Merapi Fire Mountain

Monday, 26 January 2015 - 22:32:58 WIB | be read: 4721 reader | comment: 331

Few of Southeast Asia’s volcanoes are as evocative, or as destructive, as Gunung Merapi (Fire Mountain). Towering 2911m over Yogyakarta, Borobudur and Prambanan, this immense Fujiesque cone is a threatening, disturbingly close presence for thousands. The volcano has erupted dozens of ... [read more]

Wayang Kulit

Monday, 19 January 2015 - 17:23:55 WIB | be read: 3551 reader | comment: 176

Javanese wayang (puppet) theatre has been a major way of preserving the Hindu- Buddhist heritage in Java. Wayang kulit is the art of theatre performances using shadow puppets. Perforated leather figures are manipulated behind an illuminated cotton screen to retell stories, which are usually based on Hindu ... [read more]

A cup of Java Coffee

Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 14:41:50 WIB | be read: 3431 reader | comment: 168

Java is so synonymous with coffee, one of the world’s favourite drink, some countries the term java has become a catch phrase for a cup of the hot, brown stuff. Coffee was introduced to Indonesia by the Dutch, who initially founded plantations around Jakarta, Sukabumi and Bogor. Due to the country’s excellent ... [read more]

The spectacular temples of Prambanan

Saturday, 17 January 2015 - 14:05:31 WIB | be read: 4440 reader | comment: 331

The huge Prambanan complex was erected in the middle of the 9th century – around 50 years later than Borobudur – but little is known about its early history. It’s thought that it was built by Rakai Pikatan to commemorate the return of a Hindu dynasty to sole power in Java. Prambanan was in ... [read more]

Underground World of Jomblang Cave

Sunday, 21 December 2014 - 09:33:58 WIB | be read: 10522 reader | comment: 1125

Located in Jetis Wetan Village, Semanu Sub-district, Gunung Kidul Regency, in the Special Province of Yogyakarta, Jomblang Cave is 50Km away from downtown Yogyakarta, or about 10Km from Wonosari, capital town of the Gunungkidul Regency. While it may not be that familiar for common tourists, among cave enthusiasts, ... [read more]

Java Story

Friday, 05 December 2014 - 23:24:05 WIB | be read: 5209 reader | comment: 333

The heart of the nation, Java is an island of megacities, mesmerising natural beauty, and complex, profound traditions in art, dance, spiritualism and learning. Generally the cities are pretty uninspiring: pollution levels are high and they’re plagued by environmental issues. That said, personal security ... [read more]

Yogyakarta The Cities of Culture

Friday, 05 December 2014 - 23:00:54 WIB | be read: 2719 reader | comment: 161

If Jakarta  is Java's financial and industrial powerhouse, Yogyakarta is its soul. Central to the island’s artistic and intellectual heritage, Yogyakarta ( pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’ ), called Yogya for short, is where the Javanese language is at its purest, Java’s arts at ... [read more]

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