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East Nusa Tenggara province is one of provinces in Indonesia which has many natural tourism objects, such as Komodo island, Kelimutu lake and many others. Besides tourism objects which are well known in domestic and abroad, the province also has beuatiful natural tourism object, namely Susuk reservoirThe tourism object is located at Dualaus village, Kakuluk Mesak district, Belu regencyEast Nusa Tenggara province.In local language, Susuk reservoir means mosquito’s reservoir. According to the legend, in the past, there were seven angels who stopped to clean themselves at the reservoir. Those angels were delegations of King Lifao from Oecusse. King Lifao intentionally sent mosquito to bother them when sleeping. So that those angels still awaked and were not closed by servants of the king. Based on the legend, local people call the reservoir as Susuk reservoirActually, it is because the tourism object is surrounded by shady mangrove forest to cause many mosquitos surrounding the reservoir.Susuk reservoir is formed naturally and has white land. So that it is exposed to the sunlight, its water reflects white glow like milk.  Location of Susuk reservoir is around 17 kilometer to the North of Atambua city,the capital city of Belu regencyFrom Atambua, the reservoir can be accessed around 20 minutes by using car. Its road is twist through valley and cliff. But, its road has been paved. This tourism object is usually visited on the weekend or holiday.Facilities at Susuk reservoir is quite complete, such as clear water, toilet, lodging and security post. There are also stalls of local people that provide  foods and beverages. Until now, local government still continues to develop Susuk reservoir as tourism object and also asbreeding center of shrimp and milkfish, so the reservoir can be maintained well.


East Kalimantan is a province where Mahakam river flows. In this suburb of Mahakam river, a dance so-called ‘Jepen dance’ develops. It is a typical dance of East Kalimantan, developed by Kutai and Banjar tribe. The dance has various movements which are influenced by Islamic and Malay culture. Japen dance is one of the dances which describes Malay culture that is dynamic, attractive, energetic and graceful. The dance is usually danced by females. By the times, Jepen dance has many developments on which in its performance, Jepen dance consists of two types, namely Jepen Genjoh and Jepen Eroh dance. The Jepen Eroh dance is a creation dance of Jepen which does not leave its original movement, such as honor, waves, Satanic Samba or Samba Setangan, full Samba and Gengsot Anak. Eroh in Kutai language means crowded, boisterous and happy. While Jepen Genjoh Mahakam dance is one of creation dances of Jepen where most part of its movements are from Jepen dance, for example waves movement, half Samba, full Samba, swinging kid, Jalan Kenyak, Saluang Mudik, and Taktim movement. Generally, it can be said that Jepen Genjoh Mahakam dance is the one which describes Malay culture. In its performance, Jepen dance is accompanied with Tingkilan music. Tingkilan music is one of Kutai typical music. In the tingkilan music, the kinds of the instrument which are played are  Gambus or a string instrument, Ketipung or Gendang with small size, Kendang, and violin. Currently, the dance is accompanied with piano. Besides, it is also accompanied with song called ‘Bertingkilan’ which means to shout each other. The song is usually sung by two persons, which contains of religious advice and moral message. When performing the dance, Jepen dancers wear combined clothes of Malay and Indonesia, which is thick of Islamic nuance. With natural make up, the dancers are seen be well mannered and graceful. When dancing, the dancers are completed with shawls. In the past,  Jepen danced functioned as entertainment to crown king of Kutai Kartanegara sultanate in Tenggarong and as youth social dance. Thus, since 1970s, the dance has been used to welcome guests, wedding ceremony and for other great events.


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Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia.

Besides Bali, Lombok is one of the popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. The beauty of beaches attract local and foreign tourists traveling to Lombok. In addition to Kuta Beach, Tanjung An, Ampenan Beach, Senggigi Beach, and Malimbo, which are already popular among domestic and foreign tourists, there still many other interesting and beautiful beaches in Lombok. One of them is Tanjung Kerakat beach. It is located in Sukamulia, Pohgading Timur Village, Pringgabaya Subdistrict, East Lombok Regency. The beach is very wide with a stretch of black sand. The beach area are mostly filled with Jerangjang grass and Rembiga Trees.

