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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Affandi Museum: Yogyakarta, Central Java

August 25th, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

affandi-museum.jpg Tucked away on a busy road that runs between Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo), and which links downtown Yogyakarta to its airport, is a small, idiosyncratic oasis of artistic pleasures and appreciation: the Affandi Museum.

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Image of the Day: Kraton Entrance, Yogyakarta, Central Java

August 23rd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

A young girl emailed me and asked why I didn’t put up a foto of the entrance to the Kraton in Yogyakarta, Central Java. Here it is for you Jenny!

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Image of the Day: Sultan’s Palace, Yogyakarta, Central Java

August 22nd, 2007 | Username By Barrie | Comments No Comments »

As I have mentioned in previous fotos of the Kraton, or Sultan’s Palace, it is a treasure in Yogyakarta that is not to be missed visiting. Put it on your itinerary now if you are heading to the cultural heart of Indonesia - Yogyakarta.

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Image of the Day: Palace Guards, Yogyakarta, Central Java

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

I always enjoy visiting the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace) and often spend a lot of time there in conversation with the Palace Guards. These Javanese folk are the guardians of the Kraton, the servants, so to speak, of the Sultan.

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Garin Hugroho and Free Jazz Documentary: Yogyakarta, Central Java

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

free-jazz.jpg Filmmaker Garin Nugroho has made a documentary about free jazz against the backdrop of post-earthquake Yogyakarta and Central Java, Teak Leaves at the Temples, released Aug. 1.

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