, Derawan Café & Resort, Derawan Dive Lodge, Tasik Derawan, Derawan Lestari III, Derawan Lestari I & II. Penginapan HAMS and Yogie Mas with the lower price of rent tariff,  Rp.125.000  -  Rp.175.000/night ( $1 = Rp.9.500)

Or even you choose to stay in Tarakan if it is your route choise?!

Maratua Island in Berau

Maratua  island has an area of ​​2375.70 ha which is the outer islands which has extraordinary nature and for divers, the island is known as "The Big Fish County" because a bunch of sharks and barracudas, as well as whales and various species of ornamental fish can easily be found in the waters of the island that has  Maratua this village.

In these attractions can be enjoyed beauty of the coral reefs that is unmatched, the largest turtle nesting places in Southeast Asia, panoramic sunrise and sunset is very beautiful, and the traditional life of the Bajau and typical forest along the atoll.

This island can be found in tourist facilities and services such as accommodation Maratua Paradise Dive Resort, Nabucco, and Partners East Kalimantan. In addition to tourists who want to interact with nature and the surrounding communities, offer package tours run by local community groups in four villages along with NGOs Bestari in Community-Based Ecotourism Program. Travelers can stay in local homes (homestay), enjoy a unique culinary Bajau community and visitors will be invited to venture into every corner of the island and see the lives of fishing communities Maratua Island with local tour guides who are trained and experienced.

There are 30 home-transit, culinary 3 groups and 20 local tour guides are spread over the four villages are ready at any time to serve the wishes of visitors Through this program, the tourists can contribute directly to the local communities in development programs and the preservation of their environment developed.

Sukuh Temple - Central Java Temple

Sukuh is a Indu temple in Berjo Amleto, district Sukuh Ngargoyoso Karanganyar, Solo, Central Java. This is categorized as Indu temple temple for worship and Yoni Fallo object discovery. Temple is classified così controversial because of me because I and the less frequently. Many of the objects, and the yoni symbolize sexuality Fallo Another thing that is unique, the shape of the temple looks like a Mayan pyramids of Central America. Worden suggested Sukuh UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1995.

Sukuh Temple
Sukuh Temple

A brief history of the discovery

Structure The Temple
Sukuh first temple was in the reign of the United Kingdom in 1815 by Java Johnson, Resident reports of Surakarta. Johnson was then commissioned by the Thomas Stanford Raffles to collect data in order to write his book La storia Tues Java. After passing the British government, in 1842, Van der makes Vlis, Dutch archaeologist research. The first restoration was begun in 1928. (Wikipedia)
Tappe temple floor
Impression is gained from this very different from the temple and the main temples namely Borobudur in Central Java Anders received Prambanan. To format di pasta Sukuh relics be similar to-cultura Maya in Messico or Peru Inca heritage. This reminds un struttura the forms of the pyramids in Egypt.

Impression of simplicity attracted the attention of archaeologists termashyur Olanda, WF Stutterheim, in 1930. He tried ghiaccio by explaining three arguments. First, the. Not a possibility sculptor Sukuh bricklayer, carpenter but a village and not from the palace Both Incolla a bit hasty, così that less neatly made. Thirdly, political Situazione at this time before the collapse of the Majapahit, così is possible that it is not a great and creative Prachtige Incolla.

The visitors, who entered the main door and enter the door you will see the most distinctive architectural forms, which are not listed, but slightly tilted upright, trapezoidal with a roof on it.

Rocce the temple is easily dyed reddish because the stones used is a kind of andesites.

Tappe temple floor
On the first terrace is a main gate. At the gate, a Java Sangkala is in the language that reads blind arches Abara wong. This means that in the Indonesian language, the "gate of the huge human prey." These words have meaning 9, 5, 3 and 1 If then reversed year, receives 1359 Saka or 1437 AD.

Sukuh Temple Relief
Sukuh Temple Relif I
Porta is damaged on the second terrace. On the side of the right and collegamenti gate, or the normally sculpture Dwarapala bouncer is included, it was also found in a bad state and is no longer amorfo. Archway that was not covered and the porch guerra not found many statues. Is this still a goal in candrasangkala is also available in the Java language, which reads WIKU anahut coda elephants. This means that the language is Indonesian "elephant tail biting priest". These words have meaning 8, 7, 3 and 1 Conversely, if he or acquired in 1378 Saka 1456 dC. If the numbers are correct, then there is a difference of veloce twenty years, with the first gate on the porch!
On the terrace there is a Third Great courtyard with the main temple and a conscience as well as the relief statues left the right on the page. If visitors want to come this holy un Incolla, the stone staircase had relatively higher than previously passed the stone steps. Moreover, it is also narrow aisle. It is said that the architecture produced in this way on purpose. Since the main temple is similar to the shape of the vagina, is designed according to some experts, the virginity testing of girls. According to the story, when a girl is climbing a virgin, and will bleed tear the hymen. But if he lost not a virgin, così that if springboard steps the substance and to wear torn.

Just above the main temple in the middle of a place is, the place like a Deal asked legittimo. There are traces of incense, incense and incense is burned, it looks così all common worship for.
Then on the left side of the main temple there are a number of relievi representing morire important as the history and mythology Sukuh canzone relief Sudamala Worden identified. Is how the process follows relievi.

Relif Temple

Sukuh Temple Relief
Sukuh Temple Relif II
Relif On the left side or the Sahadewa Sahadev represented twins Nakula and is the youngest of the five Pandava. Both are sons of King Pandu Madrim, second wife. Madrim died as a Tipo Nakul and Sahadev guerra, and piano cottura Both Dewi Kunti, wife of Pandu Primary. Dewi Kunti then with three foster sons of Pandu. Yudhisthira, Bhima and Arjuna Relief shows perched Sahadev Das, followed by one or by a clown bridesmaid. Faced with a heroine Sadewa terlihatlah the Goddess Durga, which is also accompanied by a clown.

 A part from the main temple and statues of turtles and eagle relievi, they also found some animal shaped sculptures feral (wild boar) and saddled elephants. In the old days of knights and nobles berwahana elephants.

Then there are the two buildings berelief horseshoe human figures in Him, right next to the suspect and each other. Some argue that this relief symbolizes the womb of a woman, and the man left Figura symbolizes symbolizes the evil and the rights mano virtue. But it is not clear così.

Then there is a small building in front of the main temple as the temple pewara. In the middle of the building is hollow and there is a small Statua headless. This sculpture indossare any reason given spesso do is sacred.