Palace, residence of the sultan of Yogyakarta

At the palace in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, there are two honours passed down through the generations. In both cases, when a son is born, the father knows his child will one day take on a special responsibility. It is the right and the duty of the child to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors.

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Abdi Dalem

One of these honours is to become the Sultan of Yogyakarta, a hereditary title that dates back to the eighteenth century. The other great honour that stays in the family is to be a guard at the palace. It is not just royalty that passes on the job to the next generation, but also those who dedicate their lives to the royal protection.

Today, there are two thousand palace guards in total. Only about one thousand are active, though. It’s a job for life, so as they get older and can’t physically work anymore, they are looked after rather than being thrown out of service. On any particular day there are about one hundred palace guards actually working.

The palace is known in Yogyakarta as the Keraton. Although it’s open for visitors in the morning, it is still a functioning part of the political sphere here in the region. The sultan holds that particular title in name, not power, since the declaration of Indonesian independence in 1945 – but he is also automatically the governor of the region. Therefore the Keraton is used for official functions, political meetings, and as the royal residence.

There is also a cultural link with the compound and the people. In some ways it is almost a spiritual connection. The Keraton was designed to reflect the Javanese cosmos. It faces towards the volcanic Mount Merapi in one direction and towards the Indian Ocean, home of the important Indonesian sea spirit, in the other.

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Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat

The placement of the pavilions, the courtyards and even the trees all have a significance within the traditional spiritual view of the world by the local people. But, look a bit closer, and you’ll also see in the intricate designs an integration of the faiths that have influenced this part of Indonesia over the years. There are Buddhist, Islamic and Hindi elements to much of the decoration in the central part of the palace.

From my experience, most of Indonesia is very proud of their heritage. But those in Yogyakarta seem more enthusiastic than others to continue weaving it into daily modern life. The Keraton and the connection with the people is a strong one. There seems to be a genuine affection and respect for the leadership amongst the people here. This palace complex is the bridge between the old and the new and the faith that binds the cultures.

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Travelling in Bandung Indonesia, Paris Van Java

Have you ever been to the city of Bandung in Indonesia. Bandung is the capital of West Java province of Indonesia, the third largest city after Jakarta and Surabaya, because of the beauty and coolness first duo once dubbed the Paris Van Java. Location Bandung city itself is surrounded by mountains, so that the morphology of its territory like a giant bowl, because it is surrounded by mountains so the air is very cold there.
Of geographical territory, allowing a lot of attractions there. There are several tourist places that should be visited if we travel to Bandung, including;

1. Mount Tangkuban Perahu
Located about 20 kilometers north of the city of Bandung, Tangkuban Perahu volcano is located in Lembang. The uniqueness of Mount Tangkuban Perahu is a shape which resembles an upturned boat, according to the legend that says that Mount Tangkuban Perahu came from a boat that was kicked up by Sangkuriang reversed. Mount Tangkuban Perahu is a natural tourist spot that has become one of the tourist attractions in Bandung’s most famous.

2. Kawah Putih Ciwidey
Situated in Ciwidey, about 50 KM south of Bandung, Ciwidey White Crater is one of the tourist attractions in Bandung are the most popular, especially among nature lovers. Kawah Putih Ciwidey, as the name suggests is a volcanic crater with white colored soil. The white color is because there is the content of sulfur in the soil. The main uniqueness of white crater is the water that constantly change color.

3. Curug Dago
Curug Dago is a waterfall located in District Coblong, Dago, Bandung. Curug Dago waterfall is not very high, only about 10 meters high, but the hidden waterfalls is very beautiful and interesting to see. Curug Dago is not too well known in the ears of tourists, but no one tried to come to Curug Dago.

4. observatory
Observatory is an observation point star located in Lembang, approximately 15 kilometers north of the city of Bandung. If the first you ever watched the movie “The Adventures of Sherina” then you will feel familiar with this place, because the observatory is one of the shooting locations of the film. If you want to visit the observatory, you must register in advance, can not directly come and go just like that.

5. Lake Situ Patenggang
Lake Situ Patenggang located not far from the White crater Ciwidey, South Bandung. Only about 7 KM from tourist attractions Kawah Putih, Lake Situ Patenggang visited by tourists because of its exotic scenery. Besides enjoying the view of the lake with a picnic, you can also play water boat in Lake Situ Patenggang.

Above are 5 tourist location which is visited by local and foreign travelers and many other tourist locations. For lodgings in Singapore is very much a specialty of Houstel, Guest House, Inn, Hotel 1 to 5 as example the Hotel Novotel in Bandung, and you can prices of novotel bandung on internet. All rentals are scattered throughout the corners of the city of Bandung. So for your stay you do not have to worry.
This information several tourist sites in the city, may be useful for you and happy holidays

Variety Nature tourism, culture and religion in Indonesia

Indonesia, one of the countries part of Southeast Asia that have many archipelago. With its vast number of islands and oceans Indonesia has many natural resources from the plantation to the mine. Not only his produce only rich, but also with the civilization and culture of various kinds manifold. Cultural wealth lure foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, jams from its natural attractions.

Countries crossed by the equator is famous Bali Island, perhaps outside the country when we asked about Indonesia there who do not know the country, but when we talk of Bali, of course, many know about the island resort with the beauty of nature and culture. But in fact not only the island of Bali alone, there is still the island of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and others up to Irian Jaya.

The tropical climate makes its own power Pull for foreign tourists to visit Indonesia. In building the tourism industry, Indonesia build an infrastructure that supports tourism as tour business, travel and hotel with kind of class. Indonesia was widely reported in Indonesia news today, construction of transportation, hotel and tourism support facilities in Indonesia.

Ease of access in choosing a place to stay and transportation for tourism is also intensively conducted by the government. Their online application that integrates with tourism agencies and tour allows travelers to vacation. Competitive prices and quality of the tourist sites that are increasingly improved expected to boost the popularity of Indonesian tourism in Southeast Asia and the world in general.

In addition to natural and cultural attractions, there is another religious travel. The existence of diverse ethnicities, and religions in Indonesia are also many places of worship were very beautiful, and allow it to be used as tourist attractions religious. There Candi Borobudur, Prambanan Temple, Istiqlal Mosque Minaret, and places of worship like in Tanah Lot were used as places of worship of Hindu religion, but also occasionally opened to the public for leisure travelers, and many other religious travel. And among them is already registered as a UNESCO world cultural tourism in 1991.

Indonesian natural attractions are also very exotic and attractive to tourists. Indonesia’s location is within the circle of fire ring of the world, where there are many volcanoes that are still active and which are no longer active. Many lake – natural lake formed from a volcanic crater that has its own uniqueness. For example Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mount Merapi in Central Java, and Kalimutu lakes or lakes with three colors that are in Flores. Then there is also the island of Komodo, where many dragons animals found there. And underwater travel Raja Ampat is a trend now, presenting a nature that is still beautiful and natural beauty of the underwater world that is still maintained and the animals that live there.