Welcome to Tenggarong
Once the capital of the mighty Kutai sultanate, Tenggarong has been attempting to re-create its past glory, with mixed results. Flush with mining profits, the government has invested heavily in infrastructure – good. However, development largely focused on turning Kumala Island from a local wildlife haven into a gaudy tourist attraction, plagued by a corruption scandal – bad. In 2011 the 10-year-old bridge across the Mahakam, dubbed 'Indonesia's Golden Gate', suddenly collapsed into the river, killing 36 people. It has since been replaced.