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05
April

Gesing Beach in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is one of the cities on the island of Java, which is quite famous among foreign tourists. Besides its cultural and historical tourism, Yogyakarta’s natural charm also attracts the attention of the tourists. One example is Gesing Beach in Girikarto Village, Panggang District, Gunungkidul Regency. This beach is 45 km from Yogyakarta City. If you depart from Yogyakarta City, there are three routes to get to the beach, namely Jalan Wonosari, Jalan Imogiri, and Jalan Parangtritis.

Gesing Beach has white sand and small waves. The sea surface is dangerously beautiful, because there is a gradation of the water surface from bright green to blue. Because the water is quite calm, this beach is a comfortable place to swim. You can also snorkel on this beach to see the underwater charm. This beach is in the bay, and is flanked by cliffs. If you like photography, you can capture the charms of Gesing Beach both from the top of steep cliffs and from white sandy beaches. If you like fishing, Gesing Beach is also a quite challenging place because there are many favorite fishing spots. One of them is above steep cliffs. There are lots of mackerel, Layur fish, squid and lobster here.

Gesing Beach is not too big. With its characteristics, this beach is a place for fishermen to anchor. On Gesing Beach, there is also a Fish Auction Place, so it's no wonder, if on Gesing Beach there are many stalls lined up selling processed fresh fish. Around this beach, there are also inns if you want to spend the night around Gesing Beach. The cost of admission to this beach is also not too expensive, you only need to pay Rp5,000 and plus a parking fee of 2 thousand rupiah for motorbikes and 5 thousand rupiah for cars.

02
April

Recently, Rawon has been labeled as the most delicious soup in Asia by TasteAtlas.  TasteAtlas is a culinary site from Croatia that reviews various kinds of foods around the world.  Rawon attracts a wide attention because it tastes delicious and it is processed with a variety of herbs and spices. Apart from Rawon, there is also ‘Sayur Asem which is also included in the TasteAtlas version of the best soup list. The dish is in the 12th position. Today’s edition of Indonesian Wonder lets you know Sayur Asem Culinary.

Sayur Asem is a typical Indonesian vegetable dish. Generally,  Sayur Asem uses peanuts, young jackfruit, melinjo, vegetables, star-fruit, chayote, long beans, and tamarind. Corn is also often added for the dish. Each region across Indonesia has also other additions for Sayur Asem.   There are many local variations of Sayur Asem such as Sayur Asem Jakarta or Sayur Asem Betawi, Sayur Asem kangkung (a variation using kale), and salted fish Sayur Asem.  There is Sayur Asem of Sumatra which has more and oily sauce. There is also Sayur Sunti of Aceh. Then, there is the East Javanese style of Sayur Asem which is known to have a spicy taste; while Sayur Asem from West Java region tends to have less vegetables and its prominent characteristic uses peeled peanuts.

Sayur Asam has a philosophy which describes diversity. This can be seen from the various contents of the vegetables. There are long beans, sweet corn, pumpkin, peanuts, melinjo, eggplant, jackfruit, sweet corn, melinjo leaves. Even though there are a lot of vegetables used, it can give a special taste. The flavors that are created are savory and sour. In addition, tamarind vegetables also remind you not to be careless and patient. And this simple menu is often reminiscent of home and family. The way to enjoy Sayur Asem is also various.  In West Java and Jakarta, the people usually enjoy Sayur Asem in a bowl.It is separated with cooked rice. But in East Java, they prefer to mix Sayur Asem, cooked rice and side dishes.

31
March

The area of Old Town in Semarang, Central Java, with 45 hectares wide, is an area where we can still feel the nuance of the Netherlands. The Old Town, which was founded in the Dutch colonial era around 1677, has 150 buildings which are silent witnesses to the triumph of large companies at that time. Jalan Kepodang or formerly known as Hogendorp Straat is the main road on which stands various banks and large corporate offices. One of them is NV Handel Mij Kian Gwan which was founded in Semarang by Oei Tjie Sien on March 1, 1863. The name Kian Gwan means the Source of all welfare. The hope is that their company will be large and prosperous. This trading company is engaged in the export and import of sugar, cotton, chocolate, coffee and pepper. After Oei Tjie Sien died, the company was inherited to his son, Oei Tiong Ham. This company has head-office called the Monod Diephuis building which is still standing up to date.

