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Many of the world's most ancient wonders can be found in Indonesia. From sacred temples to palace ruins, from prehistoric remains to living traditions, visitors from around the world come to Indonesia, attracted by its unique and diverse cultures and vibrant heritage.

Whether you take the opportunity to see traditional batik cloths being made, experience centuries old customs and festivities with a visit to a traditional village, or soak up some history in one of Indonesia's many museums – the list of heritage attractions appears endless.

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  • Palembang Grand Mosque

    Palembang Grand Mosque

    Palembang Grand Mosque is one of the inheritances of the Palembang Sultanate. This mosque is known as the center of Palembang city. It was built from 1738 to 1748 by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I, also known as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jaya Wikramo. Some say it was the largest mosque in Indonesia at that time. When it was first built, it covered a land area of 1,080 square meters (about 0.26 acres) with a capacity of 1,200 persons. It was then...

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    Location: Sumatra » South Sumatra » Kota Palembang

     
    Penyengat Island

    Penyengat Island

    A small island situated across Tanjung Pinang, capital of the Riau Islands Province, the island of Penyengat in the 18th century was the twin-seat of the Sultan of the Johor-Riau Kingdom. Today, the Sultan’s palace is being restored. It is an interesting blend of Javanese and Dutch architecture, still imbued with an air of dignity, even though it has been abandoned for more than 80 years. Here are tombs and crypts, and a restored fort.The...

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    Location: Sumatra » Riau Archipelago » Kota Tanjung Pinang

     
    Mount Menumbing

    Mount Menumbing

    Mount Menumbing (355 m) a rather high hill in the neighbourhood of Mentok (North West Bangka) stands as a memorial to the history of the Indonesian nation. A guest house which was built here by the Dutch in 1932 was used to house the former President Soe¬karno and Vice-President Hatta during their imprisonment from February to July 1949.

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    Location: Sumatra » Bangka Belitung » Kab. Bangka Barat

     
    Kuto Besak Fortress

    Kuto Besak Fortress

    Standing atop the 10 meters high and 288.75 meters long thick walls of Kuto Besak Fortress, one looks down on the passing boats and ships on the Musi River below. Built during the 17th century, Kuto Besak Fort is a legacy of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, that ruled from 1550-1823. Acting as a defense post, the location of the Fortress is both politically and geographically strategic as it forms and island on its own, bordered by on its...

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    Location: Sumatra » South Sumatra » Kota Palembang

     
  • The Temples Of Bahal (Portibi): Traces of Vajranaya Buddhism in Sumatra

    Unlike on the island of Java, where legacies of once thriving Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms are evident through imposing temples, these are rarely found on Sumatra. Among the few discovered on Sumatra, one particular temple complex stands out as a rare monument of the time when Buddhism flourished on the island.  The complex is called the Bahal Temples and is located at the Bahal Village, at Padang Bolak District, South Tapanuli Regency,...

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    Location: Sumatra » North Sumatra » Kab. Tapanuli Selatan

     
    SAWAHLUNTO: Historic Coal Mining Town, and Silungkang Gold Songket Sarongs

    SAWAHLUNTO: Historic Coal Mining Town, and Silungkang Gold Songket Sarongs

    After an hour’s drive from the city of Padang to its northeastern outskirts, the road splits. Lake Singkarak lies to the left and Sawahlunto to the right, some 95 kilometers from Padang.  Sawahlunto is known as the town of the ‘black pearl’ harking back to the once-abundant coal which was the town’s prominent product. Today, approaching the town one finds deserted rail roads, stepped rice fields, and the familiar...

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    Location: Sumatra » West Sumatra » Kota Sawahlunto

     
    The Aceh Tsunami Museum

    The Aceh Tsunami Museum

      On Sunday, 26th December 2004, one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history occurred: at 7.O am local time in Aceh, - the north-most province on the island of Sumatra, - when a huge 9.2 RS earthquake with epicenter near the island of Simeuleu,  close to  the shore of Aceh shook the area. This was followed by an enormous tsunami that made landfall in Aceh ...

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    Location: Sumatra » Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam » Kota Sabang

     
    The Maimun Palace in Medan: Graceful  Legacy of the Deli Sultanate

    The Maimun Palace in Medan: Graceful Legacy of the Deli Sultanate

    Situated on Jalan Brigjen Katamso Street in the heart of Medan, capital city of North Sumatra Province, The Maimun Palace is an elegant heritage site, an iconic landmark of Medan and the pride of its people. The Maimun Palace is a legacy of the Sultanate of Deli, whose seat was in Medan. This kingdom was  once part of the Aceh Sultanate but seceded from it in 1669. Maimun Palace was built by the 9th Sultan of Deli, Sultan Maimun Al...

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    Location: Sumatra » North Sumatra » Kota Medan

     
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