Selasa, Desember 27, 2011

History of Indonesia’s Batik

Batik is historically derived from the days of Indonesian Fathers, known since the seventeenth century, written and painted on palm leaves. At that time batik motif or pattern is still dominated by the shapes of animals and plants. But in the history of the development of batik have evolved, from painting motifs of animals and plants slowly turned to abstract motif that resembles a cloud, temple reliefs, beber puppets and so on. Furthermore, through the merger of painting with the art of decorating style clothing, batik art emerge as we know it today.

Type and traditional batik patterns have very much motif, but the pattern and its variations in accordance with the philosophy and culture of each region that very diverse. Cultural treasures such a rich nation Indonesia has prompted the birth of various styles and types of traditional batik with the characteristics of its own specialty.

The development of Batik in Indonesia
The history of batik in Indonesia associated with the development of the Majapahit kingdom and the kingdom afterward. In some records, the development of batik is mostly done in times of Mataram kingdom, then in the kingdom of Solo and Yogyakarta.

Batik art is the art image on the cloth for clothing which became one of the family cultures of the kings of ancient Indonesia. Initially batik is done only limited in the palace alone and proceeds to dress the king and his family and his followers. Because many of the followers of the king who lived outside the palace, the art of batik was brought by the palace and carried them out in place of each.

The Process of Making batik
In the development of batik art gradually imitated by the people nearest and further extends the work of women in the household to fill leisure time. Furthermore, batik clothes that used only the royal family then became popular folk clothing, both women and men.

White fabric that is used when ancient time is the result of homespun. Coloring materials are being used consists of plants native to Indonesia made itself among others of: mengkudu tree, tinggi, soga, nila, and the soda material made from soda ash, and salt is made of mud.

So this batik in Indonesia has been known since the time of the Majapahit kingdom and continued to grow until the next kingdom. As for starting the spread of this batik art belongs to the people of Indonesia and Java in particular tribe is after the end of the eighteenth century or early nineteenth century. Produced of manual batik (we have to write the patters manually) is all up to the early twentieth century and printed batik is known only after the 1st world war or about 1920. Now, batik has become part of Indonesia's traditional clothing.

Pekalongan Batik
Although no official records to be known when the batik began in Pekalongan, but according to estimates batik Pekalongan is already exist around the year 1800. In fact, according to data recorded at the Ministry, batik was made 1802, like a small tree motif in the form of clothing material.

However, a significant development expected to occur after a major war in the year 1825-1830 in the kingdom of Mataram are often referred to Diponegor war. With the onset of this battle royal family and urged his followers to leave many areas of the kingdom. They then spread toward the East and West.

To the east of Solo and Yogyakarta Batik batik patterns that have been perfected in Mojokerto and Tulungagung to spread to Gresik, Surabaya and Madura. Batik is being developed westward in Banyumas, Kebumen, Tegal, Cirebon and Pekalongan. Given this migration, the batik Pekalongan is preexisting growing.

Over time, Batik Pekalongan has evolved considerably in comparison with other regions. In this area Batik developed around the coastal areas, namely in the area of the city and region Buaran Pekalongan, Pekajangan and Wonopringgo.

Pekalongan Batik Museum
Pekalongan public encounter with various nations such as China, Dutch, Arabic, Indian, Malay and Japanese in ancient times have colored the dynamics in full color motifs and batik art.

In connection with the several types of batik motifs result of the influence of various countries are then known as Pekalongan batik identity. As for motive, among others Jlamprang inspired batik from India and Arabia, batik Encim and Klengenan, influenced by the Peranakan Chinese, batik Pagi - Sore by the Dutch, and batik Hokokai, growing rapidly since the Japanese occupation.

Cultural development of printing techniques using dye lid motif night (candles) on the cloth which was then called batik, indeed inseparable from the influence of those countries. This shows the context of flexibility batik from time to time.

Pekalongan batik became highly distinctive because it relies entirely on hundreds of small businesses, rather than on a handful of entrepreneurs. Since decades ago until now, most of the production process Pekalongan batik done in homes. As a result, Pekalongan batik fused Pekalongan closely with community life which is now divided into two administrative regions, namely the Pekalongan Municipal and Pekalongan District.

Tidal development of Pekalongan batik, show Pekalongan worthy of being an icon for the development of batik in the archipelago. The icon for works of art that never gave up with the times and always dynamic. Now, batik has become a breath of everyday life in Pekalongan residents and it is one of the flagship products. This is because many industries that produce batik. Since the famous with batik products now Pekalongan known as the City of Batik. The nickname comes from a long tradition rooted in Pekalongan. During that long period, various properties, the variety of uses, type design, and quality of batik is determined by the climate and the presence of fibers of local, historical factors, commerce and community readiness to accept and understand new ideas.

Batik is an art culture that is admired the world, among the traditional variety produced by dye technology hurdles, none of which can be present as beautiful and as smooth as batik Pekalongan.

Mendut Temple - Indonesia's Hystory

Legacy of glory and fame school of Mahayana Buddhism in particular there are still building temples as evidence of history in Indonesia include: Borobudur, Mendut, Pawon, Sewu, Kalasan, Plaosan, Ngawen, Sari, Sojiwan and Granary Temple. All the history of the temple building was located on the southern part of Central Java province. There are also Barelang temple in Riau, Sumatra and the Gunung Temple in the Old South Tapanuli.


Mendut founded by the first king of the Wangsa Syailendra dynasty in 824 AD, based on the Karang Tengah inscription in 824 AD, named Indra with Cri Sanggramadananjaya title. This temple is facing southwest. Mendut (= Venuvana) meaning bamboo forest. History Mendut built earlier than the Borobudur and often is used to Mendut Buddhist religious ceremonies.

The only room in the temple there is an altar which includes three statues, the statues are located facing the entrance, visible from the middle is the statue of Sakyamuni - Buddha statue with chakra mudra, the right of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue crowned Buddha Amitabha and the left, there is a statue Vajravani Bodhisattva. The number of stupas that is around the temple as many as 48 pieces. It’s high about 26.4 m. This temple was rediscovered in 1836.

