Visiting Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong

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In Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community. There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.

In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.

Kutai Sultan Palace or the Mulawarman Museum is a museum in Tenggarong, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is located near the Mahakam River, in a former palace, constructed by the Dutch during the 1930s that was once the power base where 19 sultans reigned.

The museum contains historical statues and antiquities, period furnishings, a richly adorned bedroom with hand-woven ‘doyo’ fabric, and items from the Ming, Qing and Yuan dynasties. The museum contains the Balinese puppet theater, which was donated by the Sultan of Yogyakarta

Kutai Sultan Palace is situated in Tenggarong, the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara district. After the Kutai Sultanate government ends in 1960, its 2,270 m2 palace was then occupied by Sultan A.M. Parikesit until 1971.

The Palace was then handed over to the East Kalimantan provisional government on 25 November 1971.

On 18 February 1976, the provincial government then handed over the Palace to the Ministry of Education and Culture to be managed as a state museum called Mulawarman Museum (up to now).

At present, Sultan Aji Muhammad Salehudin II is recorded as the 20th king of the Sultanate.

Mulawarman Museum is well-maintained that it provides convenience for visitors when taking museum tour to see the history of sultanate and its historical items. The museum looks strong and is dominated by white color.

The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.

The environment is also well maintained.


Visiting Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.

In this museum, various collections of Kutai Sultanate are presented e.g., royal throne, statues, jewelries, war attributes, beds, gamelan, ancient ceramics from China etc.

Jirat or gravestones of Sultans and their families are mostly made of long-lasting ironwood in crafted Arabic letters.

Sultans buried here among others are Sultan Muslihuddin, Sultan Salehuddin, Sultan Sulaiman and Sultan Parikesit. Only Sultan Alimuddin is buried in his own land in Gandek Mountain, Tenggarong.

In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.


The journey to Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.

Access to go to Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong:

This tourist destination is situated at Diponegoro street, Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara district in East Kalimantan. Tenggarong is easier and closer to reach from Samarinda.

From Sepinggan airport in Balikpapan, you can take a local plane to Samarinda. Alternatively, you can also take a taxi for Rp.250.000 – Rp.300.000.

It takes about 60 minutes to reach the palace from Samarinda. Since it is situated in the city center of Tenggarong, you should not find any difficulty to find this museum. Public transportation from Samarinda to Tenggarong is also available.

Visitors can travel around the Palace/Museum on foot, visiting from one room to another storing various historical items. To its right, we will find cemetery of kings and their royal families.

Not far from the cemetery, we can drop by to souvenir shops selling their merchandises and stalls selling foods and drinks.

The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.

We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.


In Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), Money Changer, ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.

Suggestion Before visiting Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong:

When shopping in souvenir shops in this tourist destination, you should be good in bargaining. Sometimes, we can get a cheaper price than the one offered in Kebun Sayur Market in Balikpapan or Citra Niaga Market in Samarinda, popularly known as souvenir centers in East Kalimantan.

If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).

In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.


Finding place to stay in Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong is very easy. We can stay at home stays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.

To get lodging at a cheap and definitely comfortable price, please see below:

Experience and Reviews

There are already many visitors have visited Kutai Sultan Palace (Mulawarman Museum) Tenggarong, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.

So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.

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That’s all the information we provided, hopefully useful.

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