JAVA – INDONESIA

FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA’S BUSIEST METROPOLISES WITH DELIRIOUS NIGHTLIFE TO THE PEAK OF VOLCANOES, MANY OF WHICH ARE STILL VERY EVIDENTLY ACTIVE, WHICH THE FERTILE SLOPES ARE DOTTED WITH GLIMMERING RICE FIELDS AND SMALL VILLAGES. JAVA (INDONESIAN: JAWA) IS THE HEARTLAND OF INDONESIA. WITH MORE THAN 130 MILLION PEOPLE INHABITING AN AREA AS BIG AS GREECE, JAVA IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULATED PLACES ON THIS PLANET.


IT’S NO WONDER THAT JAVA HAS BECOME INDONESIA’S POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EPICENTER THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY. JAVA IS ONE OF THE LARGE ISLANDS OF INDONESIA, AND IS REGARDED AS THE 13TH LARGEST ISLANDS IN THE WORLD. THE JAVA ISLAND CONSISTS OF ABOUT 6 PROVINCES. THE MAIN CAPITAL OF INDONESIA WHICH IS JAKARTA LIES IN THE WESTERN PROVINCE OF JAVA ISLAND.THE PROVINCES OF JAVA ISLAND CONSISTS OF : WEST JAVA, CENTRAL JAVA, EAST JAVA, BANTEN AND 2 SPECIAL REGIONS CALLED JAKARTA (THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA) AND YOGYAKARTA.

WEST JAVA WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CONTACT POINTS IN INDONESIA FOR INDIAN TRADERS AND THEIR CULTURAL INFLUENCES AND IT WAS HERE THAT THE DUTCH AND BRITISH FIRST SET FOOT IN THE ARCHIPELAGO. THE REGION IS PRIMARILY MOUNTAINOUS, WITH RICH GREEN VALLEYS HUGGING LOFTY VOLCANIC PEAKS, MANY OF WHICH SURROUND THE CAPITAL OF THE PROVINCE, BANDUNG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HISTORY HAS LEFT ITS FOOTPRINTS ACROSS CENTRAL JAVA, AN AREA RICH IN CULTURE AND TRADITION DESCENDING FROM A POWERFUL HINDU AND BUDDHIST PAST, AND MORE RECENT ISLAMIC INFLUENCES. DUE TO ITS COLORFUL PAST, CENTRAL JAVA HAS BECOME THE PLACE IT IS TODAY–A BEAUTIFUL AREA FULL OF MODERN AMENITIES YET STILL RETAINING ITS TRANQUILITY AND PEACE.

THE FOLLOWING ARE JAVA ISLAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL¬†ATTRACTIONS

PRAMBANAN TEMPLE

KAWAH RATU

 

 

 

 

 

 

BORUBODUR TEMPLE

BALURAN NATIONAL PARK