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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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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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Boreh: Bali's most Rejuvenating Traditional Spa

Blessed with wonderful natural splendors and mesmerizing culture, the enchanting island of Bali is a true  paradise for those who seek the perfect getaway from the  complexities of daily life. Aside from the wide array of activities that you can enjoy here , perhaps the most rejuvenating is to indulge your body in a soothing treatment using exotic herbs accompanied by distinct Balinese t

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The Borobudur Festival

The majestic temple of Borobudur in Central Java has twice been the site of a celebration to showcase the wonders of this ancient site, one of Indonesia’s premier tourist attractions.

The Borobudur International Festival is a place where trade, tourism and culture overlap. Taking place in 2003 and then again in 2009, the festival saw people flock to the celebrations, showing the vital role t

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The Temples of Mengwi and Uluwatu

Travelling west from Bali’s capital Denpasar, you will find the town of Mengwi, which is home to one of the grandest temples of the island, the Taman Ayun. Built around 1740, Pura Taman Ayun is a water garden temple, symbolizing the cosmic union of sea and mountain.  Reflecting the order of the cosmos, the temple consists of three successive parts, they are: nista (the impure and demoni

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Toraja's Social Life and Ritual Cycle

According to myth, the original ancestor of the Toraja came down from heaven by way of a star-lit stairway to live in this beautiful part of earth.  This myth, told from generation to generation continues until today where the people of Toraja believe that the star- lit stairway down from heaven is a  media for people on earth to communicate with Puang Matua (The Only One True God).

The n

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Bali’s Most Magnificent Cremation Ceremonies

Bali’s cremation ceremonies must be some of the most magnificent in the world.

 For, to the Balinese, it is only through the cremation of the body that the soul can be released from this temporary vessel to reach the afterlife. And, in order to do so, the correct rites and rituals must be followed, especially when it concerns those of royal lineage.  For, at death, the body must b

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