Pondok Kerakat Beach is also known as Tanjung Gali Beach. The beach is better known by the name of Pondok Kerakat, due to many pondok Kerakat (cottage) lined up around the beach. At Pondok Kerakat the fishermen who come from the village of East Pohgading and its surroundings are gather before starting “ngerat” (catch fish with a large net). The attraction of the beach lies on the large waves. Many tourists travelling to the beach spend their time to surf. In addition to surfing, swimming is also a favorite activity on the beach. In addition, tourists also can do camping or playing football on a stretch of black sand.

Pondok Kerakat Beach is also equipped with a variety of interesting photo spots. A leading photo spot on the beach is Pre Weeding photo spot. The photo spot is made of wood and the back ground is made from fabrics so that the spot poto is really resembling wedding stage. The photo spot is the most visited. In addition to Pre Wedding Photo Spot, Pondok Kerakat also has Fish Reconnaissance Photo Spot. This photo spot is a “lelanjon” or Short Tower from which the visitors can see the expanse of the beach widely. Another photo spot in Pondok Kerakat, namely Mushroom Table spot photo. The spot is made of coconut base material and consists of a table with 4 slabs of coconut base supported by a pole from teak branches. The table is completed by four chairs also made from the coconut base plates. In the Mushroom Table, you can sit back while enjoying the beautiful atmosphere on the beach.

Another interesting activity on the Beach is Betalet. Betalet is a natural spa activity, where tourists can bury half of the body or the legs up to the waist in the sand. Betalet Therapy is recognized can cure rheumatic and uric acid, since as long as the body immersed in the sand, the muscles of the legs and waist get a reflection to smooth blood circulation. Generally, the therapy just hold the body in the sand for 10 to 30 minutes, because the longer the body is buried, the massage felt stronger. The natural Spa or Betalet is better done at night.

That was the regular segment of Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Pondok Kerakat Beach In Lombok”.


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“Indonesian Wonder,” a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will introduce you to food which is easily found in Banten in the month of Ramadhan, namely Ketan Bintul.

Hunting for Iftar menu becomes an interesting activity in Ramadhan.  In Banten, there is a tradition which has been conducted since the 15th century and this is difficult to be forgotten,  namely by presenting special food when breaking the fast with Ketan Bintul.

For Banten people, the existence of Ketan Bintul in Ramadhan is a main part which cannot be separated. Even, in Banten, there is proverb which has ingrained “without Ketan Bintul in Ramadhan, like does not fast”. According to the history, Ketan Bintul was favorite food of Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin, namely a prince who became a role model of the people of Banten kingdom at that time. Whereas, the food was typical food of common people and was considered too simple for Sultan.   Because a Sultan had high moral character and always became a role model for his people to love  Ketan Bintul. So since that time, it has become culture, if  someone breaks the fast by eating Ketan Bintul to honor the Sultan. for Banten people, especially Serang who have many families and relatives, are accustomed to making their own food. They sometimes use sticky rice for their harvest. Definitely, this is to give typical treatment to the guests and families when breaking the fast.

Ketan Bintul is made from sticky rice which is steamed. To get savory flavor, when steaming the sticky rice, is mixed with grated coconut and a little bit salt. After well done, the sticky rice is put on a container. In the past, the container was from ex-rice sack which was made from plastic, then it was laid on the floor.  Thus, the hot sticky rice is pounded smoothly by using wood pestle whose tip is covered with plastic to avoid being sticky. To pound the sticky rice needs great power. It should be noted that the sticky rice should not lose its hot, so when being pounded, it can be refined and soften quickly. It needs speed, accuracy, and understanding where the part is not pounded yet. To pound the sticky rice is needed at least two persons, one for pounding it and another for turning again and again the sticky rice in order to get good result. After it is refined, it is formed square and wrapped by using banana leaf in order to be durable and still looking white.after the sticky rice is done, grated coconut is provided and it is fried without vegetable oil.  If grated coconut is getting brown, this is pulverized until smooth. And then it is added with sugar and salt. To arouse appetite, it is added red chili which is sliced small and elongated.  Fried red onion is also given.

