Wednesday, April 22, 2009

South Kalimantan: The Museum of Lambung Mangkurat

A. Brief Information

The Museum of Lambung Mangkurat was officially opened in 1979. It is traditional house of Banjar architecture, Rumah Bubungan Tinggi (High Ridge House), which is polished in modern style. The collections of the museum are the archaeological remains of The Sultanate of Banjar, Agung Temple, and Laras, stone alliances, Ulin woodcarvings, farming tools and household appliances, and traditional music instruments.

The Museum of Lambung Mangkurat, is a two-storey building. The first floor has three display rooms; an open exhibition room and two close exhibition rooms. In the open exhibition room, visitors can find three river transportations mean of Banjar people: jukung sudur, perahu pandan liris, and jukung tambangan. Beside those three kinds of boat, visitors will also find kinds of sea fauna fossil, such as whale (Rhineodon Typus Cotaceae) skeleton. While in the close exhibition rooms, visitors will be brought to the age far before we were born. In one of the rooms, visitors can see the displays of devices used in the pre-history age, such as pickaxe, shoulder axe, pahat kapak lonjong, and bronze axe mould. In the other one, visitors can find kinds of archaeological remains of Banjar kingdom.

In the second floor, visitors can observe some ethnical photos painting and the map of the dissemination of Indonesia tribes in South Kalimantan. In this place, visitors will find some types of traditional Banjar house such as Bubungan Tinggi and Gajah Manyusu. Moreover, visitors can also find the life cycle diagram of Banjar people, from birth- children- adults- getting married- giving birth- phase, until death. Those phases are described in some Islamic ceremonies such as Baayun Anak, Basunat, Baantar Jujuran, Batamat Al Quran, and Bakawinan.

B. Distinctive Features

Entering the Museum of Lambung Mangkurat, visitors are brought to experience the era when South Kalimantan had not became a province yet. This Museum give a better understanding to the visitors about the development of Banjar people from the stone age, when all devices were made of stones, until the age of the influential kingdoms that existed in South Kalimantan. Seeing Genta Kencana (a place where the king rested), for example, the visitors will know the civilization of Banjar people at the time.

C. Location

The Museum of Lambung Mangkurat is located in Banjarbaru, Banjarmasin city, South Kalimantan province.

D. Access

The Museum of Lambung Mangkurat is located in Banjarbaru, 35 km from Banjarmasin. The strategic location on A.Yani Street, makes it easy to reach by any public transportation or private transportations. From Syamsudin Noor Airport Landasan Ulin Banjarbaru, it takes about 20 minutes.


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