Before the Sultan of Gunung Tabur ruled over the NE part of Indonesian Kalimantan and could be described as the most powerfull kings of that part of Kalimantan. That kingdom then was called berau and consisted of Gunung Tabur, Sam- baliung, Bulungan and the vasal area north of Bulungan. End 18th century Bulungan became a total independent kingdom, in the first quarter it was the turn for sambaliung to become an independent sultanate.
The present monarch of Gunung Tabur is the son of the last Sultan here: Sultan Aji Raden Muhammad Ayub.
Extraordinary enough, is that the palaces of Gunung Tabur and Sambaliung are lying to the opposite of each other; opposite of a river.
They are branches of the same dynasty. The Berau kingdom also existed for several centuries.
The Bulungan, Sambaliung, Gunung Tabur and Kutai dynasties are much related with each other.
Also here the feeling for their own historical identity is quite strong. The present monarch is a local politician.
Pusat Dokumentasi Kerajaan-kerajaan Indonesia "Pusaka"
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