19 January 2011

Dempo Mountain, South Sumatra; Green Cool Down the Stretch

A cup of Kawe (coffee) flavored typical Pagar Alam, beautiful natural scenery when morning on the porch Lodging Mountain Gare Pagar Alam, will captivate anyone who looked, walked, and climb the green carpet of tea gardens so fresh

Not yet satisfied the eye could see, the foot will be moved by stepping in between the tea plantation, looking for a nutritious tea parasite was on the sidelines of the tea bar, accompanied by the fresh cool morning and the sun began to sweep the ridge.
Mount Dempo which has a height of 3159 meters above sea level, is the highest area in South Sumatra Province. Travel for approximately 6 hours from Palembang to Pagar Alam also be an interesting experience. Entering the area to be enclosed by the nature of this mountainous, winding road to the valley and cliff on the edge of the road to welcome into the City of Pagar Alam.

Not only the beauty of Mount Dempo, a popular mountaineering route also became a byword among mountain climbers. "The challenges are varied, and a bonus point (flat) it a bit," commented the mountaineers from Java. Gurgling sound of water and various animal sounds of the mountain dwellers would accompany the climbers.


Set up camp on the expanse of the top trim, before seeing the crater Dempo, also the main attraction. Kawe sipping warm, near a campfire, sparkling city lights visible from that height.

Especially when the new year arrives, it will be filled stretch of climbers, whether they came from Pagar Alam, Palembang, South Sumatra and even from outside. Welcoming the new year at the peak of Merapi Dempo, seemed to have become a tradition. Dempo Mountains region has also become a tourist attraction as one of the mainstay. Rapid flow of the river in between the rocks also makes this very potential to be a place arum rapids.

Area which is 300 kilometers from Palembang is also loaded with ancient history attraction. The stones of ancient relics which was estimated to 2500 to 3000 this year are in some villages at the foot of Mount Dempo. Stone shape also varied, from the mortar, animals, humans, and there are also house-shaped stone. Megalith is what brings tourists from Europe often came to the mountains of Sumatra's highest mountain chain this.

Not yet exhausted the potential of tourism in Pagar Alam. Waterfall in the mountains is not yet fully developed, not even the possibility has not been found. As the discovery curub (waterfall) Pancur lately, a new beauty revealed.

After satisfying tourist interest in the natural charm of Mount Dempo. The tourists can visit a traditional market in downtown. Kudu, a typical weapon Pagar Alam society into the hands of your favorite fruit, in addition to coffee, tea, mistletoe tea, and avocado.

Pagar Alam city's determination to make tourism and culture is getting steadily with the introduction Visit Musi 2008. Coffee and tea-producing town since the Dutch colonial era was inaugurated as the city flower. Pages homes, schools, and city park filled with flowers. Flower show held in the town square every year.
Jarai seed center was not only planted orchid, chrysanthemum cultivation carried out there. Cultivation of cut flowers is a form of South Sumatra provincial government support to efforts to make the City as the city flower Pagaralam Earth Sriwijaya.

Tourism potential of this wealth was greeted friendly locals. They are ready to greet tourists, lodging repair services, roads extended and refined. Likewise the forest, with tree planting Bambang, maintained its sustainability

11 January 2011

Walking Past the Jakarta

Looking past not just the work of historians. The travelers also can take part and enjoy it through the rest of the remaining historical sites. Usually, this recreational event better if the information conveyed was accurate. However, troublesome in this country is not all that historical legacies are in prime condition. It is untreated, also forgotten its existence.

If you do not believe the phenomenon, let's for a while "looking for the wind" to the number Road Prince Jayakarta, Jakarta. In this area there are at least some historical sites that we can compare the value of history and current condition.

To begin with, we can take the start of the Zion Church. A relic of the Portuguese church that used to be called Portugeesche Buitenkerk. That is, the Portuguese church outside (wall) City. Because, until the early 19th century, there are still other Portuguese churches in the city.

Zion Church is located at the corner of this long road. Approximately three hundred meters from Station Beos, Cities walking toward Mangga Two, we'll find base road in corner left woke this church. Since the Church of Zion has been written in this newspaper, this t
ime telling us more about some other sites that can also be found in the White Rose Prince.


