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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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  • Monetary History in the Bank of Indonesia Museum

    Monetary History in the Bank of Indonesia Museum

    The Bank of Indonesia Museum, which displays the role of the Central Bank in the history of the Indonesian archipelago since Dutch colonial days, is located by Old Batavia’s main Fatahillah Plaza, next to the Bank Mandiri Museum, opposite the Beos Station, at Jalan Pintu Besar Utara No. 3, in present day West Jakarta. Built in 1828 in neo-classical architecture mixed with Indonesian features, this elegant, still sturdy white building was...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Barat

     

    Heritage Mosques in Old Batavia

    Two mosques in Old Batavia that were built in the 18th and 19th century respectively are the An-Nawier mosque and the Masjid Langgar Tinggi at Pekojan, now more familiarly known as Kampung Arab or the Arab village, in West Jakarta.Before the Arabs, the neighborhood was dominated by Muslim Indians from Bengal. The name Pekojan is said to derive from the word “Khoja” or “Kaja”, an area in India.  On the other hand, the...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Barat

     
    Jakarta’s Neo Gothic Catholic Cathedral

    Jakarta’s Neo Gothic Catholic Cathedral

    Jakarta’s neo-gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral stands on the north corner of Lapangan Banteng, or Banteng Square, which, during the Dutch colonial period was called Waterlooplein, or Waterloo Square in Central Jakarta.  Today, the Cathedral stands right across Jakarta’s largest mosque, the Istiqlal Mosque. Their proximity is not a coincidence. Indonesia’s first president, Soekarno, chose the site for the mosque on purpose,...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Pusat

     
    Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur

    Understanding the Thousands of Relief Panels of Borobudur

    Borobudur Temple is a majestic masterpiece. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Borobodur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world and the single most visited spot in Indonesia. 75 years in the making, Borobudur is constructed from 2 million intricately carved volcanic rocks, and assembled using a complex interlocking technique without the use of cement or mortar. Aside from its enchanting beauty and high artistic value, Borobodur is...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kota Magelang

     
  •  Glodok

    Glodok

    Throughout history, Chinatown has always been dubbed as a hub of activity, a pillar of the economy, and a key element in each city. Situated in the district of Taman Sari in West Jakarta, in the capital city of Indonesia, Glodok is touted as the largest Chinatown region in the country and one of the largest in the world. This section of The Old Batavia City is home to many people of Chinese descent and has been known as Chinatown or Pecinan since...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta » Jakarta Barat

     
    Jakarta’s Oldest Chinese Temple

    Jakarta’s Oldest Chinese Temple

    Jakarta has no less than 140 Chinese temples across this sprawling cosmopolitan city. However, oldest among them all is the temple at Petak Sembilan in Jakarta’s Chinatown, locally better known as Glodok.   Originally built in 1650 by Chinese lieutenant Kwee Hoen, the temple was called Koan Im Teng, dedicated to the goddess Kwan Im. In its long history, this Taoist temple changed names a number of times. In 1740 at the horrific...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta

     
    Jakarta’s Textile Museum

    Jakarta’s Textile Museum

    The Indonesian islands are famous for their magnificent hand-woven cloths, colors and designs in material and creations, some intricate, others stunning in their pure simplicity. Each of the thousands of Indonesian islands produces its specific textile, most often based on philosophical and religious values that have been handed down through the generations.   To get a glimpse of the wide variety of these textiles, a visit to the Jakarta...

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    Location: Java » DKI Jakarta

     
    The Cave of Virgin Mary at Kerep, Ambarawa

    The Cave of Virgin Mary at Kerep, Ambarawa

    For those who travel toYogyakarta, Solo or Semarang, the Cave of the Virgin Mary, or Gua Maria Kerep Ambarawa (GMKA for short) - is a meaningful destination for Catholics and has also become a point of interest for tourists of varying religions.   Established in 1954, the year declared by Pope John Paul II as the Year of Virgin Mary the Immaculate, the Cave is meant to increase faith and devotion in the Virgin Mother. Since its...

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    Location: Java » Central Java » Kab. Semarang

     
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