The building, which was built in 1921, was owned by the richest Sugar King in Southeast Asia, Oei Tiong Ham. After decades of being a seemingly meaningless building frame, this building was finally revitalized by its new owner, Agus S Winarto. Initially, it was difficult to find parts of the building that looked like the original ones, but now the result is that the two-floor building has been standing again. The building which consists of two floors is very thick with the art deco style, which is characterized by firm and straight architectural lines and magnificent decorations. In 2018, this building officially became a cultural heritage and can be used for various artistic activities. A set of Gamelan instruments is also placed in one of the rooms in the building, which is used every week for practicing the Semarang musical community.


In front of this building, the Gema Kroncong music performance is held for three hours once a performance every Monday, Thursday and Saturday night. Before the building was completed in restoration, in May 2017, the Monod Huis courtyard was used as a jazz concert venue to commemorate International Jazz Day. The visitors were spoiled by jazz music from three Semarang jazz bands, namely Delight, DD Kids, and Kitty Fatty. Local designer fashion shows are also often held on this building's yard. Some time ago, Nyala Rupa painting studio held an exhibition of paintings from painters all over Indonesia at the Huis Monod. The trading building that turned into a place for artists to showcase their work is one of the efforts of Semarang people to preserve the historical relics that are scattered in the Old City.

29
March

Parangloe Waterfall is one of the most beautiful natural tourism attractions in Gowa Regency which must be visited while on a vacation in South Sulawesi province. This multilevel waterfall which has an interesting stone arrangement is located in Bori Village, Parangloe District, Gowa Regency, South Sulawesi Province or about 2 kilometers from Makassar City, the capital of South Sulawesi province.

Parangloe waterfall is still very natural. To enjoy the beauty of the waterfall in Gowa Regency, you can depart from Makassar through Gowa-Malino until Bili-Bili dam area. Then, you ask the local people how to go to the waterfall because the location of this waterfall is very hidden. To enjoy Parangloe waterfall, you have to avoid visiting during the rainy season, because here there is often a sudden flood, and you have to bring a supply of drinks to prepare for the trip, use comfortable footwear for trekking on unpaved and rocky roads.

Parangloe Waterfall is the most beautiful waterfalls in the South Sulawesi region, because it has the characteristics of a multilevel waterfall with an attractive stone arrangement and clear water, and the sound of a waterfall splashing adds to the beautiful and fresh atmosphere of Parangloe Waterfall. Parangloe Waterfall is about 20 meters high, with a form of steps between beautiful rock cliffs. It is formed as many as 3 streams of water with different widths and heights. Around it there is a natural pool with various depths and decorated with a sprinkling of rocks. The situation is still very natural, in the middle of a forest that is still shady, so that it presents a calm atmosphere and very cool air.

26
March

Berua village

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If you travel to Makassar, South Sulawesi, just  visit Kampung Berua. This village area was stipulated as National Geopark in 2017 with the beauty of Mount Karst that surrounds it// Kampung Berua is located in Rammang-Rammang sub village, Salenrang Village, Bontoa sub-district, Maros regency, South Sulawesi.This tourism attraction can be reached for approximately 1.5 hours by  motor vehicles from Makassar. When you arrive at Salenrang port, you must get on a rental boat. It takes about 30 minutes by boat.   you will cross the Pute river which is quite wide and quiet while looking at the natural scenery.

When you get off the boat, you will be presented with a beautiful view. There is a high mountain, namely Karst, combined with green   rice fields and the residents' stilt homestays.  Kampung Berua is a village that has only 15 houses in which all of them are still in one relative. Traveling to Kampung Berua, you can stroll around this village. You can see black karst rocks standing strongly in the middle of the rice fields. There are only a few houses around the rocks. You can also visit a lake, Telaga Bidadari arund Kampung Berua. The water in this lake is very clear and clean, so that the residents of Kampung Berua make it a source of water to meet their daily water needs. There are also several caves in Kampung Berua, namely Kingkong Cave and Berlian Cave. Each cave has its own uniqueness. To reach the caves, you have to travel down the rice fields and ponds owned by the local residents.

In Kampung Berua, you can also visit Padang Ammarung. To go to Padang Ammarung, you will pass a simple wooden bridge, and then climb several rocky steps to reach the top. In Padang Ammarrung, you can see the beautiful view of Kampung Berua from the top. Traveling to this tourism village, you don't need to worry, because there are  restaurants, toilets, prayer rooms and homestays.

