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Visiting the Palace of the Maestro Painting – Affandi

Posted by bates70 on November 27, 2010

Visiting Affandi Museum is located at Jalan Raya Yogyakarta-Solo, or rather the west bank of Gajah Wong River, provides an opportunity for you to track all the means of Affandi’s life. You can see the great works of the maestro during life, the work of another painter who is sufficient, means of transportation he uses first, occupied house to a studio that is now used to nurture talent to paint a child.
Affandi Museum is all part of Affandi’s life as a painting maestro. In the region of Gajah Wong river’s edge, Affandi live, work, knowledge and transforming lives in his eternal home.
The complex consists of 3 pieces of the museum galleries with the gallery I as a place of ticket purchase and the beginning of the tour. Gallery I personally opened by Affandi since 1962 and inaugurated in 1974 contains a number of Affandi’s paintings from the early work until the end of his life. Paintings are generally in the form of paintings and works of reproduction sktesa are placed in 2 lines on the bottom and curved elongated to fill the room.

Gallery I, you can see a number of valuables during Affandi’s life. At the end of the room, you can see the car in 1976 Colt Gallan a greenish yellow color is modified so that it resembles the shape of fish, also an old bicycle that looks shiny as a means of transportation. You can also see a reproduction of the statue of his self-portrait with her daughter, Kartika.

Gallery II, you can see a number of paintings by painters, both beginners and seniors, which is sufficient in the museum. Gallery which was inaugurated in 1988 consists of two floors with paintings that can be seen from a different perspective. The first floor contains many paintings are abstract, while the second floor contains paintings by the realist style but has a firmness.

Gallery III, who became the next destination is a building with a roof-shaped curved line forming stem of banana leaf. That said, this 3-story multi-purpose gallery, first floor serves as an exhibition space as well as the location of “Studio Gajah Wong” place for kids to hone his talent to paint, the second floor as space maintenance and repair, painting, while the basement as a place to store a collection of paintings .

Palace of the Indonesia Maestro Painting


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Dieng Plateau Tourism Object

Posted by bates70 on November 23, 2010

Dieng Plateau Tourism Object in Central Java

Dieng Plateau is located in central Java, where he is not too far from DI Yogyakarta, cause in the guidebook in Yogyakarta Dieng plateau, including in tour package.
Dieng plateau is a natural tourism object. It is the longest highland in Java which lays 2.093 meters above sea level and 15 degree Celsius average has been the common temperature. In the plateau, we will visit various kinds of tourist attractions such as:

  • A group of Hindu temple. It was built early on 7 century, and well known as the quiet oldest Hindu temple among other Hindu temples in Indonesia.
  • Crater: several hectare smaller craters which are still active can be found as well. Nowadays, our government has made the GEOTHERMAL.
  • Colorful lake (Telaga Warna): The lake contains many kinds of sulfur and the Reflection of the Sunshine changes the water into many different colors.

If you are in a hot spring, you can boil eggs but I would not recommend to eat. During the trip in Dieng plateau, you can have a pleasure of time due to its various wonderful scenes.
You can taste the spots of small village and drive slopping, winding road, and enjoy a beautiful landscape with rich of plantation like coffee, tea, tobacco, and other vegetables crops.
On the way back from Dieng to Yogyakarta, you will explore the greatness of Borobudur temple. The whole structure of Borobudur reflects the hard work, high dedication of thousands people. They were sweating on their attempt to make their way up to hill dragging tons of rocks in the searching of the tropical climate. You have a beautiful sunset at Borobudur.

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Prambanan Beautiful Hindu Temple in Central of Java

Posted by bates70 on November 13, 2010


Prambanan Temple

There is a legend that Javanese people always tell about this temple. Once, a man named Bandung Bondowoso loved Roro Jonggrang. Because no love, Jonggrang asked Bondowoso make 1000 temples with statues in one night. The request was nearly fulfilled before Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and make a big fire that created an atmosphere like the morning. New Bondowoso can make 999 statues cursed Jonggrang into the statue in 1000 because he felt cheated.

Prambanan temple is incredibly beautiful building built in the 10th century during the reigns of two kings, and Rakai Rakai Pikatan Balitung. Rose as high as 47 feet (5 meters higher than the Borobudur temple), the establishment of this temple has fulfilled the desire maker, shows the triumph of Hinduism in Java. This temple is located 17 kilometers from the city center, in the middle of the area that is now a beautiful park.

