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Many of the world's most ancient wonders can be found in Indonesia. From sacred temples to palace ruins, from prehistoric remains to living traditions, visitors from around the world come to Indonesia, attracted by its unique and diverse cultures and vibrant heritage.

Whether you take the opportunity to see traditional batik cloths being made, experience centuries old customs and festivities with a visit to a traditional village, or soak up some history in one of Indonesia's many museums – the list of heritage attractions appears endless.

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  • Jakarta’s Oldest Chinese Temple

    Jakarta’s Oldest Chinese Temple

    Jakarta has no less than 140 Chinese temples across this sprawling cosmopolitan city. However, oldest among them all is the temple at Petak Sembilan in Jakarta’s Chinatown, locally better known as Glodok.   Originally built in 1650 by Chinese lieutenant Kwee Hoen, the temple was called Koan Im Teng, dedicated to the goddess Kwan Im. In its long history, this Taoist temple changed names a number of times. In 1740 at the horrific...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta

     
    Jakarta’s Textile Museum

    Jakarta’s Textile Museum

    The Indonesian islands are famous for their magnificent hand-woven cloths, colors and designs in material and creations, some intricate, others stunning in their pure simplicity. Each of the thousands of Indonesian islands produces its specific textile, most often based on philosophical and religious values that have been handed down through the generations.   To get a glimpse of the wide variety of these textiles, a visit to the Jakarta...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta

     
    The Cave of Virgin Mary at Kerep, Ambarawa

    The Cave of Virgin Mary at Kerep, Ambarawa

    For those who travel toYogyakarta, Solo or Semarang, the Cave of the Virgin Mary, or Gua Maria Kerep Ambarawa (GMKA for short) - is a meaningful destination for Catholics and has also become a point of interest for tourists of varying religions.   Established in 1954, the year declared by Pope John Paul II as the Year of Virgin Mary the Immaculate, the Cave is meant to increase faith and devotion in the Virgin Mother. Since its...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kab. Semarang

     
    The unique Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Gianyar, Bali

    The unique Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets in Gianyar, Bali

    The Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets, or in bahasa Indonesia, Rumah Topeng & Wayang Setia Darma (RTWSD), is home to the world’s largest collection of masks and puppets, displaying artifacts from multiple regions across Indonesia, many countries around Asia, and even as far as Italy and Africa. This magnificent display of culture is located in the village of Banjar Tengkulak Tengah in the Gianyar Regency, Bali. Aside from being a...

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    Location: Bali » Bali » Kab. Gianyar

     
  • Lampung Museum

    Lampung Museum

    Lampung Museum is the only museum in Lampung Province, the southernmost province on the island of Sumatra, as well as a significant monument amongst the Lampung community. It is strategically located just 15 minutes from the heart of Lampung’s capital city, Bandar Lampung.   With the use of Lampung’s distinct architectural style, the museum is a path to retracing the past through an extensive display of prehistoric artifacts,...

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    Location: Sumatra » Lampung

     
    The Bengkulu Museum

    The Bengkulu Museum

    The Museum of a city is most often an inextricable part of the city’s history and culture. As a province and city once colonized by the British, Bengkulu holds the heritage of various cultures and nations combined in one place. Here in The Bengkulu Museum, we find a vast collection of objects, images, audios and ancient texts. Each, a timeless piece of eras gone by; a preserved moment from a fascinating history; a story of a time long since...

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    Location: Sumatra » Bengkulu » Kota Bengkulu

     

    Thay Hin Bio, the oldest Chinese Temple in Teluk Betung, Lampung

    Bandar Lampung is a pleasant and quiet city, priding itself in picturesque bay views, tasty, authentic dishes and good-natured inhabitants of an amiable culture. It is the capital city of Lampung, the most densely populated province in Sumatera with about 7.5 million people calling the place home. Although those of Chinese ancestry represent just a small portion of its population, Lampung is sprinkled with numerous Chinese temples, the most...

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    Location: Sumatra » Lampung » Kota Bandar Lampung

     

    Barus port

    The small port of Barus, located on the north west coast of the province of North Sumatra facing the wide Indian Ocean, was once the main exporter of the world’s  camphor and camphorwood. So much so that even until today the word camphor in bahasa Indonesia is known as Kapur Barus, meaning the chalk from Barus. Today, though Barus is a sleepy inter-island port serving traditional boats carrying goods and merchandise, plying the seas...

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    Location: Sumatra » North Sumatra » Kab. Tapanuli Tengah

     
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