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Eruption of a mountain does not always bring about sorrow or other terrible aftermath. Take for example, the remaining flow of lava resulted from the volcanic activity of Mt. Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku  has currently become a natural ornament which is known as Batu Angus. Batu Angus is one of the most favorite tourist attractions located in Tarau, North Ternate District, Ternate City, Maluku. Batu Angus tourism is also known as the Black Gemstone of Ternate. It is called as the Black Gemstone of Ternate because Batu Angus is a sprawl of black stones resembling to charred stones. These sprawling stones stretch from Mt. Gamalama to the beach. Batu Angus is the remaining of lava resulted from the eruption of Mt. Gamalama in the 17th century and the lava that changed into the stones looks like charred stones. The name OF Batu Angus was derived from the thick black color of the stones. At a glance, there may not be something special from these stones but as you take a closer look at the stones thoroughly, you will realize another beauty from the flock of stones. There is also a historical site in the Batu Angus tourism object. The site is the location of dead Japanese soldier whose parachute could not be opened normally when he skydived from the plane during the war in 1945. In addition, several historical fortresses from the colonial period stand strongly in this tourism object, including fortresses of Oranye, Tolucco,   Kalamela, and Kastela. Lake Tolire that also becomes a favorite tourism destination in Ternate adds the remarkable panorama of Batu Angus. The tourism object that is located in the axis of outer ring road can be accessed by public transportation with the price Rp 3,000 or taxi with the price Rp 50,000 per hour. But, if you use your personal motor-vehicles, you only need to pay for the ticket worth Rp 20,000 by car and Rp 5,000 by motorcycle.


The name of Ciletuh Geopark is unfamiliar for some people. However, the Ciletuh Geopark is being assessed by UNESCO as global geopark. If it is passed, Ciletuh geopark will officially become global geopark as well as world’s natural heritage site which is protected. Certainly, it will make the name of Indonesia be more famous in international world on the beauty and wealth of its nature. Ciletuh Geopark is located at Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi, West Java. You can access the geopark by land transportation. To go to the tourism object, we suggest you to use rental or private car which uses double power-steering ( 4WD) machine because the road is much damaged. The trip from Jakarta takes around 7-8 hours. Ciletuh Geopark  is very wide. The area includes Ciletuh great bay which has tens of kilometers of coastal line. Tourists are free to choose which beach is suitable for swimming, such as the beach of Ciemas in Jampang district, Sukabumi.Besides the beach, tourists can also swim at waterfall. There are more than eight waterfalls which have been opened for public. But, you should be careful when swimming at the waterfall, because there are some waterfalls which have heavy stream such as Dog-dog and Cikaso waterfalls. To go to the waterfalls, tourists should do trekking and passing green trees. Another activity which can be conducted at Ciletuh Geopark is by enjoying undersea beauty. To enjoy the undersea beauty, tourists can do snorkeling at white sand spot of Kunti Island. The location can be found by walking around 10 minutes from the main beach of the geopark. Snorkeling management here is Balawisata (Tirta Tourism Savior Organization). Balawisata provides facility of rental equipment with fee Rp 100,000 per one snorkel for 45 minutes. Having been tired of doing activities at Ciletuh Geopark, you can still stay longer while enjoying the beauty of its nature. There are some camping grounds to set tent for staying overnight with fee only Rp 20,000. With the fee which is relatively cheap, you can sleep by being surrounded with amazing scenery, beginning from beach, rice field, and mountain. In addition, you can also witness exotic sunrise in the morning.


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 you to Tanjung Menangis beach in Sumbawa. 

Hearing the name of the beach, Tanjung Menangis beach, certainly you feel a bit funny. Because the name of the beach was related to the past story. According to the story, Sultan Samawa was very sad to see his daughter lying down due to illness. Sultan had done anything but it did not bring about good result. Finally, Sultan held quiz that anyone who cured his daughter, would be married with her. Finally, a young man, namely Zainal Abidin  from Lawesi land could cure the princess, but the Sultan broke his promise and even chased away Zainal Abidin.


The princess, who felt in love, chased Zainal Abidin. But she did know where she should go until finally she arrived at a bay. The princess, who was loyal to wait for Zainal at the bay, cried and cried without stopping and she contemplated her destiny. That is why the beach is called ‘Tanjung Menangis’ which means the crying cape. 

