4. The iconic Tugu Monas
After we mention about numerous cuisine of Indonesia on 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Indonesia (Part 1), and more about the wildlife either wonderful islands of Indonesia on 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Indonesia (Part 2). Now we will take a look at the most iconic monument in Jakarta, Indonesia. The National Monument (Monumen Nasional abbreviated as Monas) is a tower of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta where is located in the center of Merdeka Square in the city, Tugu Monas is 132 metres tall symbolizing the fight for Indonesia built to commemorate the struggle for Indonesian independence, with a crown of flames made of gold at the very top. The monument and museum are open daily from 08.00 – 15.00 Western Indonesian Time (GMT +7).
5. Rich cultures and traditions
One of the richness of Indonesian culture is Wayang, the theatrical shadow puppets performance, the puppet itself is named as Wayang. This kind of performance is popular in Java and Bali. If in Java, Wayang played with Gamelan orchestra, meanwhile in Bali it is played with Gender Wayang in Bali. As we know, even UNESCO admits that Wayang of Indonesia as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intanglible Heritage of Humanity on November 7th 2003. There are a few kind of Wayang in Indonesia, for example; Wayang Kulit, Wayang Wong, Wayang Topeng, Wayang Golek, and etc. You’re bound to learn something new in here!
Besides Wayang, Indonesia is also famous with the traditional fabric of Indonesia, Batik. Batik is made by ‘printing’ patterns on cloth with wax and dye process. The Indonesian Batik patterns usually symbolizes something valuable, many kind of patters signing various meaning, for the example the Sido Mukti pattern is worn by a couple of newlywed to sign the prosperity and happiness, the royalties uses Kawung motif pattern to symbolize justice and power, ordinary people are forbidden to wear this special Batik pattern). If you decide to get the souvenir as Batik cloth, you should know each of the patterns represent different symbols.
From five explanation above, there are still plenty of reasons why you have to visit Indonesia, the country with millions culture and tradition, extinct flora and fauna, interesting destination tour, the friendly native people, and of course tasty delicious food. Once you know about the richness of this multicultural country, you will fall in love with everything about Indonesia. What are you waiting for? Hurry prepare your list before packing your stuff and lets explore Indonesia!