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Please post any pictures regarding cultures, sceneries, projects, etc. about Indonesia here. Please consider this as a thread to introduce and share knowledge about Australia's northern neighbour. Please no politics or unproductive debates here as we already have a thread for that in News Section.. :cheers:

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National Monument and Freedom Square Park, Jakarta Capital Region​

Freedom Square is the largest city square in Indonesia. It's located right in the heart of Jakarta and one of the popular place to held many major cultural festival. The park is currently under major makeover that take place every couple of years.


Monas by Riga, on flickr


National Monument on Sunset


Good Afternoon Jakarta by Abdul Azis (ais), on Flickr
 

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Suramadu Bridge, City of Surabaya, East Java Province

Suramadu Bridge is currently the longest bridge in Indonesia. At the length of 5 kilometres, the bridge is linking the island of Java and Madura through the city of Surabaya. The bridge just finished it's construction on June 2009 in aim to open access to the less developed island of Madura.







photo by : Wawan Gilang

 

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Mount Bromo, Probolinggo Regency, East Java Province

Mount Bromo is part of Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park located in the eastern tip of the island of Java. It has the second largest caldera in the world, and one of the most active volcano in Indonesia. The name derived from Brahma, the god of Hindu, since the Tengger people who inhabit the surrounding area are predominantly adhered to Hinduism. It's lured tens of thousands of visitor all over the world for it's spectacular sunrise.







 

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Beautiful photos. Where would you recommend people to visit in Indonesia, if you could? Five places?
 

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Well.. Aside of Bali and Lombok, which are already popular for Australian, and Jakarta, which still couldn't retain it's charm like Bangkok or KL, maybe Australian tourist should looking towards Java and Sumatra first. Simply because they are more accessible and already have a pretty good infrastructures that link respective major cities to the tourist attractions that usually located outside the urban areas.

We have hundreds or even thousands of tourist attraction, but most tourist that never go beyond Bali and Lombok before, and wants to explore the other side of Indonesia will usually choose the following places first:

1. Mount Bromo - It's easy to reach. Only couple of hours from major transport hub of Surabaya. You don't need to be an expert to climb this mountain, and it has a spectacular sunrise. Surabaya is the capital city of East Java, just west of Bali, and it has direct flight to Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, etc.

2. Yogyakarta - Basically the whole province is a great playground. Especially for cultural and historical enthusiast, which are includes Borobudur Buddhist Temple, Prambanan Hindu Temple, the Sultan's Grand Palace, etc.

3. Toba Lake - It's reachable from Medan, the capital of North Sumatra. The largest volcanic lake in the world, it's home for the Batak people who used to be a cannibal before the arrival of Christian missionary on the 17th century.

4. Bunaken National Park - For people who enjoy snorkelling and diving, Bunaken in North Sulawesi could be a great option. Especially for beginner. It is part of the coral triangle that bordered Indonesia with the Philippines and Malaysia. It is reachable by boat from the capital Manado.

5. Komodo National Park - Home for the largest lizard in the world. But there are more to see than just this carnivore. It has many beautiful beaches, diving spot for the expert (because of the strong current), and a different topography from the rest of the country as the islands are full of savanna, instead of lush rainforest.
 

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Komodo Rinca National Park, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara Province

A chain of islands which are the native home of Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world. This is the only place on earth where you can see them in their natural habitat. Aside of the creature itself, this islands also offer a pristine beaches (some even have pink coloured sands), great underwater adventure, and magnificent scenery.


http://www.pelagictour.com/images/stories/komodo-safari/nice-view-komodo.jpg







 

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Lake Toba, North Sumatra Province​

Lake Toba is the largest lake in South East Asia. It is also the largest volcanic lake in the world, and one of the deepest. What's unique about this lake is that it has an island in the middle of it named Samosir. The lake is located in the middle of Karo Highland. Home of the Batak people. Which still retains it's local culture despite rampant modernisation.


view from Tele by Tumpal Hutagalung, on Flickr



Lake Toba II by Tumpal Hutagalung, on Flickr


what I ever wanted will finally come my way by Sayid Budhi, on Flickr

 

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Wow this is an amazing thread.

