Must see attractions in West Kalimantan

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    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 Peter's–inspired dome, Corinthian columns and fine stained-glass windows, the architecture also incorporates Dayak influences, totems and motifs.

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    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 retains its original charm. Explore the surrounding village on stilts for a glimpse into the city's past. Get there by canoe taxi (regular/charter 2000/10,000Rp) from the foot of Jl Mahakam.

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    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, sarongs and equator lamps. Cross the river by ferry and take an opelet 3km northwest on Jl Khatulistiwa.

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    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 southeast of the centre.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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 easy to walk.

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    Kapuas Indah Building

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