Indonesian Wonder

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14
June

Being directly adjacent to the west with the Indian Ocean makes Bengkulu awarded a beautiful row of beaches. Take for example; one of them is Batu Kumbang Beach which is located in Pulau Baru Village, Ipuh District, Mukomuko Regency, Bengkulu Province. The distance is 189 kilometers from Bengkulu City. You can use land transportation to this beach. Arriving at Batu Kumbang, you will be greeted by a calm atmosphere with beautiful natural scenery and fine white sand.Arriving at Batu Kumbang, you can walk along the coastline for 2 kilometers. Interestingly, along the coastline, you will find hundreds of towering sea pine trees. Occasionally at the end of the beach, you will see a small boat anchoring. At that location, it is indeed a dock for local village fishermen to anchor. You can also feel the freshness of the Batu Kumbang Beach by swimming on this beach. Besides its beautiful nature, Batu Kumbang Beach is also the location of landing four types of turtles or 'Katung' in Bengkulu language. They are green turtles (Chelonia mydas), leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), Lekang turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), and hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata). The four types of turtles routinely make a nest to lay their eggs. Not far from the beach, about 75 meters away, you can see a permanent building called ‘Sea Turtle House’. The building is used as a place for captive hatchlings or baby turtles. If you are lucky, you can also release turtles.

17
June

Sangkulirang Mangkalihat Karst is located in East Kutai, East Kalimantan. Like other karst areas, the location of Sangkulirang Mangkalihat is surrounded by steep walls, underground cave with exotic natural carved and green hills. The beauty of giant karst group extends from East Kutai regency to Berau regency. There are tens of caves at Sangkulirang Mangkalihat Karst complex, which are rich of pre-historical heritages. The karst complex reaches 1.8 million hectares. The complex has 550,000 hectares of the main eco-system area. According to the research, the karst complex gives information on traces of ancient human beings which can be seen from hands’ paintings, boat pictures and paintings of various kinds of animals on the walls and people say it has existed since around 10,000 years BC. When being explored, Sangkulirang Mangkalihat Karst complex has some parts on tens of caves which have long valley with natural ornament and amazing stalactite and stalagmite. If you depart from Samarinda, the capital city of East Kalimantan, it takes around 8-9 hours by land transportation.

10
June

Trunajaya dance is one of new creation dances from Bali, precisely Buleleng regency, North Bali. The dance was created in  1915 by Pan Wandres in the frame of Kebyar Legong. Then, it is refined again by I Gede Manik who is a well-known artist from Bali. Trunajaya dance describes youths’ movements in which they are getting adult, very emotional, and their attitude always tries to attract women’s heart. The dance includes entertaining dance whose performance can be showed everywhere, including at the yard of temple, field, indoor or outdoor opened stage and other places. Based on the history, Trunajaya dance couldn’t be separated with Kakebyaran dance which means that it is close to Kebyar. It is called like that, because the dance is accompanied with not only Gamelan Gong Kebyar, but its movement which is very dynamic and it looks like Kebyar. The development of Gong Kebyar, which has existed initially since 1920, has attracted through dynamic and modern rhythm. Gong Kebyar is loved by people, especially the youths and it quickly spreads throughout Bali, more interestingly since I Maria created the Kebyar dance. In Buleleng regency, people are very enthusiastic to welcome the arrival of Gong Kebyar, even getting special attention from the Dutch colonial at that time. The existence of Gong Kebyar in the region has encouraged the appearance of various kinds of new dance movements which use Gamelan as accompaniment of the dance. Initially, the dance was single one which also included  “Babancihan dance” because it presents man’s and woman’s characteristics. Along with its development, Trunajaya dance is performed by more dancers. The dance has flexible duration. The shortest duration of the dance is around 11 minutes.

03
June

Ciputra Artpreneur is the only art center in Indonesia which has international standard, multi-function hall and museum. The art center is inside shopping avenue which is located at Setia Budi district, South Jakarta. Ciputra Artpreneur is usually used to hold various events beginning from exhibition, conference, concert and until other huge events. Visitors can see various kinds of international or local arts at Ciputra Artpreneur. Ciputra Artpreneur Theater, which has international standard, is one of the mainstay art centers, which belongs to Ciputra Artpreneur. The theater is the highest class of performance’s theater in Asia which has capacity of 1,157 seats. The theater has conducted the first Broadway performance in Indonesia, namely Beauty and The Beast, and other international and national performances. Ciputra Artpreneur Gallery has a multi-function room which can be used for various events. The art gallery has 1,500 m2 wide and  has facility of projection screen, which has obtained award from Indonesia’s Record Museum for the longest audio visual projection system in Indonesia, whose size is 60 x 12 meters. Another main advantage of the Ciputra Artpreneur Gallery is that there is an amusing view from Jakarta City. Meanwhile, Ciputra Artpreneur Museum exhibits 32 paintings and 18 sketches by Hendra Gunawan, a modern Indonesian maestro artist.The establishment of Ciputra Artpreneur at the economic center of Jakarta, is hoped to be able to raise and also to develop creative industry of Indonesia through empowerment’s events based on arts and cultures.

