Barito River, The journey of cultural and natural.

My Son, Abizar's on the Board -- Barito River --
My Son, Abizar’s on the Board — Barito River —

Weekend is the best time for spend time with family, visiting a place to spend the holidays. One place for a vacation close to home, could be an option.  My house, close to the river edge. The largest river on the island of Borneo, and even one of the longest in Indonesia.  The name of the river is Barito, Barito name taken by name in the Barito region including the upstream region of Central Kalimantan province, but is often used to call the entire watershed is up to its mouth in the Java Sea in South Kalimantan, called Estuary Banjar / Kuala Banjar. From the foothills Meratus to reach the mouth of the Java Sea, Barito length up to 900 km, with a width of 650 m up to 1000 m.

the long-tailed macaques (monkeys)
the long-tailed macaques (monkeys) Pulau Kembang (Flower Island)
the long-tailed macaques (monkeys) Pulau Kembang (Flower Island)
the long-tailed macaques (monkeys) Pulau Kembang (Flower Island)

One of the must-see sights in Sungai Barito is Pulau Kembang (Flower Island). The island is a habitat for the long-tailed macaques (monkeys) and several species of birds, In the local language is called ‘warik’ Pulau Kembang  area is also one of the attractions that are within the forest area in the District of Kuala Barito.

Little Boat 'Jukung'
Little Boat ‘Jukung’

Along the river, we are treated to views of nature and culture “urang Banjar”, a term for people who live in South Kalimantan. Urang Banjar is identical with the river, because they live with the pattern extends around the edge of the river.  In the past, the river became the economic arteries ‘urang Banjar’, in addition to the river for everyday purposes, also be a means of transportation between a place in South Kalimantan.

We will also see a lot of people use a small boat, which was named ‘Jukung’. These boats are used in addition to carrying people as well to transport merchandise. Advanced development in Indonesia, the boat had begun rarely used, because many people have switched to other modes of transport. Another attraction Barito river is the floating market. You’ll see some people using boats to sell his wares, ranging from vegetables, fish, cakes, etc.

The Oldest Mosque,  Sultan Suriansyah Mosque
The Oldest Mosque, Sultan Suriansyah Mosque

As a culture with a strong element of Islam, nearly along the river we’ll see a few mosques in the form of large and small. One of the oldest mosques made at Banjar kingdom’s first king, Sultan Suriansyah. Name of the mosque was given the name of the Sultan Suriansyah.