Towards breaking the fast, the Ketan Bintul is served by spreading fried grated coconut slices of red chilly and fried red onion, while being accompanied by a glass of sweet tea or coffee. Surely, this typical food is able to relieve hunger and thirst after all day fasting. In Ramadhan, you can find Ketan Bintul vendor as long as outskirt of  Serang old markets.


The sea territory of Tolo gulf geographically enters into Central Sulawesi province. Its sea has great marine biota. Thus, the sea is utilized as marine tourism object. The beauty of Tolo gulf can be enjoyed from Sombori Island. The island is located at the South of Tolo gulf, precisely in Morowali regency between South Bungku district and Menui Kepulauan district. Sombori is conservation area consisting of clusters of beautiful atolls. Part of the island becomes residence of fishermen, but there are more empty places without being touched by human beings. Sombori area can be accessed through Kendari, the capital city of Southeast Sulawesi. And then, you can choose through land or sea transportation. If you choose land transportation, the trip takes for 6 hours to Lafeu port, Bungku Pesisir district. Then, this is continued by using sea transportation around 1 hour to Sombori island. While if you use sea transportation, it will take a half day by ship. While if you use speedboat, it takes only around 4 until 5 hours. To enter Sombori island, you will be welcomed by amazing scenery.  The sea has quite waves and also high cliff at the left and right side. To enter more deeply, more amazing sceneries will welcome you. There are many clusters of atolls in various sizes and forms. There is  prominent coral without vegetation so that giant coral is covered with shady and exotic trees. The atolls have beach with white and clean sand. With sea conservation area around 41,000 hectares, Sombori is a heaven for lovers of undersea activities. There are various kinds of forms and colors of animals and there is also coral spreading in the ocean. Sea anemone, which becomes home for various ornamental fish, shakes following the stream. Akropora or table coral can be easily found here. Currently, many tourism packages are offered to visit Sombori island with affordable cost. 


Bajo tribe has a traditional settlement which is located at Bangko village, Maginti district, Muna regency, Southeast Sulawesi. The territory of the Bangko village, which is in the west part of Muna Island, includes land and sea.  The settlement at Bangko village is built on the sea which has a distance around 600 meters from Muna Island so that as if it is a floating settlement. Among many Bajo tribe settlements in Southeast Sulawesi, Bangko village is one of Bajo tribe’s villages which still preserves the tradition which exists on the sea until now. Meanwhile, another Bajo tribe settlement has lived permanently at the edge of the beach or built house on land.The name of Bangko village was taken from an island near the settlement which was built, namely Bangko Island. Bangko in Bajo language means ‘mangrove’. The island is named Bangko Island because the island is covered by 95 percent of mangrove. Since the past, Bajo tribe has relies its life from the sea and has life which is never far from the sea. Bajo tribe is always identical with boat and settlement on the sea. Because in the past, the people of Bajo tribe only lived on the boat and moved from one place to another. Their habit changed by living permanently and they also build their house on shallow sea until now. To Bangko village, the trip starts from Raha city (the capital city of Muna regency) to Pajala village at Maginti district by using personal car or rental car. The trip has a distance around 70 kilometers. Arriving at Pajala village, the trip is continued by boat with distance around 7 kilometers. The fee to ride the boat is around Rp 100,000/person.


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Here is RRI VOI with Indonesian Wonder, a regular segment featuring Indonesian tourism including places of interest, popular destinations, culture and traditions. Today I will introduce one of the tourist attractions in Medan North Sumatra.


Kampung Madras or Kampung Keling is widely known as little India in Medan, North Sumatra. And just like the Indian village elsewhere, Kampung Madras became an interesting cultural tourism destination in Medan.


The existence of Kampung Keling strengthens the reputation of Medan as a multiethnic city in Indonesia. Especially today, Kampung Keling is not only inhabited by people of Indian descendants but also those from other tribes or ethnics who live the area of ​​Kampung Madras. Even so, the term Little India Medan is still attached to this village.

