Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rana Lake

Rana Lake is right in the interior of Buru Island about 63 km and located at an altitude of about 700 m above sea level. Lake shutter is the largest lake in the Province, located in the District Water Pools are perfect for the adventurous wasatawan the wild freedom, to achieve a two-lane option is available, the first trip through the western route through the Village Water District Wamlana Crocodiles, the village which is situated ± 80 km from downtown Namlea can you accomplish with the car for 1.5 hours. Next to hitchhike timber company PT. Forest Echoes you start exploring the Lake Rana along the ± 43 km on the way you were served with beautiful natural scenery, a wide range of plant species can be found here, along the way you will pass several villages inhabited by tribal people of Buru island here you will be served with dance "plane" as a sign of welcome for guests. Route through the village Tifu Leksula District. The village is located in south central Namlea can only be reached by sea using a speedboat trip with the distance ± 5 hours, arriving in the village by car truck Tifu you start the adventure to Lake Rana along 40 km of the village samapai Waelo, after that the journey continues walk to the center of Lake Rana ± 6 hours, the same as the path west along the road past the village community also indigenous Buru Island. Rana sacred lake known for its surrounding communities, the water is clear, filled with lotus flowers on top, cool air. you can enjoy the tranquility of Lake Rana by boat with beautiful scenery on the edge of twilight clouds looked-wine, lumpy canopy hung in the sky over Lake Rana. Kala canoe in the middle of this lake, we felt as though perhaps we are already in heaven porch that is often portrayed so beautifully not terkirakan. Just imagine, the reflection of sunlight sunset casting violet color, the cool air inserted clouds of dark gray and white umbrella weak our heads. Entering the twilight wind nights (by the local people called Sibu-Sibu) came menyumbui breezy lake surface began to dark. If you want to tour the lake only at a cost of 100 thousand local people are ready to take you around to anywhere with unlimited time, you can visit the township residents surrounding the lake is the hamlet Wamamboli, Kaktuan, Erdafa, Warujawa, Waimite, Wagrahi, and you'll be greeted Waireman Buru society with a friendly smile.

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Astra Honda Motor Record Production to 30 Million

PT Astra Honda Motor has managed to secretly record the production reached 30 million units yesterday (16 / 3) at 11.00 pm on plant Cikarang, West Java. The amount represents a new achievement for the AHM which had been pioneered since 40 years ago.

The celebration is done in a modest success at the company's internal. Unlike when the achievement of the 25 million units on October 3, 2009, AHM doing quite festive celebration with my level government officials invited the Director-General of the department of industry.

Unit-30 million production to coincide with the model Scoopy creamy-white color. When the unit to-25 million fall in the Vario Techno. "Thank you for the support so far," said Alexander Auddie Wiranata, Marketing Director of AHM to, last night (16 / 3).

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Pemandian Air Panas Pacet

Objek Wisata Pemandian Air Panas Pacet berlokasi di lereng gunung Welirang, Kecamatan Pacet Kabupaten Mojokerto Jawa Timur.Pacet terkenal sebagai kawasan wisata pegunungan di Kabupaten Mojokerto yang terletak ±600 m dari permukaan laut. yang mudah dijangkau, baik menggunakan kendaraan pribadi maupun angkutan umum.

Sepanjang perjalanan menuju lokasi dipenuhi dengan pemandangan alam yang tak kalah elok. Jajaran bukit, aliran sungai bening yang mengalir dan hutan perawan yang masih asri terbentang luas menyambut kedatangan wisatawan yang ingin menikmati pemandangan di sekitar lokasi pariwisata.

Untuk masuk ke dalam lokasi pemandian Air Panas Pacet,pengelola menyediakan empat macam kolam dengan berbagai tingkat suhu kolam mulai dari kolam dingin, sedang, panas dan sangat panas. Tak jauh dari lokasi pemandian air panas Pacet, masih dalam satu kompleks, tersedia juga kolam pemancingan ikan dan arena bermain anak-anak yang bernama Ubalan. Disini terdapat berbagai macam permainan anak-anak seperti ayunan, mandi bola, sepeda air, dan lain-lain.

Objek Wisata Pemandian Air Panas Pacet sangat pas buat liburan akhir pekan bersama keluarga.Objek wisata Di Indonesia Surga Dunia.

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Perkampungan Tradisional Monbang

Perkampungan tradional Monbang.berada di Desa Kopidil Kecamatan Alor Barat Laut. Jarak dari Kalabahi sekitar 7 km, Perkampungan tradional Monbang dapat ditempuh dengan kendaraan roda 4 dalam waktu 45 menit. Potensi yang dapat dinikmati di Perkampungan asli suku Kabola

Masyarakat, rumah adat, lagu, tarian khas suku Kabola
Busana spesifik dari kulit kayu
Dalam perjalanan dapat menikmati keindahan Teluk Mutiara

Perkampungan tradisional Bampalola, di Kecamatan Alor Barat Laut, jarak dari Kalabahi kira-kira 15 km sebelah Barat. Potensi yang dinikmati :
Rumah adat Fet Lakatuil
Upacara Makan Baru, penentuan waktu tanam, panen, lego-lego, dll
Desa Alor Kecil dan Alor Besar, jarak 14 dan 17 km dari kalabahi potensi yang dinikmati :
Upacara sunatan adat
Acara Nikah adat
Tari-tarian lego-lego jubah dodo
Kitab Suci Al Qur’an tua dari kulit kayu
Musik tradisional
Arus air laut dingin sehingga rakyat panen ikan
Home stay di Pulau Kepa
Taman laut dan panorama alam bawah laut yang indah.

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Mali Beach

Mali Beach is located in the village of Mali kabola bay pearl district with a distance of 10 KM from the town of Kalabahi. This beach provides calm water with white sand and marine parks beautiful natural attractions as well as hedge the terms coconut trees to bear fruit.

Before entering the Coast Mali, can be seen the white eagle in a cage. very interesting to be seen before entering the Coast Mali.

From mali coast about 3 km can be seen a forest landscapes of nostalgia in which the visitors are given the plant saplings to be planted around the site and put their name on the tree. In these forests there is also a spring that cool under grove of walnut trees and a beautiful sandal.

It is easy once you visit the beach Mali, can by using public transport called Bemo.

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Segaran Pool

The pool is located in Hamlet Trowulan Segaran, Trowulan Village, District Trowulan, Mojokerto regency. From the intersection of Mojokerto, Jombang highway there is the road intersection to the south. Location of the pond on the left side of the road intersection, about 500 meters from the highway.

Swimming Segaran discovered in 1926, in a state teruruk soil. In 1966 the pond is experiencing a modest restoration. New in 1974 began implementing restoration of a more planned and comprehensive, which took ten years. Function Swimming Segaran not known for certain, but according to the surrounding community, the pool is used for recreation Majapahit royal family and entertain guests from abroad. This pond is the only ancient pond building the largest ever found in Indonesia. Whole vast pool of approximately 6.5 hectares, stretching to the north-south along the 375 m with a width of 175 m. Coated around the edge of the pool wall 1.60 m thick with a depth of 2.88 m.

At the entrance is located on the west, there is a overhang that juts into the middle of the pond. On the side of the overhang there are steps to go down to the pond. All the walls and overhang made ​​of bricks without adhesive. It is said to seal them, rubbed brick adjacent to each other.

On the southeast side there is a channel which is the entrance of water into the pond, while on the northwest side there is a way out of water channels. Water that flows out into Balongdawa (long pond) is located in the northwest and Balongbunder (round pond) in the south. Given the existence of channels in and out of water, allegedly Swimming Segaran former also functions as a reservoir and a water reservoir. Experts estimate that this pool is called a lake in the Book Negarakertagama.

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Bulupoloe Island

Guru Earth or known by the Regency of East, South Sulawesi is one district that has a lot of natural potential. The district is known for its mining areas and areas with a lot of other natural beauty of lakes, rivers, mountains, beaches and islands developed as tourist sector.

One of them is BuluPoloe Island in the north end of the Gulf of Bone. The beauty of the various coral reefs and marine life are not lost to the underwater attractions elsewhere. Here, in addition to the clarity of its water diving experience and see the variety of coral reefs that are still well preserved and so fascinating to the fish are colorful, we can also perform activities of fishing, enjoy a unique culinary Luwu such as grilled lobster and grouper are certainly very mengoyang tongue.

There are various myths about the pulaiu Bulupoloe. That said, the name means Bulupoloe mast Sawerigading son of the king of the kingdom Luwu Batara Lattu Luwu Ancient broken. One day, the ship carrying the prince Sawerigading stranded in the Gulf of Bone and split into two. As a result of ship's main mast was broken and transformed into an island known as the island Bulupoloe.

This island is 500 kilometers from the city of Makassar. The trip can be started from the city of Makassar to Malili, East Luwu district capital. After that, continue the trip to the Island Bulupoloe by sea using boats from the port Balantang, Malili and takes about 2 hours to arrive on the island.

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Tourism Objects Luwu Quite Promising

Regency of East (Lutim) in South Sulawesi is one of 23 districts and municipalities in South Sulawesi, which has the potential of natural resources big enough. In addition to mining, agriculture and plantation, potential for tourism is also not less interesting and very promising to be developed which, if managed professionally, it is not impossible later will generate revenue (PAD) are great to build this area.

