Banjarmasin (also known
as Bandjermasin or Bandjarmasin) is the capital of South
Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is located on a delta island near the
junction of the Barito and Martapura rivers. As a result,
Banjarmasin is sometimes called the "River City".
The Sabilal Muhtadin
Mosque, located along the Martapura riverfront, is a major
landmark in the city. Completely built in 1979, the mosque
accommodates thousands of worshippers on Friday prayers.
A state university (Universitas Lambung Mangkurat, UNLAM) is also
located in the town. A floating marketplace, where buyers and
sellers meet each other using boats, is located on the western
outskirts of town. It is a traditional market and is considered
one of city's identity mark for years.
Banjarmasin has long
been renowned as a center for gem trading, particularly rare
diamonds and rubies. An informal network with international
connections exists, which also supports the large domestic
Indonesian trade in rare diamonds. Banjar's diamonds are
especially known for their exquisite brilliance. In recent times,
however, many of Indonesia's large diamond stones have been traded
out of the country.
International airport is
International Airport, located about 25 km from the center of
the city of Banjarmasin and is located
10 kilometers south-west of Banjarbaru. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport to city
centre, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have
counter in the Airport.
Popular attractions in Banjarmasin:
• Angsana Beach
• Museum WASAKA
• Lok Baintan Floating Market
• Grand Mosque of Sabilal Muhtadin