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Pontianak is the capital of West Kalimantan province. This city is known as the City of the Equator because it is passed by the equator. Pontianak Tourism is supported by the cultural diversity of the Pontianak population. One of the cultural diversities can be seen from the existence of the Kadariah Palace. The Kadariah Palace cannot be separated from the figure of Sayyid Syarif Abdurrahman Alkadrie, who in his youth had visited various regions in Indonesia and made trading contacts with merchants in various countries.

Historically, the Kadariah Palace was built in 1771 AD and was completed in 1778 AD. Shortly after the Palace was built, Sayyid Syarif Abdurrahman Alkadri was crowned as the first Sultan of the Pontianak Sultanate. During its development, this palace continued to undergo a process of renovation and reconstruction until it became its current form. The structure of the Kadariah Palace building is made of several kinds of selected wood. On the front, center, and front left of the Palace, we can see 13 ancient cannons which were made by the Portuguese and French. A room in the form of a pulpit that juts forward which was used by the Sultan was a resting place to enjoy the beautiful views of the Kapuas and Landak Rivers.

Kadariah Palace still has a fairly complete collection of historical objects such as various jewelry used from generation to generation, ancient objects such as heirlooms and artifacts, glassware, photos of the Sultan's family and statues. Some private rooms belonging to the royal family are also opened to the public, although there are some restrictions when visitors enter.

This palace is located near the center of Pontianak City, West Kalimantan. Its location in the city center makes it easy for tourists to visit it. This palace can be accessed by land or river routes. If using the land route, you can use two-wheeled or four-wheeled vehicles. While if you use the river route, you can use a boat or speedboat from Senghie port.



Kei Islands are located in the south peninsula of the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, west area of  Aru Islands and northeast of the Tanimbar Islands, Maluku province.  The Kei Islands consist of two main islands, Kei Kecil and Kei Besar. Both are in Southeast Maluku Regency, with the capital city of Langgur.  Southeast Maluku has 119 islands. By having 119 islands, Kei can be recommended  to be a tourism destination for people  who love marine tourism.  To travel to Kei, you can take an airplane from Ambon City to Karel Sadsuitubun  International Airport on the island of Kei Kecil. Traveling to the Kei Islands, you can enjoy various tourism objects.  One of them is Ngurbloat Beach located  in Ngilngig Village, Southeast Maluku Regency.

Ngurbloat Beach is located in Ngilngig Village, Southeast Maluku Regency.  Ngur in Kei local language means sand. The beach is beside it, about 18 kilometers from Langgur, the capital of Southeast Maluku. Due to its location facing west, this beach is an appropriate place to witness sunsets.The beach stretches for 3 kilometers; that’s why, this beach is also known as Pasir Panjang Beach. The sand is so smooth  and soft as National Geographic dubs it as “ the beach with the softest sand in Asia.” The sea is declivious and shallow. You don't need to be afraid to swim there  because the waves have already broken at a distance of 100 meters from the land. If  the water recedes, the shallow area transforms into a white desert.

If you are in Ngurbloat beach, you can also observe from a far distance how local fishermen throw  their nets. This becomes an interesting sight to be looked at. The best time to visit Ngurbloat Beach is between April-May and October-December, because during those months, the waves are relatively calmer and the climate is pleasant.  Several lodgings such as  villas and bungalows with rates of about Rp 500 thousand per night can be found along the coast.


Rego dance

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Porelea is a remote village at Pipikoro, Sigi regency, Central Sulawesi. The old hamlet is located at the slope with an average slope of over 30 percent . The native population of the hamlet is Topo Uma. They plant coffee and cocoa trees. Although they are Christians, they still preserve their local wisdoms which still contain of mysticism. One of them is Rego dance.

Raego or Rego dancing in a circle formation while singing long lyrics in old Uma local language. Rego lyrics are diverse, in accordance with the event which is held. The lyrics are different, in accordance with the event. The Rego after the harvest, the lyrics are about the process of opening field, planting, and harvesting. If rego is danced as entertainment for a family in mourning, its lyrics contain of a human life cycle from birth to deathand also telling the goodness of the dead person while he/she was alive. Usually, the Rego is danced after religious ceremony.

The Rego is also danced when welcoming honor guests. The Lyrics are about happiness of the host over the guest’s attendance, and hope the meeting will bring benefit for both sides, and the guests come home safely. When welcoming the guest, Rego dance is usually performed at Loboor village’s hall. The Rego is danced by dozens of men and women. The men wear halili customs or traditional clothes of Kulawi tribeOn their waists are banded guma or parang and they use headband or siga.


Pindul Cave

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Pindul Cave offers an underground river tour. Come on! You can get wet from start to finish in the cave in Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta. Pindul Cave is one of the tourism spots in Yogyakarta with a greenish underground river flow. Pindul Cave is one of the favorite destinations for domestic and foreign travelers. You can try cave tubing in the underground river. We just sit on the inner tube and drift along the river. The cave is located in Bejiharjo village, Karangmojo District, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta. The location is approximately 60 kilometers from the center of Yogyakarta City to the east towards Wonosari City, Gunung Kidul.

