The Seran Lake in Banjarbaru South Kalimantan

Seran Lake (Danau Seran) is a lake located in Banjarbaru in Guntung Manggis District. To get to that location from Banjarmasin, after passing Jl A. Yani then go to Jl. Trikora. After that, go to Jl. Danau Seran. Otherwise you could type the keyword Chik n Go Danau Seran in Google Maps. The road is quite good, so it can be passed by motorcycle or car.

When arriving at the location of Seran Lake , every motorcycle that enters parking area should pay IDR 5,000 and pay more for cars. When entering the tourist location, every visitor is required to pay IDR 5,000.

There are so many people selling there. There is also a dining place located on the lake. To reach it, there is a small bridge for walking decorated with umbrellas.

The food in the floating shop is quite affordable. There are fresh vegetables, fried rice and juices. Visitors can order food there while enjoying the lake view.

The water in Seran Lake is very clear. The green plants at the bottom of the lake are clearly visible. It made the one who see it wants to jump to enter. Even so, the water of Seran Lake is not shallow.

Across the lake is a small island. If you want to cross there, you can take a boat by paying IDR 5,000. If you want to get around the lake and enjoy the view from the boat, you should pay IDR 10.000.

For those who want photographs, there are many places with good views. Among them is the background writing of Danau Seran and the lake with the island behind it. You can also take pictures with the hanging umbrellas on the bridge.

Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin South Kalimantan

Bekantan is a long-nosed monkey and a typical animal of South Kalimantan. Its rare presence causes it to be one of the protected animals.

As a typical animal of South Kalimantan, there is a statue of bekantan in Banjarmasin. The location is on the banks of the Martapura River.

The bekantan statue was built facing in the direction of the river. It is holding duku fruit.

Around the statue, visitors can take pictures and enjoy the view of the river.

There are many boats. Some are selling food that tourists can enjoy.
Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin

This many boats also be rented by visitors to enjoy the river tours. They can go down the Martapura River to the Barito river and go to Kembang Island and Kaget Island.

Kembang Island is a delta in the middle of Barito River. This island is the island of the monkeys. Kaget Island is the island of bekantan.

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As the mascot of South Kalimantan, the visitors who come to Banjarmasin should go to Bekantan Statue in Banjarmasin.

10 Priority Tourism Destinations in Indonesia

Indonesia has many tourism destinations. The destinations consist of beaches, sea, mountains, lakes, temples, and various local cultures. To accelerate the development of tourism, in mid 2016, the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism launched a new program named "10 Priority Tourism Destinations (Indonesian: 10 Destinasi Wisata Prioritas)". 

Let's see the list.

1. Tanjung Lesung

Tanjung Lesung Beach is famous for its beautiful natural scenery. Not only that, the white sand and the charming underwater scenery is also a tourist attraction to come. No wonder if this beach area in Banten became one of the priority destinations in the coming year. Moreover, infrastructure in the region has also undergone many improvements.

2. Wakatobi

Wakatobi is located in South East Sulawasi. Wakatobi is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia.
In Wakatobi there are 750 species from a total of 850 species of coral in the world. Nevertheless, Wakatobi still gets less visits when compared to other diving spots.

3. The Thousand Islands

The islands were figuratively called The Thousand Islands (Kepulauan Seribu) because it has many islands. In reality, only 110 islands exist. Even then, only 36 islands are used for recreation. Of that, only 13 islands are fully developed: 11 islands are homes to resorts and two islands are historic parks. Twenty-three islands are privately owned and are not open to the public. The rest of the islands are either uninhabited or support a fishing village.

The Thousand Islands Marine National Park is located 45 km (28 mi) north of Jakarta. It is mostly located on the subdistrict of North Thousand Islands, which is the northern part of the Thousand Islands. The complex contains 342 reef platforms, with 110 forming an island larger than half an acre. There may be as many as 700 individual reefs in the complex.

4. Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is a Buddhist stupa and temple complex in Central Java, Indonesia dating from the 8th century. This is one of world's truly great ancient monuments, the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, and few who visit fail to be taken by both the scale of place, and the remarkable attention to detail that went into the construction. Set as it is in the heart of the verdant Kedu Plain, the backdrop of mighty active volcanoes only enhances the sense of awe and drama.

Borobudur consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with no less than 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues of various types. The main dome, located at the centre of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupas. 

5. Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

This national park is named after its two mountains, Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676 m), Mount Bromo (the most popular) and the Tengger people who inhabit the area.

Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase desolate beauty, then this is surely it. Rugged, barren volcanic peaks, gravel plains and that sea of sand. Truly unworldly. The park also includes large areas which are very lush and green fed by rivers from the high tops. The medium elevations are clad with much thinner forest before this gives way to the barren plateau and peaks.