Tourism potential is scattered from sub Burau, the border with North Luwu, until the district Towuti, where the lake Towuti located. Tourism potential is also varied, ranging from the Cave, Beach tourism, water falls to the charm of the existing lakes in the area of ​​District Nuha, Sorowako.
In the District there are beach Lemo example Burau, Pantai Ujung Suso, and Cave Pabtu white and hot baths sandalwood village. While there are beaches in the district Wotu Balo-Balo, Beach sere Bisue and Tomb Pua Sanro, plus natural attractions suitable Lampenai mountain campground was developed as a sport or hiking.
Similarly, in District Mangkutana, there anuang Salu Waterfall which is right in the path that connects the Trans Sulawesi, Poso, Palu, Manado and so it is very strategic for the community through land jaur Trans-Sulawesi. Unfortunately, this waterfall is in the water conservation areas making it very difficult Kalaena developed into a leading tourist attraction.

While in the district Malili, who is also the capital of Regency of East, there are waterfalls Mangorro Salo, water Atue Falls, Malili River Tours, Beach Stone Menggoro and nutrient watu beaches with huge potential to develop into major tourism regions.
Still waterfall tour, is currently the most visited local tourist is a waterfall in the district Wasuponda Eye Blind, seven-level waterfall is a mainstay Sub Wasuponda, particularly village-Ledu Ledu, unfortunately has not been managed properly due to limited local budgets.

Another tourist attraction is a lake in East Luwu Matano, located in District Nuha, Sorowako, where the management company of Indonesia's largest Nickel namely PT.INCO operate. The most famous beach is the beach idea. This area is open to the public and managed directly by PT.INCO. On certain days, major holidays and week-end, has been ascertained by the beach will be filled by men of ideas from both outside Luwu mapun East.
Information from the Department of Education, and Pariwisaita Kebudyaan Regency of East, in May Festival will be held the second Matano lake, which is a routine agenda implemented every year, even nowadays is a fixed calendar of Culture and Tourism of South Sulawesi to be carried out every year.
From a row, this tourist attraction, East Luwu certainly not close the door for investors who want to invest in tourism Luwu East. The local government will provide facilities and will facilitate any required by investors, as long as not contrary to statutory provisions in force.

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PT Kereta Api Indonesia will operate the tourist train for the SEA Games event to XXVI in Kilkenny in November.

As the name implies, this train will serve the local and even foreign visitors travel to the tourist attractions in South Sumatra. The train was crossing routes such as in Pagaralam. "The capacity of tourist train is only enough for 40 passengers only," said the Head of Public Relations of PT KAI Division III Sumbagsel Jake Zarkasih, when found in his office, yesterday.

So far, tourist trains operate if there is a lease with a specific tariff. "The fee for the SEA Games will still be discussed," said Jake.

In order to anticipate the surge of passengers on the train tour, he said, PT KAI also trains students to prepare a larger capacity. With capacity up to 100 people.

Games Southeast Asian Nations XXVI SEA Games 2011 will be held in Indonesia (Jakarta and Palembang) from 11-25 November 2011. SEA Games sports party held every two years and involve as many as 11 countries in Southeast Asia namely Brunei Darussalam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam.

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10 Tourism Indonesia Pride

INDONESIA is a country in Southeast Asia who crossed the equator and located between the continents of Asia and Australia as well as between the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

In addition, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago country consisting of 17,508 islands, therefore he is referred to as the Archipelago.

Here are 10 attractions Homeland pride:

A. Komodo Island
Komodo is commonly referred to foreign tourists as The Real Life Dragons.Bentuk surface Komodo island is also unique, there is desert, grass, or perbukitan.Sekitar 1200 species of dragons live on the island.

Komodo Island is located in West Nusa Tenggara, which is the eastern part of Indonesia. Animals listed as the largest reptile, named Komodo, located on this island gan.Tempat this is a great tourist location for travelers who want to experience the adventure of nature by looking at the Komodo.

Komodo Island is located in West Nusa Tenggara, which is the eastern part of Indonesia. Animals listed as the largest reptile, named Komodo, located on this island gan.Tempat this is a great tourist location for travelers who want to experience the adventure of nature by looking at the Komodo.

B. Tangkuban Perahu
one of the mountain which is located in West Java province, Indonesia.Sekitar 20 km to the north of Bandung, with a lush carpet of pine trees and nearby tea gardens, mountain Tangkuban Parahu have high altitude of this mountain is 2084 meter.Bentuk Maar or shield that has been erupted 400 years ago.
Tangkuban Mt have Hill dipterocarp forest, dipterocarp forest Upper Montane forest, and forest or forest Ericaceous gunung.Gunung Tangkuban Parahu an area of ​​Mount Merapi which is still active.

The origins of Tangkuban Mt Sangkuriang associated with the legend, which is reported to fall in love with his mother, Dayang Sumbi.

C. Pangandaran Beach
Beautiful Pangandaran Beach is one tourist attraction on the coast of Java is located in the Village Barat.Pantai Pananjung, District of Pangandaran at a distance ± 92 km south of the city Ciamis.

Sloping beach with clear water and the distance between the ups and downs are relatively long to allow us to swim safely. There are beaches with white sand and is also available tourist beach rescue teams. There is a marine park with fish and marine life memeesona

Many unique event in Pangandaran, one of which is the International Kite Festival (Pangandaran International Kite Festival) with a variety of supporting activities which we can see in every month of June or July.

D. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Taman Mini Indonesia is a miniature which includes completeness of Indonesia with everything in it is triggered by the First Lady, Siti Hartinah, better known as Ibu Tien Soeharto. Various kinds of local homes and a variety of Indonesian culture is summarized here, making it easier for tourists to see the overview of Indonesia.

E. Taman Impian Jaya Ancol
As a tourist area, Taman Impian Jaya Ancol turned out to have stood since the 17th century. At that time, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, Adriaan Valckenier, has a very lovely cottage by the beach. Over time, the area was later developed into tourist attractions.

Tija is the largest amusement park in Indonesia. Various entertainment is available in the region Arena Ancol. Do not lose any hotel ² located in the region to complement Ancol Ancol entertainment facilities.

F. Bunaken
Bunaken is an area of ​​8.08 km ² island in the Bay of Manado, located in the northern island of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

This island is part of the city of Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Around the island there Bunaken Bunaken marine park which is part of Manado Tua Marine National Park. This marine park has a marine biodiversity one of the highest in the world. Scuba diving attracts many visitors to the island. Overall Bunaken marine park covers an area of ​​75,265 hectares with five islands within it, namely the island of Manado Tua, Bunaken Island, Island Siladen, Mantehage Island follows several children his island, and island Naen. Although covering an area of ​​75,265 hectares, the location of the dive (diving) is limited in each of the five beaches that surround the island.

G. Senggigi Beach
Senggigi Beach is a famous tourist spot in Lombok. Located on the west coast of Lombok Island. Senggigi Beach is not at Kuta Beach in Bali, but once we were here will feel like staying in Kuta Beach, Bali.

Coastal beaches are still beautiful, although it is still littered with garbage foliage because rarely cleaned. Very beautiful underwater scenery, and tourists can do as much snorkeling as the waves are not too big. Coral reefs towering ketengah causing large waves breaking in the middle. There are also hotels with prices ranging from expensive to valuable hotel.

H. Borobudur is the name of a Buddhist temple located at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. The location of the temple is approximately 100 km southwest of Hyderabad and 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta. This temple was founded by the followers of Mahayana Buddhism around the year 800 AD during the reign of the dynasty dynasty.

I. Lake Toba
Lake Toba is a volcanic lake with a size of 100km x 30km area in North Sumatra, Sumatra, Indonesia. In the middle of this lake there is a volcanic island called Pulau Samosir.

Lake Toba has long become an important tourist destination in North Sumatra in addition to Bukit Lawang and Nias, attract domestic and foreign tourists.

J. Kuta Bali
Kuta is a tourist spot located in the south of Denpasar, the capital of Bali, Indonesia. Kuta is located in Badung regency.

This area is a tourist destination which is very famous abroad. In Kuta itself there are many shops, restaurants and a bath and drying herself. Kuta Beach is often referred to as Sunset Beach or the beach sunset as opposed to the Sanur beach. Field I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport is located not far from Kuta.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Germany Indonesia Agree to Boost Tourism

Indonesia and Germany agreed to increase cooperation in pepariwisataan industry to help grow a very important industry in economic development.

The deal was presented by the Ambassador of Indonesia to Germany Eddy Pratomo after a bilateral meeting between the Director General of Tourism Marketing Dr. Sapta Nirwandar Kembupar and Head of Tourism Policy Division, Ministry of Economics and Technology Germany, Werner Loscheider, at the Indonesian Pavilion at the biggest tourism promotion event in the world, ITB Berlin 2011 .

Counsellor Embassy in Berlin, Ayodhia G.L. Kalake in his press statement received by Antara on Saturday (12 / 3) mentions, the flow of tourists from and to Indonesia and Germany's growing is something to be development driven.

In an interview with the media, Mr Eddy Pratomo also stated that the partnership with the German government, especially in granting visas become a very important factor for the two countries in increasing tourist visits. Cooperative partnership between the two countries in the field of tourism should be developed, the Ambassador said.

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Rp 1 Billion for Borobudur

In an effort to develop the tourism potential and improve the economic community around the tourist area of ​​Borobudur Temple, Central Java, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Kemenbudpar) will provide assistance amounting to Rp 1 billion per year in the program a tourist destination.

"The area of ​​Borobudur Temple entrance in 15 tourist destinations in Indonesia, which became the target Kemenbudpar development in 2011," said Winarno Sudjas, Director General Secretary Kemenbudpar Tourism Destination Development, on Thursday (03/10/2011) in Magelang.

In addition to the Borobudur Temple, the development also has been done in a number of other tourist destinations in Indonesia. Among them, Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Raja Ampat in Papua, Tanjung Putting in Central Kalimantan. Places of tourist attraction is considered to have high potential, qualified, and prospectively.

Nevertheless, he said, aid is not in the form of cash, but more on programs, mentoring, and empowerment of local community activities. Thus, not only to increase the number of tourist visits, but also extend your stay and spend more money on the attractions visited.