From the Church of Zion, a little farther down the road we saw Prince Jayakarta Toyota car showroom. In this place a few years ago there is a monument that a bit strange.
A whitewashed wall and on it placed a skull made of plaster. On this memorial wall text written in Dutch and Javanese.

This monument is deliberately created for a memento of the event of the death penalty against Peter Erberveld. According to Adolf Heukeun, observers Batavia history, Erberveld was a fairly educated.

He was descendant of a wealthy German who married a Thai woman. His parents, Peter Erberveld comes from the town of Elberfeld, which is now part of Wuppertal in the state of Nordrhein-Westphalen, Germany.

Peter Erberveld lot to do with local communities around Batavia. That said, he was already associated with the sons and daughters Suropati, who continue to fight Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC) in East Java. He said he likes to share a small copper plate to admirers admirers as a talisman.

Time history that still remains can still be seen if you browse the White Rose Prince Street more inward. Not far from Zion Church at Jalan Gunung Sahari, after passing the railway flyover, we'll find a narrow alley.

On the front terpampang an information board. This is a sign that could lead to the tomb Raden Kartadria, Peter Erberveld friend who joined the Company executed.

Rather than Erberveld monument, the tomb is arguably more fortunate fate. Because sacred, conditions always preserved. Flowers fragrant scent permeates the entire building which covers protectors seven times seven meters. Ceramic floors are clean. Although located in a narrow alley, typical dense housing in the capital, the tomb of Raden Kartadria always visited by the pilgrims.

Exit the tomb Kartadria alley, about five hundred yards we will find Gang Youth. This narrow alley located on the left towards Jalan Gunung Sahari. In the past, "street rat" is called Gang Souw Beng Kong. Because in it there is the tomb of Souw Beng Kong, China's first lieutenant in Batavia.

According to David Kwa, observers of Chinese history, the tomb is "forgotten" once only during the New Order period and only be visited again after the reform took place a few years. Reportedly, exist plans refurbishment by Committee Restoration Sites Souw Beng Kong. In addition to renovated, the tomb also be developed into Park City and The Object of History and Culture Tourism. This idea received a positive response from many quarters.

In the 1930's Souw family cemetery is still surrounded by coconut trees are lush. The tomb was never restored by the Kong Koan (Chinese Officer Council) for the first time in 1909 and the second time in 1929 who was then under the leadership of Kim An Majoorder Chineezen Khouw (1875-1946).

Inscriptions in both Chinese and Dutch in both left and right sides of the bong-pie original, written by Kim An Majoor Khouw dated October 11, 1929, gave a brief history Souw Beng Kong and asserted that the bong-pie was renovated in the year above the cost of Kong Koan.

Souw Beng Kong (or Bencon, the Dutch text) is one important figure in the early development of the city of Batavia. He was born about 1580 in Banlek period (1573-1620) of the emperor in the district Tjong Sin Beng Tang-oa "(Tong'an), residency-ciu Coan (Quanzhou), province of Hokkien (Fujian), South China.

07 January 2011

Badut Temple, Malang: Amazing Heritage Tour

If you liked the tour's history, just come to Hamlet Badut, Karangwidodo village, Malang. There are temples Badut, one of the existing temple diKabupaten Malang as evidence of past glory. To get to the location is very easy because the microbus (public transportation) from the terminal Arjosari majors Tidar hung nearby, not far from housing Badut Permai.

Badut temple discovered by accident in 1921. The first person who reported the existence of the temple is a serving controller Maurenbrecher BB (Civil service in the colonial period) in Malang. When the temple was closed Badut bushy plants. Excavations and investigations started in 1925 and ended in 1926 with back coaching efforts.

In his native state of Badut Temple surrounded by a concrete wall and three small chapel on the front that everything is lost, only the former base. In addition there is a statue that according to the custom layout that is north of the temple of Durga Mahisasuramarni, Ganeca east, south Ciwa Teacher, Nandicwara Kala, and Ling. What is here is currently living statues of Durga and Ciwa Guru, while another statue was gone. In the main room there is the yoni. Badut temple roof can not be rebuilt because many stones are missing.