6. Lake Toba

Lake Toba is an immense volcanic lake covering an area of 1,707 km2 (1,000 km2 bigger than Singapore) with an island in the center. Formed by a gigantic volcanic eruption some 70,000 years ago, it is probably the largest resurgent caldera on Earth. The island in the middle - Pulau Samosir - was joined to the caldera wall by a narrow isthmus, which was cut through to enable boats to pass; a road bridge crosses the cutting. Samosir island is the cultural centre of Batak tribe who are mostly Christians in the modern days.

7. Labuan Bajo

Labuan bajo is an ever-deserted port from tourist activity. From this region, tourists can visit many of the leading tourist destinations in NTT, such as Komodo Island, Rinca Island, and Pink Beach.

Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by both the WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands.

The most famous of Komodo National Park's animals is the Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis). It is the world's largest living lizard and can reach 3m or more in length and weigh over 70kg. Other animals include the Timor deer, the main prey of the Komodo dragon, wild horses (kuda liar), water buffalo, wild boar (babi liar), long-tailed macaques, palm civets, the endemic Rinca rat (Tikus besar rinca), and fruit bats.

8. Morotai Island

Morotai Island is an island in the Halmahera group of eastern Indonesia's Maluku Islands (Moluccas). It is one of Indonesia's northernmost islands. Morotai is "Heaven in East Indonesia". Morotai Island has many interesting sides that can be enjoyed. The gentle beach with white sand and clear water tempts many people to swim.

9. Mandalika

West Nusa Tenggara is one of the leading tourist destinations in Indonesia. In the coming year Mandalika area in NTB become one of the priority of tourist visit. Mandalika Lombok as a nature reserve is one of the most unique places in the world. The local art and culture of Lombok become masters in their land to be enjoyed and learned by the tourists.

10. Tanjung Kelayang

Belitung is a place for many beautiful beaches. One of the charming beaches in Belitung is Tanjung Kelayang. White sandstone and rocky rocks make the beach has its own characteristics. Infrastructure development and coastal management are the focus of future improvement.

That's 10 priority tourism destinations in Indonesia that proclaimed in 2016. Remember to visit at least one of them while in Indonesia. In addition to various tourist destinations, Indonesia still has many other tourist destinations that are not less interesting to visit.

Bajuin Waterfall, Pelaihari, South Kalimantan

Bajuin Waterfall, Pelaihari, South Kalimantan. Bajuin waterfall is located in the Meratus mountain slopes. It's located in the Sei Bakar village, Kabupaten Pelaihari, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan.

Not far from the waterfall, there is Goa Marmer that can be reached approximately ± 30 minutes by walking. This Goa is unique because there are many marble tiles that is usually used for home and forming the cave like a dome of the mosque. In the cave also contained the nocturnal life of bats.

air terjun bajuin, Bajuin Waterfall, Pelaihari, South Kalimantan

In this region there are 4 pieces waterfall with different heights. Waterfall I (nearest) is 25 meters, waterfall II is 17 meter, III (37 meters), and IV (18 meters).

To reach Bajuin waterfall is approximately ± 10 km from the Pelaihari city (2.5 hours travel time), or about 75 km from the Banjarmasin city. The road to the waterfall is paved (until Sei Bakar village) and there are also walking trails. Along the way there are lots of big hills like a mountain. The green color looks beautiful combined with yellowing of the surrounding rice fields.

air terjun bajuin, Bajuin Waterfall, Pelaihari, South Kalimantan

From the Banjarmasin city, before entering the Pelaihari City, Swan Round will be found. Take the road to the left and go straight until the 3 intersections. Furthermore, take the straight path (every junction there are board instructions) to the Sei Bakar village.

Right before entering the Bajuin waterfall region , there are 2 intersections. The left to the Bajuin waterfall and the right onto Goa Marmer.

air terjun bajuin, Bajuin Waterfall, Pelaihari, South Kalimantan

From the gate continue walking up through the existing stairs to arrive at the waterfall. Traveling time is approximately 39 minutes.

The available facilities include parking area and the ticket office.

Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan

Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan. Batakan beach is located in the Batakan Village, Kecamatan Panyipatan, Kabupaten Tanah Laut, about 125 kilometers eastern of Banjarmasin City (South Kalimantan Provincial Capital).

