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As a country with over 350 cultural ethnic groups, the cultural diversity of Indonesia deserves to be explored. Discover unique cultures and witness traditional life in Indonesia with a visit to one of the many  traditional local villages where residents maintain indigenous cultures, living just as their ancestors did centuries ago. Spread throughout Indonesia, traditional villages offer the chance to experience something uniquely Indonesian, places where traditional beliefs and rituals, practices still dominate daily life.  The traditional communities and cultural groups who live in these villages still practice their ethnic rituals, customs, produce exotic arts and crafts and wear traditional clothes. The main attraction of these villages is the chance to see and experience distinctive cultures which remain free from influences of modernisation. A visit to a traditional village is an unforgettable experience and offers the rare opportunity to embrace a purely village atmosphere.

 

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  • Kepuhsari Village:  where the Sophisticated Craft of the Wayang Shadow Play is kept alive

    Kepuhsari Village: where the Sophisticated Craft of the Wayang Shadow Play is kept alive

    Indonesia’s art of Wayang Kulit,  more popularly known as the Wayang Shadow Play, is among  the world’s greatest story-telling tradition and is recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  Embedded in the ancient Javanese culture since the 8th century, the art has been performed in villages to cities and royal courts for hundreds of years, and remains very much alive until today...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kab. Wonogiri

     
    Kedisan Village at the foot of Mt. Batur

    Kedisan Village at the foot of Mt. Batur

    Kedisan is a small rural village nestled at the foot of the Mount Batur on the island of Bali, at the edge of Lake Batur, the largest lake in on the island. The village sits amidst the panoramic setting of the crescent shaped lake and the majestic volcano filling the skyline above. It is one of 15 villages in the Kintamani Region, about 2 hours north from Denpasar, capital city of Bali. Located between Lake Batur’s shore and the...

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    Location: Bali » Bali, Kab. Bangli

     
    Kampung Naga

    Kampung Naga

    If you are tired of life in a metropolitan city with its sky scrapers, you should take a few days off to stay in the Dragon village within Neglasari village, Salawu sub-district, Tasikmalaya, West Java.This 1.5 hectares village is still 'green' and not influenced by modernization. Some 311 people live in this village. You will have to take several hundred steps to cover the villages over 500 meters. You will see hundreds of high ebony...

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    Location: Java » West Java

     

    Huta Siallagan: Ancient Batak Village in the heart of Samosir Island

    Situated inside the present Ambarita Village in the Simanindo District on  Samosir Island, North Sumatra Province, is  Huta Siallagan,  an ancient village which strongly radiates the unique culture of the Batak ethnic group, set  amidst  the dramatic beauty of magnificent Lake Toba. In the local language, Huta literary means settlement or village, therefore, Huta Siallagan means the Village of Siallagan. A Huta also...

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    Location: Sumatra » North Sumatra » Kab. Samosir

     
  • Getting to Know the Dayak Ways

    Getting to Know the Dayak Ways

    The indigenous people inhabiting the dense tropical rainforests of Borneo are collectively called the Dayaks, but in fact they comprise many tribes that are diverse in culture as well as in language. The word “Dayak” actually means “inland” or “upriver”, especially where the Indonesian part of Borneo, - called Kalimantan, - is cut by many long and wide rivers as well as many tributaries, that are used as...

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    Location: Kalimantan » Central Kalimantan » Kota Palangkaraya, Kab. Kapuas

     
    Gedong Village

    Gedong Village

    There is an old Greek proverb that says “Simplicity is the shortest path to beauty”; this is the perfect expression for the small charming Gedong Village located at Kuto Panji, Belinyu sub-district, Bangka Regency, in the Bangka-Belitung Province. Standing as solid proof of Bangka-Belitung’s uniquely diverse cultural origins and highlighted with heavy Chinese atmosphere, Gedong Village is arguably the oldest Chinatown complex on...

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    Location: Sumatra » Bangka Belitung

     

    Dompu , charming town on the road to Mt. Tambora or Lakey Beach Surf

    Not many have heard of the town of Dompu on Sumbawa.  But for avid mountain climbers Dompu is a small attractive town on the trek leading up north to Mt. Tambora, the supervolcano on Sumbawa, whose mega explosion on 11 April 1815 caused the “Year without Summer” in far away Europe the following year.  For surfers, the town of Dompu lies on the road to some unbelievable left hander surf at Lakey Beach and Hu’u by the...

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    Location: The Nusa Tenggara Islands » West Nusa Tenggara » Kab. Dompu

     
    Discover Living Culture at Jangga Village

    Discover Living Culture at Jangga Village

    Come and experience traditional Batak life in a village that remains largely untouched by the modern world. Located in the picturesque hillside, visitors come to Jangga village to meet native Batak people and see how their unique culture continues to thrive today. Jangga is most famous for the beautiful ulos cloths which are produced here. Watch the women of the community weave these intricate cloths from inside their booths. Ulos plays an...

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    Location: Sumatra » North Sumatra » Kab. Toba Samosir

     
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