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  1. 1. INDONESIAN PHOTOS Collection - 05
  2. 2. Malangan Topeng Dance Tari Topeng Malangan (Malangan Topeng Dance), comes from East Java. Tari Topeng Malangan (Malangan Mask Dance) is very unique because its dynamic moves, and the music is mixtures from Javanese, Madurese, and Balinese. Such as Javanese sitar, Madurese flute, and Blambanganese karawitan. The dance itself tells about people's personality and mood such as happy, sad, or ashamed. There are lots of masks with their own expression.
  3. 3. Maimun Palace), Istana Maimun (Maimun Palace), Medan, North Sumatra. Built by the Malay Kesultanan of Deli (Sultan of Deli), Sultan Makmun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alamsyah in 1888, the palace covers 2,772 m² and has 30 rooms. The Palace has become a tourist destination not solely because of age but also because of the unique interior design of the palace, mixing elements of Malayan cultural heritage, Arabian, Spanish, Indian, and Italian style.
  4. 4. Sukuh Temple Candi Sukuh (Sukuh Temple), Central Java. Candi Sukuh built in 15th century has a distinctive thematic reliefs from other candi where life before birth and sexual education are its main theme. Its main monument is a simple pyramid structure with reliefs and statues in front of it, including three tortoises with flattened shells and a male figure grasping his penis. A giant 1.82 m (6 feet) high of lingga (phallus) with four balls, representing penile incisions, was one of the statues that has been relocated to the National Museum of Indonesia. The architecture of Candi Sukuh differs completely from other candi from the Kediri, Singhasari and Majapahit periods. Unlike meticulous design and reliefs, Candi Sukuh has a simple truncated pyramid as its main monument, surrounded by monoliths and life-sized figures. At glance, the monument architecture reminds visitors of Maya architecture.Candi Sukuh contains a pervasive theme of spiritual liberation symbolized by reliefs and statues. There is an obvious depiction of sexual intercourse in a relief on the floor at the entrance where it shows a paired lingga (phallus) and yoni (vagina).
  5. 5. Tomini Bay Teluk Tomini (Tomini Bay), Gorontalo. Recently named Indonesia's best kept secret by prestigious Asian Diver magazine , Gorontalo's equatorial waters provide a brand new dive destination on Sulawesi Island. Gorontalo Province lies along the northern coastline of the huge Tomini Bay. In much of eastern Gorontalo, towering limestone cliffs plunge directly into the sea. These cliffs were once ancient reefs and patterns of coral growth are clearly evident in the rock. A narrow, shallow coral shelf rims the coastline. Often this shelf is only a few meters wide and bottoms out within a few meters of the surface where the wall begins. The coral walls of Gorontalo provide diving at par with other locations in North Sulawesi.The wall is highly eroded by natural forces. This makes for some of the most complex underwater rock formations found anywhere. Clusters of dramatic buttresses flanked by deep chutes are common here. The wall itself is chocked full of holes, crevasses, fissures, and caverns. The first wall bottoms out in the 30 to 40 meter range. Often below this is a short slope or shelf before another vertical drop. The waters then fall to 120 meters before plunging again. While traveling to a dive site, divers pass over seas between 500 and 1,000 meters deep.
  6. 6. Pantai Kuta, Lombok (Kuta Beach), Pantai Kuta, Lombok (Kuta Beach), West Nusa Tenggara. The best-known place on the south coast is Lombok's Kuta Beach (Sometime spelt Kute Beach) a magnificent stretch of white sand and blue sea with rugged hills rising around it, famous for its surfing spots. Kuta Lombok is nothing like Kuta Bali. Wild windswept beach-front surfer town way off the beaten track. Located on the dramatic south coast. Alto reminiscent of the good old days you hear about from Bali’s early years. Kuta Beach Lombok attract visitors for its beautiful virgin beaches, pepper look-a-like sands and surfing spots. Surfers from all over the world find Kuta Lombok as a surfer paradise. South coast of Lombok is famous for the high waves and Kuta Lombok is a good base for the surfers. The southern part of Lombok, including Kuta Beach is currently developed as the Indonesian tourist mecca by Emaar.
