The beauty of Indonesian nature becomes benchmark for domestic and foreign tourists to explore it. Indonesia has a lot of small islands that are unknown by tourists. One of them is Bungin Island in Sumbawa regency. The island is located at 70 kilometers to the West of Sumbawa Besar district. Bungin island can be accessed by speedboat. Village of Bungin Island is mentioned as the most populous in the world. This small island is occupied by Bajo tribe that comes from South Sulawesi. There is almost no empty land of the island. Every year, the island continues to get wider because there is reclamation to accommodate the newly married family. Averagely, there are 100 new houses every year on this island. The island which has 8.5 hectares wide is occupied by around 3,400 people. Most of the Bungin people are descent of Bajo tribe, South Sulawesi. They are well-known as sea nomads and skillful divers. Since baby, Bungin children have been introduced to maritime through Toyah ceremony. In Toyah ritual, a baby is seated on 7 women’s thigh alternately by swinging. The swing is alluded as sea to be faced by the child when he/she grows up and becomes a sailor. The origin of Bajo tribe to occupy the island is when the first settlement was pioneered by Palema Mayu, a son of six children of King Selayar at the19th century. According to folk story, Palema Mayo came to Sumbawa before Mt. Tambora erupted in 1812. At that time, Bungin island which has white sand was still empty and only overgrown by mangroves. Although the island is relatively small, there are 2 piers at the West and South of the island. Alas- Bungin as crossover is quite crowded. 8 Jonson boats cross Bungin-Alas since morning until night. Because of its uniqueness, Bungin Island becomes one of tourism objects of Sumbawa regency.
Teluk Cendrawasih National Park is located in Teluk Wondama regency, West Papua. To get access to the park, you can use airplane to Biak and the trip is continued by plane to Manokwari, and then, you use a long boat to one of islands, including in national park area, namely Rumberpon island. It takes around five and half hours. Rumberpon island is the location of animal observation, especially bird and breeding of deer. From the island, you can do marine activities, such as diving or snorkeling to enjoy under-sea beauty surrounding the island. Besides Rumberpon island, you can also visit other islands which include in Teluk Cendrawasih national park area, such as Nuswori, Roon, and Yoop. These islands present beautiful diving spots. In addition, there is also Mioswaar island that presents hot spring which can relieve your fatigue during going around the park. Teluk Cendrawasih National Park becomes a home for more than 500 species of coral reefs, 950 species of fish and some population of fauna, such as whale shark, mermaid, Napoleon wrasse, turtle and some other sharks. Because there are a lot of species which live in the bay, World Wild Foundation of Indonesia uses Gurano Bintang ship to educate local people who depend on daily life from the sea around this beach. The local people are educated how to maintain the coral reefs and address the contaminated water that becomes habitat of hundreds of species of fish in the waters of the park.
Banyuwangi is one of regions in Indonesia which has a lot of tourism destinations. Sunset can bea choice if you are relaxing at the beach. It is not a must but Wedi Ireng beach has white and black sand. At the beach, you can also swim, snorkeling, and take a picture or just take a sit to enjoy sunrise or sunset.Wedi Ireng beach is located at Pancer hamlet, Sumberagung village, Pesanggaran, Banyuwangi. The beach is about 65 KMs to the South of Banyuwangi city. After 3-4 hours travel from Banyuwangi city, you will arrive at mustika beach. Thus, you continue your trip by walking through the hill for 20 minutes to reach Wedi Ireng beach. If you do not want to pass challenging route to get to the location, you can use sea line which is certainly easier and faster. You can go to Pancer hamlet, and rent fisherman’s boat. You only need to pay Rp 40,000 to go and return and around Rp 25,000 for one trip. By using sea line, it takes only 30 minutes. The location Wedi Ireng beach is quite remote, even access to go to this tourism object is quite challenging. But, enchanment of the beach will not make you regret to fight to the place. The beauty of the beach is like other beaches, even the beach has long beach line. Its clear blue sea water combining with white and black sand is as if neatly arrange as special design of Wedi Ireng beach. In addition, coarse layers of stone and brown sand and also white sand become the characteristic of this beach. The name of the beach is taken from Javanese language. Wedi means sand and Ireng means black, although all of its sand is not black. So, set your time to take holiday at Wedi Ireng beach in Banyuwangi, East Java province.