 

24
March

 

Bogor and its natural attractions are indeed the most effective in releasing fatigue. If you need refreshing by seeing the green scenery on weekends, please come to Situ Rawa Gede located in Sirnajaya Village, Sukamakmur District, Bogor Regency, West Java.  Located at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, the trip to Situ Rawa Gede is through a fairly steep track. If you visit Situ Rawa Gede for the first time, you don't need to worry, because this area is already listed in the map application and the directions are quite clear. As you go up, the air will be fresher. When you reach Rawa Gede, the air will be colder. During the day, the fog will fall and make this swampy area even shadier. Prepare your thick jacket, if you are not used to cold weather.

At the gate, tourists must buy an entrance ticket worth Rp 20,000 per person. All staffers wear masks, and tourists are asked to adhere to the set health protocols. This lake already has facilities for the convenience of tourists, such as gazebos for sitting around, toilets, and also food stalls. Situ Rawa Gede is more complete with a cliff area, which is usually used as a camping area.  Even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it turns out that there are still many tourists camping. There are about 4-5 tents standing there. Puffs of smoke might be seen to warm the atmosphere. You don't need to worry, because there is already a place for a campfire or burnt pot provided by the staffers. Tourists who want to camp will be charged an additional fee of Rp 10 thousand per person. As a camping area, Situ Rawa Gede is open 24 hours.

The lake area is decorated with wooden and floating bridges. Photo spots are provided, so tourists can be satisfied with selfies. Another attraction that is given is the waterfalls that are scattered over the lake. Then, you can also swim in a pool where the water is directly from the waterfall. If you don't want to play in the water, there are boats, which are duck-shaped, too. For half an hour, you will only be charged Rp 25 thousand. If you want to stay overnight without bringing a tent, take it easy. Because there is a homestay on the lake side that you can rent. The price is Rp 400 thousand per night and Rp 500 thousand per night on holidays and weekends. Now, Situ Rawa Gede is an agro-tourism. Please prepare yourself for a vacation there.

22
March

 

The traditional house of Sumba is usually called ‘Uma Bokulu’ or ‘Uma Mbatangu’. Umma Bokulu means big house, while Umma Mbatangu is a tower house. Umma Bokulu and Umma Mbatangu refer to typical Sumba’s stilt houses with towering roofs. Umma Bokulu was built in the traditional village of Wainyapu, Kodi sub-district, West Sumba. Meanwhile, the form of traditional houses outside the traditional village generally does not have towers. The top of Umma Bokulu's roof is very high, approximately 20 meters. Thereby, it is called the tower house.

Umma Bokulu is built from natural materials. The floor and frame are made from bamboo. The roof is made of thatch grass. The strength of this building is on the 4 main pillars in the form of giant logs called ‘Kambaniru Ludungu’. Around the main pillar, there are 36 supporting pillars called ‘Kambaniru’. This traditional house is built together through traditional ceremonies. To build a large house, rattan ropes are used without nails. When installing thatch roofs, they must not take a break to eat until the roof covering is complete. The uniqueness of Umma Bokulu is the conical shape of the ridge, which is called ‘Toko Umma’. Inside the house, there is a room that is used as a barn to store seeds, foodstuffs and heirlooms.

On the top floor of Umma Bokulu, there is a residential room called ‘Bei Uma’. In the middle of the room, 4 main pillars are used as a kitchen. In front of the kitchen, there is a dining table, and in front of the dining table, there is a veranda where the gentlemen have a discussion. The porch or terrace is usually fitted with buffalo horns or pig fangs. This proves that the owner of the house has slaughtered livestock, as well as a sign that the owner of the house is an important person in the community. Staying at Umma Bokulu is very comfortable. The free air in and out of the floor and bamboo walls makes the air in Umma Bokulu very comfortable. The floor also does not need to be mopped or swept, because between the bamboo logs that are arranged into the floor, there are gaps so that dust and dirt fall directly under the house. This under Umma Bokulu is called ‘Kali Kabunga’. This space is usually used to store firewood and is also used as a cattle pen. The authenticity of the Sumba traditional house is still preserved. These thatched tower houses can be found in traditional villages such as Wainyapu, Ratenggaro, Tarung, Waitabar, Lamboya, Wanokaka.

17
March

Located in the Mount Rinjani area, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Sapit village promises a beautiful view that pleases visitors’ eyes. Above 697 meters above sea level, you can see view of a stunning sunrise. For a long time, tourists have made Sapit village a point to enjoy the sunrise. The beauty of the morning sun is usually used as a tourism attraction starting the New Year after enjoying a year-end party in Lombok. Sapit Village can be reached within two hours by motor vehicles from Mataram City. You will also be greeted by the cool mountain air there. Around this Sapit village, you can visit the Japanese Pal Hill at an altitude of 2,300 meters below sea level.