Prambanan temple has 3 main temples in the main yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva. These three temples are symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. All of them face east. Each main temple has accompanying temple facing to the west, namely Nandini for Shiva, Swan to Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu. In addition, there are still squeeze 2 temple, the temple curtain 4, and 4 corner temples. Meanwhile, the second page had 224 temples.

Entering the Shiva temple located in the middle and the highest building, you will find a room 4. One main room contains a statue of Shiva, while the other 3 rooms each containing a statue of Durga (Shiva’s wife), Agastya (Shiva’s teacher), and Ganesha (Shiva’s son). Durga is mentioned as the statue of Roro Jonggrang described in the legend above.

In the Vishnu temple is located in the north of Shiva temple, you will only see one room containing a statue of Vishnu. Similarly, the Brahma temple located on the south side of Shiva temple, you will only find one room with a statue of Brahma.

Accompanying temple is Garuda temple lure is located near the Vishnu temple. This temple save the story of a half-bird figure named Garuda. Garuda is a mystical bird in Hindu mythology, who was gold, white-faced, red-winged, beaked and winged like an eagle. Estimated, the figure is Hindu adaptation of Bennu figure (means ‘rises’ or ’shine’, usually associated with the god Re) in ancient Egyptian mythology or Phoenix in Old Greek mythology. Garuda can save his mother from the curse of Aruna (Garuda’s brother who was born handicapped) by stealing Tirta Amrita (holy water of the gods).

Garuda’s ability to save admired by many people until now and used for various purposes. Indonesia used it to sign the state. That said, the creator of the emblem of Garuda Pancasila find inspiration in this temple. Other countries also use it to sign the country is Thailand, with the same reason but adaptation forms and different appearance. In Thailand, Garuda is known as Pha recruited or recruited.

Prambanan temple also has a load relief Ramayana story. According to experts, the relief was similar to the Ramayana story is revealed through oral traditions. Another interesting relief is Kalpataru tree that the Hindu religion is considered as a tree of life, sustainability and environmental compatibility. In Prambanan, relief of Kalpataru tree is described lions flanking the center. The existence of this tree makes experts consider that the 9th century have wisdom in managing the environment.

Just like the figures of Garuda, Kalpataru is now also used for various purposes. In Indonesia, Kalpataru became a symbol of the Earth (WALHI). In fact, some scientists in Bali to develop the concept of Tri Hita Karana for environmental conservation by seeing Kalpataru relief in this temple. Tree of life also can be found in the mountains that used to open the puppet arts. A proof that the relief panels in Prambanan has worldwide.

If careful, you can also see various birds relief, this time a real bird. Bird reliefs at Prambanan so natural that biologists can identify them even to genus level. One was relief of the Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) that invite questions. Why, the bird is only found in Masakambing Island, an island in the Java Sea. Then, whether the species was once numerous in Yogyakarta? Please find out the answer myself. Because, until now no one who can solve the mystery.

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Archaeologists Handle Ash Merapi at Borobudur

Posted by bates70 on November 13, 2010

Borobudur, Central Java (ANTARA News) – Director of Archaeological Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Satrio Atmojo Yunus said the Indonesian archaeologist are still able to handle the problem of Mount Merapi volcanic ash that stuck to the rock temple of Borobudur.