By maketh as a tourist destination, is expected to communities around the area of ​​Borobudur Temple evolved from an economic point. Whereas, the village at around the temple dynasty Dynasty relic that is still natural and has a variety of handicrafts.

"Authenticity of this region is still very thick. Between society and the natural synergy, not to mention with much diversity of culture and crafts of local residents. This became one of the potential to serve as a leading tourist," he explained.

He mentioned, in the first year of this program, it will provide an understanding for the perpetrators of tourism to collaborate in order to increase tourist attraction, partly by socialization.

"It takes cooperation across sectors, ranging tour managers, governments, communities and even in society in the field of religion, the environment, to the traditional sport. If you need to bring in experts," he added. From this program, targeting Kemenbudpar excursions in Indonesia from 2010 to 2015 could increase to 20 percent.

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Healthy Tourism in the Garden Djamoe Indonesia

Nyonya Meneer company provides exceptional contribution to the various kinds of medicinal plants in Indonesia. Park establishment in Ungaran Djamoe Indonesia, Semarang, Central Java became one of the proof. Besides enjoying the natural beauty, visitors are invited to live healthy.

Greenhouse for instance, invites visitors to know the rich variety of plants with diverse properties. Charles Saerang, President Director of PT Nyonya Meneer said there are 660 species of plants. Everything comes from Indonesia, from Sabang to Merauke.

There landik plants, wood Rapet, jangkang, agalea, and attacking the stone. Leaf Ki Tolod for for eye drops. While Chrysanthemum can treat liver / liver, sleep disorders, vascular headaches, digestive disorders, and treat wounds. "Chrysanthemum skin was taken, could be to old wounds and new," said Charles.

Indonesia Djamoe Park located on Highway Karangjati Km 28, Sub gaseous, Semarang regency. The area of this park has an area of three hectares. Visitors who come only charged USD 10 thousand. Inside they know the plants around the park on foot or by bicycle. And all at once can taste medicinal drinks.

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Hot water bathing Tirta Tapta Pemali

This one tourist attraction is the beach tourism assets are located in villages Pemali Sub Pemali Bangka Regency, about 20 km from City Sungailiat. Location of hot springs in Pemali first discovered in the Dutch colonial era. At that time lead by the company conducted exploration BTW (Bangka Tin Winning Bedrijt), namely the Dutch-owned company specializing in the economic development of tin mining in Bangka Island.

After the independence of Indonesia tin mining company was taken over from colonial rule into a mining company owned by the state, namely PT. TIN and automatically the existence of the location of water source heat into the ownership and management of PT Timah. in the era of the '70s decade, hot water Pemali restored and developed by tin company, which selamabeberapa year was treated well and became one of the recreation community. This hot water comes from ground water that emit sulfur active very ccocok for wisataan who come to the health or relieve stiffness by wading pool of water supplied.

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New mounts of America

Currently we only know the manufacturer of Harley Davidson motorcycles are famous as the producer from the United States, this time there is Motus.

Manufacturers of motorcycle that is introducing its first production
MST-01 and MST-R last weekend in Detroit, USA.

Motor sport touring is claimed would break the two-wheel global automotive market. How could I not, as reported by the New York Times on Monday (07/03/2011) owner Lee Conn and Brian Case had dared to try to bring the motor with large machines, despite the age of 4 years old company.

This motor uses a Corvette engine capacity of 1650 cc with fuel injection into the body of the MST-01. Machines V4 engine is not arbitrary, because the kitchen runway 90 degrees is claimed to have power to 160 bhp that can instantly make it as a monster new asphalt.

This motor was claimed as the real motor. A stocky body shape is very suitable for two wheel enthusiasts both in America and in Europe.

It is not surprising. Because this motor was taking the base design of Le Mans GT1 that won various design competitions.

Her body was wrapped by a small fairing combined with tabular frame is properly exposed. While the big box embedded in the back of the body as MST-01 indicate that this bike not only has great power, but also a comfortable touring bike but scary.

Driving pleasure riders can be more gratified when Motus embed grapu Marzocchi equipped breka Hayes disc the size of 43 mm. As for the type R is available with Brembo braking system.

The other aspect is offered Motus presents both with direct fuel injection. In addition to large engine performance, fuel consumption is also more efficient.

The second heavy motor reaches 520 pounds. For the engine and gearbox only approximately 200 pounds, out of carbon fiber on the fairing, fuel tank, and seat.

While the frame is made of strong steel. It looks increasingly ciamik with 17-inch alloy rims front and rear.

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Indonesia Perluas Pasar Wisata

Pemerintah Indonesia bertekad memperluas pasar wisata ke negara-negara ASEAN yang selama ini belum tergarap optimal di antaranya Thailand, Vietnam, dan Filipina. "Tahun ini kami mulai memperluas negara fokus pasar ke Thailand, Vietnam, dan Filipina," kata Deputi Direktur Wilayah ASEAN Kementerian Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata (Kemenbudpar), Chrismiastutie, di Jakarta, Selasa (22/2/2011).

Ia mengatakan, tiga negara tersebut dinilai potensial untuk menjadi negara fokus pasar wisata utama di ASEAN setelah Singapura dan Malaysia.

Khusus untuk Filipina, Chrismiastutie bahkan berani memasang target jumlah kunjungan wismannya akan mencapai 210.000 orang. "Kami sudah beberapa kali melakukan promosi wisata di Filipina tahun lalu, jadi kami optimistis jumlah wisman dari negara itu tahun ini bisa mencapai 210.000 orang," katanya.

Sementara untuk Thailand dan Vietnam belum dapat dipatok target dalam jumlah yang besar. "Masyarakat di Thailand khususnya memiliki tipikal yang amat berbeda yakni tidak terlampau suka bepergian," katanya.

Namun, Chrismiastutie yakin, pihaknya mampu menjaring wisman dari dua negara tersebut untuk melancong ke Indonesia. Untuk itu, pihaknya menerapkan 4 strategi pemasaran yakni berpartisipasi di bursa pariwisata, sales mission, pendukungan festival Indonesia dan mengoptimalkan Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO).

Tahun ini, Kemenbudpar mengagendakan 75 kegiatan promosi di luar negeri di mana 17 kegiatan di ASEAN (18 di Asia, 15 di Amerika Serikat dan Pasifik, 13 di Eropa, dan 12 di Timur Tengah). "Pasar ASEAN ini sangat potensial apalagi sudah ada kesepakatan antara Menteri-Menteri Pariwisata di ASEAN tentang ASEAN for ASEAN. Kalau ini diimplementasikan pasti akan bagus sekali dampaknya untuk sektor pariwisata kita," katanya.

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Ragam Pesona Wisata Cirebon

MENGIKUTI jalur Pantura di pesisir laut Jawa, Anda akan sampai di sebuah kota bernama Cirebon. Kota yang mendapat julukan Kota Udang dan Kota Wali ini mempunyai berbagai objek wisata yang sayang dilewatkan saat melintasinya. Atau ingin mengkhususkan tinggal beberapa hari untuk menjelajahi berbagai objek wisata yang ada, semua terserah Anda.

Menilik ke masa lalu, coretan tinta sejarah menyebutkan bahwa Cirebon yang berdiri 2 April 1482 ketika Sunan Gunung Jati menyatakan diri lepas dari kerajaan Sunda Pajajaran, pernah menjadi pusat peradaban Islam. Dari peristiwa itu pulua, tanggal 2 April juga dirayakan sebagai hari jadi Cirebon.

Cirebon kemudian berkembang menjadi salah satu kerajaan Islam yang memiliki peranan penting dalam penyebaran Islam di Nusantara. Di kota ini pernah berdiri kerajaan Islam yang dipimpin oleh seorang wali bernama Sunan Gunung Jati atau Syarif Hidayatullah. Hingga saat ini makam Sunan Gunung Jati masih ramai dikunjungi oleh para pejiarah atau wisatawan.

Selain wisata sejarah yang berkenaan dengan Islam khususnya Sunan Gunung Jati, Cirebon juga menawarkan ragam pesona wisata, seperti wisata kuliner, wisata batik, wisata kota lama Cirebon, wisata masjid, wisata belanja, tur keliling kota Cirebon dan sentra kerajinan rotan.

Bagi Anda pecinta wisata keratin, di Cirebon ada 4 keraton yang bisa dikunjungi yakni Keraton Kasepuhan, Keraton Kanoman, Keraton Kacirebonan dan Keraton Keprabon.

Mengenai tata letak dan arsitekturnya, semua keraton memiliki arsitektur gabungan dari elemen kebudayaan Islam, Cina, dan Belanda. Sementara bangunannya selalu menghadap ke arah utara, mempunyai alun-alun, pasar dan patung macan di taman sebagai lambang Prabu Siliwangi. Pada bagian dindingnya, Anda akan melihat hiasan piring porselen asli Tiongkok dan beberapa piring yang berasal dari Eropa.

Tidak lengkap rasanya jika berkunjung ke Cirebon tanpa berkunjung ke Taman Air Sunyaragi. Taman indah ini memiliki teknologi pengaliran air yang sangat canggih pada masanya.

Selain itu ada juga tempat-tempat peninggalan bersejarah yang lain seperti Masjid Agung Sang Cipta Rasa, kelenteng kuno. Bisa juga mengunjungi Taman Ade Irma Suryani, Gedung BI Cirebon, dan Stasiun Kejaksan.

Bertandang ke Cirebon juga tidak pas rasanya bila tidak mencoba berbagai makanan khas yang ada. Saat di sana, jangan lupa mencicipi nasi jamblang (nasi yang dibungkus daun jati) tahu gejrot, tahu goreng dengan taburan gula merah, usus sapi rebus, dan sup empal gentong.

