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Kutai Historical Sites in Muara Kaman

One of Kutai Kartanegara historical sites is located in Muara Kaman, Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan. Muara Kaman is an area that became the forerunner of the establishment of Kutai kingdom in 4th century AD by the famous king, Mulawarman. One of the evidences is a long beam-shaped stone known as “Lesong Batu” had been written using character of Pallawa and Sanskrit. This stone is a material used for making the inscription “yupa” of Kutai Kingdom in the era of Hinduism. The historical site of Muara Kaman is located in Brubus village, located about 48 miles from the city of Tenggarong. In addition to “Lesong Batu”, there can be found remnants of Kutai Kingdom, such as pig's head stone, ancient fortifications, and many others.

There are still many historical sites of Kutai Kingdom in Muara Kaman. One of them is in Sabintulung Village. At this location, a well believed as the relic of Kutai Kingdom in the era of Hinduism. In addition, Muara Kaman is a place where the Mahayana Buddhist statue found in 1990s. Thus, it can be concluded that the Muara Kaman is the beginning of the Hinduism kingdom of Kutai in Indonesia. Of the sites that are found in Muara Kaman, it can also be seen that the Hinduism kingdom of Kutai is the forerunner of Kutai Kartanegara ing Martadipura Sultanate that located in Mahakam Estuary in which used as the central of government.

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