It was named the Japanese Pal Hill, because there was a pal (marker stone pillar) from the Japanese occupation era. Unfortunately, some time ago, the pal was destroyed due to a misperception as a marker of the location where Japanese heritage was stored. Even though after it was dismantled, there were no assets to be found. Japan Pal Hill is usually crowded with tourists during summer time to see the sunrise and sunset. The location is suitable for tourists who like camping because there is a 2.5-hectare camping ground. You can enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the hill.

Sapit presents a lot of natural beauty. Around Sapit, there are also Lemor baths, Lemor Botanical Gardens and Sebau hot springs. Everything is equipped to meet the traveling needs of the visitors. For example, Sebau hot springs are often visited by tourists who want to take a hot sulfur bath. Tourists who want to go to Sapit village may stay at a number of homestays available. Even though you travell, you still need to follow the set health protocols. So, your vacation will be healthier and more comfortable.

13
March

Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Bali - Indonesia 

Bali Island always offers its world-famous natural beauty. Apart from its beautiful beaches, Bali also has water tourism spots that also attract the hearts of world tourists. One of them is the Kanto Lampo waterfall which is located in Banjar Kelod Kangin, Beng village, Gianyar District, Bali.Kanto Lampo Waterfall is in the lowlands. This waterfall is special one, because the shape of the waterfall has steps flowing water from a height of about 15 meters. The shape is terraced so that the water that drops does not cause too heavy current. This Kanto Lampo waterfall is not like a waterfall in general, which falls straight down, but the flowing water spreads to the side quite swiftly so that it is like a white curtain between black cliffs.The water that falls through the black rock cliffs with the decoration of green plants around it makes the atmosphere look very beautiful and cool. Under the Kanto Lampo waterfall, there is a pool that is neither too big nor too deep. Here you can swim, play water, or just sit on the rocks while feeling the fresh, very clear and clean water falling on the body.The name, Kanto Lampo was given based on the existence of a tree around the river near the waterfall. The fruit of the tree always changes in colors, initially green and then turning yellow; the fruit will turn red again when it is ripe. The operational hours of the Kanto Lampo waterfall tour are from 8 am-5.30 pm, and open every day from Monday to Sunday. The entrance ticket is only worth Rp. 20,000/person.Kanto Lampo Waterfall is 30 kilomrters from Denpasar and only 1 kilometer from the City Park of Gianyar Regency. Apart from having a beautiful and soothing nature and the perfect place to rest for a while, body and soul from all routines, Kanto Lampo waterfall is also a sanctified place. Besides being used for religious ceremonies in Bali, the water from the Kanto Lampo waterfall is also a source of drinking water for the local population.

10
March

 

 

Pulau Air is the oldest train station in West Sumatra. After 44 years, it did not operate, the station will be reactivated. The plan is that the station is used for access to a number of tourism areas. A budget of Rp 40 billion is prepared to revive the Pulau Air Station along a new 2.5 km- rail network to Padang Station. One of them is Muaro Port, which is the entrance to Mentawai Islands. The reopening of Pulau Air Station coincides with the presence of Minangkabau International Airport with airport train facilities, the Minangkabau Express. Quoted from the book History of Indonesian Railways, Pulau Air Station was part of the first railway network on the island of Sumatra. The network was completed in 1891 by Sumatra Staatspoorwegen, the railroad service of the Dutch East Indies government in Sumatra.

This train line starts from Pulau Air Station to Padangpanjang which covers a distance of about 70 kilometers. The line continues to Bukittingi City about 90 kilometers. This route was officially used on October 1, 1892 in conjunction with the operation of the Port of Emmahaven, which is now known as Teluk Bayur Harbor. The existence of this railway network cannot be separated from the existence of a coal mine in Ombilin, Sawahlunto City in 1868 by the leading geologist of the Dutch East Indies, Willem Hendrik de Greve. Initially, the route was used to transport coal, plantation products and passengers to the ports of Muaro and Emmahaven in Padang.

The name 'Padang Station' is the new name for Simpang Haru Station which is the main Minangkabau Express station. The effort to revive the Pulau Air Station train line is not an easy matter. PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has also replaced all railroad rails with a new model and rebuilt new buildings and guardrails along the railroad tracks. Meanwhile, the old Pulau Air station building has been maintained and added with a new building, which is equipped with a number of facilities, such as the station head's room, a special room for lactation, prayer rooms, toilets, and a new platform. The station is also equipped with parking lots for 15 cars and 40 motorbikes. The station is also the fastest access to the Kota Lama area and Kampung Cina, the heritage tourism object of Padang City.