Ada juga nasi lengko (nasi vegetarian dengan tahu dan tauge), tempe mendoan (tempe yang dilapisi adonan yang digoreng), dan Intip (makanan ringan manis dari beras). Lidah Anda juga harus mencicipi kerupuk mlarat atau disebut juga "kerupuk miskin," keripik yang terbuat dari tepung tapioka dan digoreng dengan pasir panas. Satu lagi yang harus Anda ialah coba sirup Tjampolay rasa pisang atau frambozen yang dibubuhi es batu.

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Tourism 'Dead Sea' at Ancol

WANT to feel the sensation of dead sea are now no longer need to travel to Jordan. Because it is in Indonesia could also feel the 'Dead Sea'.

This artificial dead sea can we meet in 'Atlantis Water Adventure' Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, Jakarta. With KolamApung name. The pool size of 500 square meters with a depth of 1 meter designed to resemble the Dead Sea.

"Swimming Float this is the first artificial Dead Sea and the only one in Southeast Asia. With salt levels reached 240 ppm, that's what makes us able to float in water in a state of calm and without having to swim or wear a life jacket. Usually visitors to use it as a place of relaxation after a day of play at the Water Adventure, "said Misbah Sudarto, Head of Operation Atlantis Water Adventure, the Okezone recently.

Although salinity reaches 10X higher than normal sea but just calm down, this vehicle is safe for human health because it has passed through a series of health tests to ensure the comfort of visitors.

"Keep on floats, you do not drink too much water because the water was very salty and not good for consumption," said the father of this child.

To feel the sensation of 'Dead Sea' is, you do not need to pay again, just pay admission 'Atlantis Water Adventure' with the price of Rp 75,000 for a Tuesday-jumata, while on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays, you can pay the ticket for $ 100,000.

"If you want to feel a pool float requirement to be fulfilled is the minimum height 120 cm. Cheap enough to feel the sensation of 'Dead Sea', "he concluded.

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Wagon ride around the pedestrain bridge Kartanegara

Wagon or carriage, means of transportation by horse-drawn society is, generally only found in Java, especially in the province of Jogjakarta. However, Tenggarong City and surrounding communities do not need all the way to go to Yogyakarta, if you just want to feel this horse-drawn carriage ride. Because in Tenggarong even now there are two wagon operating in two places attractions in Tenggarong namely at the Museum and the Pedestrian Bridge Mulawarman Mahakam Kartanegara.
"The gig in Tenggarong an initiative of the Business Partner Jaya Tenggarong owner, who tried to attempt this gig in the city of Tours," said the coachman gig Tugimin when found was hung in the Pedestrian Bridge Tenggarong.
According to him, like the tourist towns in other areas, tourists will surely come if there is a lot of gig because it could be a charm, especially the local tourists. In addition to seeing existing attractions, tourists also want to look unique in an area. Because the wagon and the horse is not popular in this area, it certainly will attract tourists to come to Tenggarong, and try to ride wagon. He hopes, a gig in Tenggarong can become its own attraction for tourists to travel to Tenggarong, while also supporting Tenggarong City as the City Tour.
"Hopefully this gig, can be an attraction for the City Tour Tenggarong," please Tugimin original Solo.
According to him, in general the wagon ride is the children, they are interested in trying the same gig and curious horse. Understandably in Tenggarong no horses and usually they only see on TV. Children who ride much asked about horses, from their home to their feed. Rates go up gig, said Tugimin for adults USD 10 thousand, and the kids pull USD 5 thousand once, around the pedestrian park.
Touched maintenance of horses in Tenggarong, Tugimin said, because the existing horses come from Jogja, so maintenance is not difficult and does not need special treatment, unlike the horses that come from abroad.
"Because horses Indonesia, quick to adapt. Feed was not hard, grass and grows in Tenggarong, still fit to eat horse, "said delmannya Tugimin which operates at 16.00 until 19:00 pm each day.

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Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) supporting Indonesia tourism

Garuda Indonesia Travel Fair (GATF) is expected to be utilized to the maximum extent possible to improve the prospects for tourism in North Sumatra. This event represents a strong endorsement of Garuda Indonesia to increase tourism in Indonesia, as well as to facilitate the public in obtaining an attractive tour packages at affordable prices.

VP Revenue Management Garuda, Deviyanti said GATFdi Medan performances will take place over three days, starting 11 to March 13, 2011 in Cambridge City Square Medan. This event is part of a series of roadshows GATF in several cities in Indonesia. Apart from Medan, the event was previously held in Bandung, Surabaya and Makassar.

"Implementation of GATF in Medan will be followed 16 travel agents at Medan and is supported by several sponsors and partners. In this event, visitors will find various attractive offers, either in the form of discount tickets or packages for domestic and international tours to 25 percent," he said, tonight .

Deviyanti said the implementation of the GATF is intended to stimulate domestic tourism in Indonesia, especially tourism. For that, Garuda also provide the best ticket prices for visitors.

Garuda Indonesia flight from Medan to Jakarta as much as eight times per day using the new aircraft B-737-800NG with audio video on demand at every seat. Garuda Indonesia currently operates 87 aircraft and flies to 19 international cities and 32 cities in Indonesia.

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Friday, March 11, 2011


Soppeng is one of the beautiful towns in South Sulawesi and has wide area authority of the other local kingdoms. It is proof with the Bugis inscription that is “Lontara”. The most characteristic of this town is the existence of bats. Hang on of the trees without take noticed the traffic around them.
Soppeng is another center of the silk industry, this spinning mill produces thread from silk worms. Weaving can be seen in many private homes along this route, which is 240 km to the northeast of Ujung Pandang. The finest silk is hand-loomed by village women who individually need a whole month to produce two meters of silk. Visitors are welcome to stop and watch, or make a purchase if there is any readily available.

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The capital town of Wajo Regency is well known for its silk weaving and therefore is the center of Buginese silk. The Buginese ethnic group, known for their crossing to other islands as traders of silk, sarongs and other material, populates this area. Here we can find lake Tempe, one of the tourist resorts. Sailing and boating can be enjoyed on this lake.

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Pare-pare is the second biggest cities in South Sulawesi after Makasar city, which has strategic location. Pare-pare is a lunch stop along the road from Ujung Pandang to Toraja, through paddy fields and typical Bugis houses made of wood and bamboo, built on stilts. This city is located in the middle of South Sulawesi province and the side of Makasar strait. Its topography is coastal and hilly area. The wide area of Pare-pare city is 99,33 Km2, about 155 km from Makasar city. Geographically, Pare-pare city located at 03o 57' 39” - 03o 57' 39” South latitudes and 119o 36' 24” - 119o 43' 40” east longitudes. The boundaries of Pare-pare city is:
North side: Pinrang regency
South side: Barru regency
East side: Sidrap regency
West side: Makasar strait

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Honda Prepare New Revo and Supra "Facelift"

PT Astra Honda Motor will launch a New Revo and Supra X 125 facelift in Jakarta next week. The launch of this as a strategy while maintaining dominance in the segment remains top underbone aka duck.

New Revo in Thailand is called the Wave 110i equipped with injection machines, similar to the Revo-matic AT-duck that has been marketed to Indonesia since last year. As with previous Honda models, the emergence of New Revo is a continuation of the launch in Thailand, mid-January 2011. "We launched the new Revo, it's really just not a facelift," said Sigit Kumala, Senior General Manager of Sales Division AHM to, today.

When referring Wave 110i in Thailand, a design change is not too significant Revo from the previous model. Games color combination only occurs in the motor body and a new speedometer design. While the form of front-rear lights to exhaust something like older models.

At the same time, AHM also launched the Supra X 125 minor model change (MMC) aka facelift. Changes only in stripping only aliases sticker body without touching other parts.

When asked how much increase in the price offered AHM, Sigit still shut up. "Just wait for later, in time will be informed,"he concluded.

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Berternak Lebah di Desa Wisata Ciburial

DESA Wisata Ciburial Anda akan menemukan seni budaya Sunda dan peternakan lebah madu. Lokasinya berada di Kampung Cikurutug, Desa Ciburial.

Desa wisata Ciburial merupakan kawasan pedesaan dimana penduduknya masih memiliki tradisi dan budaya yang relatif masih asli.

Wilayah Desa Ciburial berada di Taman Hutan Raya Ir. H. Djuanda (Dago Pakar) yang merupakan hutan konservasi dan memiliki tempat wisata alam yang menarik. Beberapa tempat yang dapat Anda kunjungi sekitaran Desa Wisata Ciburial adalah air terjun Curug Omas, Curug Lalay, Curug Dago, Patahan Lembang, Gua Jepang, Gua Belanda, dan beberapa prasasti bersejarah. Di tempat ini terdapat sarana bermain dan belajar untuk anak-anak, serta pelatihan khusus cara pembudidayaan lebah madu.

Bersebelahan dengan Taman Hutan Raya Djuanda, terdapat tempat yang cukup terkenal sejak zaman Belanda yaitu Maribaya. Anda perlu waktu hingga dua jam berjalan kaki dari pintu yang ada di Lembang sampai menuju pintu yang ada di Dago, maupun sebaliknya. Tantangan ini cocok untuk Anda yang menyukai alam dan senang untuk berolahraga. Tiket masuk mengunjungi Tahura Djuanda yakni Rp8.000,00 per orang.

Desa Ciburial selain merupakan daerah pertanian subur, juga memiliki panorama alam yang sangat indah namun belum banyak dijamah oleh aktivitas wisata padahal berada di kawasan destinasi wisata.

Pengembangan Desa Ciburial sebagai desa agro-ekowisata yang berbasis Community Development, artinya para petani akan menjadi pelaku usaha wisata setelah melalui proses pengembangan kompetensi kebudayaan.

