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Pontianak : The Equal and Equator City on Zero Degree Point

Tour listed by Smailing DMC Bali
About this tour

Stand on the two hemispheres in the Equator City - visit the house of worship, a symbol of harmony.

Split by the lower reaches of the Kapuas River, on the island of Borneo, Pontianak is a melting pot of Chinese, Dayak, and Malay people and is an interesting place to explore the Flamboyan traditional market, selling everything from fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, meat, fish to clothes and housewares. Mingle with the crowd as they do their morning trading and bargaining. Museum Negeri of West Kalimantan displays a comprehensive collection of Dayak tribal masks, tattoo blocks, weapons and musical instruments and an overview of local Dayak, Malay and Chinese cultures. Mujahiddin Grand Mosque, as the name suggests, can accommodate up to 9,000 worshippers in its 60x60 meter building- Radakng Dayak tribe longhouse replica. Their traditional house can contain dozens of separate family apartments, as well as public spaces for cooking, blacksmithing, ceremonies, and social life. The replica, made of ironwood with Dayak typical carvings and paintings, is 138 meters with a width of 5 meters built on stilts with a height of 7 meters. Lunch at a local restaurant. Bodhisattva Karaniya Metta Chinese Temple is a merger of three different temples with the oldest one built in 1829. St Joseph Cathedral Church built in 1908, has European St Peter's–inspired dome, Corinthian columns, and fine stained-glass windows, but the architecture also incorporates Dayak influences, totems, and motifs. Known as “Equator City, Pontianak is the largest city on the Earth’s longest invisible line, the equator”, so you can actually stand on two hemispheres. Due to constant global shift, the monument no longer lies on the exact line of the equator, as the line continues to move south. Twice a year, when the sun is directly above the equator, you can stand on your own shadow.

Note: The Museum opens at 08:00 - 11:30 and is closed on Mondays.

Average Tour duration (minimum booking): 9 hours
What is included in the Tour, Activity or Experience: Private air-conditioned transportation- Hotel pick-up and drop off in Pontianak city or airport- English-speaking guide (other language is subject to surcharge and availability)- Entrance and parking fees- Bottled water and wet tissue- Lunch
What is NOT included in the Tour, Activity or Experience: Food, drinks other than mentioned- Items of personal nature ( tipping, souvenir)- Other services not clearly indicated in the inclusions.
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Languages Spoken by Host:
English
Spanish
Chinese
Arabic
Hindi
Portuguese
German
French
Russian
Japanese
Turkish
Greek
Polish
Ukrainian
Tamil
Punjabi
Telugu
Ideal for:
Families
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Wheelchair Accessible
Is the Tour or Experience Customizable: Yes
Special rules or restrictions, if any: Confirmation will be received at time of booking- Children must be accompanied by an adult- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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