Pampang Cultural Park is a cultural site to see when traveling to East Kalimantan. Dayak Kenyah tribe live in this area after their migration in 1967 from their original hometown of Apokayan in Malinau district, East Kalimantan. They left their village to stay near urban areas, so that they could obtain education and fulfill their basic needs. At present, not less than 800 members of Dayak Kenyah community live in Pampang village. Dayak Kenyah performing art is held every Sunday from 2 pm to 3 pm. No show is held other than Sunday. Entrance fee is Rp 5.000 per person.
Pampang Cultural Park, East Kalimantan (Source : misteraladin.com)
This area does not provide any food stall. You could bring along snacks and drinks for watching the show.
In addition to performing arts, another attractive event for tourists in Pampang Park is the sales of various types of local souvenirs by Dayak Kenyah community. They sell necklaces, bracelets, belts, skull-caps, hats, traditional clothings and their accessories, which are mostly made of beads and bamboos. One of its leading handicraft is oval-shaped bamboo bag. Price of this bag is about Rp 250.000 – Rp 300.000.
Pampang village is relatively near Samarinda city center, therefore, it is also possible for you to stay in Samarinda. You will find many hotels of one to four stars in certain streets in Samarinda.
Pampang is an interesting cultural park to understand the life of Dayak Kenyah tribe. Visitors could see attractive dances performed by the tribe’s children, teenagers and adults. The show is performed in a Lamin or a customary home of Dayak tribe. Usually, 8 dances are performed in one show such as nyelamai sakai dance (welcome dance for guests), ajay (war dance), enggang terbang and berburu (hunting dances).
The Girls from Pampang Cultural Park (Source : nomadicpixel.com)
Main objective of tourists visiting Pampang park is to see performing arts shown by Dayak Kenyah children, teenagers and adults. Visitors can also take a village tour on food in Pampang village, mostly occupied by Dayak Kenyah community. Next to Rumah Lamin theater, there is a batik gallery selling various types of Kalimantan batik.
East Kalimantan is a unique province. Although Samarinda is its capital city, yet the entrance gate to the province is at Balikpapan city. The main airport of this province is Sepinggan which is situated at Marsma Iswahyudi street in Balikpapan. From Balikpapan, you could take a plane with Balikpapan-Samarinda local route.
Pampang Cultural Park is situated in Pampang village, Sungai Siring, Samarinda Utara sub-district. It is only about 25 km from Samarinda, at Samarinda-Bontang trans road to be exact. It will take about 30 to 45 minutes to reach this location from Samarinda. If you take a public transportation, you could take those plying from Pasar Segiri-Sungai Siring, from Lempake bus station in Samarinda.
Please note that the performing art is held in Pampang only on Sundays from 2 pm to 3 pm local time. When you visit this village on other days (outside the show schedule), you will not find anything because Dayak Kenyah community performs their daily activities.
When buying souvenirs, it is best for you to come one hour before the show. Dayak Kenyah community usually opens their stores from 10 or 11 am because after the show, they usually pack their merchandises. After the show you could take pictures with local children or teenagers in traditional outfits.
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