There are specific signs that indicate that this temple is one of the oldest temples in Java with a decoration in temples Badut form when makara decoration on the gate. His style is similar to the temples in Central Java, decoration when not using the lower jaw, is different as is generally found on the temple in East Java.

Kinnaras and Kinnari decoration on the temple stairs, in the form of a human head shaped ornament bodied birds. Flower decoration on the temple walls are similar to the temple Sewu Kalasan and temples in Central Java. There is no relief or other decoration on the temple walls of the temple tells about the Badut.

Judging from the style of the temple there are similarities between the style of temple building in Java Temgah especially with the Dieng temple complex. One, between the main room of the temple and the face are connected by long covered porch. Two, large-sized master bedroom wall and 3.67m 3:53 (temple in East Java has a smaller size). Three, there is a symmetrical arrangement of the floor plan of the temple in accordance with the temple in Central Java. Four, the composition of the base of the temple Badut simple shape and height.

There is one thing that is still being debated because there is no clear evidence. In the eighth century there was a kingdom named Kanjuruhan whose center around Malang and stand on its own. Wise king named Devasimha who has a son named Gajayana.
Gajayana have a daughter named Uttijana. King Gajayana create a temple for the Maharsi (Agatsya) are respected and revered in the form of sculpture that was placed in a temple (probably temple Badut now). One thing that diakai for connecting temples to the royal Kanjuruhan Badut is Badut.

According to the inscription Dinoyo, King Gajayana also named Liswa in Sanskrit means a badut (pelawak_. Privileges Dinoyo inscriptions written in Sanskrit or ancient Java, no longer letters and numbers Pallawa year Condra Sangkala arranged in the form of which reads: Nayana Vasurasa = 628 saka = 760M .

Inscription is the biggest role in the historical source of a great empire that ever existed in Kanjuruhan Nalang Badut besides temples, temple Besuki (only a base and a statue Agtsya, situated near the temple Badut), and the discovery of local statues. Well for you who likes to surround the history you must visit this place to broaden the history of the past.

06 January 2011

Hoga Island, Southeast Sulawesi: The Paradise of Marine Life Research

If we had time to brothels in the area southeast of Sulawesi, do not forget visit Kaledupa Hoga Island, Wakatobi Islands. In addition to dive for the sake of research, we can also stop in the old mosque, which has a unique stone bearing the Prophet Muhammad in the center of the building.
Wakatobi is a collection of islands named Perfume-scented, Kaledupa, Tomian and Binongko, actually formerly named Tukang Besi Islands. In 1996, the island's newly inaugurated a marine national park in hopes to be a nature conservation area for its function as a life support system.

In addition to Kaledupa and Hoga Island (not far from Kaledupa), in fact many other parts of Wakatobi which has the potential of this amazing tour. Such as fragrance-scented, with a capital of Wanci, a more complete amenities. If the problem of diving, Binongko and Tomian may be more intense sound. Even so, beautiful sea resorts Hoga Island Kaledupa with her was not exactly lost.

Hoga Island is considered a paradise for researchers ocean biota. In an area filled with white sand and coconut, it's true for every lover's dream island ocean. In fact did not stop, Sudomo, a former minister of the New Order era was revealed not to die first, before looking at this island.
When arrived at the port only. It feels magisme beauty of this island. Sea water looks clear, causing the shadows when a fish passes. Bekejaran bring eyes fight with white soft sand yellow, dim sunlight.

Some sellers of coconut visible smile. Not disturbing, or no intention to it, like merchants in other tourist spots. All was quiet, comfortable, cool breeze blowing gently interrupted.
In June through August, the island of Hoga normally be filled with tourists and researchers from various countries are also local areas. They usually will soon fall into the ocean full of varied marine life that is very challenging to study.

On the island of Hoga will find the inn that looks a lot like traditional houses Buton. When viewed at a glance the houses like the house unoccupied. There is a possibility Owners are not locals or leased. The question was not answered immediately how long, when we met with one of pengusurus inn.

For domestic tourists, the inn is pegged at Rp. 25,000 a day, with two bedrooms and facilities clean water every day. But for foreign tourists lodging-inn set prices more expensive than usual prices, especially during winter-time visit.

