East Kalimantan Province

Derawan’s crystal water -one of the best Borneo’s beaches *icon pics : Dayak Hudoq’s mask  wore in festival annually

Official Name : Kalimantan Timur (Abbreviation: Kaltim ) ; Origin of Name : ‘Kalimantan’ is Indonesian (and locals) name of ‘Borneo’. Although many theories exist about its origin, one is from the Indian approach. ‘Kalimantan’ which is often spelled ‘Klemantan’ is derived from Sanskrit : “Kalamanthana” or burning weather island (or island that is very hot temperature). It consists of two words ‘kal[a] : season, period’ and ‘manthan[a] : burning’. But the words “Kalamanthana’ is spelled Kalmantan. And the indigineous people fixed it into Klemantan.

‘Timur’ means ‘east’, thus ‘Kalimantan Timur’ refers to ‘Eastern part of Kalimantan’

History :

Founded : 1956 (prior that was part of Kalimantan Province from 1945-1956, capital in Banjarmasin)

Location : North-Eastern part of Kalimantan. Along Makassar Strait. Bordering Malaysia’s Sarawak (Kapit), Central Kalimantan (Murung Raya & Barito Utara), West Kalimantan (Sintang & Kapuas Hulu) & South Kalimantan (Tabalong, Balangan & Kota Baru Daratan).

Capital : Samarinda City (SMR)

Pop: 3,210,407 (19th)/ Area: 204,543 km2 (11% of Indonesia. 2nd rank -only Papua is larger)

Province Seal : Green dominate the seal, represents East Kalimantan’s vast tropical forest. Motto : Ruhui Rahayu (Banjarese). Means: Perfect harmony in the blessing from God





East Kalimantan Map prior its split into brand new North Kalimantan

Note :  According to the “Jakarta Post” of 22 July 2004, there is a proposal to create a new province of North Kalimantan (Kalimantan Utara). It would be split from East Kalimantan (Kalimantan Timur) by taking the regencies (kabupaten)/city on the northern part of the province, except Berau (which decline to join), thus it would consist of Bulungan, Malinau and Nunukan, and the city (kotamadya) of Tarakan. Since that date, a new regency (Tana Tidung Regency) has been created in 2007 out of part of Bulungan Regency, so this would also fall within this putative North Kalimantan Province (see the chart regency/city no.9,11,12,13 & 14)

Administrative Divisions  (after the creation of North Kalimantan Province) :


3 Cities/ 6 Regencies (Municipals):name (its capital)

1. Balikpapan City

2. Samarinda City (provincial capital)

3. Bontang City

4. Kutai Kertanegara (Tenggarong)

5. Kutai Barat (Sendawar)

6. Paser (Tanah Grogot)

7. Penajam Paser Utara (Penajam)

8. Kutai Timur (Sangatta)

9. Berau (Tanjung Redeb) 

ZIP Code :75-77xxx/ Phone Code: 0541 (Samarinda & Tenggarong/Kutai Kartanegara); 0542 (Balikpapan); 0543 (Tanah Grogot/Paser & Penajam); 0545 (Melak); 0548 (Bontang); 0549 (Sangatta/Kutai Timur); 0551 (Tarakan); 0552 (Tg.Selor/Bulungan); 0553 (Malinau); 0554 (Tg.Redeb/Berau); 0556 (Nunukan)/ Vehicle Plate : KT (all province)

State University: Mulawarman State University/Unmul (Samarinda); Samarinda State Polytechnic & Borneo University (Tarakan)

Mulawarman State University in Samarinda

Airports: Due to its large area, East Kalimantan has 10 airports (ranging from International to small ones): 1. Sepinggan Intl. Airport (Balikpapan) 2. Juwata Intl. Airport (Tarakan) 3. Temindung Airport (Samarinda) 4. Bontang Airport (Bontang) 5. Nunukan Airport (Nunukan) 6. Kalimaru Airport (Tg.Redep, Berau) 7. Tanjung Harapan Airport (Tg.Selor, Bulungan) 8. Datah Dawai Airport (Long Pahangai, West Kutai) 9. Long Ampung Airport (South Kayan, Malinau) 10.Long Bawan/Yuvai Semaring Airport (Krayan, Nunukan)

Sepinggan International Airport – Balikpapan

Province Fauna/Floral:

Ethnics of origin: Coastals Malays (Kutai, Banjar, Berau & Bajau) & Dayaks (Ot-Danum,Benuaq, Apo Kayan, Kahayan, Kenyah, Punan & Murut)/ Language: Bahasa Banjar, Kutai, Berau & Various Dayak Language

Food: Banjar culture has its impact in East kalimantan culinary, other famous snacks from the province including many crackers from fish/  Folksong: Indung-indung (Berau) Dance-art: As of other elements in the province, there are two general groups of culture, first, the internary people belongs to The Dayaks (Kenyah) with dances such as : Tari Perang, Gong, Anyaman, Tinggang Moru & Hudoq as well as dayak’s carving which is very special.

And coastal Malays (Kutai,Banjar, Paser, Bulungan, Tidung etc) with dances such as: Jepin (Kalimantan’s zapin), Rudaq etc as well as many traditional woven sarongs like famous sarong samarinda.

Traditional Clothes: Dayak outfit & Kutai’s baju adat

Traditional weapon : Dayak’s sumpit & Mandau; Coastal Malay’s kris

Traditional house : Typical Dayak’s house is called Rumah Lamin. It’s a long house where many related families live together.

While coastal Malays lives in a typical rooted house or Rumah Panggung, since usually they live along big rivers or coastal areas.

Downtown & Mall :

Balcony City Mall with oceanview – Balikpapan

View of downtown Samarinda, the capital city

Rivers, Mountain & Natural : Sungai Mahakam (920 km), Sungai Berau, Sungai Kayan. Mount

National Park/Ocean Park : Kayan Mentarang Natl. Park (1,35 million hectare, Bulungan-Nunukan-Malinau); Kutai Natl.Park (2,000 km2. East Kutai-Bontang); Berau Ocean Park

Bridge & Dam : Jembatan Mahakam/Mahkota 1 (Samarinda Kota-Samarinda Seberang); Jembatan Kutai Kartanegara (Tenggarong); Jembatan Mahkota 2 (Samarinda), Jembatan Mahakam Hulu (Samarinda)

Places of Interest :  *Historical Tourism, including : *Religious Tourism, including :  *Adventure Tourism : *Shopping Tourism : (handicrafts as well as many Malaysian & Singaporean products)

Visit : Pics of Provincial Capitol & Landmarks (click here):

Official Map:


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