“Galunggung has 3 foundations. First, Galunggung is a place for fighting. In Sundanese language, Galunggung is the place for Galungan. Secondly, it’s Galunggung 'heurin ku tangtung'. This means that many people flock to Galunggung, overseas. Galunggung ngadeg tumenggung means standing as a regent but we have no idea when ngadeg tumenggung happened. From there, the second one happened. When Galunggung heurin ku tangtung, this means that human beings flocked to Galunggung in the past. Before eruption, who climbed to the crater? The local people took a walk to the forest, made a visit of pilgrimage; only some villagers knew. After Mt. Galunggung erupted in 1982, many domestic and foreign people climbed it,” said Somantri.

That was a story about Mt. Galunggung which was explained by Bapak Somantri, a public figure at Mt. Galunggung. He is a historical witness of the eruption. Until now, the mountain becomes a tourism object in East Priyangan, West Java province. Mt. Galunggung tourism object is developed by States Own Entreprise, -Perhutani and Tourism Office around 1997. This was explained by Suhara, staff of Perhutani management.

“The tourism object was developed after the first natural disaster; the management which I know was managed by the village. There is hot spring and ex-disaster which now becomes crater lake. It becomes attraction for visitors. So, it was opened by the government of the village, if not mistaken by Village Community Resilience Institute -LKMD. And it kept being developed in 1997 and has been developed by Tourism Office and Perhutani,” said Suhara.

Do you know or visit Mt. Galunggung? Mt. Galunggung is an active volcano with around   2,100 meters high above the sea surface.  The last time, the mountain erupted for around 9 months, starting from April 5, 1982 and ended on January 8, 1983. Therefore, Indonesia is one of countries which almost its territory enters in Pacific ring fire. So no wonder, there are many active volcanoes in some islands. Thus, the existence of volcano does not only leave tragedy,  but also becomes tourism object which contributes foreign exchange through tourism sector. Now, Mt. Galunggung in Tasikmalaya, West Java rises up as tourism destination recommended to be visited, especially for mountain tourism lovers. About tourist’s visit so far, Ibu E’em, a food vendor at Mt. Galunggung has her own experience.

“Only certain day, Eid Al-Fitr, New Year or commemoration of the Indonesian independence, only Saturday and Sunday ate the most crowded.

I also have foreign customer, French who often comes here. If in Indonesian, it is dry season, the French certainly comes here with the guide from Jogja,” said Miss E’em.

To get the crater which is the main point of Mt. Galunggung tourism object, we must climb hundreds of stairs. This is quite exhausting. An officer of the entrance ticket of Mt. Galunggung, Sofyan explained that there are two sides of stairs; the yellow one consists of 620 stairs, while the blue one is 520 stairs.

“The yellow stair was made in 1997; the blue one was made in 1993. The blue stair has inauguration monument. The first stair is over there; the new one is here. Earlier, people passed on the sand here without stair,” said Sofyan.

After arriving at the crater of Mt. Galunggung, that you struggle to climb hundreds of the stairs will be paid off by presenting the beauty of nature of the mountain’s peak. In addition, there is uniqueness which cannot be found at other volcanoes. This means that there is no smell of sulfur and the crater of Mt. Galunggung looks like lake. The lake’s water of the crater if it is seen by naked eyes has green color. As if there is no life in it. But in fact, it becomes habitat for fish and other water biotas.  Sofyan explained as follows:

“Earlier, someone checked and tried to put the fish into the water. In fact, it resulted in a lot of fish. This means that it’s safe for residents. Today, many people outside the region do fish farming. There is also from Banten. Now, there are people who farm fish and also do fishing. There is golden fish, Mujaer, parrot fish. Usually, Sundanese people farm parrot fish, cork, pomfret, and also Gurame,” said Sofyan.

“Many people set tents to stay at night, especially on Saturday night. There are hundred people who stay at night. But on weekdays, only there are several persons. Now, to set a tent is centered. In the past, they could set a tent on the edge of the lake while fishing,” said Sofyan.

To meet the present demand for selfie or taking picture of every activity with amazing background, Tourism Office and Perhutani provide various spots at the crater of Mt. Galunggung. Take for example; we can try position at the Commemoration Monument of Galunggung Eruption or view desk that is located between blue and yellow stairs. The road to Mt. Galunggung has been paved and this makes visitors easy to get to the blue or yellow stairs.

Development of Mt. Galunggung tourism object is also supported with the existence of Integrated East Priyangan Touris Pacakge. Head of Youth, Sport, Culture and Tourism Office of Tasikmalaya, Undang Hendiana told Voice of Indonesia team.

“About City Tour, we can go to regency or Pangandaran. Therefore, we initiate cooperation with head of region in East Priyangan and it has been signed. So, it must have integrated tourism package. Although visitors stay at night in Tasikmalaya, they visit Galunggung,” said Undang.

Undang Hendiana views that tourism does not need to be limited with regional administration. Therefore, with the existence of the integrated tourism package, he hopes that Mt. Galunggung can become the mainstay tourism object that has its own characteristics.


Fashion is an integral part of diplomacy, especially economic and cultural diplomacy. This was stated by Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy of Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Cecep Herawan after opening Jakarta Fashion Week/JFW 2018 on Saturday (20/10). He was proud to be able to witness the Jakarta Innovative Fashion Week which was designed from Batik and the archipelagic clothes by Indonesian creative designers collaborating with foreign designers. The event is being held for a week starting from October 20 until 26, 2018. With the theme “Collaboration”, the event displays more than 200 local and international designers. There are various creative collaborations of Indonesian designers and foreign designers, including collaboration Novita Yunus from Indonesia with Aboriginal Art Centre from Australian embassy, and Makoto Washizu from Japan Fashion Week Organization and Japanese embassy with 3 Indonesian designers in Forward Fashion.

