According to the book of F. Valenjin in 1724, he stated that there was a village named Bilipapan located at headwaters of a bay, 3 miles away from the beach. The village is believed as the village near Balikpapan Bay. According to the folklore, the name "œBalikpapan" was taken from Pasir Kuleng tribe's language which is the original tribe of Balikpapan. They lived along the beach of Balikpapan Bay and has the same ancestor, Kayan Uleng and Papan Ayun. By the descendants, it's abbreviated into Kuleng Papan. Kuleng in pasir language means Balik.
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