Banten, Cipta Gelar, Kidul, Traditional Village

Banten, Cipta Gelar, Kidul, Traditional Village

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Cipta Gelar – Kasepuhan Banten Kidul

If you are bored playing in water, a day after or in the afternoon, you may climb directly Halimun mountain. Climb that mountain? No way! Our purpose is going to Kampung Ciptagelar.

People surroundings Sungai Citarik surely know aiming to Kampong Ciptagelar, the residence of Abah Anom in Bukit Halimun, precisely in countryside Sirnaresmi, Kecamatan Cisolok Kabupaten Sukabumi Jawa Barat. This is a famous place because of loneliness and beauty.

The really adventure are actually at along the length of journey during less three hours predominated by forest and land road which really hard. Forests through the street seem to make everlasting. People are fear to cut away the wood not because of covert areas, but because they respect to Abah Anom, the leader of highest custom of Kasepuhan Banten Kidul.

If you have a taft offroad car, you can try to make a track to Ciptagelar. Don’t forces youself to use non-offroad car, because it’s very dangerous and you may be thrown to crevasse. If you don’t have a car, the motorcycle can be the challenged choice.

And what will you get after residing in Ciptagelar countryside? Ciptagelar is a place of Banten Kidul custom community led by Abah Anom ( have you ever heard him?). Te freshness of its nature and peacefulness of its community will make you to release all of your saturations. Keep your attitude in a manner way in this village.

That village really likes as picturesque country in folklore. As of return from this place you will get new life energy. We assure that you will be fresh.

This community, although resides in isolate place, it does not mean that they don’t recognize modernity. Although they have recognized modernity, they keep firmly their tradition. Numbers of artist have ever visit to this residence of Abah Anom.

East Java, Madura, Fishing Village

East Java, Madura, Fishing Village

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Madura (Jawi:مدورا) is an Indonesian island off the northeastern coast of Java. The island comprises an area of approximately 4,250 km². Madura is administered as part of the East Java province. It is separated from Java by the narrow Strait of Madura.

East Java, Surabaya, Kalimas Harbour

East Java, Surabaya, Kalimas Harbour

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Surabaya is East Java’s largest and Indonesia’s second largest city with a population somewhere between 3 and 4 million. Traditionally the city is one of the most important commercial port and trading center in South East Asia, it’s harbor is Indonesia’s second largest after Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, protected by the Madura island just east of Surabaya.

Much of the old harbor was in ruins after World War II, first destroyed by the Japanese that captured the city in 1942, then by the allied forces. After the war Indonesian nationalists took control for a while, then the Dutch ruled for a limited period before the city became part of the Indonesian Republic in 1950.

Around 1525 AD the local rulers converted to Islam, and then gained control of the neighboring kingdoms. This was the beginning of Surabaya’s many years of power and glory. In 1625, after many years of bloody fights, the expanding central Java dynasty of Mataram took control of the city. The Dutch were in control from the middle of the 18th century. Surabaya celebrated its 700 years anniversary in 1995.

The city is also called “the city of heroes” due to the role it played during the resistance against the colonial powers. The first battle during the revolution took place here in November 1945 against much better equipped British forces. Even if the Indonesian’s were forced to retreat the British suffered big losses, this inspired a continuing fight for independence throughout the entire country. Statues and memorials in memory of these events can be seen all around the city.

One of the biggest attractions in Surabaya is the large zoo. It is old and scruffy, but can display some fascinating animals, among them the famous Komodo Dragon, the largest reptile in the world. Apart from that the old town with Arabic and Chinese quarters and some colonial buildings is worth a visit. Here is also the famous red bridge, Jembatan Merah, where the British commander was killed in a battle against the freedom fighters. Another attraction is the Mesjid Ampel mosque where Sunan Ampel is buried, one of the nine missionaries who is said to have brought Islam to Java in 1481.

Just north of the old town is Tanjung Perak, the second largest harbor in Indonesia, and inside this is the old Kalimas harbor. Here you can see the traditional wooden sail ships called “Pinisi” load and unload their cargo, just like it has been done for 600 years. Originally these boats were built and sailed by the Bugis people from South Sulawesi. On the opposite side of the channel is the main base for the Indonesian navy, Angkatan Laut.

en if the attractions of Surabaya are not that many this is an interesting city with it’s mix of old and new and poor and rich. Before the Asian economic crisis that started in 1997 the city had a high economic growth. The contrast between modern hotels, shopping malls and the slum almost side by side is huge, like in all the big cities of Indonesia. Surabaya is a good place to start for exploring the rest of East Java, for example Madura, Bromo and Malang which can be reached on a daytrip from here. In the nearby mountain village of Tretes you can enjoy fresh, cool air and watch the beautiful landscape. You can easily travel to Surabaya from Jakarta with plane, bus or train, there are also daily flights to Bali and Lombok from here.