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Dieng, Tempat Para Dewa Bersemayam

DATARAN tinggi Dieng terletak 30 km dari kota Wonosobo, tepatnya di perbatasan Kabupaten Banjarnegara dan Kabupaten Wonosobo. Dataran tinggi Dieng memiliki banyak candi-candi kecil kuno yang indah terhampar di kawasan dataran tinggi gunung berapi.

Di tempat ini Anda dapat melihat candi bercorak Hindu dengan arsitektur yang indah dan unik. Selain itu daerah wisata ini juga memiliki Dieng Plateau Theater yang menyediakan informasi keajadian alam di sekitar Dieng. Bioskop ini mampu menampung 100 kursi, memiliki taman yang asri dan sangat nyaman untuk Anda bersantai sambil dimanjakan dengan panorama indah dari rangkaian pegunungan sekitarnya.

Nama ‘Dieng’ sendiri berasal dari bahasa Sansekerta yaitu “Di” yang berarti tempat yang tinggi dan ”Hyang” yang artinya tempat para dewa dewi. Diartikan kemudian sebagai tempat kediaman para dewa dan dewi. Ada juga yang mengartikannya dari bahasa Jawa yaitu “adi” berarti indah, berpadu dengan kata “aeng” yang artinya aneh. Penduduk setempat kadang mengartikannya sebagai tempat yang indah penuh dengan suasana spiritual.

Dataran tinggi Dieng bagaikan negeri di atas awan. Terhampar di ketinggian 2.000 m di atas permukaan laut membuat udaranya sejuk dan menyegarkan serta ditutupi kabut tebal. Karena keindahannya yang menakjubkan inilah diyakini bahwa Dieng dipilih sebagai tempat yang sakral dan tempat bersemayamnya dewa dewi.

Anda akan melihat lumpur mendidih yang mengeluarkan gelembung, danau belerang berwarna cerah, dan kabut tebal yang menyelimuti dataran tinggi Dieng. Melihat, merasakan, dan membayangkan tempat ini secara langsung akan membuat Anda memahami mengapa masyarakat Jawa menganggap Dieng sebagai tempat yang memiliki kekuatan supernatural. Saat terpesona dengan keindahan alam Dieng maka Anda sekaligus juga merasakan getaran misterius di tempat ini.

Kawasan Dieng memiliki banyak candi-candi kecil yang dinamai tokoh-tokoh cerita epik Mahabrata seperti Bima, Gatot kaca, Arjuna dan Srikandi. Diyakini bahwa candi-candi ini dulu digunakan sebagai tempat tinggal para pendeta yang menyebarkan ajaran Hindu.

Keindahan pemandangan alam kawasan Dieng telah banyak memukau wisatawan yang datang dan memberi kesan mendalam secara pribadi. Mulai dari danau-danau berwarna hijau dan kuning, airnya yang jernih dapat menjadi cermin, keindahan alam kawasan ini sungguh luar biasa. Danau cermin ini merupakan fenomena keindahan dataran tinggi Dieng yang sungguh mengagumkan.

Jika Anda mendaki ke atas dataran tinggi Dieng maka seolah berada di puncak dunia. Anda akan mendapatkan pengalaman yang luar biasa saat melihat pemandangan danau yang berwarna-warni dan berkabut tebal di sekelilingnya.

Bila itu belum cukup dan Anda ingin merasakan pengalaman yang lebih spektakuler maka datanglah ke dataran tinggi Dieng untuk melihat matahari saat terbit dan terbenam dengan warna keemasan dan keperakan yang luar biasa. Sunrise yang indah ini merupakan fenomena alam yang unik dan mengagumkan apalagi bila Anda melihatnya dari atas candi.

Saat perjalanan menuju ke daratan tinggi Dieng ini Anda akan melewati perkebunan tembakau dan pemandangan gunung yang indah.

Menelisik fenomena anak gimbal atau penduduk setempat menyebut "anak gembel" yang tinggal di Dataran Tinggi Dieng merupakan pengalaman yang unik. Menurut kepercayaan warga setempat, anak gimbal merupakan anugerah dari para dewa sehingga fenomena ini patut disukuri. Biasanya jika rambut anak gimbal dipaksakan dipotong, maka si anak akan cenderung sakit-sakitan, dan anehnya rambut gimbal anak-anak gimbal tidak secara alami tumbuh ketika mereka dilahirkan, namun tumbuh saat usia mereka menginjak 1-2 tahun.

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In Lemo graveyards you can see the veranda of “Tau-Tau” mixed up together with the steep coral stone museum in the open air, which seems to be a combination between death, arts, and ritual. 'Tau-Tau' is small wooden statue, which sometimes is made of bamboo tree. This statue is considered to accommodate the spirit of the pass by persons.

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Sangalla is a village, which is located on a hilly valley. It lies among the leafy bamboo trees. Here you can find an interesting tourism object, which is a special cemetery for young babies. More than that, the cemetery of King Sangalla can be found at one of the slopes of the hills in this village, which is named Suaya.

These graves are carved on the hillsides. They are the resting-places of the seven kings and their families of Sangalla kingdom. “Tau-Tau” of the kings and their families are placed in front of the stone graves. They are dressed traditionally in accordance with the dress of Toraja Kings. Not far away from this place, you can find a 'Tongkonan House' that was built by the Sangalla King, which nowadays is known as “Museum Buntu Kalando”. Even though, the model of this museum is quite new, in it you can find several past kingdoms properties and some house equipments, which formerly were the belongings of King Sangalla (Puang Sangalla),

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Polewali - Mamasa

Polewali is the capital town of Polmas Regency located 246 km north of Ujung Pandang. Mandarnese, Buginese, Torajans and Javanese ethnic groups inhabit it. This town is well known for its silk sarongs, which is called "Sarung Mandar" and rattan furniture and crafts. There are several small islands to be reached by fishing boats in 10- 16 minutes. All these islands have white sandy beaches.

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236 km to the north of Ujung Pandang, you can see beautiful landscapes at Bambapuang, located 20 km from Enrekang to the north on the way to Tana Toraja. Here can be seen an erotic mountain called Batu Kabobong, by its shape formed by the valley and slopes. A rest house is built on an elevation, giving a clear view of the countryside.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

West Java Specialties

Many people visit Bandung, the capital of West Java province, to pamper their taste buds. You'll be amazed with what Bandung has to offer. From various food sold on street vendors to haute cuisine, every visitor will be able to find something to their liking here, in Bandung.

Sundanese (the people living in West Java are called Sundanese) has tempting refreshments. Sundanese food tends to be bland yet tasty unless you add sambal dadak (chili and other ingredients grinded together) to your food. If you're looking for more spicy taste, just add this sambal dadak with nasi timbel (steamed rice formed into a roll inside a banana leaf) and other specialties. This mouthwatering treat is too good to be missed! Usually sour vegetables soup (sayur asam) is accompanied by nasi timbel.

Sundanese people eat vegetables a lot. Sometimes they even eat raw vegetables (called lalap or lalapan) like cucumbers, tomatoes, coriander leaves, eggplants, cabbages, lettuces, and so on. Lalapan is usually accompanied by sambal dadak.

Probably one of the most well known dish, timbel, consists of nasi timbel, lalapan, sambal dadak, a piece of chicken (fried or roasted Sundanese style), fried beancurd, fried tempeh, a slice of jambal (salted fish). If you want to, you can add gepuk (slices of beef, mixed in traditional herbs, then fried), pepes (main ingredients such as fish, chicken, mushroom, etc. mixed with crushed and blended herbs, folded into a banana leaf, then steamed until they're ready to eat), sauteed greens, and others. Nasi timbel is a favorite among locals and visitors. Batagor baso tahu goreng (literally means, fried meatballs & beancurd) is one of the most well-sought specialty. Made from blended fish and beancurd, with a special peanut sauce, batagor?s popularity remains constant.

People with sweet tooth might fancy pisang molen (literally Sundanese Food means, molen banana), Indonesian traditional pastry filled with banana and cheese. For a variation, try brownies kukus (steamed brownies). Es cendol, made of blended/grinded rice, palm sugar, and coconut milk, is delightful on a hot day. While for a colder day, you might want to taste bandrek or bajigur.

Bandung also offers various milk products most notably, yoghurt. Basically there are two kinds of yoghurt in Bandung the thin one, and the thick one (French style).

Hot snacks ala Bandung are widely sold throughout the city. Among them are gehu-toge tahu- (beancurd with beansprouts and vegetables filling), pisang goreng (fried banana), cireng-aci goreng- (fried tapioca), and many more. You might be interested in trying other snacks such as, nangka goreng (fried jackfruit), peuyeum goreng (fermented cassava, fried), nanas goreng (fried pineapple), and so on. Ketan bakar (roasted sticky rice) and jagung bakar/rebus (roasted/boiled corns) are also recommended.

Nasi goreng (fried rice), although not originally from Bandung, is also a favorite. The ingredients vary, according to people's preference. Sometimes the rice is mixed with seafood (usually shrimps, pieces of cuttlefish, pieces of crab's flesh), chicken and vegetables, mutton and vegetables, salted fish, and so on.

Cakue, a dish made of flour dough then fried, also worths a try.

Bandung also has other kinds of restaurants, like Padangese (food from West Sumatra, very spicy in taste), Javanese (sweeter in taste), Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Western, Indian, and so on.

Sundanese Food Bandung Fondly called Parahyangan meaning, Land of the Gods, this valley city has both metropolitan and homey atmosphere at the same time. Full of eateries, factory outlets, and malls, many people find going on a trip to Bandung both enjoyable and memorable.