Indonesia is rich of various kinds of cultures. The diversity is formed by a number of tribes that live in Indonesian territory and spread out on various islands. Every tribe has customs, language, arts, regional songs, traditional house, including traditional clothes. Generally, every regional cloth is completed with traditional weapon, such as Golok from Jakarta, Kujang from West Java, Piso Surit from North Sumatra, and Rencong from Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, and many others. West Sulawesi province has various tribes, such as Mandar, Pattae, Pannei, and Pattinjo. Mandar tribe has traditional weapon, called ‘Jambia’. In the past, farmers used the weapon for hunting or killing forest animals which destroyed their plants. The weapon was also used to protect them when wandering. Jambia is a traditional weapon like Badik. Its form is a little bit wide on the middle of blade and its tip is sharp. Jambia has two types, namely ‘Jambia Baine’ for women and ‘Jambia Muane’ for men. Comparing with Badik from South Sulawesi, the characteristic of Jambia can be seen from ‘Cipiq’. Cipiq is a sign on Jambia that is split in two ends. While ‘Bisaq’ is a sign of dividing the two halves or back of badik, and penetrates from top to bottom. In ancient belief, the two characteristics were considered good to be used for trade and farming because it was believed that it would bring a lot of fortune. Names of parts on Jambia are ‘Pulu’ or head of Jambia that functions as holder, ‘Oting’ is part of base that is planted into Pulu, Tondong, Seqde, and Uyung or tip of Jambia. While its Sarong or cover is called ‘Guma’.
There is a unique tradition which is still preserved by people of Aek Banir Village, Panyabungan sub-District, Mandailing Natal regency (Madina), North Sumatra Province. The community in this village practices a tradition of lifting a home known in Mandailing language as "Mamiang Bagas". For residents who want to move their houses, they will be helped by local residents voluntarily. The weight of the house moved is of course not light; it could be hundreds of kilograms. The distance of the house being moved to a new location is also not close. This hereditary tradition is still preserved as a reflection of strong cooperation which is still maintained in Madina Regency, North Sumatra. Mamiang Bagas activity starts through an invitation from the house owner to determine the date of the activity. In the meeting, the village youths usually get together. On the set day, they prepare bamboos which are tied to each pillar of house buttress. Besides bamboo stems, the route to be passed has also been cleaned and secured so that it can be passed well. Through a command shout, the stage house begins to carry from the ground and move it. Residents must carry this wooden house together. It is not uncommon that the residents go down the house because it is too heavy, then it is carried out. To reach the destination takes a few hours if the location is new through the road and the area is narrow. The voices of the residents shouted and made the atmosphere more energetic and crowded. Finally, the stage house can occupy a new location. After the stage house is successfully moved to a new location, the activity still continues. The Mamiang Bagas tradition is ended with a joint meal program as a form of close kinship ties among residents. The joint meal is an expression of gratitude from the homeowner to all residents who have spent their time and energy helping to move the house.
East Nusa Tenggara province is an Indonesian province that has many natural tourism destinations, such as Komodo island and Kelimutu Lake. In addition, the province has also tourism destination namely ‘’Kolam Susuk’’ in English means “Susuk pond”, which is located at Dualaus village, Kakuluk Mesak district in Belu regency. The pond is natural large lake. Surrounding of its area, there are towering cliffs. The pond is formed naturally and has white soil so that if the pond is exposed by sunlight, its water reflects white light like milk. It is a reason why this tourism object is called “Kolam Susu” or in English means “milk pond”. This tourism object is surrounded by dense mangrove forest that causes a lot of mosquitos around the place. That’s why, local people call the pond with the name “Kolam Susuk” or in local language means “mosquitos nest” . Kolam Susuk is located around 17 kilometers from the North of Atambua city, the capital of Belu. From Atambua, Kolam Susuk can be accessed around 20 minutes by car. Its twist line passes through valley and cliff. But do not have to worry, because its road has been paved. Usually, this tourism object is flocked by a lot of visitors on weekends or national holidays. Facilities at the Kolam Susuk are quite good, such as clean water, rest room, lodging and checkpoint. Surrounding tourism object also provides food and beverage stalls and kiosks sold by the local people. Until now, the local government still develops Kolam Susuk as tourism object and also utilizes it as center of milkfish and shrimp cultivation so that Kolam Susuk can continue to be well maintained.
