Pontianak is the capital city of the West Kalimantan (Kalimantan Barat) Province, Indonesia. The city is known for its large trading port, and is located on the banks of the Kapuas River, which is the longest river in Indonesia. Pontianak is famously known as the equatorial city, because the equatorial line passes through the city. The Equator Monument (Tugu Khatulistiwa), commemorating the fact, is one of Pontianak’s main attractions.
The city is known as home to a number of ethnicities. Chinese-Indonesian, Dayak (native people of Kalimantan) and Malay are the three major ethnic groups, while a number of other minority ethnic groups such as Javanese and Bugis have migrated into the region. Because traffic is quite light in Pontianak, as you can go to most parts in the city within 15-20 minutes driving. Our EF Center is approximately 5-10 minutes to the Cathedral, 10 minutes to Jalan Gaja Mada (one of the main roads in Pontianak), 15 minutes to Ayani Mall. If you want to enjoy a city life with practically no traffic congestion, welcome to town!
- Population: 574,000
- Public Transportation: Supaido Airport (International and Domestic destinations). To get around town, you can take taxis, motorcycle taxis (ojek), minibuses (angkot), buses and pedicabs (becak)
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Pontianak Malay, Dayak, Hakka
- Climate: Average 28°C, Tropical Rainforest Climate
- EF Pontianak Flagship opened March 1st 2015
- Teach English in Indonesia Pontianak at Komplek Merdeka
What Makes Pontianak Unique
- Alun-Alun Kapuas – Catch panoramic views of the longest river in Indonesia! Boat rides are available from 5pm daily.
- Tugu Khatulistiwa – Celebrate Culmination Point (Titik Kulminasi) twice a year at this monument to the equator. You’ll quite literally lose your shadow!
- Keraton Qadriyah – Built as a royal residence for the founder of Pontianak Sayyid Syarif Abdulrrahman Alkadri in 1771, this former palace is now a museum dedicated to the history of the city.
- Street Food – Pontianak is renowned throughout Indonesia for it’s vibrant cuisine. Local delicacies include Beef Kwetiao, Bakmi Kepiting, Kwe Kia Theng and satay. The diverse array of dishes on offer reflect the differing cultures of the various ethnic groups that call this region home.
- Chinese New Year – “Imlek” also known as Chinese New Year celebrations were banned in Indonesia until a decade ago. The biggest celebration occurs every year in Pontianak, in a nod to the city’s large ethnic Chinese community.