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Singkawang is a city in the northern triangle of Singbebas (Singkawang, Bengkayang, Sambas in West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Singkawang Temple


Singkawang is a city located in the province of West Kalimantan as the prime tourist destination in West Kalimantan because of the beauty of land, beach and sea. Singkawang even has a worldwide tourist attraction such as the Cap Go Meh (Chinese New year Festival). The word “Singkawang” comes from Khek / Hakka dialect “San Kew Jong” which literally means "Mountain Mouth Seas", its refers to a place between the mountain and the sea. This is because geographically Singkawang borders the Natuna Sea to the west, and mountains such as Raya, Pasi, Poteng and Roban to the east and south, while the river flows through the city into the Natuna Sea.

People in Singkawang are heterogeneous so Singkawang is also known as a multi-ethnic city. From the various ethnic groups, the cultures and traditions of Chinese, Dayak and Malay embellish the Singkawang life. Singkawang also known as “China Town of Indonesia” or the “city of a thousand temples” because 42% of the population is Chinese. It also makes Singkawang known as "Amoy City", referring to the pretty Chinese Girl. In daily life, they use Khek / Hakka language. Cap Go Meh is the prime tourist attraction in Singkawang, there are lantern and Tatung parade.


Singkawang growth began during the gold mining era in Monterado, many workers came from mainland China. Before the miners would go to Monterado, they would transit to rest in Singkawang to continue their journey, workers who had been working in mining would rest in Singkawang. Because of the promising development in Singkawang, the miners switched professions to be a farmer and merchant in Singkawang and eventually these miners lived and settled in the city.

Get in[edit]

Take a bus from Pontianak to Singkawang. The trip takes about four hours or 150 km and cost about Rp 25.000/pax.

Take a taxi from Pontianak city center to Singkawang the trip is about Rp 90.000/pax by a big car max 5 passengers)or Rp 100.000/pax by a small car(max 3 passenger). From Supadio Airport it takes price about Rp 120.000 to Rp 150.000/pax. By using a taxi you can request Any place you Would like to be picked and dropped.

From Kuching in Sarawak you can now take a shared taxi via the Aruk/Biawak border and Sambas. It takes about 4-5 hours.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tjhia Family House, a historical house built in 1901 by Xie Shou Shi (Tjhia Siu Si). It's still inhabited by the Tjhia family making it a living museum. Free entrance. Sells 'Choi pan' a traditional Chinese rice cake.
  • Tri Dharma Vihara Bumi Raya, the oldest Chinese temple in Singkawang. It is located in the city center.
  • Pasir Panjang Beach, you can see Pasir Panjang One beach, and Pasir Panjang Two beach, this beach is 20-30 minutes if you are from Singkawang city by car,
  • Tanjung Bajau, this is in the Bajau Hill, this place is 200-300 meters from water surface, in this place we can see all around Singkawang city, and we can look mas villa hill, this is in the heart of Singkawang city in this place we can enjoy an panoramas and eat from mas hill restaurant
  • Agro Tourism Bougenville Hill, a flower garden located south of Sijangkung Village. It is located ± 6 km from Singkawang, in the gradient of Mount Pasi and surrounded by forest and plantation areas. You can enjoy the flowers, tree, fruits and fishing pond.
  • Bagak Sahwa Eco-Tourism Village, the village of the Dayak Salako tribe where visitors can come and explore the village, its surroundings, and partake in traditional activities such as learning how to use a traditional slingshot, blowpipe and even spearfishing. Costs Rp. 150,000 for the aforementioned activities per person and costs Rp. 110,000 if there are two of you. They also offer other tour packages to explore nearby forest and visit Rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world. Mountain biking is available too as does Nyanto' Durian tour package.
  • Setapuk Besar Agro Tourism Village, pineapple, Nephelium three with similar fruit like lychee (rambutan), green sweet orange. You can get knowledge about how to plant of those fruits and enjoy the show of Malay culture.
  • Sinar Terang Pottery, a famous traditional pottery, you can visit and meet Mr Abui and get an explanation on how to make traditional pottery from their family. These are hand made with traditional techniques and have traditional Chinese style.
  • Mimi Land, a beach resort with a small theme park.
  • Taman Cinta Pajintan, a waterpark at the foot of Gunung Poteng.
  • Sinka Island and Sinka Zoo, a small zoo with rare local animals.
  • Rindu Alam
  • Blue Lake, Located 6km from city center of Singkawang and 30 minutes by motorcycle.