Tanjung Menangis beach located in Sumbawa, Sumbawa Besar district, Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara province -NTT is well known on its beauty. The beach is clean; its water is see-through and has blue color. Its sand is very beautiful, having light brown almost white and fulfills as long as the beach. Melodious waves sound and fresh sea wind will make us feel comfortable at the beach.


Tanjung Menangis beach has also sea-park which is not quite wide, even though the sea park has many kinds of species of coral reefs and ornamental fish. Its location which is far from crowd certainly makes you be able to stay longer at the beach. 

Although there is no public transportation which passes the route to Tanjung Menangis beach, you don’t have to worry, because it is not difficult to go to the beach.  But you should rent car or use your own car. The trip takes around 30 minutes by car. The distance to Tanjung Menangis  from Sumbawa city reaches around 20 kilometers.


Meanwhile, to go Sumbawa takes long time. From Lombok, you can use bus passing the route Mataram- Sumbawa and the ticket price is Rp. 65,000 per person.  The trip takes around 3-4 hours. besides the beauty of its beach, at the end of  Tanjung Menangis, there is also a tower which is often used to monitor the sea situation. Sometimes, visitors climb the tower and enjoy scenery of the sea. Although you feel a bit tense above, you will be amazed and may forget your fright when climbing the tower. Besides, some visitors also jumps to the sea from the cliff of Tanjung Menangis. They enjoy swimming at the sea. It is fun and tense, isn’t it.  This activity is often conducted by almost all visitors who love sea. 

That was Indonesian Wonder 





Welcome back 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 “Camilan Slondok Renceng” from Sleman, Yogyakarta. So stay tuned..

Poncoh Village, Sleman regemcy located 15 kilometers from Mount Merapi. The region was affected by eruption of Mount Merapi in last 2010. Post-eruption, the village clean up and transformed into a tourist village in 2012. Poncoh Tourism Village offers a beautiful mountain atmosphere. In the area you can also enjoy a variety of ecotourism while doing environmental care activities. In the tourist village that can be reached within 1.5 hours drive from downtown Yogyakarta, those who come n the object will be treated to a variety of typical snacks, such as nogosari salak , ubi rebus or literally means boiled sweet potatoes, kelepon and slondok renceng, a typical snack from Poncoh.

In contrast to Slondok renceng snack in general, in Yogyakarta the snack is packed in a plastic bag. In Poncoh Tourism Village, slondok is tied into one bundle using a bamboo strap. Because of the packaging, slondok is called slondok renceng. The packaging of slondok with the model is consciously preserved because it is in line with the ecotourism village spirit which emphasizes on environmental sustainability. In the Poncoh tourist village, Slondok Renceng is served for welcoming the guests and tourists.

Slondok is made of raw cassava. After cleaned, the cassava boiled until half cooked, then let it cold for several hours and separated from the axis. The boiled cassava then milled in a special tool and mixed with fine garlic and salt to taste savory. Milled cassava is then formed a small circle like a ring and dried in a full day . After that, the slondok is fried until crunchy. Then tied into one renceng or string using a bamboo strap.

Slondok is made without preservatives. The seasoning is only rely on garlic and salt. Slondok is safe for the tongue since it is made of only somewhat flavorings. The delicious snack is usually eaten with warmed wedang ginger lemongrass, a typical drink of Mount Merapi area. You can buy Slondok Renceng as souvenirs from Poncoh Tourism village. One kilogram slondok is sold for Rp 6,500 to Rp 7,000. This snack can last up to several months.

That was Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Slondok Renceng” the typical food from Sleman Yogyakarta.We will meet again tomorrow with other interesting topics. Sampai Jumpa.