Indonesia is quite an amazing country. It has an amazing array of landscapes and people and a lot of it goes unnoticed.

I look forward to more great pictures and maps in the future.
 

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Thank you for the appreciation. I'll try to updates more often as soon as I get the spare time... :cheers:

Borobudur Buddhist Temple, Muntilan Regency, Central Java Province

The Borobudur Temple is the world's biggest Buddhist temple. Built as a single large stupa, and when viewed from above takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist mandala, simultaneously representing the Buddhist cosmology and the nature of mind. Constructed in 9th century in Sailendra dynasty. It consist of 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. For about a century and a half it was the spiritual centre of Buddhism in Java, then it was lost until its rediscovery in the eighteenth century.

The structure, composed of 55,000 square meters of lava-rock is erected on a hill in the form of a stepped-pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three circular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.









 

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Mount Rinjani, North Lombok Regency, Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province







 

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Prambanan Hindu Temple, City of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special District

Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple compound in Indonesia, located in central Java, approximately 18 km east of Yogyakarta (7°45′8″S, 110°29′30″E). It was built around 850 CE by either Rakai Pikatan, king of the second Mataram dynasty or Balitung Maha Sambu, during the Sanjaya dynasty. Not long after its construction, the temple was abandoned and began to deteriorate. Reconstruction of the compound began in 1918. The main building was completed in around 1953, since it is next to impossible to find the original stonework, which has often been stolen and reused at remote construction sites. A temple will only be rebuilt if at least 75% of the original stones are available. Therefore only their foundation walls of most of the smaller shrines are visible and they will not be rebuilt.

Today, it is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Hindu temples in south-east Asia. It is characterised by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the 47m high central building inside a large complex of individual temples.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/danninahason/8121295429/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/tianyake/2634834791/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/8779560288/in/photostream/


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Hotel Indonesia Roundabout and Welcome Monument, Central Jakarta, Jakarta Capital Region

Located in the heart of Jakarta, this roundabout is one of the most recognised landmark of Jakarta. In the middle of the fountain, lies the welcome monument as a greeting symbol for all visitor of Jakarta. Built by Soekarno, during the 60's it has undergone several major improvement.


Bunderan HI by hanafichi, on Flickr


Jakarta Cityscape by hanafichi, on Flickr
 

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Fantastic thread - thanks for posting! Great to see pics and info of Indonesia beyond Bali and Lombok, where the Australian tourists tend to go.
 

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Fantastic thread - thanks for posting! Great to see pics and info of Indonesia beyond Bali and Lombok, where the Australian tourists tend to go.
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You're welcome mate.. :cheers:

glad to see Australian love those pics & Indonesia :banana: haha, i have heard there is a ban on the Australian government to visit Indonesia? Hope that news doesn't become reality :eek:hno:
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It's not a ban actually. More of like a travel advisory. And AFAIK, they are already relaxed (or even abolished??). But even if it's true, it's not like the aussies would listen anyway,, :D:D:D
 

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Tana Toraja (Torajaland), Toraja Regency, South Sulawesi Province

Safely protected beyond the lofty mountains and rugged granite cliffs of the central highlands of the island of Sulawesi, are the Toraja people who live in valleys that are lush with green rice terraces and fertile coffee plantations. "Discovered" and opened to the world from their long isolation only since the beginning of the last century, the Toraja today still adhere to their age-old beliefs, rituals and traditions, although many of her people are modernized or have embraced Christianity.

When one travels to the Tana Toraja highlands, therefore, expect to be awed by the spectacular beauty of nature, at the same time experience how communities have through the ages sustained their beliefs and traditions in splendid isolation in order to survive this eternal cycle of life and death on earth.







Makale Town, the capital of Toraja Regency



 

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Raja Ampat Islands, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province

Located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.
Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency which separated from Sorong Regency in 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.







 
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