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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

     
    Istana  Merdeka  and Istana Negara: Indonesia’s  historical Presidential Palace

    Istana Merdeka and Istana Negara: Indonesia’s historical Presidential Palace

    Standing  majestically  on the north side of the large Merdeka Square stands Istana Merdeka, or the Freedom Palace, the Official Residence and Office of the President of the Republic of Indonesia.   Facing the large Merdeka Square, here every 17th August  on Indonesia’s Independence Day the State Ceremony is held  on its steps and the palace gardens fronting it, attended by all dignitaries and Diplomatic Corps and...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Pusat

     
  • Pecinan, Semarang's Chinatown: Legacies of the Orient

      Semarang, capital city of Central Java Province, is a city blessed with a fantastic atmosphere of diverse cultural heritage from those who played their part in its precious history. The European touch of the Dutch colonial era are carved in the buildings in the Oudstadt (the Old City) complex, while the Middle East and Gujarat culture radiate strongly in the area of Pekojan – Kauman. In another quarter, Chinese predecessors of...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kota Semarang

     
    Pekalongan

    Pekalongan

    Less than 100 Km west of Semarang city, capital of Central Java Province, lies Pekalongan, a quiet little port city at the northern coast of Java.  As capital of the Pekalongan Regency, the city is best known for its colorful art of Batik, the Indonesian traditional fabric masterpiece that was declared ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’ by UNESCO in 2009.   If the Batik art of Solo and Yogyakarta from the interior...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kab. Pekalongan

     
    The Pancasila Building

    The Pancasila Building

    Another important building in Jakarta that witnessed  historical moments in  Indonesia’s fight for Independence and the establishment of the Constitution for the new Republic of Indonesia,  is the Pancasila Building. This is a small palatial building that now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but continues to be called Gedung Pancasila.     Here, on 1 June 1945 (two months prior to Indonesia&rsquo...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Pusat

     
    Benteng Heritage Museum

    Benteng Heritage Museum

    For those interested in the diaspora of the Chinese and how and when they settled in Indonesia should visit the small Benteng Heritage Museum in Tangerang, on the outskirts west of Jakarta.   The Benteng Chinese community by the Cisadane river belong to one of the first Chinese settlers in Indonesia, who intermarried and integrated with the local people, whose descendents of these mixed marriages are now known as Chinese Peranakan.  ...

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    Location: Java » Banten, DKI Jakarta » Kota Tangerang

     
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