Candi Banyunibo

Candi Banyunibo lies 1km south of Ratu Boko. Lost in the middle of rice fields, this Buddhist temple blends seamlessly with its surroundings and will leave the impression of serenity and completeness. Truly a gorgeous step on your trail.

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Day out in Old Town Jakarta (part 2)

Old Town is extremely popular for photos not only for tourist but also with models and photography students. Here are some of them using the old buildings around the town square.

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Day Out in Old Town Jakarta

Museum Seni Rupa and Keramik

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The building of the Jakarta Fine Arts and Ceramic Museum was initially used as the office of Road van Justitie Binnen het Casteel Batavia (the Dutch Courthouse) on 21st January 1870 by the Governor General Jan Pieter Miyer. The architect who designed the building was Hoofd Ingenier W.H.F.H. Van Raders. The building was used as a dormitory, logistic warehouse, museum and history office, fine arts bureau and in early 1990 the Fine Arts and Ceramic museum.

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 The ceramic collection has around 8000 pieces from local and foreign ceramics dated as far back as the 14th century.

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 Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday – 09: 00 to 15:00

 Closed on Monday and public holidays

Price: Adult Rp 5000.00

College student: Rp 3000.00

 Children: Rp. 1 500.00

Ijen The Irresistable

Mount Ijen, located between Banyuwangi and Bondowoso regencies boasts a phenomenon that can only be seen in two places in the entire globe, which is the blue fire. The bluish flames of burning molten sultur can be seen inside the crater, which can be seen at night until just before sunrise. To reach the peak, you will have to ascend 3km of the mountain, usually starting around midnight. We started our journey at 4am just before sunrise and was extremely lucky.

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Sulphur is extracted from the lake and a vulcanology post just below the crater. The sulphur collectors hike up in the morning and return around 1pm when the clouds rolls in. Trekkers are advised to do the same, but the clouds often disappear in the late afternoon.

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The best time to make the hike is in the dry season between April and October.

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Travellers are advise to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes.

Happy trekking!

Candi Ijo – Yogyakarta

Candi Ijo, the GreenTemple, is perched at the top of a hill, 410m above sea level, and is thus the highest temple in the region of Yogyakarta. Perfect panorama vista of sunrises and sunsets, Candi Ijo consisted of 17 buildings divided into 11 terraces. If the major elements of this temple are Hindu, Buddhist symbolism scattered throughout the site suggests that at similarly served both regions, though perhaps at different times.

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The Affandi Museum – Jogja

The Affandi Museum lies in Jalan Laksda Adisucipto 167. on the main road connecting Yogyakarta and Solo, on the west bank of GajahwongRiver. The whole complex siyuated on a 3500 square meter of land consisting of the museum and another where Affandi lived himself.

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There are three galleries that permanently exhibit a collection of paintings. The first was opened in 1974.

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The paintings consists of sketches on paper, watercolors, pastel, oil paintings on canvas and a number of selected reproductions.

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The second gallery was built with the aid of the Indonesian government and officially opened in 1987. This gallery is used as an exhibition hall for the museum’s painting collection from various famous artists.

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The third gallery was built by the Affandi Foundation and finished in 1999. It was built to fulfill Affandi’s last wish to have a sufficient storage for his collection.

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Three storied building was built with the same basic idea as the other buildings. Curved and spiral shapes can be seen through the entire complex as well as the banana leaf shaped roof. From the top of the roof you can see the GajahWongRiver as well as the road.

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Opening Hours: 9am – 4pm daily except on public holidays.

Candi Sewu (Thousand Temples)

The Temple of Love and Betrayal.

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When coming to Jogja, the Prambanan temple complex is one of the highlights to visit in the area. This Hindu temple compound is the largest in Indonesia and dates back to the 9th century. Most tourist go straight for the main temple complex however just 800 meters north lies Candi Sewu. My favourite.

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They temple dates back to the 8th century and was likely completed by the Medang King, Ratai Pikatan, who married a Buddhist princess. However nobody seems knows the real story behind these magnificient temples.

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To visit Candi Sewu, you enter through the main gate at the Prambanan temple compound. Follow the signs to the bicycle rental and train tours, you could take any of these however if you have time and its not too hot I would recommend walking. Before you reach Candi Sewu you will see a row of temples that are no longer intact and temple stones piled everywhere. The complex was severely damaged during the 2006 earthquake.

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The main temple in the centre is the largest one in the complex and has been completely refurbished, and you can go inside safely. Iron framing is embedded in the structure, and some stones have been replaced with newer ones. But overall the temple looks beautiful and majestic, with the shape and reliefs maintaining its authenticity.

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Candi Sewu is the second largest Buddihist temple in Indonesia after Borobudur.

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Hope you enjoy Candi Sewu as much as I did.

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