In 1897-1904 again reorganized as corrected. And in 1908 renovation improvements held by Th. Van Erp, followed in 1925. A number of stupas that have been recognized fitted to be restructured. Outer wall of the temple ornaments sculpted reliefs of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva who looks so very beautiful, besides there is the Bodhisattva Maitreya, Vajrapani and Manjusri. At the door of the room there are reliefs depicting angels’ kalpataru Hariti and Atawaka (Asylum and archaeological heritage, Central Java).

Jumat, Desember 23, 2011

Takabonerate - The Coral Heaven

Not many know that the National Park Takabonerate, Selayar Island regency, South Sulawesi, lays the 3rd largest coral islands in the world after Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and the Maldives Islands Suvadiva. If you already visited the center in Bulukumba pinisi boats don’t forget to cross the wade into these waters.

Waves slapping wooden ship with capacity 20 people were slowly tame. The traveler's eyes fixed on the sea that glowed in the distance. Gradations of blue and green water surrounded the coral that pops up. "Wow, is that atoll (coral)," asked Piotr Kordas (30), a tourist from Poland with a tone of awe.

Atoll is one type of coral islands are formed from skeletons of sea creatures is microscopic.

With the broad reach 220,000 hectares, atoll in the Flores Sea is like a strand lapislazuli and emeralds are "embeddable" in a stretch of ocean. In fact, the photos are scattered on various internet pages were not able to compete in this atoll sensation when witnessed firsthand.

As an initial illustration, look at the map. From Makassar boat sail 240 kilometers to the southeast or five-hour overland journey to Bulukumba. From there, you can wade through the Bira Port to Pamatata Port - Selayar Island with distance of 80 kilometers or about two hours away by fast boat.

Arriving at Pamatata, continue road trip as far as 60 kilometers or an hour towards the Citadel, the district capital Selayar Islands. Then, from Pier Pattumbukang at the Fort, visitors return to the region crossed Takabonerate. Two islands that could be an option is Jinato and Tinabo Great equally are pursued through the eight-hour cruise with a timber ship.

To save time, available Sabang Merauke Air Charter aircraft this flies Makassar-Selayar. By plane with22 people capacity, you can arrive at the airport Aroepalla, Selayar, within 40 minutes.

Sailing into Takabonerate is actually comparable to the experience on board. When I visit in order Takabonerate Festival, 19-22 November, there are sunny weather and relatively calm seas. However, South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo have to deal with bad weather and big waves that pick up the helicopter finally get to the island Jinato.

Weather and waves that cannot be predicted is one of the challenges to get to this location. You choose the sea route should prepare the drug.

Heaven atoll

As the name implies, Takabonerate means coral island in the sand. Coral species in this area is the coral reef barrier (barrier reef), fringing reefs (fringing reef), and coral reefs ring (atoll).

The three types of reefs are composed by biodiversity, ranging from live coral, dead coral, algae, seagrass beds, up to a mound of sand or Bungin (sand dunes). Coral is home to at least 362 species of reef fish, such as from family Chaetodontidae, Labridae, Scaridae, and 261 types of coral.

Coming to Takabonerate is mean preparing for a challenging marine tourism. In addition to the atoll, in the national park there are 21 grouping of islands that seven of them uninhabited. To explore it, we only have an option of motorized wooden boats.

One of the goals in Takabonerate certainly Tinabo Big Island, treats the main attractions in this area. From a distance, a wooden pier, a row of palm islands, white sand as soft as flour and waving as if to immediately approach.

Clear water and soft corals that we can enjoy with the naked eye. No wonder Piotr Kordas was immediately tempted to try snorkeling in this place.

Compared to other islands, a new island that has been equipped lodging and post-run monitoring Takabonerate National Park just the Tinabo Besar Island. Departing from here, visitors can go to-22 point dive to explore the underwater panorama, including seeing sharks (Sphyrna spp) to grouper from close range.

Various activities are also prepared to fill the time, such as tree planting and transplanting corals. The beauty of this island can be enjoyed even by walking along the beach area of five hectares.

Tinabo Besar is an option if you want to drown yourself in the peace of the island. Visitors can take a tour package offered by Hall TN Takabonerate with tariff Rp 800,000 to Rp 1 million per day. This includes the cost of transportation from the Citadel to Tinabo, accommodation, meals, and delivery to the point of the dive. Some travel agents who managed foreign businessmen also offer a similar package, but certainly in the U.S. dollar exchange rate.

If you want a memorable vacation, stay at home everyday people to explore and Bajoe Bugis who settled on the island. Some islands are usually visited by tourists are the Island and Island Rajuni Jinato.

Jinato island inhabited by 1327 the majority of residents work as fishermen. This place also hosts the Festival Takabonerate. Residents receive visitors who come to stay in their homes. At leisure, you can mingle with people who will be happy to serve coffee or tea.


Takabonerate do require travel to struggle and patience. Limited facilities and infrastructure, such as fresh water, resort, and telecommunications signals on the island is a challenge to develop tourism. Ships as the only mainstay for Takabonerate to be hired at a cost of Rp 2 million. Because there is no regular shipping.

Long and expensive journey sometimes makes tourists prefer traveling in Selayar no less seductive. Selayar east coast, for example, is known as a diving point dive junkies.

Jowvy Kumala (41), employees of telecommunications companies in Makassar, took a dive on the east coast prior to Takabonerate. "Its Biota is interesting because a lot of big fish. Feeling at home the fish could see the white shark fins and fish bumphead close, "said the woman who had to dive in Bunaken National Park and the Raja Ampat.

Tourism in Selayar can be solace for those who failed went to Takabonerate. This is the mission that was carried at least the local government. "To build a marine tourism, we started from because for the first Selayar Takabonerate is difficult," said Regent Selayar Syahrir Wahab.