The origin of Kampung Keling Medan can be traced back to the 19th century. At that time many Tamil Indians were imported from their original country to work as laborers at Deli tobacco plantations. Plantation owners prefer to use imported labor from India because they were known to be hard workers and strong. As time went by, more Tamil Indians worked in Medan. In addition to working as plantation laborers, they also got jobs in the construction, and many also worked as traders.

Kampung Keling in Medan has an area of ​​10 hectares. Formerly this village was called by the name Patisah. Some people call this Kampung Keling by the name of Kampung Madras. The name Kampung Keling became the most popular designation in the community of Medan. Now, Kampung Keling in Medan is located around Zainul Arifin area. Initially the streets in this area also used Indian names. Like Calcutta road, Bombay street, Ceylon street, Madras street and others. But now there are many names were changed.

Tourists who want get to the location of Kampung Keling in Medan can use various means of transportation but the interesting one is motorized three-wheeled vehicle known as becak motor.

True to its origin, Kampung Keling is known as the center of Indian culture in the city of Medan. This village is an administrative area of ​​Madras District. Here tourists can   see a lot of old buildings with typical Indian architecture. The best known places are Shri Mariaman temple and Subramaniem Temple. In addition to the two temples there is also a mosque named Ghaudiyah which has a thick Indian architectural design. This is because the Tamil people who live in rural villages are not only Hindus but also some Muslims.

In addition to being a cultural tourist location, Kampung Keling in Medan can also be used as a place to hunt culinary typical of India, such as the famous Indian curry and martabak or chapatti . You can also buy typical Indian outfit like dresses and accessories here . For tourists who want to feel the life in Kampung Keling, can stay at the inn or hotel in Kampung Keling with varying prices. The most interesting thing about the Kampung Keling in Medan, however, is the cultural blend between strong Indian and local culture there.




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Osing people of Kemiren village, Glagah district, Banyuwangi regency, East Java has unique tradition, so-called ‘Barong Ider Bumi’. The tradition is routinely held on the second day of Idul Fitri, or 2 Syawal of Islamic calendar. Because, number 2 has its own meaning for Osing people. Kemiren people always associate the tradition with thing which is in a pair such as heaven and hell, men and women, day and night. Besides, some traditions of Kemiren villagers are often held on Tuesday and Thursday. Barong Ider Bumi tradition is traditional ritual. The ritual is clean ceremony of the village.

Usually, the ceremony begins at 2 o’clock PM. Osing people are taboo to conduct the tradition beyond the time, because beyond the specified time, it is believed to bring about disaster to the community. Barong is a kind of custom with mask and accessories as depictions of frightening animal. In mythology of Osing people, Barong is believed as symbol of kindness which has ability to cast out bad evils. 

Osing people believe that by conducting Barong Ider Bumi tradition, a year life will make happy. The ceremony is held as form of gratitude to the Almighty on His blessing to give peace and prosperity to villagers. In addition, Barong Ider Bumi tradition is believed to be able to drive away disaster or bad luck. In belief of Osing people, Barong can be possessed by the soul of ancestor. the word of Ider bumi is compound words, namely ider and bumi. Ider means to go around and bumi means earth. So, the two words mean an event of going around the earth.

In accordance with its name, the point of Barong Ider Bumi ritual is to parade barong going around the village. Before Barong is paraded, the village elders play Angklung at village’s hall to begin the ritual. Afterwards, all Kemiren villagers come out from the houses and then they begin to parade Barong Osing from the entrance gate of the village to the exit gate of the village.  Along the parade, traditional figures spread coins, yellow rice and flower to the street and these are seized by kids. The ritual is named ‘Sembur  utik-utik’.

During Barong Osing parade, those Barongs are also followed by the elders who walk side by side while carrying incense and reading prayer for security of all villagers. The parade is accompanied by Osing traditional music. At the end of the village, the villagers and the Barong players seize bananas which are displayed. They believe if they eat the bananas, they will be safe and to be given  simplicity in their life.

After conducting the ritual, the villagers hold ceremony as closing. It is the peak of the event, ceremony by using ‘Tumpeng pecel pitik’, namely kampong chicken which is roasted and sprinkled with grated young coconut and ingredients.

