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The Glory that was Majapahit

Discover the ancient wonders of Indonesia’s royal past and visit the remains of the once great Majapahit kingdom. Founded by Singosari prince Vijaya in 1294, the Majapahit kingdom became the most powerful kingdom in the history of Indonesia, covering territories even beyond present day Indonesia.  The remains of the royal court are today scattered over a large area around the village of

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The Dutch Kerkhof: The largest Dutch Cemetery Outside the Netherland

Around 2,000 Dutch soldiers were buried here, in the land that long ago had been very persistent to resist colonialism. The incident happened during the Aceh War (1873 – 1904), a war that is far much embittered than the Napoleon War, according to the Dutch historical pages. It is recorded that the Dutch invaded Aceh on April 8, 1873 by attacking the sultanate from the sea, shooting cannonbal

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ISTANO BASA PAGARUYUNG: ICON OF WEST SUMATRA


As an icon of West Sumatra, the rumah gadang , or the grand house – can be seen in many parts of the province . The Rumah gadang are large elegant houses, solid wooden structures, beautifully carved and are easily recognizable as “Minangkabau” by their sweeping roofs with pointed eaves. The Minang believe that the pointed roof is reminiscent of the legend of the water buffalo, wh

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Dutch Colonial Vestiges on Jakarta’s Thousand Islands

“The Queen of the East” and “the Jewel of Asia” were the names once given to Batavia, -  today’s Jakarta -  in the heydays of Dutch colonial power in Indonesia in the 16th century. Legacies of this bygone era are not only carved in some of the unique landmarks of the city such as in the  Fatahilah Jakarta Museum, the Sunda Kelapa Harbor, and many others

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Lampung, Java’s Hinterland: producer of rice, maize and coffee

Towards the end of the 19th century, Lampung, located at the southern most top of the island of Sumatra was still covered with dense jungle with sparse inhabitants, while Java was already overcrowded. It was then, that the Dutch colonial government, implementing the so called “ethical policy” decided to migrate villagers from Central Java to resettle in Lampung.

The first chosen were

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Museum of Borobudur: All Ever You Need to Know About This Wonder of the World

The Karmawibhangga Museum is filled with everything you could ever want to know about the ancient Borobudur temple, one of Indonesia’s most famous cultural icons. This is a museum with a fascinating array of artifacts and relics on display. From its collection of Buddha statues to original stones and carvings from the temple, the museum is a must see for anyone with an interest in archeology

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