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Solo Surakarta: A City Steeped in History Central Java

Overview Famous as a city that is fiercely proud of its Javanese traditions, the regal city of Solo or Surakarta is known throughout Indonesia as a strong upholder of Javanese culture. A visit here is a chance to connect with and take in the sights and sounds of ancient Javanese culture. You’ll need at least a few days to explore the city to wander around and discover all the vibrant old markets, busy street life and ancient buildings. Historically, Solo has been a centre of power ...

Mendut Temple : Spiritual Portal to the imposing Borobudur temple Central Java

Overview The small Buddhist Mendut Temple in Central Java forms an inseparable part of a pilgrim’s progress to the mighty Borobudur temple.  Serving as an introductory portal before ascending the Borobudur temple, Mendut has an array of narrative reliefs and most important Buddha statues that spiritually prepare pious pilgrims and the general visitors for their journey to the top of Budd ...

Pawon Temple: The Temple of the Flaming Thunderbolt Central Java

Overview As part of the sacred ritual ceremony of Vesak, Buddhist pilgrims making a journey on foot from Mendut Temple to the colossal Borobudur Temple will pass a small yet gallant temple: the Temple of Pawon. While in Javanese Pawon translates as “kitchen”, it is also believed that the name is derived from the word “Per-Awu-an” or a place that contains dust. Dutch archaeologist ...

PURA MANGKUNEGARAN: its history and the end of the united Javanese Mataram Sultanate Central Java

Overview Standing in the northern part of the royal city of Solo in Central Java is the Mangkunegaran Palace, an exquisite representation of Javanese valor and determination against injustice, oppression and colonialsm.  The palace is known as puri or pura (pronounced as “puro” in Javanese) and not the usual Javanese term “Keraton”&nb ...

Jepara: Java’s legendary woodcarving and furniture center Central Java

Overview Located on the northern shore of the island of Java , approximately  100 km from Semarang, capital of the Province of Central Java, the town of Jepara is not only the port of departure to the enchanting Karimunjawa Islands, but it is in fact better known for its legendary woodcarving and furniture crafts.    Today Jepara remains one of Indonesia’s major centers for woodcarving ...

Kudus, Birthplace of Indonesia’s ’Kretek’ Clove Cigarettes Central Java

Overview Located roughly about 50 Kilometers east of Semarang, capital of Central Java, pass the town of Demak, is the town of Kudus . Kudus not only played a pivotal part in the spread of Islam in the history of Java, but here is the birthplace of Kretek , the legendary  sweet, spice-scented Indonesian clove cigarettes  that has become world renowned.    Kudus takes it ...

Demak: Important Cradle in the spread of Islam on Java Central Java

Overview Sandwiched between Semarang, capital of Central Java to its west, the regency of Jepara to its north, and the regency of Kudus to the east, the town of Demak was the seat of the once powerful Demak Sultanate, the cradle from where Islam spread throughout the entire island of Java.    According to “The Soil of East Central Java” written by T.W.G Dames in 1955, ...

Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur Central Java

Overview Borobudur Temple is a majestic masterpiece. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Borobodur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world and the single most visited spot in Indonesia. 75 years in the making, Borobudur is constructed from 2 million intricately carved volcanic rocks, and assembled using a complex interlocking technique without the use of cement or mortar. Aside from its en ...

Imogiri Royal Cemetery Yogyakarta

Overview Imogiri, the official cemetery of the royal descendents from Yogyakarta and Surakarta, is about 17 kms southeast of Yogyakarta and easily accessible by the bus or car. The tombs lie within three main courtyards perched on a hilltop. Entry into the smaller courtyards housing the tombs of the princes is allowed only by visitors wearing traditional Javanese dress. Open on Monday 09.00 am to 12.00 pm a ...

Yogyakarta, A Modern Blend of the Ancient and the Arts Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta: A Modern Blend of the Ancient and the Arts Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th cen ...

