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Image of the Day: Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Central Java

April 2nd, 2008 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Taman Sari is a part of the Kraton, or Sultan’s Palace, in Yogyakarta. It is a definite ‘must see’ if you are visiting this cultural city. The best times to go are early in the morning and late afternoon when the light is excellent for photography. At both times you will at least avoid the tourist buses that daily fill the carparks.

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Penataran Temple Protected: Blitar, West Java

November 1st, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-penataran-temple-blitar-jatim.jpg style="margin-right:7px;" border="1"/>Zulaika rested under a tree near Penataran Temple in Blitar, East Java and she appeared to focus on a group of children playing on the temple’s stairs. The temple’s complex is located in Penataran district and locals said it would without doubt see some affects if Kelud volcano, which has been sitting on a top alert status since Oct. 16, were to erupt. Two other nearby temples, Sewu Temple and Ngambar Temple, would suffer the same fate, locals said.

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Ampel Mosque: Surabaya, East Java

October 26th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

mini-ampel-mosque-surabaya.jpgAmpel Mosque is believed to be the oldest in the country. Its founder, Sunan Ampel (otherwise known as Raden Ahmad Rachmatulloh), was one of nine figures who played a leading role in spreading Islam across Java. Sunan Ampel was born in 1401 in Champa, Cambodia. He is a descendant of Ibrahim Asmarakandi, or Maulana Malik Ibrahim, a Champa ruler. When he was 20 years old, Sunan Ampel moved to Surabaya in East Java, which was then ruled by Raja Brawijaya, a Majapahit king.

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