Durai island is an island located in Palmatak district, Anambas Islands regency, Riau Islands Province. The island is a habitat of hawksbill sea turtle and leatherback sea turtle, and a conservation of turtle. Because of that, local people also call the island as Turtle island. To access the island from Batam visitor can use pioneering aircraft to Matak airport on Palmatak island by taking around 2 hours. Then, it is continued by land transportation to the port which has a distance of around 2 Kms. From the port, the trip is continued by using speed boat to Tarempa port for one and a half hour. From the port, visitor can rent speed boat to Durai island.The clear sea water around the island makes visitor can enjoy the beauty of marine biotas surrounding the island without diving. If you wait until afternoon, you will see a turtle group that pulls over and make a nest at the beach of the island. In addition to a turtle conservation place, Durai island does not have enough facility yet. So, if you want to visit the island, you should ensure that you bring your own foods and beverages.
Banten is a province in Indonesia which rapidly develops. The province, that was a part of West Java province, also experiences development in various fields, such as tourism. A lot of quite popular tourism destinations in Banten are crowded by tourists. Take for example: Tanjung Lesung beach, Baduy hamlet and many others. Not only natural tourism destination, but also Banten culinary is also trying. One of Banten typical culinary is Angeun Lada.Angeun Lada is Banten typical food which is actually from Sundanese tribe. Angeun means vegetable, while lada means spicy. So, Angeun Lada is vegetable which has spicy flavor. The main material of this food is tripe cow which is mixed with vegetable. The main ingredient is typical leaf called walang leaf. This leaf has very strong aroma. Other ingredients are red onions, candlenut, garlic and galanga.Banten people usually serve Angeun Lada as obligatory dish in great celebration, such as Eid ul-Fitr. In addition, the food is usually served during a family gathering. Thus it is enough to prove that Angeun Lada is one of Banten typical food which has an important role. Even, Angeun Lada has been determined as Intangible Cultural Heritage by Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. The determination was signed on September 14, 2016.Angeun Lada, the Intangible Cultural Heritage from Banten is worth tasting. If you have a plan to visit Banten, please set your time to try Angeun Lada. You can find Angeun Lada at Sukarel Pandeglang square on Jalan Curug Sawer, Pandeglang, Banten.
Indonesian Wonder, a daily segment featuring information about arts, tourism, culinary, and culture. In today's edition, we would introduce you about Topeng Ireng Dance.
Magelang is one of cities in Central Java Province. Talking about Magelang's tourism, we view that Magelang City is famous for some destinations, such as Mt. Andong and Borobudur Temple. Besides, the city has rich and enchanting local cultures. One of them is Topeng Ireng Dance. Topeng Ireng or also known as Dayakan is a traditional art that grows in Magelang Regency, Central Java. Topeng Ireng or Dayakan Dance is a new creation of folk dance.
The name ‘Topeng Ireng’ is derived from the words Toto, Lempeng, Irama, and Kenceng. The word Totomeans organizing. Lempeng means straight. Irama means rhythm. Meanwhile, Kenceng means hard. Therefore, when performing Topeng Ireng Dance, the dancers line up straightly and the dance is accompanied by music with hard and energetic rhythm. Topeng Ireng dance is a form of traditional art that integrates Islamic teachings with Indonesian martial art called Pencak Silat. No wonder that Topeng Ireng Dance is accompanied by dynamic music and Islamic songs. The Topeng Ireng dance not only disseminates Islamic teachings, but also portrays the life of rural community on the slope of Mt. Merbabu. The rigid movements of the dance symbolize the physical strength of the villagers when fighting against their enemies and adapting with nature in a bid to survive.
