Palangkaraya : One Day in Sukarno’s Dream City

July 1st, 2016 | by TheJourneyMagz
Palangkaraya :  One Day in Sukarno’s Dream City

Most people might not know the history of Palangkaraya the capital city of Central Kalimantan. It is known as a man-made city in the heart of Borneo. Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, initially used this city as a model for the nation’s capital. I was lucky to have an opportunity to visit this beautiful city.


I am amazed by Sukarno’s dream and idea for the nation post the declaration of Independence as written by Wijanarka in a 2006 book, Sukarno and the Indonesian Capital Plan Design in Palangkaraya. Seeing Jakarta’s landscape in colonial design, he then tried to design his own version of the nation’s capital in 1957-1959 in Palangkaraya; from the large and small roundabout, city park, piles, palace, etc.

Several landmarks that he designed can still be found in the heart of Palangkaraya. One of them is the famous Kahayan River bridge that divides the town into two. The bridge stretches 640 meters with 12 special span for 150 meter along the river shipping channel. The bridge’s European-style construction still looks sturdy even though it was build in 1995.


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