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Indonesia sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

Kraton Indonesia is the most picturesque country of South East Asia that never ceases to amaze its guests with numerous natural and cultural sights. While describing traditions and lifestyle of Indonesia, it is simply impossible to fail to mention their diversity. There’s nothing strange in that as Indonesia is home to more than a hundred of different nationalities. Consequently, historic monuments are also very different and unique.
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Borobudur, the temple of Buddha, is the most widely known holy place of the archipelago. The temple is distinguished by a very original design. Borobudur looks like a pyramid that consists of many steps. It looks like the temple was made of numerous stone blocks. In true, this is a part of a hill, which slopes were tiled with andesine blocks. In the complex, travellers will find amazing terraces, beautiful statues and galleries that will tell guests more about life of Buddha. Borobudur is not the only famous sanctuary on Java Island. Lara Jonggrang Temple Complex is also very popular with tourists. The complex includes three large temples, several towers and five sanctuaries. The Temple of Siva is considered the most beautiful building of the complex.
Besides religious sanctuaries, there are many nature reserves, parks, museums and entertainment centres in Indonesia. Subak Museum, which is located in Tabanan, is a very interesting place. The museum is dedicated to the farming and exhibits peasant tools, models of newest irrigation systems and other important items. One more interesting tourist object is located nearby. This is Butterflies Park that features many rare species of the beautiful creature from different parts of the country. There are petite butterflies and quite big butterflies with wing-spread exceeding 10cm. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Air Panas springs are added to the list of most famous nature wonders. The water in the springs has temperature that is comfortable for a human whole year round. There are swimming pools, restaurants and entertainment centres for kids near the springs.
Tranquility To The Tired Soul At Padang Padang Beach, Bali Songan remains one of the most interesting cities in the country. It is also the location of ancient temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur. There are several observation decks in the mountains, from which visitors can see amazing panoramic views of Lombok Island and Agung Volcano. Both are widely known as popular tourist destinations. The town of Sangsit is home to a unique sight – Pura Beji Temple. The temple is made of pink sandstone, a very unusual material for the country.
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History and Entertainment

The first settlements on the territory of Indonesia were formed in the 1st-3rd centuries AD but there are just a few written references to these states. In the 7th century, the large country of Srivijaya was formed and controlled the entire territory of present Indonesia. Consequently, its territory and several neighboring kingdoms were conquered by the Majapahit Empire that had existed until the colonial period in the 16th century.
In the Middle Ages, these lands attracted European colonizers with vast plantations of spices, some of which were literally worth its weight in gold in Europe. The first colonial settlements were formed by the Portuguese people in 1512. At that time, spices started to be delivered to Europe for the first time. In the 17th century, the Netherlands fought with the country for the right to sell spices. Several decades later, Portuguese colonizers controlled only the island of Timor. Then, Portugal assigned this right, so Indonesia remained the Dutch colony until 1945.
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At present, Indonesia attracts not only fans of amazing excursions and exotic nature, but also fans of beach recreation. The most famous beaches are located in Bali. This resort is famous for its fashionable hotels and spa centers all over the world. Bali is one of the romantic resorts in the world because of its exotic landscapes.
The noisiest and most crowded beaches are in Kuta. They are visited by young tourists and adherents of budget recreation. These beaches are perfect for surfing. Near them, there are a lot of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Seminyak has also gained a status of the elite resort. It is notable for its well-equipped coast, upscale hotels and restaurants.
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Shopping enthusiasts will be impressed with many pleasant surprises in Indonesia. They can buy here beautiful clothes of batik, as well as souvenirs and accessories of natural mother-of-pearl. In every gift shop, you will find accessories from local craftsmen. The most popular souvenirs here are hand-made caskets and rattan bags. In Indonesia, you also can buy inexpensive jewel with pearls and excellent natural cosmetics made on essential oils and herbal extracts.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of Indonesia
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♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Angke Kapuk' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Bali Barat' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Baluran' . On the map   Photos
♥   Nature Recreation Park 'Bangko-bangko' . On the map   Photos
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Palaces in Indonesia
♥   Palace 'Istana Gunung Tabur' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Indragiri' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Kadriyah' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Kantor' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Istana Kubu' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in Indonesia from our review series

Cemoro Lawang Town

From the series “Small flamboyant towns painted with Van Gogh colors”
One of the smallest and most beautiful towns in Indonesia is Cemoro Lawang. The town is located close to the volcano Bromo, to which it owes its fame. Tourists visit the  town in the framework of sightseeing tours across the surrounding area. Many travelers stay here for a night to start for a walk along mountains and enjoy the majestic volcanoes after dawn.

