Category: History/Culture

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...

Life Back Then

Author of Olivia & Sophie, Rosie Milne, explores what expat life was like 200 years ago. My novel Olivia & Sophia explores the lives of two predecessors of...

The Influence of Javanese Music on Early Jazz

“Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.” – Herbie Hancock Previously I wrote about the arrival...

Rebuilding Ruins: PT Pembangunan Kota Tua

Most of Jakarta is made of new developments and expanding suburbs, however look to the North and you’ll find Kota Tua, or ‘Old Town’, which was where the original...

Tugu Kunstkring Paleis: A Culturally Rich Dining Experience in the Heart of Menteng

On a quiet, leafy-tree street corner set amongst stately white mansions and European luxury cars parked roadside is a structural gem designed by the Dutch architect and...

The Mapping of Java

The islands of Java and Bali located 8 degrees south of the Equator in the Indian Ocean are two of the 17,000 islands that make up the Republic of Indonesia, the...

Settlers, Saints, Kings and Conversions: The Dawn of Indonesian Islam

Author of A Brief History of Indonesia, Tim Hannigan, travels back in time to explore the history of Islam in Indonesia. The hamlet of Leran lies amidst the low fields...

Kamasan: An Ancient Living Tradition

Imagine you are a master Balinese painter, and your King has recently commissioned you to do a piece of work. As you sit down in front of a large cloth stretched upon a...

The Kids Went Wild in Batavia

“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician.” – Louis Armstrong Joey Alexander’s nomination for two Grammy Awards has created a...

Preserving the Balinese Language for Generations to Come

Language represents culture. In culturally-rich Indonesia this is especially true; being an archipelago of over 17,000 islands with around 300 distinct native ethnic...

Saudara Dalam Sejarah: Exposing the Story of Indonesia’s Forgotten Exiles

In the 1960s, Sukarno sent thousands of students to study abroad, including in China. After the 1965 anti-communist massacre, in which over 500,000 Indonesians were...

The Outdoor Museum of Taman Prasasti – a Window to the Past

We take a trip to the Taman Prasasti cemetery in Jakarta, where Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles’ wife, along with many other famous or well-known historical figures, are...

The Ancient Temple of Gunung Padang

The recent revelation that Gunung Padang, a megalithic site south of Cianjur in West Java, almost certainly conceals a step pyramid dating back to beyond the Ice Age, is...

Education Guide 2017

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