Do[edit][add listing]

Besides visiting the many temples, especially the main temple at Tri Dharma Bumi Raya, Singkawang is famous for its food centres which come alive at night. Most popular is the Pasar Hongkong, where you can find a large variety of food, including porridge, nasi lemak, Rujak Ju Hie (hot fruit salad with dried squid) a specialty of Singawang, and tofu Singkawang. The city also has many coffee shops known as Kopi Tiam. For recreation, locals go to Pasir Panjang Beach, (or Long Beach) 17 km from the center of the city. Besides enjoying the beautiful tranquil scenery, the beach also offers beach activities including boat rental, water bikes, go-karts, souvenir shops and plenty of food stalls.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Joss sticks,candles,and Buddhist accessories from Toko Tanjaya (Jl. Niaga 155) Tel : 0562-631102. This shop is one of the biggest of its kind in Borneo Island in terms of trading volume. Expect crowd of buyers, especially during Capgomeh festival (15 days after Chinese New Year). You can get special singkawang tshirt, at 'KAKI LIMA' t-shirt trader, Jl. Sejahtera, in front of Kopi Nikmat shop, since 18.00-22.30 at night.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Singkawang has many types of vegetarian restaurants, bistros and coffee shops. Usually vegetarian restaurants serve Indonesian food menu, whereas bistros may serve different sorts of dishes depending on the type of food itself, such as Chinese Food, Malay Food, etc. Traditional food vendors can also be found still selling food in a simple way using barrows such as “bubur gunting” and “Mi Tiaw” vendors. At night traditional food vendors can be found in the “Pasar Hongkong” (Hongkong market) along store entrances in Singkawang. The latter stores make up of old buildings in the city center. There are three major types of food in Singkawang, which are Chinese Food (non-halal), Malay Food and Vegetarian Food.

Some of the famous dishes are: Chicken Rice, Curry Rice, Chicken Noddles, Fried Rice Noodle, various cakes and sweets. Not forgetting the local tropical fruits. Some famous dishes in Singkawang are : Mie Kering (dry noodles) and mie goreng (fried noodles and bakso). Bubur Paddas Kak Dian, it's a traditional malay dish of west Kalmimantan, with rice and vegetables, fresh served, and hot. Sotong Kangkung 1+1+1, it's unique food, because only SIngkawang have this, it mixes hot cornstarch with leafy vegetables and slices of squid.

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many coffee shops in Singkawang; popular ones are “Warkop Nikmat”, “Warkop Gajah”, etc. many of named for order coffee in singkawang, you can say 'Kopi Pancong' for order a half glass of coffee, or 'Kopi Nen' for coffee mix with milk, and you can order hot tea of others drink at Warung Kopi (coffe shop).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Sentosa, Jalan Kom Yos Soedarso No 27, +62 562 639131. Set back from road from Rp 168.000 promo.  edit
  • Hotel Restu, Jalan Stasiun No 77 singkawang, +62 562 636904. Rp 145.000,-.  edit
  • Villa Bukit Mas, Jalan A. Yani Gg. Batu Mas, +62 562 3335666. Rp 350.000- Rp 790.000.  edit
  • Hotel Mahkota, Jalan P. Diponegoro No 1, +62 562 631244. Rp 313.000- Rp 371.000.  edit
  • Kahyangan Resort, Jalan samudera indah. checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12.00. resort with private beach, huge pool, nice ambience, nice interior, all are from woods. 650000.  edit

Tourism Package Tour[edit]

for Bagaksahwa tourism village, you can contact Mr. Ipul +6281345453133. or Mr. Ricky +6285650904464 for Setapuk Agro tourism village, ypu can contact to Mr. Suhendra at +6289690319191.


  • Abdul Azis Hospital (Rumah Sakit Umum), Jl. Dr.Sutomo no 28, Singkawang, +62 562 631798. 24 hours UGD-Emergency room and admissions. The islands main public hospital with UGD (Unit Gawat Darurat)-Emergency treatment room, ICU and OR facilities, laboratorium, specialist consulting rooms.  edit
  • RS.Santo Vincentius, Jl. P.Diponegoro no 5, Singkawang, +62 562 631008. 24 hours UGD-Emergency room and admissions. The islands main public hospital with UGD (Unit Gawat Darurat)-Emergency treatment room, ICU and OR facilities, laboratorium, specialist consulting rooms.  edit
  • RS. Harapan Bersama, Jl. Dr.Sutomo no 28, Singkawang, +62 562 631791. 24 hours UGD-Emergency room and admissions. The islands main public hospital with UGD (Unit Gawat Darurat)-Emergency treatment room, ICU and OR facilities, laboratorium, specialist consulting rooms.  edit

Medical clinics[edit]

  • Laboratorium Bio Medis, Jl. P.Diponegoro No.24A, Singkawang. Prodia is a national pathology services chain with shop front facilities in many of Indonesian cities, professional operation with a wide range of services. Detailed printed price list for individual services.  edit

Emergency service[edit]

  • Ambulance +62 852 5254 7978 (DPC Kota Singkawang - TASMAN) — In emergency ☎ 118

Most often a taxi, police vehicle or a private car is used to get someone requiring urgent medical attention to a hospital. The ambulances in Singkawang city are more often used in the role of assisted patient transport rather than for first responder/paramedic supported emergency assistance and transport.


Departmenf of Cultural and Tourism of Singkawang City Jl. Merdeka No.78

Get out[edit]

By shared taxi, to Pontianak it will cost 120,000 IDR. Contact Palapa Taxi, Jl Niaga No. 25 Samping Tua Pekong Singkawang (Ph: 0851 0133 9999 - 0821 4876 9999). They leave every hour, and can pick you up from your hotel, and drop you to your destination in Pontianak. Trip takes 2-3 hours, depending on how many people you are picking up and traffic in Pontianak.Create category

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