Jakarta, Indonesia

May 9-10, 2017
 

   
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Jakarta, Indonesia

Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDP of $888 billion (based on ppp), ranking 10th in the world and averaging over 5% growth over the last decade. President Joko Widodo has pledged to improve infrastructure and reduce barriers to doing business in Indonesia as a means to increase the country’s GDP growth rate to 7% by 2017.

 

   
Travel in Jakarta

Jakarta is revered as one of the world’s most popular and interesting tourist destination. Jakarta has a tropical climate with the average temperature of about 30 degrees C (80 degrees F) all year. 

1.Barong Dance – This is approx. 1 hour long religious dance representing the eternal fight between the good – Barong and the evil symbolized by a horrible looking witch called Rangda. The costumes and set are elaborate and nice. The trick is to get there early, so that you get front seats and be close enough to see the facial expressions of the dancers.

2.Celuk (Gold & silver smith), Mas (wood carving) and Stone carving villages – As you get into Celuk, all the gold and silver smith shops flank the roads, you can also drop by their factory to take a look at the production process. The same goes for the wood carving and stone carving.

3.Mount Batur (Kintamani) – This is the second largest active volcano in Jakarta. There is a nice scenic crater lake there. You can do buffet lunch at one of the restaurant and admire the breath-taking view as you eat. 

4.Trita Empul – Tirta Empul means ” bubbling water ” and is a holy water temple built in 960 AD. The temple is beautiful temple and has holy water fountains for different purposes  of purification and blessing.

5. Goa Gajah – Means “elephant cave”. Found in 11th century, this cave was dug in the peaceful riverside valley in a hard sand stone. Entering the inside T-Shape cave, there are some niches used by Buddhist Monks for meditation.


 

 

 

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