29
May

Sulawesi is an island which is rich of diversity. There are a lot of mountains, some kinds of culinary, beautiful towns and many maritime tourism destinations which attract many tourists throughout the world. To visit Central Sulawesi is not complete if not visiting Dua Island. Dua Island located in Luwuk, Banggai, becomes the main maritime tourism destination in this region. The combination among nature, mountain and undersea panorama become unique view. Banggai waters with Peleng gulf is an historical site of Indonesia. In July 1962, there were hundreds of warships and troop transport ships on the waters of Peleng gulf. Dua island can be accessed from Luwuk airport or Palu City. The access from Luwuk is closer and easier with smooth path. From Luwuk, you can go to Balantak beach where it is a crossing place to Dua island. We suggest you not to go at night because this area lacks of lighting and it is quiet lane. Although it is remote area, the name of Dua island has been well-known among foreign tourists. On the island, there is lodging with good enough facilities. Visitors can enjoy natural land it is surrounded by the sea. The hills on Dua Island look like to have sparkling golden colors because the hills are exposed form the sun. From far, there seems Blue Ocean which combines perfectly with Dua Island. On Dua Island, in additional to hunting spots for taking picture, here, you can also snorkel and dive. There are 35 diving spots which spread out surrounding Dua island’s waters such as Ondoliang Rock, Nemo Rock, Alibaba, Batu Gong and many others. Indonesian Tourism Ministry begins to promote Banggai regency as world class fishing tourism destination. To support it, the central and regional governments will hold international fishing competition with the title ‘Banggai International Tuna Fishing Tournament’ on September 27 – 29, 2019. Participants of the tournament will be directed to catch some fish such as skipjack tuna, yellow fin tuna, big-eye tuna, and blue fin tuna. This event is as trial event before it becomes an annual event. Besides fishing tournament, the participants will also be invited to enjoy ‘joy sailing’ to Banggai islands. So, they can enjoy cultures and traditional foods of Banggai and can also witness fishing demonstration by using kites.

20
May

Some islands in Indonesia have been occupied by traditional people from various tribes. Therefore, now wonder if Indonesia has many kinds of alphabets, languages, traditional clothes and houses. Among those cultures, a traditional house is a leading benchmark which describes culture of a tribe. Besemah traditional house or also well-known Baghi house has been used since hundreds of years ago by ancestors of Besemah people, Pagaralam. The type of the Besemah house is divided into two: Tatahan and Ghilapan. Tatahan is parts of the house, especially wall which is carved. While Ghilapan is a plain walled. Both of them have similar size, namely 8 x 8 meters. The inside part of the house is only one wide room without bulkhead. But, some houses are in accordance with development era, and in the room of the house, there is partition. The section of the kitchen which is called ‘Pawun’ is built separately. The construction of Baghi house is very unique. Uniting parts of the house doesn’t use any nail. If there are parts which need to be tied up, rattan is used. Thus, its pole isn’t planted into land. Those poles stand on stone pedestal. In the old construction, stone was used for every pole with triangle position. Along the history in Pagaralam, which is close to Mt. Dempo, Baghi house is never collapsed even though the region is often hit by earthquakes.

13
May

Mamuju has many beautiful tourism object spots, beginning from historical sites, amazing beach, mountain and waterfall. Tamasapi waterfall is a tourism destination which is located at Tamasapi hamlet, Mamuju regency, West Sulawesi. The waterfall is about 75 meters high, and its water is from Tamasapi River. The natural atmosphere at Tamansapi waterfall complex is still fresh. There are beautiful grass and big trees surrounding the waterfall. Now, this tourism object becomes one of choices of domestic tourists because the road access to the location is quite good and it makes the tourists easy to go there. This waterfall is quite heavy and the tourists can play water at surrounding the waterfall but they should be careful. To go to Tamasapi waterfall, from the downtown of Mamuju, you can ride motorcycle or go by car until Tamansapi hamlet. Then, you continue on foot around 1 kilometer for 30 minutes. Along the road to the waterfall, there are some durian trees. If you come to this hamlet when durian season, you can directly buy the durian from the farmers who often offer with cheap price. To enter this tourism object, you must pay entrance ticket Rp 5.000.

