Kapuas Palace Hotel
Pontianak, West Kalimantan
Website : http://www.hotelkapuas.com/
Kapuas Palace Hotel is located at the center of Pontianak, capital city of the West Kalimantan Province, precisely at Jalan Gajah Mada, Pontianak. Kapuas Palace Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business centers in the city.
Pontianak is the capital of the province of West Kalimantan. It is a medium-size industrial city on the island of Borneo or Kalimantan Island. Pontianak occupies an area of 107.82 square kilometers in the delta of the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia at approximately 1143 kilometers. The city is located precisely on the equator, hence widely known as the Equator City or Kota Khatulistiwa.
Historically, the city was formerly the capital of the independent Sultanate of Pontianak which was founded in 1771 around an old trading station on the Borneo coast. It is built on swampy ground which is subjected to regular flooding by the river, requiring buildings to be constructed on piles to keep them off the ground. It has its name due to the story that the founder had seen appearance of Kuntilanak ghost (a type of vampire in Malay folklore and Indonesian mythology) at the place to be built for the palace, which he fought to save the people.
Pontianak is renowned for its food and regional produce. The main industries are shipbuilding and the production of rubber, palm oil, sugar, pepper, rice and tobacco. It was formerly Borneo’s main center for gold extraction. Pontianak is also recognized for being a trade hub between overseas cities and other cities in West Kalimantan province. It has also strong trade link with the city of Kuching, Malaysia. Trading activities are centered along the Kapuas River, which range from easternmost part of West Kalimantan province to South China Sea.
Pontianak is a multicultural city. It has a large population of Chinese alongside the native Malay and Dayak local ethnic groups, living along side Javanese, Bugis, Batak, Minang, Madurese, Sundanese, Balinese, Ambonese and Papuan migrating from all over the country. In fact, Chinese form the largest single ethnic group in the city. Most Chinese are of either Teochew or Hakka extraction. Native Indonesians are mainly Malay and Dayak people. Madurese and Javanese are also significant minorities. Most citizens of Pontianak use Malay accent of Indonesian, which is somewhat similar to that used in Malaysia.