Javanese Kings' Palace, The Kraton Yogyakarta

Overview The palace of Yogyakarta, known as the Keraton (also spelled kraton or karaton), is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect  the Javanese cosmos. This splendid example of traditional Javanese architecture has no equal. Designed and built in stages, the Keraton was completed in 1790. This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed entirely on ancient beliefs and e ...

Kota Gede: Home of The Silversmiths Yogyakarta

Overview Kota Gede was the original site where Panembahan Senopati, founder of the new Mataram kingdom established his palace in 1575. The new Mataram kingdom claims direct descent from the ancient Mataram rulers who built the mighty Borobudur and Prambanan temples.   In the year 1680 Kota Gede was ransacked by troops from Madura, and the palace of Mataram  shifted east, first to Kart ...

Enjoy The Majestic Beauty of the Ratu Boko Palace ruins Yogyakarta

Overview Standing majestically on a hillside plateau overlooking the magnificent Prambanan temples and the mystical Mount Merapi as its backdrop, the Ratu Boko Palace ruins are the remnants from the glorious 8th century golden age of ancient Javanese kingdoms. Located approximately 17 km east of the city of Yogyakarta in the sub-district of Bokoharjo, Sleman Regency, the Ratu Boko Palace Complex i ...

Kalasan Temple, The Oldest Buddhist Temple Yogyakarta

Overview Located on the southern main road between the cities of Yogyakarta and Solo, approximately 2 Km from the Prambanan Temple compound, is Candi Kalasan, believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Central Java and Yogyakarta, even predating the colossal Borobudur Temple in Magelang. Administratively , the Kalasan Temple is situated in the Kali Bening area, in the Tirtomantani Village, ...

Singosari Temple East Java

Overview Not much remains of the once powerful 13th century East Java kingdom of Singosari. An unfinished temple and two giant statues that once stood guard in front of the palace are the only traces left of this great kingdom.   The kingdom of Singosari was founded in 1222 by a commoner by the name of Ken Arok, who managed to marry the beautiful princess Ken Dedes of Janggala after murdering her husband.  Ken Arok later attac ...

The Surreal Madakaripura Waterfall, vestige of the great Majapahit Kingdom East Java

Overview Leaving misty Mount Bromo behind and descending into the Probolinggo Regency, one will find a spectacular sight secluded within the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park: this is the enchanting Madakaripura Waterfall. Believed to be the final meditation place of military Commander-in-Chief, Gajah Mada, of the great Javanese kingdom of Majapahit in East Java, the towering waterfall is ...

The Equatorial Monument: Icon of Pontianak West Kalimantan

Overview Among all countries in the world, only twelve straddle the Equator. While among the countless cities within those twelve countries, only one sits right on this invisible line that separates the earth’s southern from the northern hemisphere. Pontianak, capital of the province of West Kalimantan – formerly known as West Borneo - has the distinction of being the  only city in the ...

The Longhouse and the Dayak Way of Life West Kalimantan

Overview When travelling up the Kapuas River, you will pass typical Dayak longhouses, with smoke wafting from atop roofs disappearing behind leafy ferns and rows of coconut trees.  Inside, mothers will have just extracted the coconut juice to prepare a big dinner that smells most inviting. A Dayak longhouse consists of more than 50 rooms with many kitchens, making it one of the largest houses built ...

Singkawang, City of a Thousand Chinese Temples West Kalimantan

Overview Located 145 km north of Pontianak, capital of  West Kalimantan, Singkawang is the second largest city in the province, bordering the State of Sarawak, Malaysia.   Unlike other towns in Indonesia, Singkawang has a distinct oriental atmosphere with hundreds of Chinese temples found around almost every corner of town. This is because over 70% of Singkawang’s population is of Chinese descent, predominantly of the Hakka tri ...

Kutai National Park East Kalimantan

Overview   Kutai National Park (KNP) is a lowland tropical forest in East Kalimantan. KNP has an area width of 198,629 hectares. Its bio-diversity and vegetation makes it a great destination for local as well as foreign nature lovers and researchers. Iron-meranti-kapur (Dryobalanops Spp.) woods, mixed dipterocarpaceae, mangroves and kerangsa are types of vegetations found in KNP. ...