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  • 1 Cibodas Botanic Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    A dependence of the Kebun Raya of Bogor, Kebun Raya Cibodas is given over to the study and preservation of high-altitude tropical plants. More than 200 species have been brought from Mt Halimun National Park and around. Perched 1 400m above sea level..

  • 2 Bandung Geology Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    57 Jl. Diponegoro

    The discovery of cranial bones belonging to "Java Man" in the Solo River (Surakarta) in 1891 lent credence to Darwin's theory of evolution by proving that Homo erectus had existed in Asia as well as in Africa. You can see a cast of the skul..

  • 3 Villa Isola Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jl. Setiabudi

    The bold curves of the white façade of Villa Isola, a masterpiece of Art deco architecture, cannot be missed. The building is part of the IKIP teacher training school.

  • 4 Cisangkuy Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    From Bandung, take the Banjaran road. At the foot of Mt Malabar (2 321m) lies Situ Cileunca artificial lake, a glistening expanse of water in the middle of tea plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. You can stop for lunch in Pengalengan ..

  • 5 Kraton Kesepuhan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Alun-alun Nord (derrière le marché Kesepuhan)

    Indo-Javanese architecture in all its splendour (15C and 17C) with, inside, a mixture of styles characteristic of the cultural melting pot that Cirebon once was. Above the entrance to this sultan's palace (actually more of a mansion), is a sculpted m..

  • 6 Kraton Kesepuhan Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Pl. Alun-alun Nord

    An interesting jumble of Javanese gamelans (14C), Egyptian chests inlaid with mother-of-pearl, Javanese weaponry and 16C Portuguese chain mail. On display in an adjoining room is the Kereta Singa Barong (1549), an incredible red and gold royal carria..

  • 7 Mount Kamojang Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    The road from Samarang takes in some magnificent panoramic views. Almost imperceptibly you enter Kamojang's crater, a large wooded plateau dotted with geysers that erupt with an impressive force. Don't miss the steaming little mud lake, which formed ..

  • 8 Alun-alun Utara Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Alun-alun Utara is a vast green square adorned with two sacred banyan trees which plays host to the city's parades and events. For one month in the year, the square is given over to a public festival but for the rest of the time it is the preserv..

  • 9 Yogyakarta Great Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Built in 1773 under Hamengkubuwono I, the Great Mosque or Mesjid Agung has maintained all of its original components. Closely linked to the kraton and its various ceremonies, the mosque comes under the direction of a city notable, the pangulu, who is..

  • 10 Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A sacred seat of power, the palace, still inhabited by the sultan, plays the role of conservatory of Javanese art. Its layout reflects Javanese cosmogony according to a north-south axis which governs the official and ceremonial section and an east-we..

  • 11 Taman Sari Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Taman Sari was the sultans' pleasure palace. Although seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1867, it has retained the old-fashioned charm of a spot devoted to relaxation and meditation. Behind the residence (the water palace, as the Dutch called it),..

  • 12 Batik Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    13 Jl. Dr-Sutomo

    A modest but fascinating private collection that survives as best it can from donations left by the 10 or so visitors each month. Only some of the 400 pieces in the museum's collection are on display (most come from Pekalongan, on the north coast), b..

  • 13 Kota Gede Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nowadays, the first capital of Mataram, founded in 1575 by Panembahan Senopati (whose tomb is greatly venerated by the Javanese), is nothing more than a quiet suburb of Yogyakarta. Yet it has preserved from its golden age a robust silver work traditi..

  • 14 Dieng Plateau Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Lying at the bottom of a caldera 2 000m above sea level, this plateau encircled by mountains is worth visiting to see the scattered vestiges of the kingdom of Sanjaya as well as for the mysterious atmosphere that prevails in the morning mist. Make an..

  • 15 Candi Kalasan Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Near Kalasan stands one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Indonesia (778, although its current guise is thought to date from the 10C). It is dedicated to Tara, a stellar divinity of Tantric Buddhism. Candi Kalasan's stylistic originality lies in the ..

  • 16 Candi Sambisari Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Discovered by a peasant in 1966, buried beneath a 6m-thick layer of volcanic ash, Candi Sambisari was only excavated in 1996. It is probably one of the last Shaivite sanctuaries built by the Sanjayas (10C). It is thought that the pillars of the terra..

  • 17 Trowulan Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    This was once the capital of the greatest Hindu kingdom in Indonesia, the Majapahit kingdom (1294-1478). Given the fragility of the construction materials used (brick and wood), the vestiges now only amount to a few isolated elements, but the inspiri..

  • 18 Trowulan Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Before exploring the site, stop at the Trowulan Museum, which provides an excellent introduction to Majapahit art and civilisation. Statues, pottery, ridge tiles and vases... terracotta has pride of place. The piggy banks are remarkable. Note the exc..

  • 19 Madura Island Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Although linked to Surabaya by a bridge since 2009, Madura has conserved its distinct character. Here, the volcanic landscape gives way to flat, dry terrain; the population of fishermen, salt-makers and cattle rearers has been traditionally Muslim si..

  • 20 Lombang Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Lombang Beach boasts a long strip of white sand lined with pine trees and is one of the most beautiful on Madura, all the more so as it is not busy.

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