10
May

Senerek soup

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Magelang is one of  cities in Central Java province, which  has charming, wonderful  and beautiful nature. Unsurprisingly, the city becomes one of the favorite tourism destinations in Central Java.  As one of the most favorite tourism destinations in Central Java, Magelang has a lot of amazing tourism objects such as cultural and historic sites, contemporary photo spots, hills, parks and waterfalls that may really spoil the tourists’ eyes. The tourists who visit will also be served with a variety of delicious culinary of Magelang. One  of them is Senerek Soup.Senerek soup is one of the menus from the Dutch colonial era in Indonesia.  Senerek is taken from the word 'Snert' which means  ‘peas’ in Dutch. Because the tongues of the Magelang people were not very fluent in pronouncing “Snert“, the term slowly changes to be “Senerek”. Apparently, the snert soup was then modified with ingredients to be easily obtained by the local people, namely red beans. This soup is with complete vegetables such as carrots and spinach and it is added with  chives by using  herbs  spices as cloves and nutmeg. Then, all of these are   doused with fresh broth filled with beef or tripe. If we enjoy the soup, the aroma of garlic is so strong. The sauce tastes fresh, savory with a broth that tastes delicious. The Senerek soup is usually served with warm rice and chili sauce, as well as a variety of complementary food that can be selected based on our  taste, such as snail satay, tofu and tempeh. In Magelang, you can easily find this soup. The price is relatively cheap, about Rp 15,000 to Rp 20,000 per portion.

08
May

Relaxing at seashore and enjoying sunset always becomes the right choices when you are in holiday. You can enjoy amazing sunset at Tanjung Setia beach in West Lampung. It takes about 8 hours from Radin Inten Dua airport, Bandar Lampung. Or it is located around 273 Kilometers or around 6-8 hours trip from Bandar Lampung city. Tanjung Setia is located along the Western Beach near the South Bukit Barisan National Park.The waves at Tanjung Setia beach is called one of the best waves by surfers throughout the world, and it is similar with famous surfing spot in the world, namely in Hawaii. Tanjung Setia beach is sharply at the big streaming line of Indian ocean. Unfortunately, the beach is not quite popular yet for Surfing competition like in Bali or Lombok. There are only some surfers who know the beach that is quite interesting for surfing. During surfing season on June – August, waves at Tanjung Setia beach can reach 6-7 meters high stretching for 200 meters to the shore makes it a good place for surfing. Some related parties do some efforts including by organizing competitions to promote the beautiful scenery of he beach to both local and international visitors. In early May 2019, the beach has become a place for international surfing competition. The competition attracted surfers from 23 countries. All participants said that waves at Tanjung Setia beach is very perfect for professional surfers. Tanjung Setia beach has white and soft sand which stretches along the beach. There many palm trees at Tanjung Setia seashore which makes it more beautiful. In addition, Tanjung Setia offshore also is also fit for fishing sport lovers to catch abundant fish. There is giant Blue Marlin fish which is known as Iwa Tuhuk by local people. Blue Marlin can have weight up to 50 - 70 kilograms with the length 170 cm.

06
May

Musyoh, Papua

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Papuan people have traditional religious belief pattern which unites and absorbs into all life aspects. Their world viewpoint is related one another, among material and spiritual, secular and sacred. All of these function simultaneously. In its connection with art, Musyoh dance is one of dances belongs to the culture of Papuan people. This manifests their belief system. Musyoh dance is a kind of ritual dance as effort to chase away people’s spirit who died due to an accident. If there is a member of Papuan tribe who dies due to an accident, generally Papuan people believe that the spirit is not calm. Through the belief, the Musyoh dance is created to make the spirit calm. Practically, the dance is like Papuan traditional dances in general. This dance is accompanied by their traditional instrument, called ‘Tifa’. As a difference from Papuan war dance, Musyoh dance uses neither spear nor another weapon. The dance is performed by male dancers with energetic movements like war dance where the movement is seen in playing shield and accompanied by typical scream. By performing Musyoh dance, it is hoped to be able to chase away the spirit who dies unnaturally so that the spirit will not disturb people who are still alive. The dance has been known by tribes in Papua for long time, and until now, it still survives. Many people assume that the dance is also used to welcome guests. In fact, the dance which is used to welcome the guests is welcome dance which is accompanied by rhythmic music with dynamic movement. This shows the local people’s happiness in welcoming honor guests.

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