Culture

Bale-bale – Traditional Seat

Bale-bale, this is the traditional type of seat which is still in demand in modern society in Indonesia. In General Dictionary of Indonesian Language, Bale-bale (Balai-balai) is a type of seat or a…

Rumah Adat Sumba

The Traditional Sumbanese House Rumah adat means traditional house. Sumba is an island in eastern Indonesia, is one of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and is in the province of East Nusa Tenggara. As…

Domestic Architecture

Most houses in Indonesia divide their space into formal “public” areas at the front, and private “inner” areas at the back. They both have open spaces at the front where visitors and guests are…

Points Of The Compass In Everyday Life

In some parts of Indonesia people use the points of the compass in everyday life to orient themselves and indicate direction. This is especially the case in the Javanese heartland around Yogyakarta and…

Islamic Education

Indonesia has a huge number of Islamic schools that operate beyond the direct jurisdiction of the Department of National Education (Departemen Pendidikan Nasional). Many of them are traditional, independent, community schools supported and…

Penari Betawi

Penari Betawi or Betawi Dancer dance along the Tanjidor Band, the traditional Jakarta music style that has its origin from the dutch. Tanjidor Band consists here of trumpet, saxophone, trombone, clarinet, horn, bass,…

Angklung

Angklung is a musical instrument made out of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. The tubes are carved so that they have a resonant pitch when struck. The two tubes are…

Banjar

Banjar culture dominates the province of South Kalimantan. Although they are devout Muslims, the Banjar proudly trace their origins to a legendary Hindu kingdom, the Negara Dipa. The Banjar people seldom move to…

Suntiang – The Golden Headdress

For the brides of Minangkabau in West Sumatra, known as Anak Daro, the suntiang must be worn during the wedding party, which usually runs for a day and a night. In the past…

Pasar Terapung

Another type of market is Pasar Terapung or floating market. The picture above shows the activity at Lok Baintan floating market, the iconic marketplace which represents Banjarmasin, in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Lok Baintan…

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