Pampang Cultural Village, East Kalimantan

Pampang Cultural Park is a cultural site to see when traveling to East Kalimantan. Dayak Kenyah tribe lives in this area after their migration in 1967 from their original hometown of Apokayan in Malinau district, East Kalimantan.  At present, not less than 800 members of Dayak Kenyah community live in Pampang village.T hey travelled over the years by walking until they reached Pampang village where they have since started to perform a variety of community activities.

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As a tourism spot, visitors can watch performing arts shown by Dayak Kenyah children, teenagers and adults. The show is performed in a Rumah Lamin, the customary home of the Dayak tribe. In addition to this, you can also explore the village and buy various types of traditional clothing and accessories made of beads and bamboo from the local community.

Pampang is probably the most advertised and commercialized Kenyah longhouse in Kaltim. Without any doubt it is the most impressive in terms of colour and intricacy of Kenyah art. The external & internal beauties of this longhouse are extraordinary and deserve every tourist’s visit.

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Pampang is an interesting cultural park to understand the life of Dayak Kenyah tribe. Visitors could see attractive dances performed by the tribe’s children, teenagers and adults. The show is performed in a Lamin or a customary home of Dayak tribe. Usually, 8 dances are performed in one show such as nyelamai sakai dance (welcome dance for guests), ajay (war dance), enggang terbang and berburu (hunting dances).

Despite receiving modern culture from the outside, its citizens remain steadfast to maintain the cultural traditions of their ancestors, such as weaving, carving and making a variety of different crafts, as well as running regular ceremonies. Staged homes are still widely available in the village. A Customary Chief to lead the village. Just as well as other areas in the village that was also led by the Chairman of the Neighborhood Association (RT). Until now had three RT Pampang village and its population is about 850 souls of 190 heads of household. Live in the village are also several other Dayak tribes, such as Tunjung, Benuaq and Bahau, even some of the Javanese, Kutai, Banjar and Bugis, it is because there are some people who married Pampang other ethnic.

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How to get there

East Kalimantan is a unique province. Although Samarinda is its capital city, yet the entrance gate to the province is at Balikpapan city. The main airport of this province is Sepinggan which is situated at Marsma Iswahyudi street in Balikpapan. From Balikpapan, you could take a plane with Balikpapan-Samarinda local route.

Pampang Cultural Park is situated in Pampang village, Sungai Siring, Samarinda Utara sub-district. It is only about 25 km from Samarinda, at Samarinda-Bontang trans road to be exact. It will take about 30 to 45 minutes to reach this location from Samarinda. If you take a public transportation, you could take those plying from Pasar Segiri-Sungai Siring, from Lempake bus station in Samarinda.

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