Top Choice Cathedral in Pontianak

St Joseph's Cathedral

Pontianak's dramatic domed cathedral was opened in 2015, replacing the earlier 1908 church deemed not large enough to accommodate the city's Catholic congregation. While obviously European in design, with its St Pet…
Museum in Pontianak

Istana Kadriah

For an outing that will show you a bit of town, visit the wooden palace of Pontianak's first sultan on the east bank of the Kapuas; in a refurbishment project in 2017 it was painted lemon yellow but the interior ret…
Monument in Pontianak

Tugu Khatulistiwa

If you want to stand on two hemispheres, you can formally do so here – though continental drift has moved the monument 117m south of the actual equator. The gift shop nearby has a colourful collection of T-shirts, s…
Forest in Pontianak

Taman Arboretum Sylva

This small patch of Borneo jungle is a welcome relief from the urban jungle outside. It's a community project with an orchid garden and a boardwalk through the mini-forest. It's just off the large roundabout 3km sou…
Mosque in Pontianak

Mesjid Abdurrahman

The wooden Mesjid Abdurrahman stands north of the river where a cannonball reportedly landed after Pontianak's first sultan fired it at a pontianak (the ghost of a woman who died during childbirth).
Museum in Pontianak

Museum Provinsi Kalimantan Barat

In an imposing building this well-maintained collection of artefacts provides an informative English-language overview of local Dayak, Malay and Chinese cultures.
Area in Pontianak

Kampung Beting

This redeveloped section of riverfront between the Sungai Kapuas and Sungai Ladak is a good place to explore 'old Pontianak', with colourful village houses crammed together and a new riverside promenade making it ea…
Landmark in Pontianak

Kapuas Indah Building

Speedboats to Sukadana leave from behind this landmark giant tin shed containing a chaotic market.
Buddhist Temple in Pontianak

Vihara Bodhisatva Karaniya Metta

West Kalimantan’s oldest Buddhist temple (1673) is a sensory feast.