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Archives for January 2013

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Stephen Bugno

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Kraton's in the details: Sultan's Kraton in Yogyakarta

Posted On : 11 January 2013
Categories : Culture and Heritage

Yogyakarta is considered to be a cultural center of Indonesia. It is here we visited the Sultan’s Palace, also known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta. It is the primary royal palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate where the sultan and the royal court have their traditional seat. The complex is the most popular tourist destination in Yogyakarta and consists of a number of buildings such as audience halls, museums, and the residences of the sultan and the queen. Wandering around Sri...

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Tag : The Kraton, Yogyakarta

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Kirsten Alana

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Meeting Komodo Dragons and Snorkeling at Pink Beach

Posted On : 11 January 2013
Categories : Diving and Snorkeling - Adventure

Maen lost a limb to an attack by a Komodo Dragon. He could have lost his life. Instead, he survived and courageously has returned to his post as a ranger in the Komodo Islands looking after an environment and an animal that perhaps does not have his best interests at heart. [Michael recounts his story far better than I could.]It’s a harsh place. On a hot day in a spot without shade the sun can make you stroke out before you even realize you’re tired. Komodo Dragons aren’t caged...

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Tag : Komodo National Park, Diving Around Komodo Island, Kanawa: Best Satellite Island to enjoy the Komodo National Park , The romantic Pink Beach of the Komodo Islands , The Underwater Paradise at Komodo National Park

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Kirsten Alana

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Visiting the Palaces of Yogyakarta

Posted On : 11 January 2013
Categories : Culture and Heritage

In formal terms, it's called, "Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat." Less formally, the Keraton. It's the royal palace, and home, of the ruling sultan in the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is technically a governor but is able to retain the title of sultan.The Keraton is open to the public in the first portion of the day yet it is still used for meetings, official functions and as a home where the sultan and his family live.About 100 guards are on duty during visiting hours though at any...

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Tag : The Kraton, Yogyakarta