Category: History/Culture

Antiques

Indonesian Antiques

Due to the intertwined histories of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, some “Indonesian antiques” actually share their roots with our Malaysian and Singaporean...

Hotel Majapahit, Surabaya

Hotel Majapahit is a majestic hotel located in the heart of Surabaya which has witnessed first-hand the changing history of Indonesia, from Dutch colonisation, through...

The History of Mapping Australia

The mapping of Australia holds a special place in the history of cartography, as both the search for the mythical Terra Australis or South Land, and the subsequent...

Surabaya: A Journey Through Time

Have you ever wondered why Surabaya is nicknamed the City of Heroes? Well, here are two historical places in the city which were built to commemorate the struggles of...

Success in the Sky: The KLM Story (Part One)

The letters most commonly associated with the history of Dutch aviation are “K.L.M.,” which stand for Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij (“Royal Dutch Airlines”...

Bena and Tololela – Preserving tradition in Flores

Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara Province is a combination of sea and forested mountains with meandering highways cutting the island from west to east, and is home to...

The Betawi – A Look at the History, Culture and Cuisine

Nowadays Kemang is a favourite residential area of foreigners, and a trendy hangout hotspot with a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafés. Not so long ago it was a...

Corruption and Mismanagement in the Times of the VOC

The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) was established in 1602. The company was initially granted a 21-year monopoly to trade in Asia. A...

The Resurrection of Krakatau

When Krakatau erupted in 1883, it became the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history.  Scientists stationed in Batavia (Jakarta) used seismographs to...

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...

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