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Indonesians in Focus: Teuku Jacob

October 19th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 2 Comments »

mini-teuku-jacob.jpgIndonesian paleontologist Teuku Jacob, who died Wednesday from a liver disease, was known for his firm scientific judgments, including his opinion on the “Hobbit” fossils found on an island in East Nusa Tenggara province. A public funeral ceremony was held at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta on Thursday before Jacob’s body was moved to its final resting place in the university’s cemetery. Hundreds of academics, administrative staff, students, former rectors, and colleagues, friends and relatives of Jacob attended the ceremony that ended with a military salute for the recipient of the 2002 Bintang Mahaputra Nararia State Award.


Possible Dutch Cultural Center: Aceh, Sumatra

September 11th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam Province is considering setting up a Dutch cultural center in a bid to preserve historical sites dating back to the Dutch colonial ruler. “We will try to set up a Dutch cultural center in Aceh in the near future,” Governor Irwandi Yusuf said in a plenary session with the local legislative assembly.


Ancient Batak Plaques Unearthed: Medan, Sumatra

September 7th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Medan Archeological Center has found two ancient relics in the form of stone plaques believed to be left by former Batak rulers, which archeologists say date back to the 14th century.


Treasure at Colonial-Era Dump Site: Medan, Sumatra

July 21st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

A former dump site at the Air Force base in Medan, North Sumatra, has been inundated with treasure-hunting residents over the past two weeks digging for valuables from the Dutch colonial era.


Lake Toba: Samosir, North Sumatra

July 19th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Looking out over Lake Toba, it is evident that is a basin of superlatives. With a surface area of 1,130 square kilometers and possessing a maximum depth of 529 meters, it is the world’s largest and deepest crater lake.


Tombs and Megaliths: Samosir, North Sumatra

July 19th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The main road in Samosir presents the traveler with two options. To the southeast lies the village of Tomok, while in the opposite direction are Ambarita and Simanindo. From both headings one can turn inland and climb to the highlands via trails less-traveled and be richly rewarded with spectacular views of the lake below.


Tourism Potential in Japanese Buildings: Sumatra

July 14th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

bunker1.jpg Although Japan occupied Indonesia for only three years during World War II, they left many historical buildings that are now part of Indonesia’s heritage and could become assets for the tourist industry.


New Mentawai Decree: Padang, Sumatra

May 14th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

The Mentawai Islands regency council, along with regional NGOs, has rejected the ratification of a provincial decree because it contains Islamic philosophy and most of the people in Mentawai are Protestant or Catholic. The decree is of the subdistrict level — or Nagari — and is the basic administration approved by the
West Sumatra legislative council.


Basa Pagaruyung Palace Reconstruction: Padang, West Sumatra

May 13th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Officials in West Sumatra say reconstruction will begin in June on Basa Pagaruyung Palace, which burned down Feb. 27 this year after being struck by lightning. “God willing, the cornerstone ceremony will be held in June. The details are being worked out now,” West Sumatra Governor Gumawan Fauzi said.


Sawahlunto Promotes Tourism: Padang, Sumatra

May 8th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

For more than a century, Sawahlunto, in West Sumatra, has been a booming coal mining city. Originally a small town, coal was discovered in the area in 1867 by Dutch geologist William Hendrik De Greve and by 1891 a flourishing coal industry had grown. After 110 years, only half of the 200 million tons of high-quality coal, thought to be the best in Asia, originally believed to exist in the ground is left.


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