Two days later, after enjoying the white sand and ocean Hoga. Do not forget took a look at life in Kaledupa. Apparently the people there very religious. They always mention an old mosque in the village of Ollo. They said the mosque was very bertuahnya, situated on a hilltop, and is the only legacy of their ancestors.

By driving a pick up a lot of milling about there. Visitors can reach the magic power of the hill where the mosque is located. But do not be surprised if you get a little strange views of the surrounding people, because they are not accustomed to seeing pengnjung carrying bags and cameras. Not too long climb and then we'll find a mosque with the foundation rock of all, with the dominant color green.
To get into this mosque, we should bow first, due to the small door to go inside. Then lay the floor area with the old pulpit at the ends. And hides too surprised if you hear the explanation guard the mosque that the pulpit has been there since the mosque was built in 1401.

If we walk towards the middle of the mosque, we will see a stone bearing the name of the Prophet Muhammad in nature. Somewhat obscure indeed, but can be guessed when we looked up. Because of the above, between sheets of white cloth worn, printed Arabic characters inscribed Allah and Muhammad.

05 January 2011

Lake Tolire, Maluku : The Beautiful and Unique Lake

If your visit to Ternate, North Maluku, is not complete if taking the time did not stop at the tourist attraction of Lake Tolire. The lake is located about 10 km from the central city of Ternate, in addition to the unique shape also has an interesting legend.

Lake Tolire be under the foot of Mount Gamalama, the highest volcano in North Maluku. The lake itself consists of two pieces. Local people call it the Great Lakes and Lake Tolire Tolire Small. The distance between them is only about 200 meters.

From both these lakes, the Great Lakes Tolire has its own uniqueness. This lake resembles a giant pan. From the top to the edge of the lake water surface with a depth of about 50 meters and a width of about 5 hectares. While the depth of the lake itself is so far unknown. Until now no one has measured the depth of this lake. But according to ancestral stories, miles deep and deal directly with the sea.

Tolire Great Lakes had a variety of freshwater fish live in it. However, local residents no one dares to catch fish or bathe in the lake. They believe that the lake where the water is yellowish brown, the crocodile inhabited by many demons.

nother uniqueness of this lake is that throw something into the lake, however the strength of the throw by using stone or other object, for example, will never touch the water of the lake. And when the throw from the edge of the lake, the lake looks under the feet of the thrower. Perhaps those who first visited the lake, would not believe the facts.
However, they may try to throw it after buying the stone that many are sold in the lake at Rp 1,000 for the five seed stone. So far, no one was able to throw the stones to touch the surface of the lake water.

According to local residents, many treasures are stored at the base of the Great Lakes Tolire. This treasure belongs to the people when the Portuguese ruled the Sultanate of Ternate Ternate the 15th century. Community Ternate was a lot of waste of valuable property into the lake so as not deprived of the Portuguese army.

There was no particular agency or party that specifically investigate the correctness of the recognition that society. But some time ago, a member of the Mobile Brigade by using sonar to detect objects on the bottom of the lake. The result, indicated there is a substance-metal benada 'dwells' in the bottom of the lake

Lake Tolire Large and Small Tolire, according to local stories, used to be a village where people live in prosperity. The village was later condemned to the lake by the ruler of the universe, because one of his father in the village were knocked up her daughter alone.

When father and daughter who dihamilinya it will escape out the village, the land suddenly dropped where they stood and turned into a lake. Great Lakes Tolire believed to be the place of the father. While Tolire Small Lake is believed to be where the girl.

To visit the Lake Tolire Tolire Large and Small, is not difficult. To reach it only takes about 10 minutes from downtown Ternate, using a chartered car Rp 250,000 per day, or hire a motorbike motorcycle taxis with fare of Rp 10,000 per hour.

When you visit the Great Lakes Tolire, many other attractions to be enjoyed, such as the beautiful panorama of Mount Gamalama peak, a number of relics of the Portuguese fort and eat Babullah Sultan, Sultan of Ternate, the most famous - who are on the road to the lake.

In addition, `we` can also enjoy the beauty of white sand beach Sulamadaha, located only about three kilomerer of Tolire Great Lakes. From here, visitors can also hire a boat to fish or go diving panaroma see the beauty beneath the sea around the beach.