The majority of the population in South Kalimantan are ethnic Banjar which consists of three groups, namely Banjar Kuala, Banjar Pahuluan and Banjar Batang Banyu. As one of the largest ethnics in Indonesia, the Banjar tribe has cultural characteristics. The culture in South Kalimantan is a product of adaptation, assimilation and acculturation from the basic culture of indigenous Banjar tribes with Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic cultures.
The Jewels of South Kalimantan – Martapura
South Kalimantan is not only known for its unique flora and fauna such as the Bekantan monkeys. Yet, along with India, Borneo has historically been one of the world’s oldest sources of fine jewelries such as diamonds.
Situated some 45 kilometers east of Banjarmasin, the capital of South Kalimantan, Martapura is a sparkling little city literally filled with diamonds and precious rocks mined from inside Borneo’s earth. The city is well-known as the center of the diamond industry as well as the main diamond cutting and polishing venue in Kalimantan, aside from being producers of top quality jewelry.
Preserving the Unique Biodiversity of South Kalimantan – Bekantan
Bekantan or in scientific name Nasalis larvatus is a type of long-nosed monkeys with reddish brown hair and is one of two species in a single genus of Nasalis monkeys. The main characteristics that distinguish of bekantan from other monkeys are long and large nose which is only owned by male species.
Honorary Consul has the duty to assist the execution of some of the duties of the representation who oversee him, in a specific working area of the recipient country.
Mr. Heldur Allese, Indonesian Honorary Consul in Estonia