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Kahayan bridge, Palangkaraya

Glimpse of Palangkaraya

Palangkaraya is the capital city of Central Kalimantan Province. Palangkaraya is the only municipality inaugurated by the first president of The Republic of Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. Palangkaraya consist of two words “Palangka” and “Raya”. Palangka, in other word “Palangka Bulau” means a holy great ship. On the basin lies Hornbill ornament, the sacred bird in Kalimantan region. The Dayak tribe believed that Ranying Hatalla Langit (God) used the holy ship to carry down the first human to earth. “Raya” means enormous and extensive. Thus, Palangkaraya means enormous holy ship.

Geographically, Palangkaraya lies between 113°30’- 114°07’ East Longitude 1°35’- 2°24’ South Longitude. Its spread as wide as 2,678.51 sqm (267,851 hectares), and develop into the largest municipality in Indonesia. Among other cities, Palangkaraya is the municipality which has transmigration area and villages dominating the region. Due to its geographical location, it is considerably safe from major natural disasters where local culture were also contributes people sustainability. The land were demographically even with a few hills or mountains and divided by Kahayan River. Tropical forests around Palangkaraya create magical greenery even more beautifully.