Indonesia participates in Salon International de l’Alimentation exhibition, Paris which is held in Paris Nord Villepinte, Paris, Prance on October 21-25, 2018. The exhibition is one of the biggest exhibitions of food and beverage products in the world with the expectation of number of visitors around 155,000 people and involves 7,020 participants from 109 countries. Indonesian attaché of trade in Paris, Megawati explained on the exhibition that the products which are displayed are like tea, various kinds of fruit crispy, paprika innovation, coconut derivative products, various kinds of oil variations and many others.

Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture, Muhadjir Effendy led a meeting of culture of ASEAN countries, China, Japan and South Korea. The meeting is held from October 21-26, 2018 in Yogyakarta. On the similar occasion, Yogyakarta is also determined as ASEAN cultural city. The choosing of Yogyakarta cannot be separated from history and potential which belongs to the city. Director General of Culture at the Ministry of Education and Culture, Hilmar Farid said that Yogyakarta throughout history has the highest density level of intellectual and culture in Indonesia. Even in one year, Yogyakarta can hold more than 100 cultural festivals held in Yogyakarta. Therefore, it is logic if Yogyakarta is selected as ASEAN cultural city.



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In today’s edition, we will present keroncong songs performed by Indonesian female singer, Safitri. Aryati which was created by Ismail Marzuki was an old song and has been sung by several Indonesian singers. The song was previously sung in pop genre then dedicated back by Safitri with modern Keroncong genre. The singer with the full name Noor Agni Safitri was firstly sung the keroncong songs accompanied by music instruments such as okulele, flute and violin. Safitri actually was not interested in keroncong music, but thanks to the encouragement of her parents, Safitri finally learned keroncong music and began to like it. Even more, she said singing keroncong is an irreplaceable pride in the course of her life. “Melati di Tapal Batas” is the heroic-themed song which was created by Ismail Marzuki, in the era of Indonesia's independence struggle. This song is one of Indonesia's national compulsory songs that tells about the enthusiasm of young men and women who are struggling to defend the country and nation.


PT Wijaya Karya –WIKA gave green light to the government of North Penajam Paser Regency, East Kalimantan to continue the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam, which was stopped since 2017.Head of the North Penajam Paser Regency Public Works and Spatial Planning Office, Puguh Sumitro, when met at Penajam, Friday (10/20) said that his side would explore PT Wika and would encourage it to continue the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam. Verbally, the North Penajam Paser Regency Public Works and Spatial Planning Office plans to visit the PT Wika Office in Jakarta. Meanwhile, the submission of funding assistance to complete the construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam to the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing has not been responded.The construction of Lawe-Lawe Dam in the Penajam Sub-district worth Rp143 billion was stopped since May 2017, with a working condition of around 85 percent. Until now, the construction of the Bendung Lawe-Lawe project has not been continued and has not been able to function, because the North Penajam Paser Regency Government budget has decreased. Lawe-Lawe Dam is meant to build in supporting an increase in the supply of raw water and clean water for the Regional Water Company of Danum Taka, North Penajam Paser Regency, so that it must continue until it’s functional.

The archipelago actually has a fascinating cultural diversity that is only "polished" to support the progress of the tourism sector, especially in cultural and historical tourism.The preservation of the cultures of various sultanates and indigenous peoples is not limited to tourist destinations, but the strategic thing is as an adhesive of the nation. Chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago (Matra) KPH SP Rheindra J Wiroyudho Alam Syah in Tanjung Selor on Sunday said that indigenous people must fight through indigenous and cultural resilience amid various social, economic and political problems.He said that because of the Bulungan Customary Institution held "Birau" (the customary ritual of the Bulungan Sultanate) 2018, the presence of Matra in North Kalimantan in was to commemorate the 228th Anniversary of Tanjung Selor City and the 58th Bulungan Regency. He said that the Sultanate of Bulungan is the only sultanate in the northern region of Borneo which was once part of Malaysia and the South Philippines. Birau Cultural Celebration is an effort to preserve local culture as well as to increase tourist visits to North Kalimantan.

Head of the Muhammadiyah in Central Kalimantan Region, M Yamin Mukhtar sent aid for necessities and clothing to be used for disaster victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province. He said in Palangka Raya on last Saturday that the assistance was successfully collected by the Central Kalimantan Zakat Infaq Institute and the Shadaqah Muhammadiyah –Lazismu along with the ranks and the autonomous organizations of Muhammadiyah across Central Kalimantan.Lazismu Director of Central Kalimantan, Priyono added that besides staples and clothes, the Central Kalimantan Lazismualso succeeded in collecting money worth Rp123 million. Priyono also explained that the distribution of money donations to the victims has been sent to the central Lazismu’s banking account so that the distribution process is done with one access. As for the assistance of goods sent through cargo services, it is sent to the Lazismu post in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province.Head of the Central Muhammadiyah Youth Regional Leader, Daryana said that that in addition to the assistance that had been distributed, his side is also still raising aid for the disaster victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Palu and its surroundings. According to him, his side is ready to facilitate community assistance for the victims in Central Sulawesi.