In Selayar, do not forget to buy emping, one of domestic food in Takabonerate. Then, when returning to Bulukumba is time to stop at Bira Peninsula (known as a center for pinisi boat building). In this area are also available pinisi miniatures.

With emping, pinisi miniature, and shipping certainly it is hard to forget the sensation Selayar and surrounding areas.

ASEAN Tourism Forum Held in Manado

The tourism ministers of ASEAN countries will meet in the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), will be held in Manado, North Sulawesi, 8 to 15 January 2012. At the same time also held exhibitions and tourism exchanges or Travex (Travel Exchange), which bring together buyers and sellers of ASEAN and foreign tourism.

"Implementation of this time ATF 2012 held in Manado, because this city is one of the destinations MICE (Meeting, inventive, Convention and Exhibition) world class," said Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Nirwandar, Friday (23/12/2011) in Jakarta.

Sapta said, ASEAN tourism minister meeting in ATF 2012 is scheduled to take place at the Grand Kawanua Manado Convention Center on January 13, 2012. The meeting will be the theme of "ASEAN Go Green". In addition to tourism ministers from 10 ASEAN countries will attend the world tourism officials, among others, UN-WTO Secretary General, President of Aspac, and CEO of PATA, will be the speaker.

Meanwhile Travex activities will be followed by 400 buyers from foreign countries, 900 sellers, and 100 international media. Until December 19 1343 participants have already confirmed attendance with details of 383 buyers, 886 sellers and 74 international media. Kemenparekraf predict ATF totaling about 1,450 participants consisting of 400 buyers, 950 sellers and 100 media.

The buyers came from ASEAN, Asia, Aspac, Europe, Middle East, and America, were the sellers are from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Filipinos, and Thailand. The international media will come from ASEAN countries, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and America.

Indonesia hosted the Bandung conference in ATF (1986), Jakarta (1991), and Yogyakarta (1996).

Jumat, Desember 16, 2011

Selection of Exhibitors Indonesia Fashion Week 2012

The fashion industry is still ranked first in the creative economy industry in Indonesia. Recognizing the important role of the fashion industry in the national map trade and industry, Ministry of Industry gave its support in Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW 2012).

To enliven this fashion event, as many as 250 local fashion designers and entrepreneurs of small and medium enterprises will get a subsidy from the Ministry of Industry to participate fill out a fashion show. Until now there are more than 200 participants who follow this selection process. Subsidies will be provided in the form of a free booth, which will normally be rented for Rp 13-14 million.

"The granting of these subsidies are part of our efforts to achieve the target growth of the fashion industry, namely by cooperating with related associations and providing greater opportunities for entrepreneurs fashion that we consider have the potential to move forward," said Euis Saedah, General Director of Small and Medium (HPI) of the Ministry of Industry, in the event exhibitors gathering at the Ministry of Industry, South Jakarta, Friday (12/16/2011).

Subsidies provided through the selection process conducted by the fashion advisor, amounting to 13 people, consisting of fashion observers and actors. The assessment is based on the value of local products, creativity, innovation, diversity, and quality products. Products to be displayed include the product ready to wear, wedding, and Kidswear. Thirteen judges who select the Retno Murti (fashion editor and entrepreneur), Amy Wirabudi (InStyle magazine's editor), Ardistia Dwiastri (designer), Moses Widyatmodjo (designer), Elvara Jandini (stylist), Chitra Subiyakto (fashion stylist Square Indonesia), Fikri Satari (businessman), Susan Budihardjo (designer), Ninuk Pambudy (Senior Editors Compass), Tuty Cholid (designer), Jetty R Hadi (Director of Arts and Culture Indonesia Islamic Fashion Consortium), Tini Sardadi (owner Art Kea) , and Irma Hadisurya (former Deputy Chief Editor of Femina magazine).

"IFW is the best tool for the fashion industry to grow and develop. Not only more than 400 fashion exhibition that will be the main attraction of this business, including buyers and retailers, but also a means of empowerment through seminars and workshops to be held for four days. Event it also features 31 fashion shows from hundreds of designers, "said Amy Wirabudi, Chairman of the IFW 2012.

The event is held on the initiative of the Association of Indonesian Fashion Designers Entrepreneurs (APPMI) and supported by ACT (the event organizer Compass Group of Scholastic Magazine). IFW will take place starting on February 23 to 26 2012.

Kamis, Desember 08, 2011

Raja Ampat, Favorite Travel Destination!

Raja Ampat earned the accolade Favorite Travel Destination in Indonesia awards Tourism Awards 2011 in Jakarta, Thursday (08/12/2011) night.

Apart from Raja Ampat, Denpasar and Badung get the same award. This means the Province of Bali put the two cities / counties in the category of Favorite Travel Destination City.

While the city with the best service achieved is Malang. In the second place, onece again achieved by Denpasar-Bali.

Then, which a tourist attraction which become favorite tourist destination? Return Raja Ampat and Bali called. Three attractions include beach Waisai residing in Raja Ampat, Tanah Lot in Tabanan, Bali, and Park East Java, Malang.

Bali again called for winning the award in the Best Provincial Tourism Development. Besides Bali, won the same award are Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Special award given to Sawahlunto Tourism and the Pacific Islands Province.

Categories surveyed in the Indonesia Tourism Awards 2011 include county / city the best in travel services, city favorite tourist destination, and tourist favorite. There is also an award are chosen based on the competition program, the provincial government that is most committed to the development of tourism.

In addition, there are also awards for best supporting tourism industry is divided into sub-sectors, among others, star hotels, airlines, travel agents, taxis, restaurants, golf, spas, and shopping malls. Especially for hotels, golf, spa, travel agency, and the restaurant based on the judging.

SWA Magazine act as organizers of the survey. The survey was conducted in 25 cities. The cities selected are a list of cities with regional gross domestic income (GDP) in the area of the largest tourism.

In addition to the survey, also conducted by Focus Group Discussions (FGD). There are 60-90 tourists who we survey in each city, both foreign tourists and tourist archipelago.

