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Details of Kraton - Yogyakarta,Indonesia

11 January 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Kraton, or the Sultan's Palace, is a working royal palace of Sultan the 10th. The guards are still working full-time with their swords that have been passed in the family, although they are more the symbolic figures nowadays. For the people of Yogyakarta, the Kraton has been at the heart of their...

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Kraton's in the details: Sultan's Kraton in Yogyakarta

11 January 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Yogyakarta is considered to be a cultural center of Indonesia. It is here we visited the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. It is the primary royal palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate where the sultan and the royal court have their traditional seat. The complex...

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Visiting the Palaces of Yogyakarta

11 January 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

In formal terms, it's called, "Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat." Less formally, the Keraton. It's the royal palace, and home, of the ruling sultan in the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is technically a governor but is able to retain the title of sultan.The Keraton is open to the public in...

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Wayang Orang Bharata: A Javanese Theater Surviving in Jakarta

13 March 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Wayang Orang Bharata: A Javanese Theater Surviving in Jakarta

I remembered, a few years ago, when visiting Solo City, I saw a wayang orang show at a local theater. Wayang orang is Javanese classical theater performance with themes taken from Mahabharata or Ramayana epics. Seeing the locals, adults or even children, came to watch and enjoy the show till midnight was actually awesome for me. That was a place where people come to appreciate traditional cultures… their own heritage. That day, I believed that such...

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Indonesia Up Close

4 June 2013

Categories : Culture and Heritage

Indonesia Up Close

Indonesia is strange country. Indonesians – they are wonderful people. But Indonesia isn’t a country for everybody. It is a country for curious people. It is a country for the people with no barriers, for those who are the kings of compromise. Indonesia is a country of contradictions! That makes Indonesia incomprehensible, rich, challenging. An abundance of concepts, an abundance of fundamental sociological categories, an abundance of everyday...

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