teradesa.com In this place, the charm of the beauty of Banjarmasin City can be enjoyed from a height of 30 m.
Banjarmasin is one of the cities in South Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. With an area of 98.46 km2, the city is nicknamed the City of a Thousand Rivers. As an important natural resource for the people there, the river is used for various purposes of facilities and infrastructure, water transportation, tourism, fisheries, and trade. Perhaps that is the reason why Banjarmasin is nicknamed the City of a Thousand Rivers.
“Banjarmasin is nicknamed the City of a Thousand Rivers“
When visiting Banjarmasin, you can try culinary delights, gemstone accessories, and traditional fabrics typical of South Kalimantan. However, one thing that must be on your itinerary is to visit the Banjarmasin View Tower. This symbol of Banjarmasin City is located right on the banks of the Martapura River, which is one of the tributaries of the Barito River.
Banjarmasin View Tower was built in several stages, with the last one completed in 2014. Since then, the tower has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Banjarmasin. How can it not be? From a height of about 30 m, the tower offers a spectacular view of the city from a height.
Banjarmasin View Tower consists of four floors. The first and fourth floors are built without walls, providing unobstructed access to the view. The first floor is a plaza that can be used for community activities, such as competitions, blood donations, and art rehearsals.
On the second floor, there is the Baiman Gallery, which was added five years after the tower was built, at the end of 2019. On the third floor, there is the Power King Space, a large room that can be used for large activities such as socialization, meetings, or UMKM (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) seminars.
The highest floor or fourth floor is an open space. Here, visitors can see a bird’s-eye view of Banjarmasin City. On the right and left, there are additional small rooms to enjoy the view from a more private space.
Banjarmasin View Tower from the Heights
To reach the top of Banjarmasin View Tower, visitors must climb 155 steps. However, the effort made will be worth it with the incredible view that can be enjoyed from the top of the tower, namely the city of Banjarmasin and its surroundings.
To the east, the green Meratus Mountains can be seen, providing a natural backdrop to the city’s beauty. To the south, the Martapura River looks stunning from this height. Visitors can also see boats going back and forth carrying passengers on the Martapura River. Meanwhile, to the west, there is a busy shopping district where visitors can shop or just enjoy the atmosphere of the city.
“To the east, the green Meratus Mountains can be seen, providing a natural backdrop to the city’s beauty. To the south is the Martapura River, which looks stunning from up high“
Activities at Banjarmasin View Tower
With its strategic location and fairly tall building, Banjarmasin View Tower has naturally also become a popular spot to enjoy the beautiful sunset in Banjarmasin. So, when planning to visit it in the afternoon, arrive early to get the best location. If you’re lucky, you can even see the colorful sky as the sun sets on the western horizon.
Menara Pandang Banjarmasin is also a popular venue for weddings. Many couples choose to hold their wedding reception here for its spectacular views and romantic atmosphere. Menara Pandang Banjarmasin can accommodate up to 500 people.
The tower is also a popular destination during the Eid celebration. During the holiday, the tower will be decorated with beautiful lights. The atmosphere looks more festive and mesmerizing. Many people come here at night to enjoy the beautiful scenery while celebrating with their loved ones.
Apart from offering views of the city from all sides, the inside of the tower can also be enjoyed. You can find art exhibitions at the Baiman Gallery. The gallery, located on the 3rd floor, presents various photographs and paintings from famous artists.
“The interior of the Menara Pandang also contains the Baiman Gallery, which presents photographs and paintings by famous artists“
The photos and paintings on display are not ordinary works. Here, there are dozens of photos and paintings depicting Kalimantan’s endemic animals, such as proboscis monkeys, sun bears, and others. In addition, there are also pictures of the Martapura River, Warung Lanting, Banjar Dancers, Ano House, Sabilal Muhtadin Mosque, Floating Market, and other historical places, as well as photos of Banjarmasin City in the past.
Location and Entrance Fee of Banjarmasin View Tower
Menara Pandang is located along the banks of the Martapura River, more precisely, on Jalan Kapten Pierre Tendean, Banjarmasin. Located not far from the location of the Banjarmasin Floating Market, this tourist destination can be visited every day of the week.
Its location in the city center makes the tower accessible by public or private transportation. From Syamsudin Noor International Airport, you have to travel about 31 km or about 51 minutes via Jalan Ahmad Yani, or a little longer, about 1 hour via Jalan Gubernur Soebarjo to reach this tower.
“Visitors do not need to spend a penny to enter the Menara Pandang“
Although included in the tour managed by the government, visitors do not need to spend a penny to enter the Menara Pandang. Visitors only need to pay a parking contribution.
Menara Pandang Banjarmasin is open every day. Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Saturday is closed one hour longer, until 22:00 WITA. On Sundays, the tower is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.