The 25 cities are Belitung, Batam, Badung, Jakarta, Bogor, Cirebon, Denpasar, Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Manado, Padang, Palembang, Pekanbaru, Tanah Toraja, West Lombok, Raja Ampat, Sawahlunto, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya , Semarang, South Jakarta, Samarinda, and Medan.

The survey was conducted of 1,500 tourists archipelago consisting of 1350 tourists and 150 foreign tourists. Also involved 100 respondents from among professionals and executives. Aspects considered include cleaning, tourist information, reasonableness of cost, promotion, the diversity of objects, security, uniqueness of the object, and hospitality.

History of the Malay Archipelago Area Tourism Inaugurated

Today, Friday (12/09/2011), scheduled to be held the inauguration of the Malay Archipelago History Area Tourism (Sulalatus Salatin). The inauguration was marked by the unveiling History Area Tourism Samalanga Malay Archipelago.

The event was held on the initiative of the Foundation, chaired Tun Sri Lanang Pocut Haslinda Muda Hj In Azwar was supported by Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Bireuen regency.

"Tomorrow (Friday) event will we precede in the District Samalanga, to the tomb of Tun Sri Lanang," said Regent Bireuen Nurdin Abdul Rahman in the closing day seminar persona Tun Sri Lanang at his official home on Thursday (12/08/2011) night.

In addition to inaugurate the Malay Archipelago History Area Tourism Samalanga, will also be traveling to the site Tun Sri Lanang in Samalanga, signing the inscription Salalatus Salatin, the Monument Pocut Meuligue, and pilgrimages to the tomb of Tun Sri Lanang.

"We as heirs also will submit a Letter of waqf land titles to the Regent Bireuen. One hectare land area," said Hj Pocut Haslinda to, Thursday night.

Pocut Haslinda said, in the land area of one hectare, among others, will also be built Library Tun Sri Lanang. "Laying the first stone will be made tomorrow (today) after the signing of the inscription," said Haslinda.

History Area Tourism inauguration Samalanga Malay Archipelago is a string of seminars on the persona Tun Sri Lanang Sejaran Two Nations in Indonesia and Malaysia held in Bireuen District Office on Thursday. In addition followed by participants from Indonesia, the seminar also presents speakers from Malaysia and Singapore.

Sabtu, Oktober 01, 2011

Jakarta Moon Cake Festival 2011 in the Bank Mandiri Museum

Jakarta Moon Cake Festival 2011 took place lively at the Bank Mandiri Museum, Jakarta, Saturday (09/24/2011). Mooncake festival which is a typical cake of Chinese citizens took place two days until Sunday (25/09/2011).

Chairman of Youth Association of Indonesian Chinese who became a steering committee, Andrew Susanto said, "the event as good faith in preserving the culture of Indonesia" when opening the event.

The opening ceremony enlivened by the appearance of the dance studio dance Ronggeng Elania and discussions on preservation of historical buildings.

Moon Cake or pie moon is a symbolic manifestation of gratitude for blessings received during the year given by the almighty and to strengthen the relationship between humans as asserted by Adrian, who joined the Chinese Youth Association of Indonesia when presenting historical background of moon cake.

Celebration of cakes month or also known as the Chinese valentine falls on September 12th or 15th on the eighth lunar month by Chinese calendar at which time the full moon appeared very beautiful.

The event is supported by a number of communities such as the Community Around Us, Photography Lovers Community, Community of Love Our Heritage, as well as the Faculty of Chinese Literature, University of Indonesia is displaying a variety of activities such as photo exhibitions of Chinese culture, and Liong Lion Dance performances, musical performances and film screenings as well as no less importance of moon cake is a culinary tour.

The event gives a lot of knowledge about Chinese culture through a Moon Cake.

Kamis, September 29, 2011

Ambon Bay Festival Ready to be Held

Ambon Bay Festival in Ambon, Maluku, ready to be held September 30 and October 1, 2011. The festival which lasts for two days, a momentum to restore the image of Maluku after riots occurred in several areas in Ambon, 11 September.

"Convening this event is an attempt to show that Ambon Maluku or safe for tourist visits," said Head of Culture and Tourism Florence Sahusilawane Maluku, Ambon, on Thursday (29/09/2011).

In the festival, competitions will be held privately. Three of the four eyes of the race are closely related to traditions and culture of the people of Maluku.

The race was among them, arumbae manggurebe or arumbae traditional boat race. Arumbae was formerly used as a boat war society. There are ten groups of participants who plan to race. They not only come from Ambo n but also of the Ceram and Saparua.

Then race the traditional fishing boat with a fishing pole and traditionally is planned to be followed by the 104 boats. In addition, hosts boat races (bercadik) which pengayuhnya were women. They will be using the traditional clothing of Maluku, clothing Cele. Already there are 30 groups and boats have signed up to follow this race.

Last is the swimming relay race with a pool lane from the north side of Ambon Bay (Cape Martafons) and finished on the south side of the Bay of Ambon (Galala). Already there are 40 teams; each team amounted to two swimmers, who will follow this race.

Rabu, September 07, 2011

Krast Maros - World Heritage in The Land of Celebes - Indonesia

Rows cluster rock cliffs towering into the sky and stretching up to 43,750 hectares. Synergy with the blue sky contrasting with the green vegetation that is still natural and shaded by a thin mist, making the atmosphere was quiet, quiet, but romantic and mystical impressed. Yup! The impression that I felt when my first set foot in the Karst Maros areas (tower karst) or better known as the Stone Forest which was named the second largest and most beautiful in the world.

Stone Forest is a world heritage which is formed from the dissolution of limestone occurred thousands of years ago. Located on the road axis between the Makassar-Toraja tourists sites makes this a beautiful natural panorama of natural parks that are served to everyone who crossed the road trans-Sulawesi. However, world-class attraction is still not too in exposed so rarely visited by tourists. Though this saves a lot of uniqueness that can only be found in the region is world heritage.