Central Java, Rembang, Traditional Fishing Village

Central Java, Rembang, Traditional Fishing Village

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Rembang, city, Central Java (Jawa Tengah) propinsi (province), Java, Indonesia, located about 100 miles (160 km) northwest of Surabaya. A major port on the Java Sea, it is linked by road and railway with Kudus and Semarang to the southwest and with Cepu and Surabaya to the southeast. Exports include petroleum products, teak, rubber, peanuts (groundnuts), rice, and cassava. Most of the population is Javanese, together with some Madurese; Islam is the dominant religion. Chinese settlers are mostly traders and merchants. Industries are rice milling, peanut shelling, soapmaking, and oil refining. Crafts include wood carving, weaving, plaiting, and mat and basket making. Near Rembang is the grave of Raden A. Kartini, Indonesia’s first feminist; it is now a national place of pilgrimage. Pop. (2002 est.) 40,100.

West Java, Muara Jati, Ceribon, Fishing Village

West Java, Muara Jati, Ceribon, Fishing Village

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The existence of Muara Port Teak is closely associated with the history of the town of Cirebon, so the Muara Port Teak is one of the targets were visiting when we were in town this Cirebon. If the day before we use rickshaws to get around in Cirebon, the Harbor Estuary Our Teak visit by renting a car and is the first place we go in the morning.

Pass through Jl. Sisingamangaraja we went in through the port gate and down the street in the harbor estuary complex Jati until finally arriving at a dock located on Jl. Pelita. The atmosphere was fairly quiet in this jetty Teak Muara Port. There are only a few ships that look middle berth, and there is no loading and unloading a flurry of activity common in a commercial harbor.

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A tugboat that looks fresh I called KT Muarajati middle berth in one of the docks of the Port Estuary Jati this Cirebon. Behind him is a police patrol boat is gray waters with a machine gun mounted on the bow.

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Some pieces of the ship that was docked at the pier harbor estuary Teak Cirebon. In front of the ANS 86 from Jakarta, and behind it is the Atlantic Star 19 of Samarinda. Loading and unloading activities at Muara Port Teak reportedly deserted, as traders seemed to prefer to unload the goods loaded at Port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, or the Port of Tanjung Mas in Semarang.

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Atlantic Star Ship 19 viewed from the front side. Teak Muara harbor formerly Cirebon this is a small traditional fishing harbor, which began to evolve into the commercial harbor in the 14th century, before the founding of the kingdom in Cirebon.

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Piles of coal which form a hill on top of a boat dock on the corner of Harbor Estuary Teak Cirebon. Pier that extends to the left of the ship seems to be a coal unloading jetty at Muara Port Jati Cirebon. Coal trucks this was disputed by the local community because they are often parked in any place.

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A small boat appeared to pass into the docks of the Port Estuary Teak Cirebon. After some time around Jl. Lamps, we left the dock this, along the streets in the complex Jati Muara Port Cirebon and stopped a few moments at a small dock located on Jl. Commerce.

East Java, Madura, Asta Tinggi Mosque

East Java, Madura, Asta Tinggi Mosque

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Madura, an island off the northeastern coast of Java, is famous for its karapan sapi (bull race) and carok (duel with scythes), two local traditions steeped in strong passion.

But the Madurese also have Asta Tinggi, a cemetery for their kings and nobility with an artistic blend of Islamic, European and Chinese cultures.

In Indonesia, the cemeteries of leaders of former times are closely connected with supernatural powers. Likewise, 16th-century Asta Tinggi in Kebonagung village in Sumenep, Madura, is inseparable from local belief in the presence of ancestral spirits around the site.

“Please take off your footwear before entering the cemetery complex. Any violation of this rule might provoke some curse inflicted by the ghostly protectors of this graveyard. Asta Tinggi is indeed a sacred place,” cemetery guard Marsudin, 46, told The Jakarta Post.

In January 2010, continued Marsudin, a large explosion could be heard within a one-kilometer radius of the site, the sound originating from the grave of Ajeng Salmah binti Kiai RB Abdul Latif, a descendant of King Paku Nata Ningrat the 13th (1879-1901). The cause of the strange and smokeless blast at 10:30 p.m., which damaged some parts of the grave, has remained a mystery.