That was ‘Indonesian Wonder’



North Sumatera has a natural tourism object which can be family’s recreation place with fresh air and green trees. The tourism object is called ‘Tangkahan’. Tangkahan is an eco-tourism which has been well known until abroad. Even, due to its beauty, Tangkahan is well-known by many people as “The hidden paradise”. It is located at Mt. Leuser National Park, precisely at Langkat regency, North Sumatera. Tangkahan is one of Indonesian regions, whose primate quantity is the most varieties in the world and the habitat for some earth species which are endangered. Tourism activity which can be enjoyed at Tangkahan is adventuring, swimming and trekking at tropical forest. For you who want to do trekking, you can take a walk accompanied by tourism guide or you can ride an elephant of Sumatera. Uniquely, the ridden elephants are trained ones that are also used to patrol or protect National Park from illegal activities such as hunting, and illegal logging. There are 3 trekking lines in the regions, beginning from soft trekking for kids or family until adventure. When trekking, you will be accompanied by local guide so that you can enjoy hidden natural wealth in the region. When trekking, you can visit interesting places at Tangkahan. One of them is Buluh and Batang Serangan rivers’ meeting which has small waterfall. You must walk to river basin around 100 meters to reach the waterfall. Sitting under the waterfall and feeling the freshness of the water are very pleasant. At Tangkahan, there is also bat cave. It is named the bat cave because it is the habitat for thousands of bats. But do not have to worry, the cave is very safe to be entered. Another activity which can be done is called ‘Tubing’. The activity makes you feel the heavy stream of rivers at Tangkahan by rafting and using inner-tube. While conquering the heavy stream of rivers at Tangkahan, you can also enjoy the beauty of the riverside. Various kinds of interesting activities can be enjoyed if you visit Tangkahan village which can be accessed through Medan, the capital city of North Sumatera around 3 until 4 hours by land transportation. Over there, there are also lodging and interesting tourism packages which can be chosen.


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Welcome to “Indonesian Wonder”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will introduce Arja Dance from Bali.

One typical of art in Bali that is still favored by the local people is Arja Dance. The type of art is in the form of a theater or a kind of Balinese opera in the form of a dramatic dialogue of Macapat. How the theater actually got the name, nobody knows, but the allegations are from the Sanskrit expressions of Reja which then got the prefix "a" to become Areja then finally turned into Arja which means beauty. Then the phrase is currently used to name the Arja theater as we can see it nowdays.

In Bali, Arja dance was firstly appeared in the 1814 during the reign of I Dewa Agung Sakti in Puri Klungkung. The drama of Arja dance take the story derived from the Panji stories, but occasionally take the story from Jayaprana, Pakang Raras, Sampik, Rare Angon. Arja dance was originally performed by one dancers only and is not being accompanied by gamelan. Arja is called Arja Doyong. Since its performance, Arja Dance became an entertainment of Balinese people.

According to its function Arja Dance is classified into Balinese Dance-balihan group or theater, As a form of theater Arja is a very complex theater art because it is a fusion of various types of arts that are available in Bali, such as dance, drama, vocal, instrumental art, poetry, role art, pantomime art, fashion, and fine arts. All types of art are united in Arja Dance. Arja is actually a unification of two theatrical supporters, namely the idea that comes from supporters (players) and the audience.

As a form of theater art, Arja is very communicative with the audience. For the Bali, this is not surprising, like other forms of art. From the development Arja is still very popular among Balinese people, as can be seen on the willingness of people to enliven the festival held annually until today. So, Arja Dance is still scattered in many areas, such as Bangli, Klungkung, Gianyar, Anlapura, Badung, Tabanan, Jembrana and Singaraja.

In addition to an entertainment show, Arja also has educational function. Usually after watching Arja performance, the local community imitating the songs and jokes displayed by the group for days. They will repeat funny movements or expressions about intriguing events in daily life.

Therefore, Arja is a very powerful communication facility to deliver messages. That was Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Arja Dance from Bali”.




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