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After World War II, Sorong became a center for Dutch oil Company, which Pertamina, state-run national oil company, later took over. Pertamina brought in a number of Western oil companies, that used Sorong as a supply base as well. The Wiriagar oil field in Sorong got well-known.
We heard some of Sorong's Hotels and Accommodations were terrific and high-classed. In spite of not wanting glittering and glamour by all means we got very disappointed the beautiful spot up on The Hill is NOT a hotel! It is the special living place where Pertamina Oil Company alighted on the area which once belonged to Sorong's first inhabitant, the mayor.
Unique Suggestions: Get some good information about places to stay, donot get disappointed when the place doesnot fit in into your preference. Cheer up, I heard Sorong got some good accommodations for now ...
Fun Alternatives: What to do next is depending upon your stay. Some nights are ok to stay at places not that comfortable, arent they? Make a great trip to one of the beautiful places around Sorong to get cheered up ... that will do for sure!
Updated Jun 28, 2005
For many decades Papuans have been taught that the name IRIAN was Indonesian (IKUT REPUBLIK INDONESIA ANTI NETHERLANDS or "Join Indonesia, against the Netherlands"). The word Irian is in fact a Biak word far much older than Indonesia as a nation. Looking for Papua-traditions you better read traditional books. An old Biak story refers the name of Irian to the mainland of Papua Barat (West).
Unique Suggestions: Translated: (from Biak language)
"Father Kayan (means rich man) Sanawi (Manarmakeri) stand up, you are holy. You eclipse the sunlight on Mount Yamnaibori, the mountain of the maiden of Biak in order that we may put everything on board and leave for IRIAN the mainland. For my eyes have beheld the morning star (Sampari) rising, which did not stay in Jumamba in the east."
Fun Alternatives: The traditional culture of the Papuans you could watch in the depth of the jungle, though no chance to get there. The Baliem Valley can be visited from Jayapura by special permission. So if you see "traditional" Papuans in the city it could be these people play the game of art and culture ... and are not that original ...
Updated Jun 28, 2005