Topeng Ireng Dance is believed to have developed in the community surrounding the area of Mt. Merbabu since the Dutch occupation in Indonesia. During the Dutch occupation, people were prohibited from practicing Pencak Silat by the Dutch government so that the people created innovation of folk dance based on the movements of Pencak Silat. The dance was accompanied by Javanese musical instrument called Gamelan and Javanese songs. The Javanese songs contained lessons about life and Islamic values. Since then, Topeng Ireng Dance has expanded more. If Muslims build a mosque or prayer room, the dome of the mosque will be paraded by people before being placed. Local people will participate in the parade and it is enlivened by a dance which is accompanied by tambourine and Islamic songs. The art is later known as Topeng Ireng.
Topeng Ireng Dance has simple movements. Because the most important aspect of this dance is harmony. The more dancers participate in, the more beautiful the collaboration is. The movements of the dance are also adapted from pencak silat martial art which has been modified. From time to time, innovation has been carried out in every Topeng Ireng Show. The costumes of the dancers are the most attractive thing from the dance. Colorful feather ornaments that look like the throne of Indian chief tribe embellish the heads of the dancers. Their make-up and costumes also resemble to Indian tribe. Their costumes are featured with tassels and they have bright colors. Meanwhile for the bottom part, the dancers wear skirts decorated with tassels. In Topeng Ireng show, there are some musical instruments which enliven the dance such as Gamelan, Kendang or a drum-like instrument, Bendeor a gong-like instrument, flute, and tambourine. The flow of the rhythmic music which harmonizes with the movements and the chants of the dancers make Topeng Ireng dance become more attractive and dynamic.
Tretes-Prigen region, Pasuruan regency is mountain area which has a lot of natural tourism potentials. Waterfall is one of attractions of the region. Take for example Putuk Truno waterfall. This place is one of tourism objects in Pasuruan that should be visited when holiday in Pasuruan.Putuk Truno waterfall is a favorite destination of Pasuruan people. On weekend, this place is always crowded by a lot of local tourists or from outside region. The beauty of its nature makes anybodywants to stay longer. The water which falls into the pool is very exotic and has clear color. With a height of 45 meters, Putuk Truno waterfall becomes the most beautiful waterfall in East Java. Besides its clear water, the rainbow which can be enjoy from a close distance, also becomes an attraction of this tourism object.Every tourism object certainly has its own myth, no exception with Putuk Truno waterfall. If you soak under the waterfall, you will get eternal love. The myth becomes the basic to name it, Putuk Truno waterfall.Putuk means snake and Truno is taken from the name of Joko Taruno, the son of King Hayam Wuruk and concubine. The king fell in love with Sri Gading Lestari, the daughter of Raden Arya Wiraraja. But their relation was not blessed, because Joko Taruno is a son of concubine. Finally, Raden Arya Wiraraja hidden his daughter at Coban Baung in Purwodadi, Pasuruan. Joko Taruno decided to meditate asking for help to the God. When meditating, his body suddenly changed to be a snake. With the supernatural powers he possessed, Joko Taruno was able to penetrate miracle fortress which fenced off Sri Gading Lestari. Without the knowledge of her father, Sri Gading Lestari ran away to meet her lover. Finally, they met at waterfall that is currently well known with the name Putuk Truno.Its natural scenery and also fresh air certainly can spoil tourist. There are number of facilities provided by the management of Putuk Truno waterfall as supporting convenience of traveling. If you are interested to visit this tourism object, the access to go there is quite easy. You can drive from Pasuruan to Prigen district. From there, you take left and go stright for about 200 metersuntil the gateway of the tourism object. To enter Putuk Truno waterfall complex, you must pay the entrance ticket only Rp10,000 per person.