Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb in East Martapura Sub-District, Banjar Regency - Indonesia


It is true that many tourists are looking for a new place to explore over time. They are also interested in visiting ancient sites that has an interesting story. For example, there is Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb in Banjar Regency in Indonesia. As the name suggests, it is located in Teluk Selong Village. In terms of region, the tomb belongs to East Martapura Sub-District. It is a new vacation destination, actually. Even the locals were surprised when they found it back then. Not only the tomb is considered sacred, it has several rumors too! No wonder, more tourists come to the site either to see it directly or hear some stories about the tomb.

The Nuance
In terms of nuance, Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb is located in the midst of shrubs and farms. In terms of size, it is small and it is old as well. Thanks to the locals. They have cleaned the site, so it has become a decent place to visit for tourists. Several gravestones reside on the site and they are carved with Arabic fonts. For tourists, it is better to walk carefully when exploring the site. It is because the tombs are small, so they are prone to be trampled by visitors.

Exploring Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb
Many interesting facts of Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb trigger curiosity among tourists, for sure. The first important thing to know is that the tomb is quite old. The proof is the presence of carving, stating the year of 622 Hijri or 1225 AD. That means the tomb and gravestones have been there even before the reign of Banjar Sultanate! Due to the Arabic fonts carved on the tombs, it is easy to conclude that the tombs belonged to Moslem.

Second, it is related to the owner of the tomb. No proof is available regarding the information, though. Still, many villagers believe that it belongs to a Syarifah or Habib. What is next? The most interesting fact is that the tomb emits good fragrance. This makes the site sacred and mystical, so the locals take a good care of it. Some people even believe that the tomb brings luck to all visitors (especially those who conduct worshipping on the location).

Another interesting trivia is related to the urban legend. Some locals said there is a bright light that surrounds the site at night. However, they said it doesn’t happen anytime. Not all people believe such mystical phenomenon, though. As for tourists, it makes no sense either.

Nearby Attractions

  • Pengaron Lake
  • Prince Muhamad Tomb
  • Al-Qautsar Public Fishing Pond
  • Cahaya Bumi Selamat Monument
  • Martapura City

How to Get There
The good thing is that Teluk Selong Ancient Tomb is located near to Martapura City in Indonesia. The distance is 13.1 km, so it may take only 30-45 minutes to get to the location. The first destination is East Martapura Sub-District. Next, tourists only need to visit Teluk Selong Village and walk to the site right away. As for the best route, they need to take Syekh Moh. Arsyad Al Banjari Street.

Where to Stay

  • Raudhatul Husna Hotel
  • Berlian Guest House
  • Yudilesmana Hotel
  • Riawahyudi Hotel

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