It is Located in the village hamlets salengrang ramang-ramang, Maros regency, South Sulawesi. Karst Maros area can be reached by land transportation from the city of Makassar approximately 1.5 hours. Then to go into the forest of stone, we must use a local fishing boat to pass through the mangrove forest that blends with palm and pandanus trees that grow wild in the left-right path that we've been through. Occasionally we passed the rocky cliffs are home to Salalah habitat of one type of eagle. But what makes me more amazed again as it passes through a tunnel of huge chunks of rock that formed naturally. A ride on this boat takes approximately half an hour.

Uniqueness Karst Maros
When I first set foot in the forests of our stones are treated to harsh landscape of rocky cliffs that rose and green vegetation that is still meeting. But there are some interesting things can we meet this region. Including the following;

Goa-Goa, amounting to 268 and is the prehistoric site of the World.
Not only the beautiful stalactite and stalagmite caves served by existing Maros karst region, but the cave ornaments are formed from the leaching of carbonate rocks naturally makes it more beautiful caves to explore in deeper. Plus paintings on cave walls that are relics of prehistoric times, as well as some relics such as pottery and arrowheads that are serrated tools humans in prehistoric times. other than that here also discovered the longest cave in Indonesia, namely Salukkan Kallang cave, which extends for 27 km. as well as the deepest cave in Indonesia in the form of single wells, as deep as 260 meters in Leang Leaputte.
Rare biota danEndemik

In addition to the charming landscape and prehistoric relics are still preserved. Stone forest area is also saving rare and endemic biota, among which only one in the world. There are black monkey (Macaca Maura) and 125 species of rare butterflies. But there are some animals that tegolong very rare and has not been identified, such as the spider cave new species of palms of the hands of adults, blind cave fish are transparent, spider crab, branch-nosed bats, blind cave shrimp who was transparent, several types of crickets cave that has not been identified, and several other endemic animals.

Stone forest area is very wide. The wide to pass through several counties in southern Sulawesi, it is still an area with national park Bantimurung that in a claim by a British researcher Alfred Russel Wallace, as a natural butterfly palace largest and most comprehensive in the world. other than that this region still many other unique things, it's just a very broad area into two after the china has not been too in the explore by local government

Jumat, Agustus 26, 2011

Let's Visit to the Museum Pos Indonesia Bandung


Ever heard of Gedung Sate Bandung? Yes, most of the people of Indonesia must recognize the unique building with a roof-like skewer which is the center of government of West Java Province. But did you know that in the east wing of Gedung Sate stands a museum about the post which was built in 1931? Probably not many of us know, that in addition to the uniqueness of Gedung Sate is an already famous, historical sight there are no less interesting for our visit, namely Museum Pos Indonesia.

Museum Pos Indonesia can be said to record the history of postal services in Indonesia since the colonial period until Indonesia's independence. Building used as a museum was built around 1920 by architect J. Berger and Leutdsgebouwdienst, with the Italian Renaissance architectural style. Since 1933, the building area of 706 square meters is then functioned as a museum, with the name of the Postal Telegraph and Telephone Museum (often abbreviated as PTT Museum).

The outbreak of World War II and the Japanese Occupation in 1941 led to the museum with a collection of various objects from around the world this post is not neglected. Even since the revolution until the beginning of the end of 1979 the Museum PTT becoming less unnoticed. Only in early 1980, Perum Pos and Giro form a committee to revitalize the museum in order to function again as a means to showcase a collection of postage and telecommunications. This endeavor resulted in the inauguration of the museum on the day of the 38th Postel Bhakti, which is dated September 27, 1983 by Achmad Tahir, Minister of Tourism and Telecommunications at the time. The museum was named the Museum of Post and Giro, after the name of the government-owned company that oversees the museum

The name change occurred again in 1995, when the name of Perum Pos and Giro changed to PT Pos Indonesia (Persero). Name Museum of Post and Giro adjust to the new name of the company, became the Museum Pos Indonesia. The role and function of the museum is also growing. Not just a place exhibiting a collection, the museum is also a means of research, education, documentation, information services, as well as special attractions.

Amid the rapid development of information technology that increasingly allows sending messages, either through the Internet or mobile phone, making postal services more and less desirable. Correspondence and sending postcards is now as outdated. Therefore, the existence of the Postal Museum Indonesia increasingly important to show the development of messaging technology and goods from the early days of the postal company in the 1930s to the current service. Collection is on display not only limited to stamps and postcards, but also expanded with various postal equipment, books, and visualization and dioramas of posting activity. With the expansion of museum objects and collections, make this museum as a fairly complete postal museum tells the history of the postal company in Indonesia.


Museum Pos Indonesia is perfect for you the pegila philately, because the museum has about 50 thousand sheets of stamps from around 178 countries in the world. Collection is so rich is to be collected since the museum was founded, namely 1933 to present. Besides being able to enjoy the extensive collection of stamps, visitors can also see other postal items that will be full of historical value.

On the first floor, for example, tourists will be greeted by the exhibition of various supplies of employees since the colonial era to the present. In the space of this exhibition you can compare the development of official clothing postal employees, postal equipment also have looked very ancient. One of the salient figure is the statue of postal Indonesia, namely Mas Soeharto. Mas Soeharto was lost due to postal leaders kidnapped by the Dutch. The statue has become one of the leaders heading the effort to appreciate that a lot of merit in the development of postal services in Indonesia.

Still on the first floor, visitors are also shown various tools such as a letter scales, weighing packages, postal bags, postal stamp, vehicle carrier, and equipment, other equipment past the post. There is also a kind of replica depicting the postal employees who are working. The depiction of the replica is very helpful to know what the postal service in antiquity to the present. While in the corners of the room displayed all the pictures the process of making stamps, printing, until ready for use by consumers.

