Indonesian Wonder

Indonesian Wonder (141)

07
August

Exploring Indonesia is not complete if you do not visit historical heritage such as temple. One of the historical heritages which is not popular for tourist, is Arjuna temple. Arjuna temple was built around 8th century by Sanjaya Dynasty from ancient Mataram. Arjuna temple is one of temples at Arjuna temple complex in Dieng. At the complex, there is also Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, and Sembadra temples. Arjuna temple is located at the Northern most of the temple’s complex. Meanwhile, Semar temple is perwara temple or complementary of Arjuna temple. Those two temples face each other. Like temples in general in Dieng, local people named them with the names of puppet figures of Mahabarata. Dieng people who work as potato’s farmers, use the land surrounding the temple. But since 2010 Dieng people have realized the importance of respecting the historical heritages. So, they change the land surrounding the temples to become more beautiful and make it as one of the mainstay tourism destinations of Banjarnegara regency.The change is also marked by the implementation of Dieng Culture Festival that promotes Arjuna temple as the main place forcutting dread ritual or known as wedus gembel. Starting in 2010 Arjuna temple complex is used to develop tourism destination which is managed by Banjarnegara Tourism Office and Tourism Awareness Group. Tourist will not find statues at Arjuna temple, but those statues are stored neatly in Kailasa Museum which is located across the temple’s complex. To maintain the temple is conducted by re-arranged the temples’ stones which collapsed due to the weather that sometimes reaches minus 11 Celsius. The low temperature is caused by the location of the temple which is on the slope of Mt. Perau and Sindoro. The cold air brings thick fog at the surrounding of the temple with visibility ony 10 footsteps. So, if you have a plan to visit Arjuna temple in August or September, please prepare yourself with winter’s equipment.

07
August

Exploring Indonesia is not complete if you do not visit historical heritage such as temple. One of the historical heritages which is not popular for tourist, is Arjuna temple. Arjuna temple was built around 8th century by Sanjaya Dynasty from ancient Mataram. Arjuna temple is one of temples at Arjuna temple complex in Dieng. At the complex, there is also Semar, Srikandi, Puntadewa, and Sembadra temples. Arjuna temple is located at the Northern most of the temple’s complex. Meanwhile, Semar temple is perwara temple or complementary of Arjuna temple. Those two temples face each other. Like temples in general in Dieng, local people named them with the names of puppet figures of Mahabarata. Dieng people who work as potato’s farmers, use the land surrounding the temple. But since 2010 Dieng people have realized the importance of respecting the historical heritages. So, they change the land surrounding the temples to become more beautiful and make it as one of the mainstay tourism destinations of Banjarnegara regency.The change is also marked by the implementation of Dieng Culture Festival that promotes Arjuna temple as the main place forcutting dread ritual or known as wedus gembel. Starting in 2010 Arjuna temple complex is used to develop tourism destination which is managed by Banjarnegara Tourism Office and Tourism Awareness Group. Tourist will not find statues at Arjuna temple, but those statues are stored neatly in Kailasa Museum which is located across the temple’s complex. To maintain the temple is conducted by re-arranged the temples’ stones which collapsed due to the weather that sometimes reaches minus 11 Celsius. The low temperature is caused by the location of the temple which is on the slope of Mt. Perau and Sindoro. The cold air brings thick fog at the surrounding of the temple with visibility ony 10 footsteps. So, if you have a plan to visit Arjuna temple in August or September, please prepare yourself with winter’s equipment.

05
August

Sipinsur Geosite area is viewed to have character similar with Orchid Forest in Lembang, Bandung, West Java. So, this area is considered to be destination for millennial tourists. Sipinsur Geosite is included as the main tourism destination in Humbang Hasundutan regency. Covering around 2 hectares, the area is above 1,213 meters sea level. When entering to Sipinsur Geosite, we will be welcomed with fresh air of Humbang Hasundutan hills. The gateway of the park is so beautiful and it has path around 4 meters wide which is covered with the dense pine trees at both sides. The pine forest also functions as camping ground. In addition, there is also play ground for kids. In the Sipinsur Geosite, tourists will directly face with the second island on the middle of Toba Lake namely Sibandang island. The island can be accessed in 10 until 15 minutes from Muara port and takes 30 minutes by walking to go down the hills and twist path from Sipinsur Geosite. Sipinsur Geosite is easily accessed. It is only 18 kilometers from Sisingamangaja XII International airport, Silangit in Siborong-borong, North Tapanuli. Going by can take around 30 minutes. It is through hamlet and monuments of Batak Toba tombs, and swamps where we can see wallow buffalo and Lintong coffee plantation as long as Lintongnihuta region.

