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Gadang Clock Tower, Bukittinggi

[23 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 714 views]

Gadang Clock Tower is a tower clock located in the heart of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Gadang Clock Tower is the name given by the Minangkabau community, because it has a “gadang” or large size, gadang simply means large in Minangkabau language.

Gadang Clock Tower is so phenomenal since it …

Tongkonan, Toraja Traditional House

[11 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,457 views]

Toraja traditional house is called Tongkonan, derived from the word ‘tongkon’ which means ‘to sit together’. Tongkonan always built facing north, which is considered as the source of life. Based on archaeological research, the Toraja came from Yunan, Tongkin Bay, China. These immigrants from China then acculturated with the indigenous …

Betang House, Dayak Traditional House

[1 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 968 views]

In the past, the Dayak tribes who resided in Borneo always live in groups. Where the live every aspects of their life together and it was manifested in a work called the Huma Betang(Betang House).

Betang has unique characteristics that can be observed from the elongated shape and have only a …

Honai House, Papua Version Of Iglo

[3 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 704 views]

Honai is a typical house of Papua made of wood with conical roof made of reeds or straw. Honai purposely built small or narrow and windowless in order to withstand the cold weather of Papua mountains. Honai usually built as high as 2.5 meters and there’s a place to make …

Angklung, World Cultural Heritage

[21 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 746 views]

Angklung art from Indonesia has just been ordained as one of the world heritage by UNESCO on a trial in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 November 2010. It was officially ordained as The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The word angklung is derived from angka(eng:number) that means the tone, …

Talempong, Now And Then

[20 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 1,178 views]

Talempong is Minangkabau traditional music instrument made of brass and some are of wood and stone. The talempong produce a static texture consisting of interlocking rhythms. Talempong was brought into Negri Sembilan, Malay Peninsular by people of West Sumatra in 14th century. Here, talempong is also known as caklempong.

Talempong music …

Sasando, Endangered Heritage.

[19 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 828 views]

If the harp, piano, and guitar became the most historic and significant findings in the music world, then Sasando from Rote Island, Indonesia, deserves more appreciation. This traditional musical instrument has existed since decades ago and produces sound combination of three musical instruments: harp, piano, and guitar..

Sasando is …

Goong Renteng, The Forgotten Heritage

[18 Sep 2010 | No Comment | 1,616 views]

Goong Renteng is Sundanse typical kind of gamelan(set of traditional musical instruments)which is quite old. Goong Renteng has been known since the 16th century, and spread in various regions of West Java.
According to Jakob Kunst (1934:386), Goong Renteng can be found in Cileunyi and Cikebo (Tanjungsari region, Sumedang), Lebakwangi (Pameungpeuk …

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