The Enchantment and Magnificence of Kapuas River Tourism and the Royal Palace in Sanggau

The natural ambiance of Kapuas River edge tourism in Sanggau, West Kalimantan. 

Do you know, or have you ever traveled to Sanggau? If not, we suggest adding Sanggau to your top tourist destination agenda. Here's a glimpse of the Kapuas River.

The Kapuas River flowing through the city of Sanggau is an attractive natural tourist destination. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of this. The Sanggau Royal Palace has been restored, and its surroundings have been beautified.

As a result, the direct view of the Kapuas River and its banks is something exotic. Various culinary delights of Sanggau are available there, and there is even a floating restaurant along the beautiful estuary of the Sekayam River.

The Kapuas River or Kapuas Buhang River or Batang Lawai (Laue) River is a river located in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is the longest river on the island of Kalimantan and also the longest river in Indonesia, stretching approximately 1,143 km in length.

The name "Kapuas River" is derived from the name of the Kapuas region (now Kapuas Hulu), hence the river that flows from Kapuas Hulu to its mouth is called the Kapuas River. 

However, the Banjar Sultanate refers to it as Batang Lawai, which refers to the Lawie or Lawai region (now Melawi Regency). Therefore, the river that flows from Melawi Regency to its mouth around the city of Pontianak is called the Lawai River or Batang Lawai.

The Kapuas River is home to more than 700 species of fish, including around 12 rare and 40 endangered species. The freshwater fishery potential in the Kapuas River is estimated to be around 2 million tons. The well-preserved forests surrounding the river contribute to the preservation of the Kapuas River's ecological balance.

Unfortunately, in Sanggau, the captivating Kapuas River has not been fully developed as a major water tourism destination, mainly due to the lack of substantial investment. However, progress has been made, especially near the royal palace in Sanggau. 

The riverbanks of the Kapuas River have been improved and turned into a tourism destination, offering various culinary delights and stunning views of the river and its surroundings. Notably, in the heart of the city, the Sekayam River merges gracefully with the Kapuas River, creating an unparalleled sight.

Aside from the natural beauty of the Kapuas River's banks, there are also water-based activities available, such as sampan or boat rides. Currently, enjoying the scenic beauty of the Kapuas River in Sanggau and the mouth of the Sekayam River is a delightful experience.

In Sanggau, there is more to explore beyond river tourism; we can also indulge in historical tourism. Not far from the Kapuas River, where once it served as a grand waterway, stands the Surya Negara Palace, the royal palace of the Sanggau Kingdom. This historical palace has been restored and is said to retain 80% of its original structure, according to King Gusti Arman, the 25th ruler of Sanggau.

The Surya Negara Palace holds a significant place in history, as it bears witness to the founding of the Sanggau Kingdom by Daranante and Babai Cinga around the year 1310. 

Daranante is believed to be a descendant of the Majapahit Kingdom, residing in Sukadana, and married to Babai Cinga, a Dayak from Tampun Juah in Sekayam Hulu. As such, the palace symbolizes the unity between the Melayu and Dayak communities.

The Sanggau Royal Palace area, which has been restored and turned into a historical tourist attraction.

Exploring the Surya Negara Palace takes visitors on a journey back in time, immersing them in the rich history of the Sanggau Kingdom. The palace's architectural beauty, combined with its historical significance, makes it a remarkable destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking to understand the cultural heritage of the region.

As one walks through the corridors and chambers of the palace, they can't help but imagine the stories and events that unfolded within these walls centuries ago. It's a living testimony to the legacy of the Sanggau Kingdom and the harmonious coexistence of different cultures and traditions.

The Surya Negara Palace not only serves as a museum of history but also stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Melayu and Dayak people in embracing their shared heritage. 

For those who seek to connect with the past, this historical gem offers an opportunity to delve into the fascinating tapestry of the Sanggau Kingdom's origins and its cultural fusion.
The view of Sekayam River estuary.

Visiting Sanggau is not just about experiencing the natural wonders of the Kapuas River; it's also about embarking on a journey through time and uncovering the harmonious union of cultures that shaped this vibrant region. 

With its blend of river tourism and historical exploration, Sanggau invites visitors to delve deeper into the essence of its identity and appreciate the profound stories that shaped its past and present.*)

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