Category: History/Culture

Precious Indonesian Artifacts Being Looted by Treasure Hunters

Precious Indonesian artifacts in the paddy fields of Sukoharjo district, Central Java, are being dug up by illegal treasure hunters who then sell the items on the black...

The Dutch Pioneering Voyage to the East Indies

By Bartele Gallery Jakarta The last decade of the sixteenth century heralded the emergence of the Dutch as the colonial power that was to supercede Portugal as the...

The Living Dead

Benjamin Franklin once said, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’’ While one occurs habitually, from an artisan coffee...

Preserving Indonesian Fabric: Sumbanese Tenun

The government, private associations and other local initiatives are now beginning to use tenun ikat Sumba–traditional, handwoven textiles from Sumba–to...

What the Temples of Indonesia Tell Us

We live in a vast archipelago nation alongside 129 active volcanoes. Traditional wooden houses in this region have withstood the many massive earthquakes and tremors...

Get Ready To Wave The Red And White

With the Independence Day holiday fast approaching and the country already painting itself red and white, August is always a great time to immerse yourself in a touch of...

All Aboard Transjakarta To See Jakarta’s Sights

The TransJakarta Jakarta Explorer tourist bus routes proved a success over the holiday break with visitors flocking to the Istiqlal Mosque bus stop to take in the...

Indonesia’s old manuscripts are waiting to be deciphered

Mehamat Boru Karo Sekalu, a lady working in North Sumatra Museum reads an ancient book written in Batak letters, eloquently. The visitors of Nusantara Old Manuscripts...

Borobudur Reliefs Tell Wise Tales

Borobudur Temple was built in the eighth century and has more than 2,670 reliefs. Each set of reliefs tells a wise tale that portrayed the beauty yet obliviousness of...

Lakoat Kujawas: Comfort Food and Literature from the Heart of Timor

Munching on shrimp dumplings fried in lard (babi oangke) at lively garden weddings, dipped in a tangy chili sauce bursting with flavours of Timorese cilantro, mint and...

Alfred Raquez’s Trip to Batavia

“Alfred Raquez” is the pseudonym of Joseph Gervais, a bankrupt French lawyer who fled to the Far East in the late 1890s. He wrote prolifically about China and...

British Bengkulu: A Forgotten Imperial Outpost

Bengkulu, October 1685: The fort stood atop a small hillock on the banks of a coffee-coloured creek. To the west the Indian Ocean stretched blank and white and empty. To...

Tana Olen, the Forbidden Forest

“We call this place Tana Olen,” Philius, the Dayak elder explained. “In Kenyah Dayak language this means forbidden forest – forbidden to destroy.” The locals...

Menteng Pulo: Field of Honour

The most astonishing experience when entering the Netherlands Field of Honour Menteng Pulo (Menteng Pulo Ereveld) is the silence. Just beyond the gate is the noisy...

Education Guide 2017

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