To reach the site of Batakan Beach from Banjarmasin Ciry is relatively easy because the road conditions are good enough. Although the road down and winding-up, but it presents a beautiful natural landscape in the form of rows of verdant hills, the yellow expanse of rice fields, as well as a fishing village located on the edge of beach.
Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Batakan beach is a nautical tourism integrated with the mountain scenery, as on the east side there are hills that are part of the pine Meratus Mountains. On the beach, visitors can explore the beach while using a rented horse, relax under the pine trees while enjoying the beauty of the beach, or see the panorama of nature, especially when the sun will set (sunset).
Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Datu Island, Batakan Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Datu Island
In addition to traveling around the coast, visitors can visit the nearby Datu Island in front of the Batakan Beach. On this island there is an object of religious tourism the tomb of Datu Pamulutan, an ulama who was considered the saint of God.

Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan

Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan. Takisung is the name of a village located in Kecamatan Takisung, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan. Famous attractions in this area is Takisung Beach which is crowded by residents of South Kalimantan, especially from the Banjarmasin, Banjarbaru, and Tanah Laut during the holiday.

In Takisung there are 3 (three) sea cable station owned by 3 (three) telecommunication operators which is connecting the island of Borneo to Java. The telecommunication operators who founded the sea cable station here is PT Telkom (Persero), PT Indosat Tbk., and PT XL Axiata Tbk. The pairs station that are located in Java Island is in Ujung Pangkah, Gresik, East Java.

Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Takisung Beach, Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan
Throughout the course of Banjarbaru to Takisung there are few old wood signposts of that may once have been used as a name for this area. The signposts reading "Tangkisung". While people of Takisung themselves often refer to their area by spelling "Takesong".

Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan

Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan. The tomb complex of Prince Antasari Prince is a tomb complex in Kecamatan Banjarmasin Utara, Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The figures who were buried:

  • Prince Antasari, a national hero of Indonesia
  • Antasari queen, wife of Prince Antasari
  • Panglima Batur, Banjar warlord, Mohammed Sultan's loyal follower from the Bakumpai ethnic.
  • Hasanuddin H. M. (Hasanuddin bin Haji Madjedi), hero of Ampera ( Amanat Penderitaan Rakyat / the mandate of the people's suffering) region 
  • Lambung Mangkurat University Banjarmasin's students who died in 1966.
Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan
Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan
Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan
Tomb of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan
Tomb Complex of Prince Antasari South Kalimantan
Prince Antasari

Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah , South Kalimantan

Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah , South Kalimantan. The tomb complex of Sultan Suriansyah is a tomb complex located in Kelurahan Kuin Utara, Kecamatan Banjarmasin Utara, Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan.

Sultan Suriansyah was the first king of the Kingdom of Banjar who believed in Islam. As a boy his name was Raden Samudera, after appointed as the king his name became Prince Samudera and after believing in Islam his name became Sultan Suriansyah. The other titles were Panembahan or Susuhunan Batu Habang.

The feasibility studies in order of restoration of tomb complex of Sultan Suriansyah carried out by a team led by Drs. Machi Suhadi with the cost from Restoration and Maintenance Project of the Heritage and Archaeology of South Kalimantan 1982/1983.

The restoration of the site began in 1984/1985. The main target is to restore the ancient tombs and rechecking brick foundation.

The ancient tomb restoration activities consist of: strengthening the bottom of the fence with a carton of concrete, cleaning and adjusting the grave headstone, strengthening and smoothing marble tomb, repairing the damage of carved and painted tombs such as restoring the original color.

Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah , South Kalimantan
Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah
Rechecking activities reveal the presence of two groups of bricks / embankment with a different color. Group of red embankment with a safety net for the stability of the tomb of Sultan Suriansyah and The Queen, Khatib Dayan's tomb, Patih Masih's tomb, Patih Kuin's tomb, the tomb of king's hulubalang and others. This group of embankment was found on the west with the size of 17 x 17 meters.

Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah , South Kalimantan
Khatib Dayan's Tomb
Groups of white embankment with a safety net for the stability of the grave and the Tomb of Sultan Rahmatullah and Sultan Hidayatullah. These groups of embankments are located in the east with a size of 17 x 17 meters. On the eastern south was found the arrangement of white embankment with ornate / engraving.

The restoration of the site in 1985/1986 are focused on embankment realignment and build a new cupola replaced the old one which was build in 1985.

Tomb Complex of Sultan Suriansyah , South Kalimantan
Sultan Suriansyah Mosque

Figures who are buried in the tomb complex Sultan Surinsyah:

• Sultan Suriansyah
• Ratu Intan Sari
• Sultan Rahmatullah
• Sultan Hidayatullah
• Khatib Dayan
• Patih Kuin
• Patih Masih
• Senopati Antakusuma
• Syekh Abdul Malik
• Haji Sa'anah
• Pangeran Ahmad
• Pangeran Muhammad
• Sayyid Ahmad Iderus
• Gusti Muhammad Arsyad
• Kiai Datu Bukasim