The Pindul Cave Tour was inaugurated in 2010, but it was popular among tourists in 2014. The cave has its own charm because of its exoticism.Pindul Cave has a river with about 350 meters long and 5 meters wide. The depth of the river is 5 meters to 12 meters, depending on the intensity of the rain. Visiting the cave, you can enjoy its beauty in three zones, starting from a light zone, a dim zone and a dark zone that can be enjoyed within 45 minutes. While in the cave, tourists can see stalactites and stalagmites that look like wide pillars. Even, this cave has the 4th largest stalactite in the world.

The ticket price for the Pindul Cave tour is quite affordable. It is only Rp 35,000 for local tourists and Rp 50,000 for foreign tourists. The facilities which are provided in this tourism area are life jackets to tubing tires. In addition, the parking facilities in this tourism area are also quite large with a capacity of 30 bus units, more than 50 cars and a special indoor parking lot for motorbikes. If you want to have a vacation in this Pindul cave, always remember to follow the existing health protocols.


Cilacap is a regency in Central Java which directly shares a border with West Java Province. In addition, the location is close to the ocean. So, it has a lot of beach attractions. One of them is Teluk Penyu Beach, which is so exotic with its black sand. High waves become characteristic of this tourism attraction. This beach is actually a tourism attraction that is one package with other tours, namely Nusakambangan Island and Pendem Fort which are vital tourism objects in Cilacap.

This beach is called Teluk Penyu because this beach used to have a lot of turtles, as well as being a breeding ground for turtles. Since a long time ago, this place has been very beautiful. However, this was not visited by many tourists. This beach has a nice sea, even though it doesn't seem to be graded from the edge to the middle of the sea. Black sand spreads out like a soft carpet on the floor. The black color contrasts with the clear sea water. There is also a bridge that juts into the sea, partly covered in sand. This area is often used by the visitors to take pictures with the ocean as a background. 

This tourism attraction is located on the South Coast, Cilacap Regency. From the downtown of Cilacap, this beach is quite close, only about 5 km and can be reached within 15 minutes by motor vehicles. Visitors can come to this attraction at any time and you only need to pay a cheap entrance ticket, namely Rp. 5,000 per person. 


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Apart from being famous for its sweet honey pineapple, Subang Regency in West Java province also has a popular tourism object, Cimincul spring which has recently become a topic of discussion, especially among Instagram owners. Cimincul spring is located in Pasanggrahan Village, Kasomalang Subang District, West Java. In this tourism area, there are two water pools, with a depth of about 50-120 cm. According to the story, Cimincul comes from the word "Cai" which means water and Mincul which means to arise. Cimincul, which means water emerges, describes a spring where the water gushes out to form a pond. This pool water is pellucid like glass, even the rocks and plants at the bottom of the pool can be seen clearly from outside the pool. Therefore, Cimincul spring is a favorite spot for underwater photo hunters. The combination of sparkling water and the plants at the bottom of the pool will make a combination that is beautiful and appropropriate for instagrammable photos. Besides we can swim and take pictures in pellucid and refreshing water, Cimincul spring also offers beautiful panoramic views of green rice fields. 

To go to Cimincul spring, it only takes about 2 hour-drive. To enter this tourism attraction, visitors only need to pay Rp10,000 per person. This Cimincul tourism attraction is open from 7 am to 6 pm, while the best time to visit this place is around 9 am or 3 pm, because at that time, the resulting photos will be excellent. Although this new tourism attraction does not have complete facilities, you don't need to worry, because around this tourismm attraction, there are many traders selling food and drinks. Don't forget to taste the typical Subang Nasi Liwet package provided by almost all food and beverage vendors. Therefore, if you are in Bandung, take your time to enjoy the beauty of Cimincul springs in Subang.


Butuh Hamlet

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When you travelling to Magelang, Central Java, you can not only visit Borobudur Temple. Magelang has many other interesting tourist attractions one of them is Butuh hamlet. It is located at the highest land in Magelang, on the slopes of Mount Sumbing. This tourist village is located at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level. Butuh hamlet is located approximately 20 kilometers or about half an hour of trip from Magelang City by using motor vehicles. The total population of the hamlet is around 610 families with 2,500 people. Majority of the residents work as farmers. They plant a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, cabbage and others. The structure of the residents houses in the hamlet is quite unique. The houses are built in a regular manner, following the contours of the slope of Mount Sumbing. In the past, before the houses were built, the area was an agricultural field for residents, so that the house buildings followed the contours of the land, from foot to the peak of the mountain.

For people who like natural scenery and tracking can visit Butuh Hamlet. While tracking around the hamlet, you can take pictures with a view of the houses’ row on the mountain slopes like in Nepal. You can also see the expanse of vegetable crops, and if the weather is clear, you can see Mount Sumbing from a distance. In addition, for those who like hiking, this hamlet is one of the basecamp for climbing to Mount Sumbing. In front of this basecamp, you can see the natural views from a distance, while tasting delicious typical culinary of this hamlet.