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Kayan Mentarang National Park

Kayan Mentarang National Park is the biggest uniformity of primary and secondary forest, which covers 1,360,500 hectare, and still remains in Kalimantan and in the Southeast Asia. It is located in Bulungan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, with humid weather and temperatures around 16°C - 30° C. This national park, situating at 200– 2,258 meters above sea level, has approximately 3,100 mm per year of rainfall.

Because of its geographical location, this national park is blessed with various biodiversity, ranging from tropical flatland area to heavy rainforest at mountain range, which becomes cocoon for many types of vegetation and endangered animals.

A few vegetations are:

* pulai (Alstonia scholaris),
* jelutung (Dyera costulata),
* ramin (Gonystylus bancanus),
* agathis (Agathis borneensis),
* kayu ulin (Eusideroxylon zwageri),
* rengas (Gluta walichii),
* gaharu (Aquilaria malacensis),
* aren (Arenga pinnata),
* various types of orchids,
* forest palms, and
* Tropical pitcher plant or Kantong semar.

Interestingly, many of the vegetations are not yet identified, and considered new ones in Indonesia. There are 100 species of mammals (15 species of them are endemic), 8 species of primates, over 310 species of birds, and 28 species among them are Kalimantan endemic and have been registered by ICBP (International Committee for Bird Protection) as the endangered species.

A few endangered animals are as follows:

* Clouded leopard/ macan dahan (Neofelis nebulosa),
* Honey bear/ beruang madu (Helarctos malaynus euryspilus),
* White Head Lamur/ lutung dahi putih (Presbytis frontata frontata), and
* Buffalo/ banteng (Bos javanicus lowi).

There are approximately 20,000 – 25,000 people from Dayak tribes, namely Dayak Kenyah, Punan, Lun Daye and Lun Bawang, live in the vicinity of this national park. They live side by side with the surroundings in reference to their indigenous knowledge and wisdom. That uniqueness is apparent in the way they preserve natural diversity. Many kinds of archeological inheritance like burial places and ancient stone equipments could be found in this national park. It is estimated that Kayan Mentarang National Park is one of the major archeological sites in Kalimantan.

Source : Panorama Magazine

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The Last China Town

Not to mention that Chinatown Singkawang is a true calling in Indonesia. Of the total population who reach 190 thousand inhabitants, nearly half are ethnic Chinese. While on its land area of ​​50 thousand hectares of the 600 temples stood, until the city is also nicknamed the City of Thousand Temple. Hence, do not be surprised if every Chinese smelling ritual, call it Chinese New Year and Cap Gomeh, always celebrated very lively, far more lively than the other Chinatowns throughout Indonesia.

Referring to his birth certificate, official Singkawang name pinned on 1981. First, about the 18th century, this coastal city is a place-prevention persing mine workers from Guangdong province in southeast China. They often call Singkawang "San Kew Jong". centralized location of gold mines in Monterado (said to be the local pronunciation of the mine sites in America, Mount Eldorado). The Sultan of Sambas imported Chinese workers because it is considered more influential pages and excel in mining technology. Until now, the people of China are still often come, but not as a gold hunter, but the nomads and traders. I visited Singkawang when its citizens Cap Gomeh busy preparing the celebration, a ritual that was held 15 days post-Lunar New Year and has entered the national cultural calendar. I am not alone. Hundreds of tourists from out of town and abroad are also coming up to make all fully occupied hotel rooms. through Cap Gomeh, at least once a year, Singkawang name echoed in the national stage.

BEACH rehearsal brown sandy stretches in western Borneo. Palm that grows straight and curved into the fence that separates it from the mainland. Singkawang collected many beautiful beaches, among them Beau Pasir Panjang in the south, Palm Beach, and Coral Bay in the north. As in the Pacific Islands, the beaches here are also covered with giant granite boulders. Geologically, these granite rocks formed from magma clots acid type, which lifted to the surface by the force of compression for thousands or even millions of years. tropical air and forging them, to make it beautiful chunks like menhirs in the Asterix comics. Above the sea looks calm ranks of tiny islands that seemed to be a gateway to South China, 3,000 kilometers to the north. Fishing boats anchored off the coast. Their boats painted colorful outrigger for deliberately not equipped to move swiftly in the ocean. The engine designer Don Feng 15 pk, a small capacity that is only fit to sail the seas near the coast.

Source : JalanJalan Magazine

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Batu Basurek

Batu Basurek is a stone with inscriptions in the old Palava script of India, bearing the legend of Adityawarman in the year 1347. Literally, "Batu Basurek" itself means "The Written Stone".

The stone's 25 cm wide, 80 cm high, and 10 cm thick. Erected above King Adityawarman's resting place centuries ago, this stone was rediscovered in December 16th, 1880.

The inscription told about Adityawarman's heritages. Due to his services to Majapahit Kingdom, Adityawarman became a king in Dharmasraya and moved his kingdom from Siguntur Sawahlunto to Pagaruyung.

Source : Efri Yaldi.

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Ready to Climbing

Mountain climbing is an activity filled holiday recently much-loved by the people, even though the layman. The occurrence of accidents, such as lost or missing at the mountain and ends with the tragic, usually occurs in novice climbers who do not have the knowledge and preparation.

In order to bad things do not happen again, you should prepare everything carefully. The following is an equipment that must be prepared and brought up to the mountain.

1. Carrier (large backpack minimum capacity of 60 liters).
2. Tents (according to the number of people).
3. Sleeping bag
4. Treking shoes and sandals.
5. Polar jackets, sweaters and so on.
6. Bring enough clothes
7. Rain coat or umbrella.
8. Flashlight and light tents that make use of the battery (do not use candles, because the parasite tent flammable materials).
9. Gloves, socks, neck scarves, hats, and sunglasses when necessary.
10. P3K and personal medicines (supplements are suggested).
11. Jerry cans and bottled drink.
12. Portable cooking equipment and food (stove, fuel, nesting, plates, spoons, cups, and others).
13. Food for three days (although climbing in TNGP only allowed two days, one day is anticipation).
14. Knives, maps, and compass.
15. The camera, small notebook, and stationery to document a vacation.
16. Enough money.
17. Mobile communication devices (in the town square Suryakencana certain operators have a good signal).
18. Large plastic bags to bring back the former junk food and so on.
19. Other items deemed necessary and not burdensome when taken.

Source : Travel Club Magazine

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Inilah salah satu kota tambang peninggalan masa kolonial Belanda di Sumatera Barat. Sawahlunto dibangun Hindia-Belanda setelah ditemukannya kandungan batubara oleh Ir De Greve pada 1867 di Batang Lunto, sebelah timur Danau Singkarak.

Kandungan batubara yang melimpah membuat kaum kolonial tak segan menanamkan modalnya di sini. Bangunan-bangunan pendukung serta jaringan transportasi pun dibangun untuk mengeduk mutiara hitam dari kota ini.

Di masa kemerdekaan kegiatan penambangan masih terus dilanjutkan, sampai akhirnya aktivitas tersebut berhenti. Namun, sisa kegiatan penambangan masih bisa di saksikan di sini. Bahkan kini menjadi obyek yang menarik untuk di kunjungi.

Beberapa bangunan gaya kolonial tetap berdiri kokoh, begitu pula kereta pengangkut barang tambang yang masih bisa dinikmati. Misalnya Art Deco Church (Gereja Art Deco), Culture Center Building (Gedung Pusat Kesenian), The Museum of Train (Museum Kereta Api Indonesia), Museum Goedang Ransoem, dan Masjid Agung (Mesjid Raya).

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Mount & Lake Batur- Kintamani,Bali : The volcanic caldera with its deep crater lake

The mountainous region around Kintamani, centering on the spectacular volcanic caldera of Mt Batur with its deep crater lake and bubbling hot springs, is rugged with a high and wild beauty.

Wonderful mountain air and dizzying views in all directions, as well as several important temples, are what makes Kintamani one of the most memorable stops on the Bali tourist itinerary.

Mount Batur is actually just a small volcano, but its setting is in the heart of a huge crater 14km in diameter. Adjacent to the volcano is the large crescent-shaped Batur Lake, all surrounded by the high walls of the crater rim. The sheer size of the crater conjures up images of the massive eruption of the original Mount Batur that occurred tens of thousands years ago.

The volcano is still active today as Balinese all over the island who still remember the great eruption of 1917 will testify. It claimed thousands of lives and destroyed hundreds of temples. Old people might tell you this was "the year when the world shook" Other eruptions have taken place since, forcing the local population to be relocated, along with several of their temples including one of the main Bali temples, Pura Ulun Danu. Initially inside the huge crater, this temple has been relocated to the top of the ridge overlooking it. Here it now offers an impressive view of Mount Batur.

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Introducing Indonesia Part 10 : DKI Jakarta

Capital of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolitan city with a population of more than 9 million people. Jakarta is the seat of national government as well as seat of the provincial government of Greater Jakarta. Here is also the national Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. This city is moreover the country’s center of finance and business. It is the center of the nation’s economics and politics as here converge people from all over Indonesia, attracting people from all walks of life. Jakarta is also the center of Indonesia’s modern music and sound, and center of Indonesia’s lively creative industry. It is no wonder, therefore, that whatever happens in Jakarta is national interest and it is for these reasons that Jakarta is the hub of Indonesia’s modern history and modern life.

Jakarta was where Indonesia proclaimed Independence on 17 August 1945 initiated by the National Awakening Movement in 1908 and the Youth Movement against colonialism since 1928. Jakarta was also where the ongoing Indonesian Reform movement started in 1997. Jakarta, formerly known as Batavia, was the seat of the Dutch East India company, VOC, and later of the colonial government over the then Dutch East Indies.

