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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.   


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.



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.


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.


Having holiday is the right time to explore Indonesia. The biggest archipelagic country in the world has many tourism objects. One of which is Pramuka Island. The island is located in the area of Thousand Islands of Jakarta province. The island has the name,  “Pramuka” which means “scot” because the island has been often used as place to conduct scout’s activities since 1950s. Before the island became hamlet, it was the habitat of Indonesia’s endemic animal, namely the brahminy kite (Haliastur indus), also known as the red-backed sea-eagle in Australia. They are found in the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Australia. Unfortunately, since 1980s, this kind of animal cannot be found anymore on this island. Remains of the animals migrate to Kotok Island which is located in the Thousand Islands area. On Pramuka island, there is preservation place of hawksbill turtles which nowadays  its number has decreased so that these animals should be protected. In addition, there is also mangrove planting in a bid fortify the coastal area. The island provides various supporting facilities so that tourists who visit this island will have unforgettable experience. There is no hotel on Pramuka Island. To support this tourism object, Indonesian government through Tourism Ministry gives education for local people to provide their home as homestay with international standard. The local people are also directed to be able to give different experiences which cannot be found at other hotels. Hopefully, tourists can stay longer and they get closer to know more  activities which are usually conducted by the local people.
Natural potential of Pramuka Island has its own attraction for tourists.  The stretch of clean and soft white sand on the long coastline makes a calm atmosphere and creates a romantic nuance when the sun begins to set on the western horizon. Diving and snorkeling are the main activities which can do on the island. Its clear water and coral reefs which are still natural make the beauty of amazing nature.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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