In addition to the first floor, showrooms and others are in the basement (basement). This is where the traveler can see the various collections of stamps from various countries. These stamps are placed in the cabinets of glass called vitrin. The composition of the cabinet is lined up from the oldest collection of the latest collections, with the stamp category that refers to the country of origin stamp was produced. Of the approximately 50 thousand stamp collection, some collection groups accidentally given a special security, such as iron bars and locked. This is because these collections of ancient and somewhat rare, so if assessed with nominal money, then its value will be very astonishing. Could reach billions of rupiah. To see it, tourists must be accompanied by any particular officer.

Most of the special stamp collections in this museum are from the Netherlands. It is not so surprising, because from the outset of this museum was founded by the Dutch-owned postal company. However, by no means the Postal Museum Indonesia neglected to show the history of the stamp world. One of his collection of paintings in the world's first stamps, called "The Penny Black". The stamp is illustrated head of Queen Victoria and was first published in 1840. In addition to painting the first stamp, the displayed image is also Sir Rowland, creator of the first stamp was originally an IRS worker in the UK. In a statement listed in the museum, we found out that initially the cost of mailing is borne by the recipient. However, this system eventually discontinued and replaced because it was a case of letter recipients who refuse to pay the cost of mailing.

In addition to the history of the world's first postage stamp, there are also the first stamps in Indonesia. The shape is not a painting, but the original stamps. The stamp which was published on 1 April 1864 is red wine with a picture of King Willem III. It costs about 10 cents when it

Various postal equipment in earlier times also on display in the basement, such as various forms of mailbox gathered from across the archipelago. Then there is also an ancient metal carts that were used to transport mail from the post office to the train station. While more modern equipment is an automatic stamp vending machines. Unfortunately, this machine is damaged.

Other collections are also quite valuable is the posters golden letters (golden letter). The posters are replicas of the letters are made in the days of ancient kingdoms in the archipelago, such as Mulawarman, Srivijaya, Tarumanegara, and Majapahit. Although the so-called golden letters, but in reality the image of the poster is no longer showing a glint of gold in the scratch letters. This is because the age of the letter has been for centuries, so when made replica no longer shows the color of golden sheen.

Museum Pos Indonesia is located in the east wing of Gedung Sate, precisely on Jalan Cilaki, number 73, Bandung, Indonesia. Building the museum together with the Head Office of PT Pos Indonesia.


Museum Pos Indonesia Bandung is located in the city center, making it easier for tourists who want to visit this place. Travelers can begin the journey from the city of Jakarta. Distance between Jakarta - Bandung adrift approximately 180 miles. From Jakarta, tourists can use private vehicles or public transportation.

When using public transportation, travelers can choose to use rail service or use public buses. Arriving at the train station or at the terminal in Bandung, you can use public transportation or taxi to the Gedung Sate. From Gedung Sate, you just walk towards the east side of the building. There are small signs to the museum. If confused, you can ask the security guard or staff of the West Java provincial government.

Museum is open every day from Monday - Sunday from 09.00 - 16.00. On national holidays the museum is closed. If tourists want to visit with the group in large numbers, you should notify in advance to the museum by phone 022-420195, aircraft 153. Confirmation of the visit is important so that the service manager of the museum remains the maximum.

Ticket Price
Tourists visiting the Museum Pos Indonesia no charge (free).

Accommodation and Other Facilities
Museum Pos Indonesia has been equipped with various facilities, such as permanent exhibition space, library space, collection storage space, garage space or repair of objects of collection, as well as administrative space. In addition, the Indonesian Postal Museum visitors can also ask the officers to accompany the visit, so you can visit more leverage.

Rabu, Agustus 24, 2011

Statue of General Sudirman - Jakarta

A majestic General Sudirman statue is coloring capital city of Jakarta. The statue measuring 12 meters and the 6.5-meter of high and voetstuk about 5.5 meters, located in the Upper Hamlet, before the House of BNI, in the middle of the road which divides adjacent to Jalan Sudirman and Jalan Thamrin. This bronze statue weighing 4 tons with a budget of Rp 3.5 billion and was undertaken by the artist and art lecturer Institute of Technology Bandung, Sunario.

The figure of General Sudirman depicted saluting a sturdy stand up and head slightly upwards to give a dynamic impression. Because standing in the middle of the area filled with diverse activities, the statue was designed intentionally simple and does not require a lot of details.

Sudirman statue of development plans and a number of sculptures that will adorn the main streets named after streets sticking in September 2001. The plan is the realization of a statue of the hero contest conducted in 1999. Location of the statue is a straight line that led from the Statue of the Youth Building in Kebayoran until National Monument obelisk.

The cost of building the statue which cost around Rp 6.6 billion came from employers, not from APBD DKI. As compensation businessman gets two points billboards in strategic locations, Upper Hamlet. While that determines the funding handed over to family Sudirman. Employers who have been designated to fund construction of the statue is PT. Patriamega. As compensation, PT. Patriamega earn two points billboard in a strategic area in Upper Hamlet, namely at point A and 6B. For the organizers of the billboard, that point is very strategic and most expensive resale value.

According to the plan of the statue of General Sudirman was due to be inaugurated June 22, 2003 to coincide Jakarta Anniversary 476, but not realized. Inauguration finally held on August 16, 2003. The inauguration was marred rallies a group of youths. Commander of Independence should be the symbol of the spirit of struggle of the Indonesian nation has now faded meaning of heroism. Because of General Sudirman is depicted in salute position. The position of the statue is considered out of place because as the Commander in Chief, Sudirman not properly deferential to any citizen who crossed the road, which was supposed to honor. This also was raised in the film Nagabonar 2. Yet the Governor of DKI Jakarta DKI accompanied by the Head of the Parks Department and one of the great family of General Sudirman, Hanung Faini, it inaugurated the founding of the Statue of General Sudirman.

General Sudirman was the leader of guerrilla forces during the independence war (1945-1949). He bears the gift of the Great Commander. Service and dedication to the nation and the country deserve to be remembered and memorialized.

Rabu, Agustus 17, 2011

Indonesian Batik Design Competition degree in American

NEW YORK (AFP) - Representatives of the Government of Indonesia in the United States will hold a batik design competition which will be followed by U.S. citizens in an effort to further popularize the land of Uncle Sam's batik, batik Indonesia following the enactment of cultural heritage as not-world objects by UNESCO last year.