Merapi ash at Borobudur temple

“Indonesia is quite skilled as ever to help the restoration Ankor Watt in Cambodia, and even now have been asked again,” he said at Borobudur, Thursday.
Volcanic ash covered Borobudur impact barrage Merapi eruption since October 26, 2010 to date, marked with a blast of hot cloud, glide lava, and ash rain. . The thickness of ash at Borobudur to about 2.5 centimeters.
Until now, tourism activity in the temple which is also heritage of world civilization was built around the eighth century during the reign of that dynasty dynasty, is still closed.
He expressed no damage occurs due to rain ash temple in the temple of Merapi.
But, he said that among others, accompanied by the Head of Borobudur Heritage Conservation (BKPB), Marsis Sutopo, and Coordinator of the Working Group on Maintenance of Borobudur BKPB, Nahar Cahyadaru it, it is feared the temple of rock conditions more rapidly decomposed due to volcanic ash containing corrosive acid will accelerate stone temple.
“It needs serious handling and long process,” he asserted.
He said the people of the world highlights Indonesia’s efforts to cope with volcanic ash at the Borobudur Temple.
If the ability of Indonesian archaeologist in the end is not possible to thoroughly cleanse the temple of volcanic ash, she said, it will request assistance from foreign experts.
It also prepares the plastic up to one kilometer to cover the stupa of the temple that has been cleaned so as not exposed to rain of ash that may still occur related to the phase of the eruption of Merapi.
A variety of trees around the Borobudur Temple was also cleared of ash, which among other agencies involve employees, the communities around Borobudur, and military personnel.
“If the tree is clean of dust, if the wind does not bring the ashes back to stick to the rock temple,” he said.
On that occasion, Nahar explained technically about the plan of cleaning the rock temple of the volcanic ash.
“It takes extraordinary measures such as using sodium bicarbonate to remove the ash that goes into the pores of the rock temples. Material was prevalent for the conservation of metals, stones, and artifacts, many available, secure against objects and people,” he explained.
After the first eruption of Merapi October 26, 2010, he said, officials have been trying to clean up BKPB volcanic ash cloud the hot blast of the volcano on the border between Central Java with the Special Region of Yogyakarta.
But, he said, continued eruptions of Merapi continued to occur and the largest on 4 November 2010, so the handling of volcanic ash at Borobudur need a different way with the first.
Cleaning the ashes, he added, gradually and be done until the system of water channels under the floor of the temple, and wells resapannya.
Marsis said the archaeologist various countries have discussed the condition of the Borobudur temple that is now covered with volcanic ash that Merapi.
Until now, he said, quite a lot of volunteers who declared themselves ready to help clean the temple from the ashes of Merapi.
“If it’s necessary to their involvement in the end, we must organize well in advance,” he added.
He admitted that he had received contact from various parties, related to the desire of the ancient experts come from a number of countries that want to get involved as volunteers in cleaning the temple of the Merapi volcanic ash.
“Borobudur Temple is already a discussion of experts in foreign countries such as Australia, Japan, and Holland, but so far Indonesia still can handle,” he asserted.

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Posted by bates70 on November 13, 2010

Baturraden tourist attraction lies in the south foot of Mount Slamet at an altitude of about 640 m above sea level. Baturraden located only 14 km from Purwokerto associated with roads. In this resort you can enjoy the scenic beauty & the fresh mountain air with a temperature of 18 ‘Celsius – 25′ Celsius. While Mount Slamet in 3428 m altitude, is the largest volcano and highest mountain to-2 in Java. If the weather is good, Purwokerto can be seen from Baturraden, as well as Cilacap and Nusa Kambangan. When we see Slamet mountain, we can see Slamet mountain slopes covered by heterogeneous forest.
Recreation Park in Baturraden nature presents quiet mountains & valleys dotted with waterfalls and hot springs Sulfur “Fountain-3 ‘. In this place also can enjoy a variety of toys, the tower of view, the Botanic Garden, Swimming Pool.
Hot water baths, Kintamani, pool slide, water bicycle, cable car, & Widya Mandala zoo.
Located in the village of Karang Tengah – Sub Cilongok, more or less 20 km from the town of Purwokerto. Sightseeing in a waterfall with a height of 92 meters surrounded by natural scenery & beautiful forest.
Pond Village is located in the State sub Rawalo 17 km from Purwokerto. This tourism object is the Dutch heritage with proven prasastinya. Tourism known Husada, as well as tourists can enjoy natural beauty at the same time can heal the skin and bone diseases.
Village Ketenger Baturraden District is rural tourism that serves as a buffer Baturraden major tourist attraction. With its natural potential that really counted as tourism potential, such as Curug Gede, Curug Twins, Curug Kabayan. In addition there is the White House, Road Train Sugar Cane (Java: Lori); and Tourism Education.
With its natural coolness and good irrigation, two things that the community Ketenger Village Tourism used to plant cut flowers and a swimming bait, so it can all add to the attractiveness for tourists.
For tourists visiting the Tourism Village Ketenger can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the evening with entertainment such as Calung arts, Ebeg, Band / Orchestra Malays or Genjring. Community Tourism Village Home Stay Ketenger provide as much as 41-bedroom house with a number 74, with adequate facilities. For foreign tourists not to bother because the English-speaking guide staff is ready, and available a variety of typical local souvenirs.
Communities in Ketenger Tourism Village has been able to make a handmade handbag from mute, tables and chairs or a statue of the roots of trees and typical food Banyumas. That is the potential contained in the village tourism Baturraden Ketenger District, which still continues attempted improvement to the satisfaction of tourists.

