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VISITING KALIMUAK ISLAND

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There’s a small island in Belitung Regency, which has become the destination of domestic and international tourists. It isn’t too far from the coast of Tanjung Pandan Town.

If you sit on Tanjung Pendam beach at sunset, you can clearly see the Kalimuak Island without the help of binoculars.

You should hire a motorboat to cross the sea and it needs only 30 minutes to arrive at Kalimuak Island. It’s so enjoyable to sail on the water while the weather is fine and the sea is calm.

If you’re at the community forest of Juru Seberang, you can go to Kalimuak on foot while it is low tide. When the sea water is getting higher, you should leave the island and go back as soon as possible.

At the time you set foot on the harbor of the small island, you’ll see a Chinese style gate. On the right of the gate, there’s a gazebo with table and chairs.

Visitors can walk on stone steps that lead them to the top of the hill, where there’s a white pavilion-like building with mosquito net.

A cylindrical conc…

THE PAWON TEMPLE IN CENTRAL JAVA

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Besides Borobudur and Mendut, Pawon temple is one of the precious relics in Magelang Regency, Central Java.

Pawon temple is quite small and it is situated in the settlement area of the village. According to some sources of information, this temple was built in the 8th century.

In the days of ancient Mataram kingdom, Pawon temple still functioned as the sacred place of worship. Nowadays, it still takes part in Vesak festival.

In old Javanese language, pawon means ash. People say that this temple was used for keeping the ashes of king Indra, his ancestors and king Samaratungga in Syailendra dynasty.

The temple that is also called Brajanalan is considered to be the place for keeping the thunder god’s weapon. Brajanalan is the Sanskrit word and has become the name of the village where Pawon temple is situated in.

Pawon temple was built in the combination of Javanese Hinduism and Indian architectural style.  It sits on a 1.5 m flat raised area magnificently.

Just like most of the temples…

THE MENDUT TEMPLE

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Mendut is a 19th century Buddhist temple that is quite popular in Indonesia. It is about three kilometers from Borobudur temple.

The name Mendut is derived from the word Venuvana that means a temple in the bamboo forest.

Mendut temple was built in the reign of king Indra of Syailendra dynasty in 824 AD. In the Karang Tengah inscription, King Indra built a sacred building named Venuvana that means bamboo forest. Venuvana was interpreted as Mendut Temple by J.G. de Casparis.

When it was first discovered in 1836, the entire structure was still in its original shape except the missing roof. No one knows where the roof has gone.

The Dutch authorities started the restoration in 1897 and ended in 1904. The first restoration was far from perfect. However, it succeeded in reconstructing the foundation and the body of the temple.

The restoration work was continued by Van Erp in 1908. Van Erp led the reconstruction of perfecting the roof, repairing the stupas and the upper part of the temple. …

THE RAT TEMPLE IN MOJOKERTO

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The Rat Temple is a very special temple because the water and its bricks have a magic power that is able to drive rats and mice away and predicts the approach of the rainy season.

It is located in Temon village, Trowulan subdistrict and it’s about 13 kilometers from the south of Mojokerto city.

It’s around 600 meters from Bajangratu temple. While you reach the main road of Mojokerto-Jombang, turn east and pass Segaran pool. The Rat temple is on the left side of the road.

The Rat Temple was discovered in 1914 after being buried in the ground for centuries. The villagers reported to the regent that they suffered a severe rat attack. They found that all the rats came from a large mound of earth.

After the mound was removed, the villagers saw an ancient temple in the ground and they named it The Rat Temple.

A lot of farmers come to the Rat Temple for water because they believe that it has the efficacy of eliminating rat plague at their paddy fields. Most people say that prevention is bet…

THE JAPANESE CAVES IN BALI

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As Japan had colonized Indonesia for around three and a half years, the Japanese left a number of historical objects.

Japanese troops used the caves as bunkers or underground bastion tunnels and those caves are called Goa Jepang or Japanese Cave. Such facilities were built by forced labor, a lot of sad and bloody events had ever happened in that period of time.

Most Goa Jepang or Japanese caves were the places for torturing prisoners to death. That’s why such locations are so spooky and visitors will always get goosebumps when they stepped into the bunkers or bastion passages.

According to the history, a lot of people were trapped in forced labor during the construction of Goa Jepang. The locals claim that they often see the spirits of the dead near the Japanese caves. Some of them look seriously wounded and walked like zombies. Besides the walking dead, there’re the scary creatures that have the appearance of half human and half animal.

These amazing caves in Bali were built during …

THE FORT ROTTERDAM IN MAKASSAR

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In the 16th century, the Dutch government rebuilt a Makssarese fort that was ruined in the war against the sultanate of Gowa. Having finished rebuilding the fort, they named it Fort Rotterdam.

Compared to the 17 forts surrounding the Makassar city that were built by the sultanate, Fort Rotterdam is the most magnificent. It has been well maintained and it is still in its original shape.

It’s very convenient to reach the location of the fort because it is in front of the harbor of Makassar city. It is around two kilometers from Losari beach. As it has the architectural style of the 16th century, it’s very easy to find it.

The wall of the fort is in black color and it’s approximately two meters thick. The wall looks great and sturdy. It is five meters high and the entrance door is small. If you have a bird’s eye view from a height, the fort looks like a turtle crawling to the beach.

The fort has a Portugal architectural style. It is a square-shaped building and it was built with the mixture …

THE OLD WOMAN WITH THE COCONUT WATER SCOOP

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The old woman with the coconut water scoop is a mysterious sorceress that suddenly appears by the roadside. It is said that the old woman practices a very special witchcraft and she needs ritual offerings to increase her supernatural power.

A rumor has surfaced that the old woman with the coconut water scoop ever appeared at the roadside in some of the big cities of Indonesia. The people who talked with that old woman died within a few days and the old witch offered their souls to Satan as a sacrifice for improving her black magic skills.

On a quiet and cold evening, two men driving a motorbike saw an old woman by the roadside. She was so week and walked in an unsteady way. It seemed that she needed someone’s help.

The two men approached the old woman and asked where she wanted to go. Afterwards, they offered their help to her. Three of them rode the same motorbike to the destination.

As it was too heavy and hard to control, the motorbike ran zigzag. Finally they hit a car and fell d…