The town does not have first-class hotels. Almost all inns are designed to ensure that tourists will spend in them only one or two nights. Besides volcanoes, this picturesque town has many interesting attractions. There are several ancient Hindu temples. It’s possible to walk to the reserved places and see the local fauna. Cemoro Lawang is the closest settlement to the volcano Bromo. The town is situated at an altitude of 2 217 … Read all

Java

From the series “The most extreme settlements on the planet”
The settlement, located on the island of Java, is worth to be mentioned among the most extreme. Here, people literally live on a volcano. The island features the world famous Merapi volcano that is the most active of the 128 volcanoes in Indonesia. On average, the structure erupts twice a year, and large destructive explosions occur every seven years. Literally, every such an explosion takes lives and razes settlements. About 500 000 people live in the immediate vicinity of the volcano.

The island of Java is about 132 000 square km, the number of the island's population exceeds 140 million people. The place is very popular among tourists; they are attracted with picturesque rainforests, unique historical sites, magnificent beaches, and resort hotels. It is difficult to imagine that near … Read all

Pura Tanah Lot Temple

From the series “Top 15 most fantastic creations of nature”
The world around us can surprise not only with natural attractions, but also with fruits of human hands. A great example is Tanah Lot Temple located in Indonesia. You can see this unique temple in Bali. It is located on a rocky formation that stands high above the water. Built on a rock, the temple resembles a mysterious ship at a first glance. Numerous interesting legends are associated with this religious landmark.

According to one of them, a rock has been a sacred place for a long time. The first temple was built on a rock by a Hindu Brahmin. He turned his scarf into a snake that guarded the temple from intruders and people with bad thoughts. It is noteworthy that the rocky island is now inhabited by lots of poisonous snakes. According to another legend, the brahmin saw the road to … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Indonesia

Jakarta
Among religious sites, it is worth noting the beautiful Istiklal Mosque. It is the largest mosque in South-East Asia. This magnificent mosque is located on Liberty Square. For locals, it is a symbol of the independence of their country. The beautiful mosque is interesting not only as a religious monument, but also as a place for holding various cultural events. Many tourists are recommended to inspect the mosque in the evening, when its facade is decorated with spectacular lighting. In … Read more
Bandung
Those fond of taking walks in the woods, should visit the Maribayya forest. Its territory is full of very interesting walking routes, which length is more than 5 km. It starts in the vicinity of Lembang and leads to Dago waterfall. On the way you can see many rare plants, as well as typical inhabitants of the local forests. Usually the walk lasts a few hours, so it is better to dedicate the entire day.  Directly in the city there is also a number of important excursion sites, including the … Read more
Surabaya
Among modern architectural monuments, the Suramada bridge is particularly highlighted. It connects Madura and Java islands. This beautiful modern bridge is the longest one in Indonesia. Its length is about 5.5 km. The bridge is especially admirable after sunset. It is decorated with spectacular lighting. Sampoerna House is a really interesting architectural object. It is a complex of several colonial buildings in Dutch style created in the 19th century. A cigarette factory once located there. … Read more
Semarang
Gedung Lawang Sewu ancient colonial mansion is situated in the very center of the city. Tourists know it under the unofficial name of Thousand Doors. It has a really complex structure. You just can't count all the number of doors, windows, and arches exactly. During the tour, visitors will learn a lot of exciting and terrible secrets. If you believe local residents, the mansion is inhabited by ghosts. They even organize special night excursion for those who wish to personally check this fact. … Read more
Denpasar
A very interesting sight is the Palace of Raj. In this historic building is a prestigious hotel. In the early 20th century, this historical monument was almost completely destroyed by fire. However, in the shortest time it was completely restored. Some elements of the historical building remained safe, including a gorgeous gate. Now the palace is surrounded by incredibly beautiful tropical garden. Part of the building is a museum, the main exhibits of which are ancient books. It will be … Read more
Bali
For those fond of walks to historical places the ancient temple of Tanah Lot is worth visiting. It is located near the coast on a small rocky hill, and the temple can be accessed only during low tide. Those who are afraid of snakes should know that the latter live near the temple in large numbers. When taking a stroll around travellers should be careful not to step on any sacred to locals animals.  One of the most beautiful places on the island is considered to be a palace on the water … Read more

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