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Mandi Balimau Kasai Potang Mogang: The Self-purification Ceremony in Pelalawan

Indonesia is well known as a country rich in tradition and cultural customs that have been handed down for centuries, from generation to generation. Despite rapidly changing times, many traditions remain unchanged, strongly rooted to an age-old culture. One such example can be found in Pelalawan, a District in the Riau Province, which has as district capital Pangkalan Kerinci. Communities in this

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A Musical Adventure on a Jailolo Bentor

Visiting Jailolo City in the district of West Halmahera in the province of North Maluku is bound to get your head nodding and your fingers and feet tapping. Indonesians, in general, are a musical people, and the residents of Jailolo have no qualm in showing it. Numerous becak motor crisscross the streets, each blasting the tune of whatever suits his preference or mood for the day.


Becak M

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The Jatiluwih Rice Fields: a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, from Bali for the World

Set in the heart of the Tabanan Regency in Bali, the Jatiluwih rice fields have been named a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, part of Bali’s Subak System. The vast expanses of terraced, green rice paddies are stepped along an entire mountain, from its peak to where its foot meets the sea. The fields that make up this area have adopted the traditional Subak irrigation system – a method that h

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Batangeh: Traditonal Spa of Minangkabau in West Sumatra

Indonesia's rich  cultural diversity is also reflected in the various methods for  body treatment used across the archipelago. Although  the country's  modern spa scene offers a wide range of techniques and technology catering to  the needs of a healthy body, nonetheless,  age old potions and ancient methods of Indonesian traditional spa offer their own appeal

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Bakera: Traditional Spa of the Minahasa, around Manado

Handed down for generations, some of Indonesian authentic traditional spa treatments are still practiced until  today and have made their way into the modern spa and wellness scene alongside other popular methods around the world.


One of the most unique is the Bakera treatment of the Minahasa ethnic group living around Manado, capital of  North Sulawesi. This is a traditional tr

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Kebo-Keboan: the ritual imitating Bulls in Banyuwangi

Just a short  ferry ride away from the romantic island of Bali, the Banyuwangi Regency situated at  the eastern tip of Java Island facing Bali, is a land blessed not only with fascinating natural wonders but also with  a captivating culture. While the vivacious Gandrung Dance may be the most popular throughout the regency, there is another unique cultural feature of Banyuwangi, whic

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The Kunstkring Paleis: Rijsttafel Fine Dining in Nostalgic and Artistic Atmosphere


For fine dining with an artistic and nostalgic atmosphere, your best choice must be The Tugu Kunstkring Paleis – the Art Circle Palace - , located on Jalan Teuku Umar no.1, Jakarta. This is a well preserved and renovated heritage building, that since 17 April 1914 housed the original Kunstkring, the Art Circle during  Dutch colonial days.  Later, the building became for man

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Rare Betawi Cuisine

Aside from the many original  ethnic Betawi dishes that are still popular and easily available in many restaurants such as soto betawi, nasi uduk, gado-gado, there are still a number that have become rather rare. But it is interesting to add these to the menu. These are:


Gabus Pucung

This dish used to be an inseparable part of traditional events known as nyorog such as at  birt

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Kejei Dance: The sacred Traditional Dance of Rejang Lebong in Bengkulu

During the harvest season, young men and women of the  Rejang ethnic group in the Rejang Lebong Regency,in  Bengkulu Province gather to perform a traditional dance. The dance, called the  Kejei Dance, must be performed in odd number of  pairs by men and women, in  5, 7, or 9 pairs. For the Rejang, the Kejei Dance is considered sacred although it features quite simple chore

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The artistically carved Dolmen of Sumba: Megalithic Heritage Tombs

When  driving  through the countryside of  Sumba island in the East Nusa Tenggara province,  you will be amazed by the numerous large stone constructions that you see  along the way.  They are in fields along the road, in front of houses, in front of government offices or open fields,  on hilltops to the shores. These are, in fact, tombs, megalithic mon

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