Kutai Sultan Palace is situated in
Tenggarong, the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara district. After the
Kutai Sultanate government ends in 1960, its 2,270 m2 palace was then
occupied by Sultan A.M. Parikesit until 1971. The Palace was then handed
over to the East Kalimantan provisional government on 25 November 1971.
On 18 February 1976, the provincial government then handed over the
Palace to the Ministry of Education and Culture to be managed as a state
museum called Mulawarman Museum (up to now). At present, Sultan Aji
Muhammad Salehudin II is recorded as the 20th king of the Sultanate.
This tourist destination is situated at Diponegoro street,
Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara district in East Kalimantan. Tenggarong is
easier and closer to reach from Samarinda. From Sepinggan airport in
Balikpapan, you can take a local plane to Samarinda. Alternatively, you
can also take a taxi for Rp250.000-Rp300.000. It takes about 60 minutes
to reach the palace from Samarinda. Since it is situated in the city
center of Tenggarong, you should not find any difficulty to find this
museum. Public transportation from Samarinda to Tenggarong is also
Visitors can travel around the Palace/Museum on foot, visiting from
one room to another storing various historical items. To its right, we
will find cemetery of kings and their royal families. Not far from the
cemetery, we can drop by to souvenir shops selling their merchandises
and stalls selling foods and drinks.
Mulawarman Museum is well-maintained that it provides convenience for
visitors when taking museum tour to see the history of sultanate and
its historical items. The museum looks strong and is dominated by white
In this museum, various collections of Kutai Sultanate are presented
e.g., royal throne, statues, jewelries, war attributes, beds, gamelan,
ancient ceramics from China etc.
Jirat or gravestones of Sultans and their families are mostly made of
long-lasting ironwood in crafted Arabic letters. Sultans buried here
among others are Sultan Muslihuddin, Sultan Salehuddin, Sultan Sulaiman
and Sultan Parikesit. Only Sultan Alimuddin is buried in his own land in
Gandek Mountain, Tenggarong.
Tenggarong is actually a small area. Therefore, it is not difficult
to find hotels in the city center, not far to reach any area you like to
visit in Tenggarong. Staying overnight in Samarinda should not be a
problem, because of relatively short travel time from Samarinda.
In addition to learning history, visitors can also spend time in food
stalls in a special area.
For those of you who have a very limited time and like to buy
souvenirs in this Palace/Museum, dozens of shops offering local items
are provided such as traditional caping (woven bamboo), songket
(embroidered clothes), Samarinda sarong, necklaces, bracelets and bead
handicrafts, bags etc.
When shopping in souvenir shops in this tourist destination, you
should be good in bargaining. Sometimes, we can get a cheaper price than
the one offered in Kebun Sayur Market in Balikpapan or Citra Niaga
Market in Samarinda, popularly known as souvenir centers in East
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