Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Prambanan temple is extraordinarily beautiful building constructed in the tenth century during the reigns of two kings namely Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. Located in Centrl Java. Soaring up to 47 meters (5 meters higher than Borobudur temple), the foundation of this temple has fulfilled the desire of the founder to show Hindu triumph in Java Island. There is a tale about this temple. As the story tells, there was a man named Bandung Bondowoso who loved Roro Jonggrang but Roro Jonggrang had another man, the man was Joko Seger. To refuse his love, Jonggrang asked Bondowoso to make her a temple with 1,000 statues only in one-night time. The request was nearly fulfilled when Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and to set a fire in order to look like morning had broken. Feeling to be cheated, Bondowoso who only completed 999 statues cursed Jonggrang to be the thousandth statue.
Prambanan temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva temples. Prambanan also has panels of relief describing the story of Ramayana. Experts say that the relief is similar to the story of Ramayana that is told orally from generation to generation. If you see the relief in detail, you will see many birds on them; they are real birds as we can see on the earth right now. Relief panels of such birds are so natural that biologists can identify their genus. One of them is the relief of the Yellow-Crest Parrot (Cacatua sulphurea) that cites unanswered question.. You can discover many more things in Prambanan. You can see relief of Wiracarita Ramayana based on oral tradition.

So what you waiting for...prepare your stuff and go....

Monday, March 30, 2009


Komodo Island located in Nusa Tenggara Timur Regency, Flores. Komodo is one of scarce reptiles which still survive in Indonesia. Big lizard with strong tail that can hurt anyone. According to the tale, there was a mystical lady called the Dragon Princess lived on a remote island. She was married to a man named Najo. She conceived and gave birth to an egg she kept in a cave. A komodo dragon hatched out of the egg and was given the name Ora. A child, Gerong, was born at the same time. One day Gerong went out to hunt deer in a forest. He ran into Ora, who wanted to eat the deer being pursued. Gerong became enraged and was on the verge of killing Ora. The princess appeared at the last moment to remind them that they were twins. Gerong calmed down and behaved kindly toward Ora.
Remembering this myth, islanders treat the lizards they call Ora humanely. They feed aged komodos who are no longer capable of stalking prey, while the youngsters are free to chase deer and other animals in the forest. Thus, there are thousands of these rare dragons today.
The cave where Ora is said to have hatched is called Loang Atawini, on southern Komodo Island. There, the grave of Najo is also highly venerated. The Dragon Princess herself has no burial place, because locals feel certain that she is immortal and comes back when necessary to protect the island.
The old story and the Komodo culture are only part of the charm the island has to offer. Various beautiful places can be found in Komodo National Park (TNK), including Banu Nggulung, Merah Beach, Poreng-Sabieta, Mt. Ara and Mt. Satalibo
The prehistoric lizards can reach over three meters long and weigh as much as 90 kilograms. Besides Komodo Island, they are scattered on Rinca Island and a number of surrounding islets. Rinca's dragons are a bit fiercer, with yellowish skin. Komodos are solitary animals, very seldom seen in groups except in Banu Nggulung. Banu Nggulung is the location to watch and photograph komodos with ease. Komodos often appear on the route to Banu Nggulung, poised to devour the unwary. Therefore, visitors are not allowed to walk alone; they must be accompanied by national park guides or forest rangers.
Komodo Island also boasts a beautiful panorama of two brownish hills, Poreng and Sabieta, with expanses of grassland and rows of palmyra trees.
Another lovely spot is Mt. Ara, which is 510 meters above sea level and has a campground. One can get there via an 8-kilometer path from Loh Liang. Finally, Mt. Satalibo is the farthest destination from Loh Liang. With an altitude of 735 meters, it is the tallest mountain on Komodo
How to reach Komodo Island.
You can enter Komodo Island pass through Sape, on Sumbawa Island in West Nusa Tenggara. Tourists can take a ferry from Labuanbajo or Sape and disembark in Komodo Island waters before proceeding by sampan to the Loh Liang terminal. Fishermen's motorboats or speedboats can also be hired at negotiable fares. It takes 4 hours to travel from Labuanbajo to Loh Liang by motorboat
You can reach Labuanbajo by any major form of transportation. It takes four days by bus or sea from Jakarta. In order to save time, visitors can fly from Jakarta to Mataram, Lombok, and then go by bus to Sape and further by speedboat to Loh Liang.
Komodo National Park feels like a remote area. That is because its natural and geographic conditions are different from most other regions in the country.
The climate is relatively dry, with average rainfall of 800 to 1,000 millimeters. Its rainy season, which runs from January to April, and its longer dry spell affect the forms and types of flora and fauna.
Covering an area of almost 220,000 hectares, the TNK mainly comprises Komodo (33,937 hectares), Rinca (19,625 hectares) and Padar (2,017 hectares), plus Gili Motang and a number of islets and their waters. Flanked by two provincial borders, it lies in the Sape Strait between the western tip of Flores and the eastern tip of Sumbawa.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


