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Tourist and travel guide of Pontianak

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In Pontianak you can visit places like Istana Kadriyah, Saham Longhouse, Pinisi Harbour or Pontianak
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Pontianak is the capital of the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. It is a medium-size industrial city located on the west coast of Borneo. It occupies an area of ​​107.82 km ² in the delta of the river Kapuas, which with its 1,143 km is the longest river in Indonesia. Pontianak has the distinction of being located right on the equator. The city, founded in 1772 near an old trading station on the coast of Borneo, was the capital of the independent sultanate of Pontianak. The city was built on a marshy, subject to periodic flooding of the river, requiring buildings built on stilts to keep them away from the ground. During the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1945, more than 21,000 people in Pontianak (including women and children) were kidnapped, tortured and massacred by Japanese troops. The Japanese intelligence believed that the ethnic Chinese were planning to start a rebellion, and were concerned that people in the city had received arms and ammunition from the Chinese government. After the war, the Japanese officers in Pontianak were arrested by the allied troops and brought before a military tribunal. During the process, it was revealed that the plan to start the rebellion did not exist, and it was only for an imaginary plane created by Japanese officials who wanted to get a promotion. The massacre took place from 23 April 1943 to 28 June 1944 and most of the victims were buried in several giant wells in Mandor (88 km from Pontianak). Allied forces have occupied the area after the war, they found thousands of bones, and more than sixty years since the massacre, several secret graves of the victims were found at Mandor and the surrounding areas.
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