29
July

National Park of Mt. Palung is located in North Kayong and Ketapang regency, West Kalimantan. The park has the most complete ecosystem in Indonesia. The mountain is 1,116 meters high. That’s why, this park is named National Park of Mt. Palung. The National Park of Mt. Palung is one of natural preservation locations which has high value of natural diversity and various types of ecosystem, such as mangrove forest, swamp forest, peat swamp, fresh water swamp forest, and tropical Pamah forest. The mountain is always covered with fog.    Around 65 percent of its area is still primary forest which is not disturbed by human activities and has a lot of plants and wild animals. At the park, there are main tourism objects: Lubuk Baji, Batu Barat, Riam Berasap and Peramas hill. You can use sky or sea lines to access the National Park of Mt. Palung. If you use sky line, from Pontianak to Ketapang, the trip takes around one and a half hours. Then, it is continued to Sukadana or Melano bay by using car around 5 hours. Meanwhile, by sea line, from Pontianak directly to Melano bay, it takes around 9-10 hours. To enter to the park, foreign tourist will be charged Rp Rp 10,000 per person. Visitors who brings camera must pay extra charge Rp 2,500 per photograph and Rp 25,000 for video camera.

26
July

Traveling to Cilacap, Central Java, we enjoy various interesting tourism destinations. The most famous and interesting tourism destination  is "Mandala Curug" located in Mandala Village, Jeruklegi sub-district. If you are satisfied by visiting various tourism destinations, please  don't forget to taste a variety of Cilacap’s typical culinary. Cilacap has well-known enough typical food, namely Tempe Mendoan Cilacap, bean-curd, lotek (a type of Pecel), Berontak bean-curd and  Brekecek culinary. Now, we are about to introduce you one of the Cilacap’s typical culinaries, namely Brekecek. People of Cilacap agree to say that their pride culinary made from sea fish is one of the major commodities of Cilacap, namely "Brekecek Pathak Jahan". According to the native people of Cilacap, the term Brekecek originates from the process of making the dish itself. The word Brek which means "dropped" and " kecek " which means "mixed", is a combination of words that refer to the technique of dropping / dropping fish into processed ingredients  which have been mixed with water. Meanwhile, the term of Pathak which is in Javanese means ‘head’, refers to the head of a fish species which is the main ingredient of this dish. Making Brekecek Pathak Jahan is fairly easy. The basic ingredient of Dasar Pathak Jahan must be fresh fish so that the broth gotten  is more delicious. While the soft spices used consist  of onion, garlic, coriander, pepper, pecan, turmeric, ginger, curly red chili, and cayenne pepper.  After it is ripe and fragrant, just add enough water to the stir-fry seasoning. When the water has boiled, enter the Patha fish. Besides, there are complementary herbs such as bay leaves, galangal, lemongrass, orange leaves, basil leaves, slices of young tomatoes, and tamarind or we can use the star-fruit, mixed into processed dishes along with sugar and salt.

03
July

South Garut has many tourism objects which are still untouched by tourist yet. One of tourism objects, which is currently often visited by local tourist, is BUKIT PILAR ANGIN which means hill of wind pillar. The hill is located behind Cikajar hill, Cikelet Garut district, West Java. BUKIT PILAR ANGIN takes around 3.5 hours by car with the distance 104 kilometers from center of Garut City. Along the trip, you will be presented with beautiful scenery of South Garut. The hill, which has a nick name "Sumbawa Van Garut, is appropriate for taking selfie. Green grass, which tend to turn yellow in dry season, becomes the place as background of photography  which is dramatic and full of enchantment. You can find the exotic Savana surrounding the hill. The freshness of wind breeze of the mountain makes the place suitable as your holiday destination along with family. Such scenery is rarely found in Indonesia except in Sumbawa. That’s why, the place has a nick name "Sumbawa Van Garut". There is no star hotel service at BUKIT PILAR ANGIN complex. If you are bored with common holidays, probably BUKIT PILAR ANGIN can become your new adventure. Camping and enjoying the beauty of sunrise on the hill along with beloved family will become unforgettable experience. It is free of charge to enjoy the beauty of this scenery. If you drive your own car, you can park your car on the slope of the hill. So, make sure your holiday this time, you feel warm of sunlight from BUKIT PILAR ANGIN in Garut, West java province. 

