Posts Tagged "Indonesia"

Jakarta, Indonesia

We were in Jakarta, the capital and largest city of Indonesia, on February 26, 2016. Once again we were greeted at the pier by girls in traditional outfits. We took a tour of the city with our first stop being the Wayang Museum, which is devoted entirely to Wayang Javanese puppetry, a theatrical performance with puppets that can last for hours and is located on Taman Fatahillah Square. On the square were vendors of all sorts selling their wares. From there we went to the  Presidential Palace and across the street to Merdeka Square which houses the Monas National Monument. Our final stop was...

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Semarang, Java, Indonesia

On February 25, 2016, we docked on the island of Java at the port of Semarang in Indonesia. Semarang is the port to go to Borobudur, a Buddhist temple and World Heritage site. Since we were there last year, see Java 2015, we decided to explore in and around Semarang. We drove through the streets of Semarang to our first stop Gereja Blenduk, a Protestant church which was built in 1773. Traveling into the countryside to Batik Semarang 16, we saw the process of  cloth weaving and Batik dying as well the construction of hand made clothing. We traveled back through the rice fields to our last...

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Bali, Indonesia

On the 23 of February, 2016, we docked in Benoa, on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Upon leaving the ship we were greeted by a band and dancers dressed in traditional dress. On this day we ventured to the Tengan Aga Village, which is home to the descendants of the original Bali inhabitants. The town is laid out with a North-South road with buildings opening to that street. Now a tourist town, the homes had crafts for sale and there were many street vendors at the entrance. We had lunch at the Rama Candidasa Resort  that looks over the clear blue waters of Bali. After lunch we toured...

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Semarang, Java

Landing at Semarang, Java, Indonesia on March 1, 2015 we traveled out of the town through the many rice fields to Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, 70 miles from Semarang. The massive temple consists of a main dome on the upper level surrounded by 72 stupas. Each level is about 10 foot high and there are 9 levels. Each level had intricately sculptured reliefs and many sitting Buddhas. After leaving Borobudur we passed Pawon Temple also built in the 9th century. We then stopped at a puppet show which used shadow puppets and traditional music and song. The final...

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Bali, Indonesia (Day 2)

Our second day in Bali, February 27, 2015, we spent the day traveling in a VW safari vehicle for 2 with a guide and a driver. We drove thru Denpasar passing community temples and many motorbikes, the main transportation of the area.  Our first stop was the town of Klungkung, where gongs and Anklungs, instruments used in traditional Indonesian music, were hand forged and assembled. We then traveled to the foothills of the Bangli region where the 11th century Kehen Temple is located. Guarded by Elephants you climb stairs to and through the split gates to the first tier of the temple. After...

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