With more than 5 islands, Indonesia is the ideal destination for backpackers. Located in East Kalimantan or so-called Borneo, Samarinda is a capital city of East Kalimantan Province in Borneo Island which the biggest island in Indonesia, making it one of the best spots for a solo travel that'll keep you pocket in tack. Oh, and did I say how picturesque the island is? It's simply beautiful.
Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque
Locals call it the Samarinda Islamic Center. Coming in second, just after the famous Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, the Samarinda Islamic Centre Mosque is the second largest mosque and it is easily the city's icon.
The Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque stands in the banks of the Mahakam River and bridges. So if you are visiting the mosque, don't forget to take lots of photos and be amazed by the charm of the mosque.
The Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque is also known as the Baitul Muttaqien Mosque. The mosque has a vast area of 43,500 square meters with seven minarets. The supporting building area is 7,115 square meters and a basement floor area of 10,235 square meters. While the ground floor of the mosque is 10,270 square meters, the main floor is 8,185 square meters.
Fortunately, while I was visiting the mosque, the mosque security allowed me to get to the main tower that was 99 meters tall. I could see the Mahakam River with colliers back and forth. From the highest part of the mosque, I was lucky enough to watch the sunset with a view of the entire Samarinda City.
The highest tower with its height 99 meters refers to Asmaul Husna or the 99 names of Allah. The mosque also has six minarets, four of them on each corner of the mosque, reaching 70 meters high, while two of them are located at the front gate. These six towers symbolise the six pillars of Islam.
Tip: To capture a picture of the Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque from a different angle, you could try to take pitstop on the Mahakam Bridge.
How to Travel from Jakarta to Samarinda
You can take low-cost airlines such as Lion Air or Citilink from Jakarta to Balikpapan. The flights are usually 2 hours long.
You will transit for a couple hours in Balikpapan and continue with a propeller plane from Balikpapan to Samarinda. You can use Kalstar Airline that will take around 20 minutes of flight. During the flight, you will see Mahakam River once you arrive in Samarinda.
Or, if you prefer not to take a connecting flight, take the Kangaroo Minibus once you arrive in Balikpapan. You can find Kangaroo ticketing counter on the right side of the arrival gate of Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman International Airport.
The ticket fare is IDR 135,000 and the bus departs every 10-15 minutes.
So what are you waiting for to start your first solo backpacking to Samarinda Islamic Center Mosque? Or invite your friends to join this adventurous holiday. Don’t forget to share your best holiday moments on the HalalTrip App!...