  7. 7. Melasti Ritual, Melasti Ritual, Parangtritis Beach, Yogyakarta. Nyepi is a Balinese Hindu quot;Day of Silencequot; that falls on Bali's Lunar New Year (March 7, 2008). Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. It is a day of silence, fasting, and meditation. The Melasti Ritual is performed at the 3-4 previous day. It is dedicated to Sanghyang Widhi/Vishnu-Devas-Bataras and is performed at the beach to respect them as the owner of The Land and Sea. The beach itself is a beach full of myths, which is believed to be the manifestation of the unity among Merapi Mountain, Yogyakarta Kingdom, and Parangtritis Beach. The legend tells that Panembahan Senopati and Sunan Kalijaga once met in this place after completing their meditation. Panembahan Senopati was reminded of being a humble ruler despite his supernatural powers and not to forget is the Queen of The South (Nyi Roro Kidul) legend.
  8. 8. Kepulauan Togean (Togean Islands) Kepulauan Togean (Togean Islands), Central Sulawesi. Spread over a 90 km stretch in the middle of Tomini Bay, the winding, hilly coastlines and equatorial waters of the Togean Islands cast a magical spell of green, yellow and blue, in all the shades imaginable. Formed by volcanic activity, the islands are covered by lush rainforest and surrounded by ancient coral reef formations, which provide habitat and breeding areas for hawksbill turtle, Green Turtle and the Dugong. The Tonkean Macaque is found in the islands' forests. The Togian Hawk-owl, discovered in 1999, is endemic to the islands. The Togian White-eye, another bird endemic, was described in 2008.
  9. 9. Brahu Temple Candi Brahu (Brahu Temple), Trowulan - The Majapahit Capital, East Java. This temple located in front of Bubat Area in Majapahit Palace environment and was built to a rectangular ground plant, with four projections. The building is in ruins condition, especially its roof. It has no decoration, Traces of a stupa on the roof. Brahu temple assumed was built at the 15th century. The folklore says that Brahu temple was the burial place of Brawijaya I, but there are not archacological and historial evidences supporting it. Brahu temple reconstruction began in 1990 and finished in 1995.
  10. 10. Wakatobi Islands Kepulauan Wakatobi (Wakatobi Islands), Southeast Sulawesi. Welcome to Wakatobi Islands - a destination where you can dive the world's most pristine reefs and experience remoteness from everyday life in total comfort. Situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Wakatobi archipelago in the Banda Sea, Wakatobi offers what many consider to be the best reef diving in the world. The Wakatobi, at 1.39 million hectares is the second largest marine protected area in Indonesia. The park encompasses stunning coral reefs, white sand beaches and an amazing wealth of whales and dolphins. Positioned at the heart of the Indo Pacific area where marine biodiversity is at its greatest, diving is truly fantastic. Over 90,000 people live within the national park, many of whom rely on the reefs and inter-tidal habitats for their livelihoods. These peoples include many interesting cultures and histories. The objective of the marine park management is to balance the needs of the local communities whilst protecting biodiversity. The archipelago, located in the biodiverse hotspot known as Wallacea, was made famous by its namesake dive operation and community development project by a UK based for non-profit conservation group looking at sustainable development of fisheries and coral reef research. An award-winning resort and environment protection company, this progressive operation has single-handedly brought this area to the top of the diving congnoscenti's wishlists worldwide.
  11. 11. Tiu Kelep Waterfall, Tiu Kelep Waterfall, Mount Rinjani, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. Located about 600m above sea level on the slopes of the volcano Gunung Rinjani, Tiu Kelep waterfall makes it's brother, Sendang Gile, look like a dribble. Although the water is cold, it is a great place to cool off with a mid- day shower.
  12. 12. Conrad Wedding Chapel Conrad Wedding Chapel, Bali. Paradise in contemporary surroundings. The clean and sleek designed resort offers a selection of intimate indoor or outdoors locations to exchange wedding vows in a private garden gazebo surrounded by tropical palms and foliage or opt for an oceanfront bale, a traditional Balinese pavilion. Indoor options include three award winning restaurants and a grand ballroom.
  13. 13. Root Bridge Jembatan Akar (Root Bridge), West Sumatra. This bridge made of the roots of two ancient banyan trees, spanning over a small, wild steaming river connects Lubuak Silau village and Pulut village. The bridge is made in 1916 and 25 metres in length and 1.5 metres in width. The bridge is located 70 kilometres south of Padang.
  14. 14. Pulau Walea (Walea Island) Pulau Walea (Walea Island), Togean Islands, Central Sulawesi. Walea is a very small island in the middle of the blue sea of Central Sulawesi, in the Togean archipelago. The extraordinary beauty of the tropical forest of Walea is a mix between the Asiatic and Australian vegetation. This is the place in which the nature is the one and only protagonist. Scuba Diving and snorkeling are the must thing to do when you visit the island.