“Local people believe it was magic. Apart from the explosion, eerie things have frequently been noticed around this place, such as apparitions of spirits and voices from the beyond,” he revealed.

The public notion of the sacred place, according to Marsudin, makes people observe everything required of them like entering the compound barefoot. “It’s safe to leave your shoes and sandals at the gate because visitors don’t dare to do bad deeds here,” he assured.

Pilgrims to Asta Tinggi usually perform rituals to seek help from their forebears through prayers for the success of business ventures and other efforts. Khudori, 18, a high school student, for instance, made a plea in order to pass his national exams.

“By saying a prayer here, I gain a lot of composure and self-confidence to face the coming exams because paying homage to venerated figures may help bring my plea closer to Allah to be answered,” said Khudori recently.

Nurullah, another cemetery guard, said the number of students visiting the site increased by almost 20 percent with the approaching national exams. “Some of them even spend the night in one of the tombs. They usually bring along food and mats,” he said.

Abdul Kadir, 45, an employee from Probolinggo, East Java, visited Asta Tinggi to express gratitude for a promotion. “I promised to come here to clean one of the graves soon after my promotion,” he revealed.

Fanani, a pilgrim from Situbondo, East Java, said she regularly visited the cemetery as a tribute to regal ulema figures and in a manifestation of her passion for the nation’s cultural heritage. “Asta Tinggi is mostly crowded during the fasting month of Ramadan,” Fanani noted.

Asta Tinggi, covering an approximate area of 110 by 100 meters in the southwestern part of the city of Sumenep, is a religious tourist destination there. The others are Masjid Agung, the Keraton Museum and Sayyid Yusuf’s tomb in Talango district, Poteran Island, off Sumenep.

“Asta” means cemetery and “tinggi” means high, so Asta Tinggi is widely interpreted as a graveyard situated on the peak of a hill. Bendara Ahmad says in his book Lintasan Sejarah Sumenep dan Asta Tinggi Beserta Tokoh (History of Sumenep and Asta Tinggi) that the cemetery is like a keraton (palace).

Unsurprisingly, in the past, British troops were misdirected. “As they thought it was a palace of the local kingdom, they shot a cannon from their warship in Kalianget waters, Madura. But the shot missed its target and Asta Tinggi wasn’t damaged,” he said.

According to Ahmad, Asta Tinggi has Western and Eastern structures with quite different styles of architecture. Western tombs are typical of Javanese Mataram-style buildings where early monarchs were buried such as Raden Ayu Mas Ireng, Pengeran Jimat and Bendara Saud.

Eastern tombs show a blend of Arab, Chinese, European and Javanese patterns. Among those buried there are Panembahan Sumolo and Sultan Abdurrahman. “Hundreds of graves lie in the cemetery that mostly belong to royal families,” he pointed out.

Ahmad said some research indicated the influence of Chinese, Islamic and European structural designs in Asta Tinggi. Chinese patterns can be found in decorations and carvings. European styles are noticeable in the fences surrounding the cemetery compound.

“The gate in the eastern yard of Asta Tinggi has a British touch. Islamic culture is apparent in the form of graves and the calligraphy on inscriptions and gravestones,” he said, adding the foreign and Islamic cultural mix had long testified to the existence of pluralism in Madura.

— JP/Indra Harsaputra

Central Java, Desa Candirejo

Central Java, Desa Candirejo

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Candirejo is based on 2 Javanese words: Candi and Rejo. Candi, also known as the word indicating a temple, in Javanese means Rock, as where Rejo refers to Fertile. Thus, a Fertile Rock. Considering soil in this area being full of rocks, it´s not hard to understand why it´s called Candirejo. Being in close distance to the Borobudur, this village makes a perfect location for an overnight or two. Candirejo offers Homestay accomodation. More information here.
Java is the world’s most densely populated island (population: 136 million). It is home to 60% of Indonesia’s population. Much of Indonesian history took place on Java; it was the centre of powerful Hindu-Buddhist empires, Islamic sultanates, the core of the colonial Dutch East Indies, and was at the centre of Indonesia’s campaign for independence. The island dominates Indonesian social, political and economic life. More information on wikipedia.

Central Java, Cilacap, Fishing Harbuor

Central Java, Cilacap, Fishing Harbour

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Cilacap derives its importance from its natural habour, actually a channel between Java and Nusakambangan island. The channel is deep enough for ocean-going ships, and Nusakambangan island shelters them from the ocean waves.