Tongkonan, Toraja Traditional House

[11 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,734 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 …

Kotabaru, Pedestrian’s Heaven

[9 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 867 views]

A visit to Kotabaru always leave a lasting impressive. Lots of interesting objects for the eyes and camera. This city is located in a small island among the other islands in the south of Kalimantan(Borneo), Indonesia.
Kotabaru is a district whose capital is also named Kotabaru. Many interesting places worth visiting …

Betang House, Dayak Traditional House

[1 Jan 2011 | No Comment | 1,302 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 …

Fortress Fort de Kock

[31 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 867 views]

Fortress Fort de Kock was built in 1825 by Captain Bauer at the Mount Jirek Negeri, Bukit Tinggi, Sumatera, Indonesia. Until now, Fort Fort de Kock was a silent witness to the vanity of Dutch colonial that at that time ruled Minangkabau and the remnants of that arrogance is still …

Meru Betiri National Park

[30 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 1,637 views]

Meru Betiri National Park is a representation of mangrove ecosystem, swamp forest and lowland rain forest in Java, Indonesia.

This national park is the habitat of rare plants, such as Raflesia flower (Rafflesia zollingeriana), and several other plant species like mangrove (Rhizophora sp.), Api-api (Avicennia sp.), Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus), Nyamplung …

Sekaten Ceremony, Pick Your Own Blessing!

[4 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 857 views]

Sekaten ceremony (derived from Arabic word ‘Syahadatain‘) is an event to remember Prophet Muhammad’s birthday held on the 5th of each month Mulud in Java calendar (Rabiul Awal of the Islamic year) in the plaza north of Yogyakarta (and also in the Surakarta square town simultaneously). This ceremony was …

Honai House, Papua Version Of Iglo

[3 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 918 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 …

Tabuik Ceremony, West Sumatera

[1 Dec 2010 | No Comment | 907 views]

Derived from the Arabic word ‘tabut‘ that means parading, Tabuik ceremony is a hereditary tradition on the west coast, West Sumatera. The ceremony is held at the Asura day that falls on the 10th of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. On the selected day, since 6:00 AM, all participants …

Angklung, World Cultural Heritage

[21 Nov 2010 | No Comment | 1,288 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 | 1,406 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 …