Where is Pontianak Located?
Pontianak is a busy provincial town. As the regional economic centre of West Kalimantan, it has changed considerably in recent years: many modern buildings on the outskirts of the city have been built and in the centre Muslims and Catholics are competing over who is building the larger church. The city is thriving economically, especially thanks to the palm oil boom, which has already transformed large parts of the hinterland into large-scale monocultures. But on the banks of the Kapuas, the largest river in Indonesia, things are still quiet. People live on and with the river, have built their houses on stilts in the river, which sluggishly pushes its brown water masses towards the river delta only a few kilometers away.
What Country is Pontianak in?
The city is away from the usual tourist routes. The surrounding area is largely deforested, so tourists will no longer find the Borneo they may be looking for. Only from the fact that the city lies almost exactly on the Equator, is a lonely visitor attraction – the Equator Monument a few kilometers North of the center. In order to attract more visitors to the city, another attraction should be created according to the will of the provincial government. And so in early 2017, a controversy heated the city’s minds when the minister of sports and tourism proposed to erect a 100-Meter-high Statue of Kuntilanak, well-known throughout Indonesia.