According to information compiled by Reuters in New York on Monday, the competition was initiated by Ambassador to the U.S., Dino Patti Djalal, it will be hosted by the Consulate General in New York, Consulate General Los Angeles Consulate General in Houston, Consulate General Chicago Consulate General in San Francisco and under the coordination of the Embassy Affairs in Washington DC.

The competition will start as did the launch by the respective representative office at the U.S. RI in April-May 2011.

After the launch, all U.S. citizens in America are at least 16 years old can already send them to the batik design competition committee.

According to the Embassy in Washington DC, the target of this competition is among students or graduates of art schools and design, especially textile designs that exist in the U.S..

The competition jury will consist of experts in batik, Indonesia and American fashion designers, as well as figures of textile and clothing industries of both countries - are expected to buy a portfolio interest in winning the competition to be mass produced and sold in the U.S..

In addition to prize money, batik competition will also give opportunity to the three winners to follow the "tour batik" to Indonesia as well as exhibiting in Indonesia.

Announcement of winners of the competition itself will be held in San Francisco in November 2011.

Before determining the winners, the organizers at the semifinal stage will select 50 works best batik design, which will then be showcased on the activities of Indonesian Festival June 9, 2011.

There is also the final stage, the organizers chose 20 participants with the best design that will be invited to attend training on batik.

Competition titled "American Batik Design Competition" was organized through cooperation with non-governmental organization that focuses activities on efforts to provide education to the world of Asia, The Asia Society, and sponsored by a number of large American companies and Indonesia, among others, PT. Freeport Indonesia, Chevron, PT. Garuda Indonesia, Pertamina, and Caterpillar.

Meanwhile, according to The Asia Society, the launch of the "American Batik Design Competition" in Washington DC will be held on April 8 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The launching will also be filled with a batik exhibition, presentation of Indonesian food, cultural performances and fashion show by designer Denny Wirawan.

Selasa, Juli 26, 2011

Honai. Home for Papuans

Honai is a typical house in the central highlands of Papua which is inhabited by a tribe Damal; tribe Dani; tribe Moni; tribe Me; and relatives of other tribes in Papua. Honai houses made of wood with a conical roof made of straw or reeds.
Honai has a small door and have small windows, these windows serve to emit light into enclosed spaces, there is also honai who do not have to honai jendala women in general.
Honai structure built narrow or small in order to withstand the cold mountains. Inside this honai they put up a campfire in the tenga-tenga in order to warm their bodies at night. 

Honai house divided into three types, namely:
  1. Hi Tonggoi is Honai for men. Made larger in order to accommodate all men, whether traveling or heads of families in one village. Inside this tonggoi hi men mamasang bonfire in the middle and talk about life today and the future. Parents gather in honai His sons, and every night to teach them many things about the norms prevailing in society, and many things discussed in this honai.
  2. Hi Onggoi is Honai women. In honai specifically for women Mothers and daughters only, the form of rather small honainya within their family size.
  3. Boe Nai is Pig Cage. Honai was built just for maintenance pigs.

Minggu, Juli 10, 2011

Radya Pustaka Museum - Surakarta - Indonesia

Radya Pustaka Museum was built on October 28th, 1980 by Kanjeng Adipati Sosrodiningrat IV, all through the reign of Pepatih Dalem Pakubowono IX and Pakubowono X. It is located on Jalan Slamet Riyadi, lone of the foremost streets in Solo, in the Sriwedari Cultural and City Park, Surakarta.

To produce appreciation of the inventor of the museum, the Board of Paheman Radya Pustaka gives the first name of the eastern building the same as him. The building east of the museum was named WALIDYASANA, combination of the terms Walidi and Asana (place). This ground is bought by Sri Susuhunan Paku Buwana X worth of 65 thousand Dutch gulden from Johanes Busselaar under deed 13/VII thumbs down. 10 in 1877 tanaheigendom. To produce appreciation pro K.R.A. Sosrodingrat IV, the board made his effigy placed in the midpoint of the museum, which was formerly renowned as Loji Kadipolo.

The museum stored collection of ancient objects with the intention of be inflicted with a regard of distinguished art and history, such as marble and bust statues of Hindu and Buddhist era, ccollections of ancient keris (traditional Javanese weapon) and a variety of other traditional weapons, a fit of gamelan (traditional Javanese musical instrument), wayang kulit and wayang beber (traditional Javanese puppets), a collection of ceramics and other various art items. These items are gained from Kasunanan Palace, Kepatihan, GPH Hadiwijaya, donations and by purchasing.

Sabtu, Juli 02, 2011

Kasunanan Solo Palace

Kasunanan Palace is one of the exotic buildings in its time. One of the architects of this palace is Prince Mangkubumi (later titled Sultan Hamengkubuwono I) which is also the main architect of Kasultanan Palace (Yogyakarta). Therefore, it is not surprising that the basic pattern both palaces (the Yogyakarta and Surakarta) have a general equation. Kasunanan palace, as it is today, was not built simultaneously in 1744-45, but was built in stages by maintaining basic spatial patterns that remain the same as initially. Development and large-scale restoration recently performed by Susuhunan Pakubuwono X (Sunan PB X) who reigns from 1893 to 1939. Most of the palace is painted white and blue with a mixture of Javanese- Europe architecture.

Kasunanan Palace also known as Surakarta Sultanate Palace, built in 1745 by King Pakubowono II. It is the principal palace of Surakarta, and was built at the same time this city was found. This palace was intended to replace the old palace in Kartasura, about 12 km west of Solo.

