Rumah Bundar Museum in Tarakan City, North Kalimantan Province


Visiting Tarakan Island should be everyone’s plan for the next vacation. Featuring many recommended vacation spots, the region would give a memorable experience to everyone regardless of the motive to visit it. So, what are the references? One of the best destinations is called Rumah Bundar Museum. The location is in Pamusian Village and it belongs to Tarakan Tengah Sub-District. Thanks to the strategic location. Tourists are able to reach the museum easily. Not to mention it takes only several minutes from the downtown. For the information, the museum is managed by the local government’s cultural service.

The Nuance
When it comes to the nuance, Rumah Bandar Museum offers a peaceful ambiance despite the strategic location (on the roadside). It also offers a shady atmosphere due to the presence of big trees that reside in the back of the building. As for the size, it is approximately 6 x 12 meters. The design is unique and it features a semi-circle architecture. Also, the museum is located next to Tarakan local government office. Several buildings also reside near to it including a mosque, vihara, etc.

Exploring Rumah Bundar Museum
The first benefit in visiting Rumah Bundar Museum is related to history. Tourists can get the information from the keeper or their guide later. It is said the Australian army built the building in 1945. The first function was as a residence back then. These days, it has become another vacation spot for tourists and a place to store numerous types of historical items. Actually, more stories are related to that building. Tourists only need to talk to the keeper and obtain the information from him. Do not forget to give some money for the service, though.

The prime reason for visiting Rumah Bundar Museum is none other than to see the collection. Tourists can find many unique things there including swords, Allies helmets, plane propellers, war attire, and many more! While exploring the museum, they may even see several old weapons like pistols that belong to VOC or the Dutch. No detailed information is available regarding those items though. The good thing is those items are kept neatly and stored in glass cabinets. No wonder, tourists are not able to touch them.

It is true that touching and littering is prohibited when exploring Rumah Bundar Museum. The good news is tourists are allowed to take photos while sightseeing. For a better experience, in this case, they must come with either families or friends. It would be dull to come to the museum alone, no?

Nearby Attractions

  • Markoni Park
  • Oval Field Park

How to Get There
The first destination is Tanjung Selor City, which is the capital of North Kalimantan Province. To get there fast, tourists should take an airplane, therefore. For instance, the flight takes approximately 1 day and 11 hours from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport at Jakarta City. The destination is Tanjung Harapan Airport, actually. Once arriving at the destination, later, tourists must visit Kayan Port and head to Tengkayu Port at Tarakan Island. Lastly, they should take Yos Sudarso and Jendral Sudirman Street to get to the museum. The distance is 3.5 km, so the trip may take around 9 minutes.

Where to Stay

  • Lembasung Hotel
  • Bintang Hotel


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