A few people know traditional food in Ngawi regency, East Java.  Actually In Ngawi regency, there are many traditional foods which are more delicious than other regions have. Take for examples: Lethok, Ledre, Wedang Cemue and Tepo Tofu. In today’s edition, we will discuss about ‘Tepo Tofu’. Tepo Tofu is the traditional food of Ngawi. It is from tepo, tofu and other ingredients. Tepo is from Javanese language meaning ‘cone’. It refers to the shape of Lontong which is used in Tepo tofu. This food at a glance looks like Tofu Lontong or Tofu Kupat. But, this typical food certainly has different taste. Lontong is a dish made of compressed rice cake in the form of a cylinder wrapped with banana leaf, commonly found in Indonesia. The taste of Tepo Tofu is quite unique. Its sauce is hot, sweet and sour.  It is because its sauce is from soy sauce, Javanese tamarind water,  as well as ingredients such as garlic, cayenne, palm sugar and salt. If we want to make Tepo Tofu, firstly  the tofu is covered with egg and then, it is fried. After it is done, the Tofu is ready to cut along with Tepo and put it on the plate. Thus, this is added with slices of cabbage, bean sprouts, fried peanut and onion. And the last, it is poured with sauce on it and sprinkled with crackers. If you are curious to taste Tepo Tofu, you can visit Ngawi, East Java province.


West Sumatera is one of the provinces in Indonesia which is rich of diversity of nature. Most regions in West Sumatera are still natural and protected with West tropical forest. In the province, there are two national parks, namely Siberut and Kerinci Seblat. There are also some kinds of conservation, such as Rimbo Panti, Batang Palupuh, Harau valley, and Anai valley. At Anai valley, there is a waterfall which becomes tourism icon in West Sumatera, namely  Lembah Anai waterfall. Lembah Anai waterfall is located at the roadside of main street which connects Padang and Bukittinggi. Precisely, the waterfall is located in Nagari Singgalang, Sepuluh Koto district, Tanah Datar regency, West Sumatera. Its height reaches 35 meters. Because the location is easy to be accessed, the tourism object becomes favorite destination for tourists who visit West Sumatera. Every weekend, the waterfall is always visited by a lot of tourists. The visitors can take a shower under the waterfall. Lembah Anai tourism complex is suitable for relaxing when doing long trip to Bukittinggi. The visitors can take pictures with the waterfall as a background. Surrounding the waterfall, there are also wild monkeys which occupy the waterfall complex. Lembah Anai waterfall has a distance 60 kilometers from Padang city. To access the tourism object, you can use land transportation. If you use public transportation, the trip can be accessed from Minangkabau international airport until Lembah Anai conservation by taking the time around one and half hours. Surrounding Lembah Anai, there are various facilities such as stalls along the road which serve various kinds of foods and beverages and  souvenir shops. In addition, parking space and toilet are also available. If you want to set a tent, there is also camping ground over there.


Komodo National Park goes international after it officially becomes one of seven natural wonders of the world. The natural beauty in the region cannot be missed. Even, before entering the tourism object, you will be amazed on the natural beauty from its gate, namely  Lawadarat island or in local language called ‘Gili Lawadarat’. Before arriving on Komodo island, tourists will pass Gili Lawadarat. The island is located at the North part of Komodo island and it includes in one island which has existed at Komodo National Park since 1980. Interestingly, here, you can find sea as well as cluster of exotic islands. Gili Lawadarat is one of islands which protects the biggest lizard habitat in the world besides Komodo, Rinca, and Padar island. Almost the entire island is overgrown with grass. The grass overlay has captivated tourists who visit the island. Tourists, who want to get relaxed, can do trekking for 30 minutes to the peak of the island in order to be able to enjoy the beauty of panorama and the exotic nature. The right time to visit Gili Lawadarat is before sunrise. Because at that time, you will see sunrise which is really extra ordinarily beautiful. If you are lucky, you can see the beauty of sun and moon at the same time. Moreover, sea surface makes this place unforgettable to its beauty. If you visit this tourism destination, you can pass two routes, namely through Lombok or Flores island. But to save your time, we suggest you to take Flores route. Because the airport in Flores is near with Labuan Bajo. From  Labuan Bajo, the trip is continued to Gili Lawadarat by speed boat for several hours.


