“Wonderful Indonesia” Magazine Third Edition

20, Oct 2016 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

Due to its lovely weather all around the year, Indonesia is a country where holidays can be enjoyed anytime. Without the hassle of visa applications being there, why not plan a get-away with your family and friends to Wonderful destinations that await your arrival in Indonesia? Beating the heat and relaxing in the beach, trekking up the mountain trails or volcanoes, golfing amidst luscious greenery or watching the sunrise or set from amidst the peaceful and tranquil temple yards might be an unorthodox yet idyllic and much needed Eid outing. In the third edition of Wonderful Indonesia Magazine 2016, I enthuse you avidly to plan your get-away to Central or East Java, Lampung or Yogyakarta.

Of the 13,446 islands that make up the archipelago of the Republic of Indonesia, Java has historically been considered the heartland. While Java has led the way-culturally, economically and politically through the centuries, other regions have followed. Java be it Central, East or West have their own rich heritage and culture. The island of Java is also very strongly Muslim for which during the Eid get-away one might enjoy the essence of Eid festivities along with a cultural twist. In East Java, trekking up Mount Bromo or loosing oneself amidst the cloudy dream state in Gunung Penanjakan or trekking up to see the Ijen Crater or strolling about The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park might be a unique holiday experience.

In Central Java, the Karimunjawa archipelago is a place which has everything to offer divers and backpackers who enjoy trekking and snorkeling along a pristine beach. Losing yourself amidst the history on a becak ride through the old city of Solo, you can not only see the Solonese dance and wayang puppetry but can have a glimpse at the hand-crafted batik and the artistic traditions of elegance and refinement that Solo has to offer. A trip to Central Java will surely be incomplete without having a glimpse of Semarang. The city of Semarang, capital of the province of Central Java, sits precisely in the center of the northern seaboard of the fertile and densely populated island of Java. This strategic position of Semarang has made the city a melting pot of Chinese, Indian Arab, and European cultures. Wander around the Chinese quarters and the Dutch commercial district; you will see the influences of different cultures everywhere. For a complete culinary experience, the Pasar Semawis Culinary Center in Gang Warung is truly a must.

Yogyakarta (locally called Jogjakarta) is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali. Together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), Jogja is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan.This city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From tasting the delicious traditional Javanese culinary delights to climbing the magnificent Borobudur temple, visiting the Keraton (Sultan’s Palace) or watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelries at Kotagede or shopping up a storm at Malioboro road, you’ll never be bored in this relatively small yet bustling city which is surrounded by natural wonders. An outstanding place of viewing the natural beauty is the Merapi Golf Course which sits 800 meters above sea level, with just the perfect climate and the most breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Merapi. The blend of the natural beauty and the freshness of mountainous weather, the challenging hilly landscape with Volcanic rocks of million years makes the golf course one of the most attractive courses in Central Java and difficult to forget. The quiet surrounding, spectacular view and the challenging course make it an idyllic experience for a golfer.

Famous today for its robusta coffee beans, cocoa beans, coconuts and cloves, Lampung is a province situated in the southern tip of the island of Sumatra which up until the 1920s had a rich and varied weaving tradition. Visitors can enjoy the calm beach and the soft pearly white sand at the White sand Beach. The Bumi Kedaton National Park which is in the Teluk Betung area, features countryside ambience, complete with cool breeze, accompanied by the soothing sounds of the running river.

As you hurtle on from one day to the next waiting for the Big Winter break, I urge you to give your sore feet some rest and your frantic mind a chance to relax and unwind by taking a short break during this eid holiday. Breathe in the sea breeze or soak up some sun to come back fully recharged to meet the year end with regained zeal and positivity.

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