Located on the north coast on the western part of the island of Java, the Province of Greater Jakarta today comprises of 6 municipalities, namely Central Jakarta which includes the Merdeka Square and the elite residential area of Menteng; South Jakarta, which includes the districts of Kebayoran and Bintaro; West Jakarta, now being developed into a prime municipality where Jakarta’s tallest building and hotel will be constructed; East Jakarta, location of the Indonesia in Miniature Park as well as many industrial estates; North Jakarta, the city’s prime trading area and site of Jakarta’s beach recreation Ancol Dreamland; and the Thousand Islands, some 76 idyllic islands lying in the Bay of Jakarta.

Today construction around the city is booming. Super de-luxe hotels sprout next to supermalls carrying super brand names. Luxurious housing apartments are equipped with Olympic sized swimming pools, shopping centers and recreation grounds to pamper residents. And to reach one end of this sprawling city to the other, the government has built toll roads around, through and over Jakarta’s busiest centers, yet one can be sure that during peak hours, traffic on these roads will surely be jammed.

In fact, there are a lot of things to do and to see in Jakarta. But travel-wise, Jakarta is difficult to get around because of the dense car and motorbike population. The best advice for visitors is to stay in a hotel in an area where you will spend most of your time for conferences or business meetings, for shopping or exhibitions, while allowing time for exploring the city or for sightseeing to particular days only when one has more time to spare.

Because of its huge population, Jakarta is dense. Therefore one finds juxtaposed here luxurious houses next to road-side shacks, and state-of-the art cars fighting for space with dilapidated buses. But the city is very dynamic and full of life during the day and well into the night.

Here one finds restaurants serving international cuisine or regional dishes from the archipelago, ranging from exclusive restaurants to road-side stalls to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. There are also a number of beautiful golf courses around the city, where Indonesian and foreign businessmen spend entire weekends.

Jakarta’s nightlife is second to none. Discos, nightclubs, music rooms in top class hotels or stand-alone offer a wide variety of music and dance opportunities. The annual Java Jazz Festival is the international event for jazz buffs. Indonesia’s best bands and singing stars all live in this great city.

Jakarta is, moreover, a great place for shopping, and is able to compete in choice and price with many favourite shopping cities around the world like Singapore and Hong Kong. The Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, Pondok Indah Mall, Pacific Place, are just a few of the plethora of upscale shopping centers found across this huge city. While for bargain rates, Tanah Abang wholesale center, Mangga Dua and Kelapa Gading are favourite shopping haunts. Yearly the Jakarta Great Sale offers huge discounts attracting thousands of shoppers from the provinces and South East Asia.

The Sudirman-Thamrin Avenues lies at the heart of Jakarta. Here are headquartered Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia, and most major banks. Separating the Sudirman from the Thamrin is the central fountain that cools this roundabout, which is surrounded by the landmark buildings of Hotel Indonesia and Wisma Nusantara, the first high rise buildings in Jakarta. The Hotel Indonesia circle is today the preferred location for public demonstrations, exactly because of the continuous busy traffic circulating here. Along this main boulevard are also a number of Jakarta’s top hotels.

Along the Sudirman is located the Senayan Sports Center, the sports complex built by Indonesia’s first President, Soekarno, in 1962 to hold the Ganefo (Games of the New Emerging Forces) and the reason for the construction of the Sudirman-Thamrin roads. Here is also the Jakarta Convention Center, venue for prime international conventions and exhibitions.

The Sudirman-Thamrin avenue leads to the Merdeka Square, where in its center stands the National Monument which houses the first red-and-white flag flown at the Proclamation of Independence on 17 August 1945. This flag has now become threadbare, and so nowadays on Independence Day ceremonies, the original flag is taken out but only to accompany the replica flag to be flown in front of the Merdeka Palace. The 137 meter tall National Monument is obelisk shaped, and is topped with a 14.5 meter bronze flame coated with 32 kilograms gold leaf. Within the pedestal is a museum depicting in diorama Indonesia’s fight for Independence as well as the original text of the Proclamation of Independence. A lift takes visitors up to the look-out platform at the base of the flame for a grand view of Jakarta.

Surrounding the Monument is now a park with a musical fountain, enjoyed by the Jakarta public on Sundays for sports and recreation. Deer roam among the shady trees in the park.

Merdeka Square is the center of most important government buildings. During Dutch colonial days here was the center of government, known as Koningsplein or the King’s Square. The north side is dominated by the Merdeka Palace once the home of the Dutch Governor Generals, which now also houses the office of the President and the Cabinet. To the South is the office of Indonesia’s Vice President, Jakarta’s Governor and provincial parliament building, as also the American Embassy , while to the West is the National Museum, the Constitutional Court, the Ministry for Culture and Tourism and the Indosat building, Indonesia’s first international telecommunications company.

Beyond Merdeka Square lie principal Dutch colonial buildings constructed in neoclassical style during the 19th century, that include buildings surrounding Lapangan Banteng, or Banteng Square, namely the present day Department of Finance, the neo-gothic Catholic Cathedral and adjoining Sancta Ursula girls school, and further down the Foreign Office and the Imanuel protestant church, facing Jakarta’s main Gambir station.

Across the road to the Cathedral stands now Jakarta’s largest mosque, the Istiqlal mosque. Nearby is the Concert Hall and colonial style shopping street called Pasar Baru, once the preferred haunt of the wealthy Dutch elite. In the 18th century Dutch Batavia was famed as the “Queen of the East”.

Behind the President’s Palace is the canal which runs north pass the old Archive building to the Old Batavia, once the seat of the Dutch East Indies Company, VOC, built by Governor-General Jan Peterszoon Coen in the 17th century. Here renovations continue to preserve this historic area of the city which is dominated by the Stadhuis, or municipal building, which now houses the Jakarta History museum. In front of it is a central paved plaza, now named the Fatahillah Square, after Sultan Fatahillah, founder of this port, who before the arrival of the Dutch razed the old harbour to the ground on 22 June 1527 and renamed it Jayakarta, City of Victory. The square is surrounded by once important Dutch government buildings that have now become museums, among which the Fine Arts Museum and the Wayang Museum.

Further down is the old harbor called Sunda Kelapa, in its heyday it was the thriving entrepot for the Far East trade in cloves, nutmeg and pepper, sandalwood, silks and more. Here one can still admire majestic Bugis phinisi schooners at anchor where men still carry on their backs loads of merchandise for the archipelago. Nearby are the old warehouses where now stands the Maritime Museum.

Today, the former location of Batavia town proper is Jakarta’s predominantly Chinese business district, but a large part of this is now modernized with full air-conditioned shopping centers and hotels.

Other important areas in Central Jakarta are the Jalan Gatot Subroto, where stands Indonesia’s Parliament building, and Jalan Rasuna Said, location of most foreign Embassies.

But Jakarta has continued to spread out into all directions and this metropolis now consists of interconnected self-contained clusters of residential areas, recreation and shopping centers, so that it is most important to note in which area of the city one is located.

For a comprehensive glimpse of Indonesia visit the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, or the Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park, (link ke TMII) located in East Jakarta, accessible via the toll road. The Park displays original Indonesian houses from throughout the archipelago, all with their unique architectural style. Here is also an Imax theatre, showing spectacular 3D films. Orchid lovers should not miss the Orchid Garden here.

For complete seaside recreation, Jakarta’s residents and domestic tourists throng to the Ancol Dreamland located on the north coast of the city. This is a sprawling resort complete with a Seaworld, a Fantasy World known as Dunia Fantasi or Dufan for short that includes boat rides into It’s a Doll’s World. There is also a large swimming arena complete with artificial waves and waterslides, a heart-stopping roller coaster and many thrilling rides such as the torpedo. This resort also has hotels, restaurants and a convention hall.

Jakarta also has a complete Zoo filled with the rich fauna of the archipelago. Located at Ragunan, here one can admire the magnificent bird of paradise, the Komodo lizard, the Orang Utan and all types of snakes. The Zoo also has a special section for Gorillas. The Jakarta Zoo is a special family favourite on public holidays.

Jakarta, the capital of the nation, has a fascinating history. Lots of different aspects have colored the city history and the life of people today. Since the fifth century, ships from China and Champa (Vietnam), and from all islands in the archipelago docked at the mouth of the Ciliwung River. Indian and Portuguese traders also visited this small town. Javanese sailors, carrying spices from Molucca, were also docked there. Nearly all people from the East and West left their trails to blend special flavor of Jakarta. During centuries later, the city port grew into a bustling international trade center. At that time, between 17th and early 18 centuries, ships could sail further up to the river Ciliwung. Towards the south of this drawbridge, the once busy harbor town of Sunda Kelapa stretched along both sides of the river between the 12th century and 15th century.

Sunda Kalapa was the main port of the Hindu Kingdom of Sunda. The capital of the Pakuan Pajajaran kingdom was located two days journey upriver, now known as Bogor. Ships often visited this port from Palembang, Tanjungpura, Malacca, Maccasar and Madura, and even by merchants from India and South China. Sunda Kelapa exported, among other items, pepper, rice and gold.

In 1513 the first European fleet, four Portuguese ships under the command of Alvin, arrived in Sunda Kelapa from Malacca. Malacca had been conquered two years earlier by Alfonso d' Albuquerque. They were looking for spices, especially pepper, to this busy and well-organized harbor. Some years later, the Portuguese Enrique Leme visited Kalapa with presents for the King of Sunda. He was well received and on August 21, 1522 signed a treaty of friendship between the kingdom of Sunda and Portugal. The Portuguese received the right to build a go down (warehouse) and to erect a fort in Kalapa. This was regarded by the Sundanese as a consolidation of their position against the encroaching Muslim troops from the rising power of the Sultanate of Demak in Central Java.