Culture or tradition of a nation is the national identity, because with the existence of the culture, we know who we are and where we come from. Indonesian has many cultures and traditions because every region has different and unique culture, such as West Nusa Tenggara –NTB which has Gendang Beleq. Precisely, Gendang Beleq is from Sasak tribe, Lombok, NTB. The word of Beleq is from Sasak language meaning big. Earlier, Gendang Beleq was for the spirit of the soldiers who fought in the war and returned after the war.  The sound, which was produced, was believed to make the soldiers be braver defending the kingdom. Now, Gendang Beleq is played to accompany traditional ceremony, such as wedding, circumcision, Aqiqah, and other ritual ceremonies. Gendang Beleq is made from Meranti tree which is flourish in Lombok. It produces big and echo sound. The sound is produced with 50 diameters and length 1.5 meters of tree trunk. Its center of the tree is perforated and covered with leather of goat, cow or buffalo. Gendang Beleq is traditional instrument which is played in a group. It is usually played along with other instruments such as gong, terumpang, pencek, oncer, and fluteWith a thunderous sound, Gendang Beleq performance is more interesting and entertaining. Gendang Beleq player is called “Sekaha”. Sekaha consists of 2 main players. Those Sekahas perform by wearing Lombok traditional clothes including “Sapo”, Lombok typcal headband. Although the size of Gendang Baleq is big, Sekahas have no difficulty to play it by hanging on their shoulder.


Fascination of tourism object in Bandung, West Java never stops to give surprise to tourists. Bandung as if giving innovation attracts domestic or foreign tourists. In today’s edition, Voice of Indonesia will discuss one of tourism destinations in Bandung which has natural nuance and can be enjoyed along with the family. The tourism object is Batu Malakasari hamlet. This tourism destination is located on Jalan Raya Bancaran Rencong, Malakasari, Bale Endah. Earlier, Batu Malakasari hamlet was stone mining area. The condition of its location was poor after being neglected for several years. But, someday, there was an investor, Ir. H. Waryo who came and built Batu Malakasari hamlet as tourism destination. Several months later, the dry location which was neglected, becomes interesting tourism destination. In additional to relying on its natural fascination which is beautiful and exotic, tourists who visit will be also spoiled with various educational rides.  Batu Malakasari hamlet looks like natural laboratory. Because at the place, tourists can try various kinds of interesting activities. The activities which can be conducted here are related to nature and life creature surrounding areas, such as interacting with animals like cows, sheep, rabbits and goats at animal husbandry. Here, you can also see spotted deer at the breeding, learn about agriculture and local art at the studio and Sundanese traditional house. Besides, other interesting activities are outbound, flying fox, and going down Batu hill which make you closer with the nature. Many people say that Batu Malakasari hamlet is one of completed tourism destinations in Bandung because it has many facilities. Therefore, the place is suitable to become alternative to spend holidays along with the family, especially for them who love nature. Batu Malakasari hamlet opens every day starting from 9 am until 4 pm. On weekends and holidays, this tourism object opens 30 minutes earlier and closes one hour longer than weekdays.  


Binarundak is one of the typical foods in Motoboi Besar, Kotamobagu, North Sulawesi Province. However, something similar to it is also known in many parts in Indonesia. For instance, most people in North Sulawesi call it Nasi Jaha, or in Gorontalo it is known as Nasi Bulu. In some places on the island of Sumatra, Binarundak is known as Lemang.In Motoboi Besar, Binarundak has become an Icon. There is a Binarundak monument erected in the area with a height of 18 metersInaugurated by the Mayor of Kotamobagu on August 2, 2014 it stands upright and strong in the middle of the village. Eating binarundak in Motoboi Besar has become a tradition. Usually 1 week after Idul Fitri day, local people always hold the celebration of Binarundak Lebaran.  The tradition is said to be deliberately created by people who return home from other areas. Besides being a series of Idul Fitri celebrations, this tradition is also an opportunity to ask forgiveness from people at the hometown, especially the elders, for any wrongdoing made, intentionally or unintentionally, before the travelers return to their respective cities.At the peak of the celebration, tons of coconut husk and Binarundak ingredient are prepared by residents. The process is fairly unique, glutinous rice is mixed with herbs and spices such as onion, ginger, lemongrass, and coconut milk. Then a mixture of the rice and spices are put into bamboo stems covered with banana leaves inside. After that the bamboo is grilled with coconut husk and shell. Throughout the process of making Binarundak, people take turns flipping the typical food to cook evenly. When Binarundak is being pepared in every house, thick smoke will billow along the street. At this timeday , those who have not had time to visit each other during Idul Fitri fitri, will use the opportunity to do it.In the afternoon, most of the Binarundak is ready to be transported by a committee assigned to a designated place. Here, the Binarundak is set aside and served to be eaten together.

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