01
July

Lore Lindu is one of National Parks in Central Sulawesi which becomes  location of biological preservation in Sulawesi. If comparing other national parks, the size of the Lore Lindu National Park  is not so wide. In the Lore Lindu, we can find mostly forest, mountain, and a small portion of lowland forest. Lore Lindu National Park has endemic fauna and flora of Sulawesi and also interesting natural panorama because it is located at Wallace line which is transitional region between Asian and Australian zone. These endemic animals are anoa, babirusa, deer, ghost apes (Tangkasi), kakaktonkea monkeys, marsupial cuscus and the largest meat-eating animals in Sulawesi, Sulawesi civets living in this park.Lore Lindu National Park also has, at least, 5 kinds of squirrels and 31 of 38 kinds of mouse, including a kind of endemic species. Lore Lindu National Park is located around 60 kilometers of the Southern part of Palu City. The park is in the south part of Donggala regency and in the west part of Poso regency, becoming a region of water catchment for 3 major rivers in Central Sulawesi, namely  Lariang river, Gumbasa river and Palu river.The national park can be accessed by car through Palu-Kamarora, Palu-Wuasa, Wuasa Besoa route around 4 hours. It also provides facilities such as office, guard post, gateway, information center, camping ground, guest house, viewing tower, shelter, and many others.   

24
June

Immanuel church is one of historical heritages in Maluku. It is an old church located at Hila village in Salahutu Leihitu district, Central Maluku regency and has a distance around 42 km from Ambon City. The church was built in 1659 and it is the oldest church in Maluku province. Immanuel church looks very simple. Its wall is made from wood which was painted in white and has thatched roof  and bell pole whose yard is decorated. The design of its building is also very simple with a pulpit facing 2 rows of chairs lined up behind and a small room for the priest. The church was damaged due to civil war which occurred in Maluku province in 1999. It was re-built with similar architecture and shape after the war ended. Actually, visiting Immanuel church is free of charge, but you must fill guest’s book and there is an offering box as a form of solidarity to sincerely put some money inside in a bid to assist the maintenance of the church.

20
June

 

On June 4, 2019, a typical dance of Sikka regency namely Soka Papak was held to welcome Sikka’s regent Fransiskus Roberti Diogo and vice regent Romanus Woga in the event of welcoming Roro Windu Karsa Dwitya ship which will operate from Maumere to Surabaya. The Soka Papak dance was carried out by Doka Tawa Tana dance studio. Literally, Soka Papak dance consists of two words, namely Soka means dance and Papak means to welcome, to honor and to accompany. So, Soka Papak means the dance to welcome and to accompany honorary guests.

In the past, the Soka Papak dance was conducted to welcome and to accompany great and honor guests who visited Sikka regency. During the kingdom era, the dance was conducted when the king and queen visited the hamlet. All villagers together went down to the central hamlet to welcome the King and the Queen along with their entourage. The dance is usually performed by 10 females and one male. Because its function to guard honorable guests, the dancers carrying swords, matches and spears while dancing. When happening trouble, the  Soka Papak dancers will directly secured the King and Queen from the trouble makers. In the past, only certain people were allowed to perform the Soka Papak dance . They must have the skill in guarding and securing the King and the Queen. The Soka Papak dance is also called as a mass dance which is performed by dozens of selected people.

21
June

In the past, Batanghari people of Jambi province had cooking habit for lunch at garden which was called talang or ketalang in the local language. The food is called Gulai Talang. The local people of Jambi usually make the food for lunch, taken from materials which are easily found at the garden such as duck, partridge and mouse deer which could be hunted in surrounding garden. The Gulai Talang has simple ingredients, such as salt, red onion, garlic, chili, coriander, ginger, curcuma and lemongrass. Although, the food is cooked by using spices, gulai talang has unique tastes, a blend of spicy, sweet and sour. Currently, the local people of Jambi has gulai talang eating tradition, which is called masak talang, in of local community’s home which will hold celebration event. The Gulai Talang eating tradition is usually by a resident who wants to perform wedding event. The masak talang tradition is conducted at night before the party being held. In the masak talang tradition, all residents gather at the house. In the eating together which is called makan behidang, the gulai talang is served in a tray for three to four persons. Currently, Gulai Talang cannot only be eaten in celebration event or party. Anyone can try the typical culinary of Jambi at food stalls in the region. For example the brestaurant on Jalan lintas Batanghari-Tebo. The price is relatively cheap, only Rp.10,000 - Rp.15,000 per portion. In addition gulai talang, in Batanghari has also some other culinaries, such as gulai terjun. It is called gulai terjun, because all ingredients of the food such as bufallo’s meat, undak, coconut milk, chili and spices are cooked together. The situation is called by the local people with terjun means at once.

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