This island constitutes the second largest island in the world after Greenland. Its become one of tourist destination cause it is so exotic. Now a days, we can find hotels easyly,The nature is unique mark by mountain ranges with eternal snow on the top. The impenetrable luxuriant forest covering most of the island. Therefore, its communities tend to live isolated each other. Intergroups relations become not intensive too.
From around 250 existing tribes, two of them are very well known. These are the Dani inhabiting the Baliem valley and the Asmat living on the southwestern part of Irian Jaya. The natural environment of the dani community is found in the Baliem valley. They are dry field workers with sweet potatoes as the main plants. Whereas the Asmat, on the other hand, are living on lands that are constantly wet throughout the year. There for its land and their stilts supported houses are formed from mud sediment and swamps, flowed through by rivers and the affect of the high rise and fall of the tides. Asmat has excellent woodcarvers who are called “wow ipits”. Carving is carried out toward all goods made of wood. Daily goods as well as traditional rituals equipment.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


The National Monument, known as MONAS, is the landmark of Jakarta, Indonesia. The high monument with beautiful design and it has eternal flame covered by pure gold.on its top.

The construction of the Monument National started on August 17, 1961 under the supervision of the National Monument Committee led by the first President of the Republic Indonesia, Ir. Soekarno. It was built by means of mutual cooperation of the Indonesian people. The aim and purpose of the construction of the National Monument are :
To commemorate and immortalize the date 17-08-1945 : THE PROCLAMATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA as the embodiment of the NATIONAL RELOLUTION. (It immortalized the number 17-08-1945, in its measurements)
To reflect the fighting zeal of the Indonesian people in solidifying the spirit and exalting the sublimity of the struggle for independence. (This is symbolized in the obelisk and the eternal flame on its top)
To evoke inspiration and educate the present and future generations by familiarizing them with the significance and greatness of the struggle, identity, culture, and dignity of the Indonesian people. (This is displayed in the form of dioramas which depict the milestones of the Indonesian history, located in the Museum of National History)
To introduce the National Monument to the international world as a whole as one aspect of tourism object.
The National Monument built in Jakarta has several consider nation as Jakarta is:
The City of Proclamation, where the Independence of the Indonesian Nation was proclaimed on August 17, 1945
As the Capital City of the Republic of Indonesia.
As the location of the National Monunent construction at that time was chosen Merdeka Square because of several factors :
The location is more or less in the center of the Capital City of Jakarta.
The area is quite ideal.
It is surrounded by several Government buildings.
It has a historical value where the Indonesian people experienced an ordeal on September 19,1945,when a mass meeting was held at he IKADA SQUARE and now it is popularly known as the LAPANGAN MERDEKA to voice its very determined will to enforce its unity and defend its freedom even when confronted by surrounding Japanese troops with drawn bayonets and armored cars.
The National Monument and its Historical Museum is entirely a monumental Indonesian architecture of National importance inspiring the struggle of the Indonesian Nation now and afterwards to achieve the national objective as formulated in the Preambule of the 1945 Constitution, to reinforce the Pancasila awareness in life and as historical monument of the Indonesian Nation.
As the center and soul of The National Monument, the National spire will propagate its influences and power to attract day and night everyone who is or will be in its surrounding and award its WELCOME to everyone entering Jakarta, the Capital City of Indonesia.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Kalimantan the black orchid

This large land mass in truly a floral paradise of tropics, thelungs of the earth, storing in it millions and millions cubic meters of fresh water, flowing in the island's giant rivers.
The rivers offer an important means of transportation for communities living in the hinterlands comprising tens and tens of small ethnic groups, referred to in general as The dayak people. They are known for heir cultire of long houses, ancestor worship, primitive handicrafts and their live of shifting cultivation.
The population in the coastal areas are Malays or Banjarese Malays who keeping the Islamic faith. While in West Kalimantan, the region's Chinese majority population are still preserving their typical chinese culture in the form of their arts and ceramics industries.

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