Senin, 26 Maret 2012

Cruising Central Java

Central Java was the historical center of Java in the early 8th century. This Javanese Kingdom was rule by the Sailendra Dynasty, which was then followed by an array of kingdoms, empires,sultanates and dynasties. The people still pay great respect to the descendants of their kings. The palaces are still well maintained and even though by law the kings do not govern all the tradition and rituals are still practiced.

In Central Java lies some of the world's most magnificient monuments. There are at least two great masterpieces located in this region which portray the glory of the Hindus and Buddhist royal dynasties of the past. They are Prambanan, an enormous Hindhu temple complex in Bokoharjo Village and Borobudur, a magnificient Buddhist monument which is claimed to be one of the seven wonders of the world.

Ancient palaces in Central Java have also been attracting foreign visitors from all over the world, among the finest is Surakarta Palace in Solo.

Central Java is the centre of art, culture, and tradition of the island. The traditional dance institute in Solo is known to be one of the best in Indonesia. Here visitors can see and learn the typical Central Java traditional dances and hear the famous Gamelan orchestra. Three of the world's known Batik factories (Batik Keris, Batik Semar and Batik Danar Hadi) are situated in Central Java. The performance by shadow puppets, wayang kulit, is performed regularly at some places.

Places of Interest
Port of Tanjung Emas, Semarang

Losari Coffee Plantation
Losari Coffee Plantation is situated in the highlands of Central Java and has cool and pleasant weather all year round. A tea/coffee stop is normally made here after a long drive. The area offers visitors a breathtaking panoramic view.

Prambanan Temple
Prambanan was built in the 9th century. It is a large temple compound and is considered one of the greatest Hindhu temple ever built. Some call it Loro Jonggrang which is the name of a princess from Javanese legend. The name Prambanan refers to the name of the village where the temple is located. It was discovered in 1773 and after much work has now been restored to its former glory. At the open theater in front of the temple during nights of a full moon, the epic Ramayana unfolds.

Borobudur Temple
Borobudur was built during the Sailendra Dynasty in the 8th century, it is one of the greatest monuments on earth and is one of the wonders of the world. The meaning of Borobudur itself has been disputed for many years, some say it means The Buddhist Monastery on the hill, others say Boro means monastery while Budur is the name of the place where this monument resides.

Railway Museum
The Ambarawa Railway Museum is located in the old train station and has a large and interesting collection of locomotives from as early as 1891. Visitors have the opportunity to ride an old steam engine from Ambarawa to Bedono which takes approximately one hour.

Gedong Songo
This is a complex of Hindhu temples dating between 730 and 780. Gedong Songo is located on top of a hill, in a volcanic area. The place offers a breathtaking view of nothern Central Java.

Borobudur Tour
Duration : 8 Hrs 45 Mins
07:30 Tanjung Emas,Departure
08:45 - 09:15 Eva Coffee Plantation, Bedono
10:15 – 12:15 Borobudur
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:00 Eva Coffee Plantation, Bedono
16:15 Tanjung Emas, Arrival

Bedono and Tlogo Plantation
Duration : 8 Hrs
08:00 Tanjung Emas,Departure
09:00 - 11:20 Tlogo Plantation
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
13:00 Train Museum
13:10 – 14:05 Steam Engine Train Side
16:00 Tanjung Emas, Arrival

Source: Cruising Indonesia by Ministry of Culture and Tourism Republic of Indonesia

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