In general, the division of the palace include: Alun-Alun Lor (North Square, Sasana Sumewa Complex, North Sitihinggil Complex, North Kamandungan Complex, Sri Manganti Complex, Kedhaton Complex, Kamagangan Complex, South Srimanganti Complex and South Kemandungan, and South Sitihinggil Complex and Alun-alun Kidul (South Square). These Palace complexes are surrounded by Baluwarti, a defensive wall of which height is about three to five meters and a thickness of about one meter without pavilion. These walls enclose an area with a rectangular shape. That area is about five hundred meters wide and about seven hundred meters long. The Palace complex that is inside the wall is from Kemandungan Lor to Kemandungan Kidul. Both complexes, Sitihinggil and squares, are not surrounded by this defensive walls.

The courtyard is dominated by a tower called Panggung Sanggabuwono, a mysterious tower where become the place of meeting between the King and Kanjeng Ratu Kidul, Javanese myth of the southern sea queens. Sanggabuwana Tower is the only monument in Indonesia which is full of dignity and peace, to tradition, art and culture of classical royal Javanese architecture.

Jumat, Juni 03, 2011

Nyi Roro Kidul (The Queen of the South Ocean) Sundanese Version

At one time, there lived a beautiful princess named Kadita. Because of her beauty, she was called Dewi Srengenge which means the beautiful sun. Srengenge is the doughter of King Munding Wangi. Although the king had a beautiful daughter, he was always sad because he really was always hoping to have boys. The king was then married to Dewi Mutiara, and gets a son from the marriage. And he is so happy.

Dewi Mutiara wants for his son later became king, and she was trying to get her wish was materialized. Then the Dewi Mutiara came to the king, and requested that the king sent her daughter away from the palace. Of course the king refused. "It's ridiculous. I am not going to let anyone who wants to act rude to my daughter", said King Munding Wangi. Hearing the answer, the Dewi Mutiara smiled and said sweetly until the king was not angry anymore. But even so, she still intends to fulfill her desire that.

In the morning, before sunrise, Dewi Mutiara sent aides to summon a shaman. She wants the shaman curse Kadita, her stepdaughter. "I want a her beautiful body full with scabies and itching. If you succeed, then I will give a reward that you never imagined before." The shaman obeys the queen. In the evening, the Kadita body was met with scabies and itching. When she awoke, she realized her body and filled with foul-smelling ulcers. The beautiful princess cried and did not know what to do.

When the King heard the news, he became very sad and invited many physicians to cure her daughter. He realized that his daughter's illness was not fair; someone must have been cursing or using santet. The problem becomes more complicated when the Queen Dewi Mutiara forced him to drive his daughter. "Your Daughter will bring misfortune for the whole country," said Dewi Mutiara. Because King did not want her daughter to be rumors all over the country, eventually he was forced to accept the proposal of the Queen Pearl to send her daughter out of the country.

The poor princess went alone, without knowing where to go. She was almost unable to cry anymore. She does have a noble heart. She does not hold a grudge to her stepmother, instead she always asked for God with him in a bear suffering.

Almost seven days and seven nights she walked until she reached the Southern Ocean. She looked at the ocean. The water is clean and clear, unlike other ocean water is blue or green. He jumped into the water and swim. Suddenly, when the Southern Ocean water touched her skin, miracles happen. Sores disappeared and there was no sign that she had scabies or itching. Instead, she became more beautiful than ever. Not only that, but now she has the power to govern the whole Southern Ocean. Now she became a fairy called Nyi Roro Kidul or Queen of the South Ocean that live forever.

Sabtu, Mei 07, 2011

Natural charm & history of Jepara Kartini Beach

The city is famous pro the city of Jepara in addition to carving, furthermore has a natural beauty with the intention of is very beautiful especially with the natural beauty of its beach. Equally a city located in the northern island of Java would not be surprised anymore if Jepara has coast resorts are quite a ration. Actually here are many tourist seats in the constituency of Jepara, here is the famous tourist beach, since it close to the Jepara's sea. These are approximately tourist a skin condition frequented by both community public or from outside Jepara

Tourism Kartini Beach is located 2.5 km to the west of Jepara Regency Hall. Sightseeing is located in the village Bulu Jepara constituency and is a natural attractions into tourist's marvel. Various at the bottom of facilities such as dock, generally aquarium turtles, motels, children's games (carousel, bath balls, cruiser currents), and others are unfilled pro visitors. The ambiance around the beach is quite cool indeed gives a evident impression pro visitors, so the place is very apposite pro family tree recreation or event is furthermore other relaxing. Visitors can consent to energy of exhausted of sitting under the gazebo while inhaling the fresh air with the sea wind

Regions with an area of ??3.5 ha of ground is a strategic area, since as sea moving routes to the inhabitant marine playground attractions Karimunjawa and lengthy Island. Now is furthermore already unfilled earnings of moving to the Publications of the KMP Kartini Beach pier. MURIA (5 hours travel time) and Fast Ship KARTINI I (travel calculate 2.5 hours). Also Kartini Beach can not getting away from from a traditional event called "Lomban". This event is a community-owned cultural event Jepara regency with the intention of lasted 1 time exactly on the 8th of Shawwal or the week with Hari Raya Idul Fitri.


Jepara Craft

For Kartini

Minggu, April 03, 2011


Mentawai tribe are the first inhabitants of the Mentawai Islands. Equally Nias tribe and tribe Enggano, they were supporters of the Proto-Malay cultures who matured on Archipelago Islands to the west. Mentawai residents residential area, in addition to the Mentawai Islands Pagai furthermore in North and South Pagai. This tribe is renowned as gatherers and as I initially learned not familiar with undeveloped. Typical tradition is the aid of tattoos all ended his body, which is correlated to the role and social status of its users.

Mentawai tattoo body painting is a tradition pro the tribal peoples in the Mentawai islands. Mentawai tattoo renowned as titi. This tattoo is a tattoo with the intention of is very unique and remarkable since it meets all of the body, from head to toe. For the Mentawai public, tattoos are timeless create with the intention of can be taken rancid. Or in other terms, tattooing tradition Mentawai public single be converted into a bring about of art as long as public who take it live. Inside addition, the tattoo furthermore serves as a interaction tool, namely to trade show identity and to differences in social status in society. 4503

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