To commemorate this treaty, they put big stone, called a Padrao, which vanished for some years. This stone was uncovered later in 1918 during an excavation for a new house in Kota area on the corner of Cengkeh Street and Nelayan Timur Street. This Padrao can now be seen in the National Museum on Medan Merdeka Barat Street. The original location of the stone suggests that the coastline in the early 16th century formed a nearly straight line, which is marked by the present of Nelayan Street, some 400 meters south to the Lookout Tower. The King of Sunda had his own reasons for great danger from the expansive Muslim Kingdom of Demak, whose troops threatened his second harbor town, Banten (west of Jakarta). Sunda felt squeezed and was in need of strong friends. Thus, the king hoped the Portuguese would return quickly and help him protect his important harbor. But they came too late. For in 1527 the Muslim leader Fatahillah appeared before Kalapa with 1,452 soldiers from Cirebon and Demak.

According to some historians, this victory of 1527 provided the reason for Fatahillah to rename Sunda Kelapa, Jayakarta, which means "Great Deed" or "Complete Victory." On the basis of this victory, Jakarta celebrates its birthday on June 22, 1527; the day Fatahillah gave the town a name of victory of over Sundanese Hindus and Portuguese sailor. Prince Jayawikarta, a follower of the Sultan of Banten, resided on the west banks of Ciliwung river, which in the early 17th century reached the roughly at our starting place, the Lookout at Pasar Ikan. He erected a military post there in order to control the mouth of the river and the Dutch who had been granted permission in 1610 to build a wooden go down and some houses just opposite there on the east bank. Dutch ships had already come to Jayakarta in 1596. The Prince tried to keep a close eye on these unruly guests.

To keep its strength equal to that of the Dutch, Prince Jayawikarta allowed the British to erect houses on the West Bank of Ciliwung River, across the Dutch go down, in 1615. The Prince granted permission to the British to erect a fort closed to his Customs Office post. Jayawikarta was in support of the British because his palace was under the threat of the Dutch cannons. In December 1618, the tense relationship between Prince Jayawikarta and the Dutch escalated. Jayawikarta soldiers besieged the Dutch fortress that covered two strong go down, namely Nassau and Mauritus. The British fleet made up of 15 ships arrived. The fleet was under the leadership of Sir Thomas Dale, former governor of the Colony of Virginia, now known as Virginia State in the United States.

The British admiral was already old and was indecisive. After the sea battle, the newly appointed Dutch governor Jan Pieter Soon Coon (1618) escaped to Molucca to seek support. Meanwhile, the commander of the Dutch army was arrested when the negotiation was underway because Jayawikarta felt that the Dutch deceived him. Then, the Prince Jayawikarta and the British entered into a friendship agreement.

The Dutch army was about to surrender to the British when in 1619, a sultan from Banten sent soldiers and summoned Prince Jayawikarta for establishing closed relationship with the British without first asking an approval from Banten authorities. The conflict between Banten and Prince Jayawikarta as well as the tensed relationship between Banten and the British had weakened the Dutch enemy. Prince Jayawikarta was moved to Tanara and died in Banten. The Dutch felt relieved and tried to establish a closer relationship with the Banten. The Dutch fortress garrison, along with hired soldiers from Japan, Germany, Scotia, Denmark, and Belgium held a party in commemoration of the change in situation. They name their fortress after Batavia to recollect the ethnic group Batavier, the Dutch ancestor. Since then Jayakarta was called Batavia for more than 300 years.

Under the relationship of J.P Coen, Dutch army attacked and destroyed the city and Jayakarta Palace on May 30, 1619. There were no remains of Jakarta except for the Padrao stone now stored at the National Museum in Jakarta. The Jayakarta grave was possibly located in Pulau Gadung. If we stand on top of Menara Syahbandar and look around, we can enjoy the beautiful panorama in the oldest area of Batavia. Certainly, we can't enjoy the remains of the city Sunda Kelapa or Jayakarta. Kasteel or the Dutch fortress, too, has been destroyed. Here we can see several remains from the mid-17th century. Nearly all of the remains are related to trade and sailing.

Syahbandar Tower was built 1839 to replace the old flagpole in ship dock located right on the side across a river. From the pole and later the tower, officials observed ships about to anchor gave signals. The tower then is used a meteorology post. To the West of the Lookout Tower, we can see the view of the present Bahari Museum. The museum represents a very old and strong edifice with Dutch architecture. The museum also provides several maps of the city, with stages of the city development shown. The museum is part of something in Dutch called Westzijdsche Pakhuizen (Warehouse on the West bank. Here nutmegs, pepper, coffee, tea, and cloth in a large scale were used to be stored.

The area around Syahbandar Tower was once the center of Kota Batavia. It was the center of a trading network with wide spread agents reaching Deshima (Nagasaki) in Japan, Surate in Persia and Cape town in South Africa. Inter-trade among Asia was more profitable than inter-trade between Asia and Europe. And the Pasar Ikan (Market Fish) once was the pulse. Here, the site where the origin of the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, came from.

Jakarta is accessible via two international airports. The main airport is the commercial Soekarno-Hatta international airport, Indonesia’s principle arrival gate although located now in a different province; and the Halim Perdanakusumah airport, which was once an air force base but is now used for the arrival of visiting heads of states and dignitaries. Numerous domestic airlines serve the entire archipelago from the Soekarno-Hatta airport supplying direct connections from international flights to regional destinations. Buses may take passengers to the city and other towns on Java, primarily to Bandung.

Jakarta has plenty of taxis, that stand by at hotels and malls or can be called by phone. To avoid traffic jams, Jakartans use the Trans-Jakarta buses, popularly known as :Busway, for rapid transit, because it has its own exclusive lane. Unfortunately the Busway as yet serves only a few routes. Cruise ships often call at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok harbor.

Travelling to destinations on the island of Java besides taking the plane, there are frequent overland train connections available from Gambir station, the city’s main railway station. Or one can travel by tourist bus or private car by wide toll roads.

For more detailed information on Jakarta, visit Enjoy Jakarta, the official site of Jakarta travel.
People & Culture

Since the 5th century the area around present-day Jakarta has been an important trading port. People from across Java, but also from Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan as well as traders from China, India and the Middle East came to settle here, some keeping to their own exclusive communities, others integrating into a new community, now known as the Betawi ethnic group, the original inhabitants of Jakarta.

The Betawi have now their own culture, suggesting the string of influences that reached these shores over the centuries. A long process of selectively borrowing and uniquely blending Chinese, Arab, Portuguese and Dutch elements with local ingenuity have together produced the colourful, composite Betawi culture. The word “Betawi” itself is derived from the word “Batavia” the name given to this city by Dutch administrators.

With the influx of more people from throughout Indonesia especially after Independence and the designation of Jakarta as the nation’s capital, the Betawi people have held their own although now predominant only in a number of pockets in this metropolis. Most Betawis are landowners or live from the land. By the Pasanggerahan river, Betawi residents staunchly protect their river and the environment from city pollution and encroachment of industrialization. The Betawi icon is the huge doll called “Ondel-ondel” that parade at weddings or circumcisions.

Most noticeable are their wedding celebrations which can go on for days. Everyone is invited where guests are entertained with Betawi music and dance and film shows that go well into the night, while being sustained with bananas, peanuts and hot tea.

The red costume of the bride is clearly inspired by the Chinese ceremonial wedding dress complete with tassels covering her face, while in contrast, the groom’s costume is inspired by Arab and Indian influences.

The Betawi people are known for their straightforward and democratic language. They are open and humourous in nature, although they can be tough when confronted. Because of this, the Betawi dialect and expressions are very popular with today’s Indonesian youth and are widely used on television shows, so that in daily life the dialect is now spoken throughout Indonesia.

Original Betawi traditional life can be experienced at Setu Babakan at Srengseng Sawah in South Jakarta. Here performances of the traditional Betawi lenong (comedy play), and the topeng (mask) dance are shown regularly. A traditional house built in the 1920’s which is often used as location for film shooting can be admired here. The best time to visit Setu Babakan is in June and July when annual festivals are held.

Outside these locations, Jakarta residents are predominantly modern and very fashion conscious. Since the majority embraces the Muslim faith, one sees women wearing the “jilbab” veil covering their hair. However, Indonesia’s jilbab is not the severe black used in the Middle East. Here women are elegantly covered in colourful dress, colour-coordinated from head to toe, complete with high heels, matching bag and decorated veils. However, wearing the jilbab is a personal choice coming from personal conviction. Others are free to wear “decent” dress.

The kain-kebaya national costume is a must to wear on official occasions, while men may wear either jacket and tie or long-sleeved batik shirts. With the recognition of Batik as World Heritage by Unesco, batik dresses have become popular for day or evening wear, and on special days as office wear.

As a melting pot of all the diverse ethnic groups that make up Indonesia, Jakarta is also where one finds the best in modern Indonesian artistic expressions. Here are painting and art galleries showing the works of Indonesia’ maestros, classical concerts held by Jakarta’s own Symphonic Orchestra, popular music gigs and regular fashion shows, while malls and exhibitions offer the rich artistic products from throughout the country.

Foreign embassies, including the Netherlands, Japan, and France have their own cultural centers, offering concerts, plays, speakers, and films from their different countries.

A melting pot of many nations and cultures, Jakarta is a perfect way to satiate your taste buds. The native people are called Betawi, and their simple yet tasty dishes have become the favorite of many Indonesians and foreigners. Try Soto Betawi (some kind of soup), it's sold almost anywhere from the warung--cafe--to fancy restaurants. If you think Jakarta's weather too hot, try es campur--mixed ice with certain fruits, syrup and milk, refreshing!

Other traditional cuisines can be found practically anywhere, also international food. For more information, try our Jakarta Dining Guide.
Tourism Office

Jl K. H. Abdul Raham No. 2 Kuningan Barat, Jakarta

Phone. (62-21) 5209689, 5209571, 52052155, 5209677

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