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THE SKULL VILLAGE OF BALI

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When you are in Rome do as the Romans do. Different places have different customs. The Almighty is a great designer and has created a great number of different things. Therefore, the world won’t be too monotonous. Knowing other cultures can add more colors to a person’s life.
One of the famous tourist attractions which is well known for its uniqueness is Trunyan village. In this oldest village, the way villagers take care of the corpses of their family members is so weird.
The Balinese have the tradition to cremate human remains, so that the souls will be able to obtain a better life and live in heaven. However, Trunyan village has its own way to handle the dead.
In Trunyan village, the deceased are laid in a special location called seme wayah (old cemetery). Though all the corpses are left in the open air, none of them gives off putrid smell. It’s unbelievable that no chemical substances were applied beforehand.
You may go to that traditional cemetery by land, but it is too risky as the …

THE REMAINS OF FORTRESS GATEWAY AT GUNONG KENUPUK

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Belitung Island is not only well-known for its beauty of nature but also the historical remains that most archaeologists are willing to see. There are still a great amount of mysteries of those sites which will be very interesting for experts to explore.
There is the remains of a fortress at Kenupuk hill (Gunong Kenupuk) in Kelekak Usang small village. Nobody cares about this historical ruins and it is in the state of decay. If you work at the nearby oil palm plantation, you’ll often see the locals taking some tourists to visit this site.
According to Mr. Salim Yan Albert Hoogstad, it is a fortress gateway and was built hundreds of years ago. It is about four kilometers from the mouth of Cerucuk River.
Cerucuk River was the important trade route during the Dutch occupation. At that time, the fortress was the entrance to Belitung Island. There was no sign of the remains of kampong from that era and what you can see are bushes and an old banyan tree at the location.
The location of the…

THE AWESOME BOTANICAL GARDENS

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I have visited Bogor Botanical Gardens several times and it is indeed a nice place for picnic. There are a large number of old trees which have lived for hundreds of years. Although the sun shines brightly, the visitors still feel so cool and comfortable. People go there for recreation and walk around to relax.
The Bogor Botanical Garderns is beautifully situated in Bogor and it covers an area of 87 hectares. It is a habitat of different species of trees and plants.
It was officially launched by the Dutch governor, GAGP Van Der Capellen in 1817. It provides valuable information for education and scientific researches. It has 15,000 different kinds of trees and plants and 50 species of birds and bats.
Some locations in the botanical gardens give a creepy impression and therefore many visitors avoid staying there too long. There’re still a lot of superstitious people who believe in ghosts.
Ratu Galuh’s grave There is a very creepy old grave in the botanical gardens. A young man lost his gir…