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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.


Traditional Art Form: Yogyakarta, Central Java

November 20th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-creating-wayang.jpgPucung village in Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, is one of the places in the country in which its crafts is made from animal skin. The craftsmen have learned their skills from their parents, so it’s a generational practice despite their meagre amount of income. A mother of two, Sartina, 26, has known the craft of creating shadow puppet skin since she was in fourth grade. After she is finished with her household chore, she paints on pieces of skin to be used for fan souvenirs (kipas). Most of the craftsmen in Pucung village are daily laborers in which businessmen, who purchase the raw material, use their service for the finishing part, such as cutting and painting.


Sangiran Museum: Sragen, Central Java

November 9th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

A student group entered Sangiran Museum in Sragen, Central Java, and enthusiastically looked at the various fossils on display, which date back from hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago. All of the fossils are kept in 15 vitrines at the museum, which is also called the Conservation Center of Early Man Site.


Children’s Museum: Yogyakarta, Central Java

October 18th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

mini-children4.jpgLong before it will officially open its doors at Yogyakarta Cultural Park, a new children’s museum has been reaching out to the public with various events and displays. Kolong Tangga Museum, opening in January 2008, is named for a child welfare community grouping, itself an outgrowth of Yayasan Untuk Semua Anak (All Children’s Foundation). Museum technical director, Indra, said exhibitions for children — like “Mysterious Dolls” and “Old Prints of Jakarta” — were launched in 2006 in a bid to introduce the new museum to the public.


Creative Children: Yogyakarta, Central Java

October 17th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

For lots of children in Pandes village in Yogyakarta, Wednesdays have become the most popular day of the week — because that’s the day they are allowed outside their classrooms to play traditional games, learn about art and its history, and to playfully learn more of their own culture.


Charms of Yogyakarta: Central Java

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

It’s easy to fall in love with Yogyakarta; not so easy to explain how it is that the city so beguiles and enthralls the visitor. To walk in Jogja, as it is fondly called — and part of the city’s charm is that it invites you to do just that — is to be taken by surprise in a hundred tiny, enigmatic ways.


Regol Jogja Magazine: Yogyakarta, Central Java

September 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments 1 Comment »

Regol Jogja magazine has a distinct and colorful way of telling a story about Yogyakarta’s people, their daily lives, cultural heritage, local pastimes and traditional cuisine, said its founder and greatest fan.


Indonesians in Focus: Marwoto

September 16th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

It was the very last scene of a ketoprak (Javanese folk theater) production at the Yogyakarta Arts Center. The clown figure, played by Marwoto, had been defeated by his opponent. Wounded and bleeding, clearly dying, he staggered a few paces and fell to the ground.


Mlangi in Ramadhan: Yogyakarta, Central Java

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

bridalprocession-malang.jpg On Monday afternoon, just days ahead of the Islamic fasting month, the call to prayer echoed throughout Mlangi, one of the oldest villages in Sleman, Yogyakarta. Men wearing sarongs and caps hurried to the biggest mosque in the village, Jami’ Mlangi, to attend the prayer gathering.


Prambanan Restoration to Begin: Yogyakarta, Central Java

September 6th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

Post-earthquake restoration of the famous heritage Hindu Prambanan Temple on the borderline of Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces should start this month, thanks to funding from Saudi Arabia.


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