You don't need to go to Peru to see the beauty of rare colorful trees because in Bondowoso, there is a rainbow forest whose tree trunks look colorful. This area was proposed as a Global Geological Park to UNESCO in terms of biology. The rainbow forest area reaching about 23 hectares is included in the Special Purpose Forest Area of Sumberwringin. This area is also used for research activities with core research (research and development) in the field of tree breeding and genetic conservation. It is called rainbow forest because the tree which has the Latin name eucalyptus in the forest, looks colorful like a rainbow, namely green, yellow, red, orange, and bluish. A biologist from the University of Jember, Rendy Setiawan said that the colors of the eucalyptus tree trunks a caused by the oxidation process between cambium and oxygen. Therefore, when the sap or cambium of the plant peels off, there is a color gradation.

The tree trunks in the rainbow forest will be green, yellow, red orange, dark blue, and then, it is brown. The cycle will last and always be repeated throughout the year. The rainbow tree or Eucalyptus deglupta itself is a rare species. At Sumberwringin, you can only find around 10 to 15 of these rainbow trees. The location is not far from Bondowoso City, about 24.6 km. This forest is located in the Karanganyar Hamlet of Daerungan Hamlet, Sumber Wringin Village, Sumber Wringin District, Bondowoso Regency, East Java. Local residents call it "Bogor Forest".

At first glance, it looks like the trees which are painted in colors. Even, in image, it looks like a Photoshop editing result. In fact, it is the natural beauty which is presented by the trees. The colorful-like rainbow on tree trunks is from the barks which are often peeled off. The layers of the tree bark peel off alternately. Not only being colorful, the trees are also looking high like a tower about 25 meters high. The characters of these trees are also different from other trees. There are no branches and twigs. The trunk of the tree is straight and towering. If any branches and twigs, they are usually at the top. That is just a little. The eucalyptus forest area in Bondowoso has existed since the Dutch era, precisely around 1939. The place is not officially opened as a tourism destination. But at certain times, a number of students from several universities come to carry out research. Meanwhile, the residents of Bondowoso and surroundings often use this area for selfies.


Saparua Island is a small island as well as a district which is located in the Central Maluku Regency, Maluku province, Indonesia. It's about 50 miles from Ambon, the capital city of Maluku, and can be reached by speedboat for 1.5 hours from Tulehu Port, Central Maluku, on Ambon Island.

Saparua Island has a lot of beautiful nature through its surrounding panoramas and underwater scenery. The beaches here have clear and calm water. Rows of coral reefs are stored on the seabed, free from exploitation. You can find one of beautiful sceneries on Kulur Beach, which is still in the Saparua area. It is also one of the best spots to see the sunset on Saparua Island. You can also visit Molana Island, which is still part of the Saparua location. This tiny and exotic island is still rarely visited by tourists, giving the sensation of being on a private island. The quiet atmosphere and very clear water is an added value for Molana. To get here, you only need to take the crossing by speedboat from Saparua Island for 45 minutes.

The small island covering an area of 247 square kilometers offers not only natural charm, but also historical traces of the arrival of other nations in Indonesia, starting from the Arabian people, the Portuguese, the Dutch traders, and the lastones are the Japanese. No wonder, on various sides, you will find unique remains, such as old Portuguese and Dutch buildings, old wella and the famous Duurstede Portress. The Duurstede Fortress is one of the destinations that should be visited when you are on Saparua Island. If we look at the fortress, which is still solid, it highly reflects on how glorious this island was in the past.


11 September is not only commemorated as National Day of Radio, but it is also as the anniversary of Radio Republik Indonesia.  Therefore, in this edition of Indonesian Wonder, we would like you to visit a museum in Jakarta, which until now still keeps various historical remains of media development in Indonesia, including radio. The museum is called ‘Museum of Information’.  It is located not far from the city center of Jakarta, precisely at the complex of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah ( Indonesia Beautiful Miniature Park).

The museum that records the history of media development in Indonesia was founded on April 20, 1993 and inaugurated by Soeharto, Indonesia's second President. The building of the Information Museum  is in the form of a pentagon   star  symbolizing the five elements of Pancasila and the five elements of information, namely face to face, radio, TV, film and the press. This building also consists of three floors that symbolize past, present, and future lives.

The collections in this museum are divided into 5 fields based on institutional history. The five fields include press and graphics (including printed mass media), general information, film, television, and radio. The total collection of the museum from five fields is 452 pieces.

The collection of historical objects related to radio is quite various.  When entering the main building of the Museum, just in the outer yard, you will directly see a Outside Broadcasting Van of Radio Republik Indonesia.  Entering the museum, on the first floor, there are relics in the form of Radio Oemoem in 1940, a gramopohone, a vinyl player and several LPs which are used to support the holding of RRI broadcast programs.

Besides a collection of objects, on the second floor of the Information museum, there is also a diorama that tells the history of Indonesian information.  One of the dioramas tells of the struggle of RRI broadcasters against PKI troops not to report untrue things through radio broadcasts, even though their lives were threatened.  On the third floor of the museum, there are three mini studios. One of them is the mini studio of  RRI. In addition, this museum also has a library and a mini theater that can accommodate 60 people.

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