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Borobudur, the Biggest Buddhist Temple in the 9th century

Posted by bates70 on November 12, 2010

Borobudur, the Biggest Buddhist Temple in the 9th century


There are two types of temples in Indonesia, Hindu temples and Buddhist temples. Most of the temples in Yogyakarta is the inheritance of the great kingdoms in the 8th century and 9th.

Who does not know Candi Borobudur? This Buddhist temple has 1460 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies in the complex. Millions of people longing to visit the buildings included in this World Wonder Heritages. Not surprisingly, since architecturally and functionally, as a place of worship, Borobudur is attractive.

Borobudur was built by King Samaratungga, one of the kings of Old Mataram Kingdom, Sailendra descendants. Based on Kayumwungan inscription, an Indonesian named Hudaya Kandahjaya revealed that Borobudur is a place of worship which was completed May 26 824, nearly a hundred years since the early days was built. The name of Borobudur itself according to some people means a mountain having terraces (budhara), while the other says that Borobudur means monastery on the high places.

Borobudur-shaped building berundak punden consists of 10 levels. Height 42 meters before being renovated and 34.5 meters after the renovation because the lowest level was used as a drag. Six lowest level and square in the upper three floors and a circular highest level of Buddhist stupa facing to the west. Each level represents the stage of human life. In accordance with of Buddha Mahayana, anyone who wants to reach the level of Buddha must go through each of those life stages.

The base of Borobudur, called Kamadhatu, symbolizing human beings that are still bound by lust. Four levels mentioned above represents Rupadhatu humans who have set themselves free from lust but still tied to appearance and shape. At these levels, a statue of Buddha placed in open space. Meanwhile, three levels above where the Buddhist stupa placed in the holes is called Arupadhatu, symbolizing human beings that have been freed from lust, appearance, and shape. The top part is called Arupa symbolizes nirvana, where Buddha is residing.

Each terrace has beautiful relief panels showing how skillful. Relief that will be read by coherently when you walk in a clockwise direction (toward the left of the entrance of the temple). The relief panels tell the legendary story of Ramayana. In addition, there are relief panels describing the condition of society at that time. For example, relief of farmers’ activity reflecting the advance of agriculture system and relief of sailing boat representing the advance of the time the cruise was centered in Bergotta (Semarang).

All relief panels in Borobudur temple reflect the teachings of the Buddha. Hence, this temple functions as educating the media for people who want to learn Buddhism. YogYES invites you to walk through each narrow passage in Borobudur in order to understand the philosophy of Buddhism. Atisha, a Buddhist from India in the 10th century, had visited the temple that was built 3 centuries before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and 4 centuries before the Grand Cathedrals in Europe.

Thanks to visiting Borobudur and having Buddhist manuscripts from Serlingpa (King of Sriwijaya), Atisha was able to develop Buddhism. He became head of Vikramasila monastery and taught Tibetans of practicing Dharma. Six scripts from any Serlingpa reduced to a core doctrine called “The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” or better known by the name Bodhipathapradipa.

One of the questions are as yet unresolved about Borobudur is how the condition around the temple was built and why the temple was found in a buried state. Some say Borobudur initially stood surrounded by a swamp and buried because of the eruption of Merapi. Essentially Calcutta inscription reads ‘Amawa’ means sea of milk. The word is then interpreted as Merapi lava. Some other says that Borobudur buried in the cold lava of Merapi.

With all the grandeur and mystery that is, only natural that many people from all over the world enter the Borobudur as a place to visit in his life. Besides enjoying the temple, you can walk around to the villages around Borobudur, such as Karanganyar and Wanurejo to see people making craft activity. You also can go to the top watu Kendil to view the panorama from the top of Borobudur. No need to worry about an earthquake May 27, 2006 that struck Yogyakarta, Borobudur is not affected because the impact at all.

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