  15. 15. Tanjung Puting National Park Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan. The Tanjung Puting National Park is a conservation area that protects a large variety of plants, animals and their associated ecosystems. It is the largest protected area of swamp forest in South-East Asia. Tanjung Puting first received a level of protection in 1935, and was officially designated a wildlife reserve in 1939. In 1982, it was declared a national park. The park was established primarily for the protection of the Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), and its formation was instigated and aided by the efforts of Dr. Birute Galdikas and the Orangutan Foundation International. When this area become a national park, Tanjung Harapan moved to the other side of the Sekonyer River (across the original area). The original width of the park was 3,000.4 km². In its new location, it increased to 4,150.4 km².
  16. 16. Ampera Bridge), Jembatan Ampera (Ampera Bridge), Palembang, South Sumatra. The bridge that spread above Musi River is becomes the main characteristic of Palembang city. It was built on 1962 - 1965. Ampera Bridge has 78m high of tower. However, the special feature of this bridge that it can be opened and closed, the mechanism is no longer working, whereas is fact, it is the only bridge in Indonesia with the open-and-closed mechanism. Now it is only history. The bridge has to be lifted up of the middle shares each time there every king sized ship, with height above nine meters, will pass by quickly. Both for going to downstream and also which going to the upstream.
  17. 17. Birds in Pulau Enggano Birds in Pulau Enggano, Enggano Island, Bengkulu. Enggano Island is an island approximately 100 km south west of Sumatra, Indonesia. Politically it is a subdistrict or kecamatan of the Bengkulu Utara Regency of the Indonesian province of Bengkulu. It has an area of roughly 500 km² and the highest point is 281 m. The three largest cities on the island are Barhau, Kabuwe and Kayaapu. The island had 1635 inhabitants in 1994, with 64 % of the population belonging to the Engganese people. Three bird species are endemic to the small Indonesian island of Enggano, Enggano Scops- owl Otus enganensis, Enggano Thrush Zoothera leucolaema and Enggano White-eye Zosterops salvadorii.
  18. 18. Big rock at Nihiwatu Beach Big rock at Nihiwatu Beach, Sumba, Nusa Tenggara Timur. The Island of Sumba is 400 kilometers east of Bali and lies directly south of the Komodo and Flores Islands. Nihiwatu is located on a beautiful secluded bay on the remote southwestern coast of the island. The resort property is 438 acres of tropical forest and rice terraces, surrounding one of the world' s best beaches.
  19. 19. The temple of Pura Tirta Empul Pura Tirta Empul, Bali. The temple of Pura Tirta Empul is built around the sacred spring at Tampak Siring, over 1,000 years old, the temple and its two bathing places have been used by the people for good health and prosperity because of the spring water's curative powers. According to legend the spring was made by lndra when he pierced the earth to create a spring of amerta (the elixir of immortality) with which he revived his forces who were poisoned by Mayadanawa. In an inscription dated A.D. 960 discovered in Pura Sakenan temple in the village of Manuk Aya, mention is made of a double pool dug around a well near the source of the river Pakrisan. The king transformed this into a holy bathing place, called Air Ampul. This is the present- day Tirta Empul - one of the most sacred spots on Bali.
  20. 20. Village of Fatumenasi Village of Fatumenasi, Timor, East Nusa Tenggara. Fatumenasi village is dramatic; in particular, the road there offers spectacular views of Mutis mountain which towers to 2470m. Although the area is quite green by Timor's standards, there's little or no water, settlements are few and far between, and it gets ferociously hot. Fatumenasi is set among the most inhospitable mountains, and gets few visitors, though it's cool at nights, and remains a friendly place to see how the majority of Timorese people live.
  21. 21. Batam Island Batam Island, Riau Islands. The Batam island in Riau Islands Province of Indonesia, known for its free trade zone area as part of the Sijori Growth Triangle, is located 20 km (12.5 miles) off Singapore's south coast. The 415 km² (160 miles²) island has a population of 713,960 in December 2006, most of whom are Malays (85%) and Chinese (14%). A few indigenous Orang Laut tribes also live on the island. In the 1970s, the island underwent a major transformation from a largely forested area into a major harbor and industrial zone. The population drastically grew from a few thousand in the 1960s into hundreds of thousands. Located close to Singapore and endowed with a much cheaper labour force, several Singaporean companies have established factories in Batam. Although there are lots of factories, there is also some beaches and beautiful spots still preserved.