Top Indonesian Heritage Sites to Visit
Many people ask me what places in Indonesian worth to visit besides Bali and Rainforest in Kalimantan (Borneo). Indonesian as the largest archipelago in the world, has these national heritage sites accredited by Unesco, spreaded from east to west. From Sumatra to Papua, here are the seven best national heritage sites:
World Cultural Heritage Sites in Indonesia:
1. Borobudur Temple
Location: Magelang (around 40km northwest of Yogyakarta), Central Java
Brief description: Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple with fabulous architecture and construction, Buddha statues and reliefs, built at 8th-9th century.
2. Sangiran Early Man Site
Location: Central Java, 15 km north of Surakarta (Surakarta is about 65km northeast of Yogyakarta)
Brief description: an archaeological excavation site where Pithecanthropus Erectus/ Home Erectus and Meganthropus Palaeo were discovered. The prehistorical fossils are to be seen in Sangiran Museum
3. Prambanan Temple Compounds
Location: Central Java, 18km east of Yogyakarta
Brief description: is the biggest Hinduist temple in Indonesia built in ca. 850 AD.
World Nature Heritage Sites in Indonesia:
4. Komodo National Park
Location: 1.5 hour by plane from Bali; between island Sumbawa and Flores.
Brief description: it includes 3 major islands namely Komodo, Rinca and Padar. It is the wild habitat of Komodo dragons, one of the oldest endangered species. There are approximately 1700 komodo dragons on the islan. The National Park also provides also marine beauty such as coral reefs and mangroves.
5. Ujung Kulon National Park
Location: southwest tip of Java. You can reach it by boat (5-6hours) from Labuan. Labuan is about 3-4hours from Jakarta.
Brief description: Ujung Kulon is Indonesia’s first national park with the largest lowland forest. It is also a home for endangered one-horned Javan Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) which are estimated only 50 species left.
6. Lorentz National Park
Location: Papua (also known as Irian Jaya)
Brief description: the largest protected area in Southeast Asia with around 2.5 million hectares. It is one of the ecologically richest natural parks in the world with. It is the only nature reserve in Asia which covers a complete range of different ecosystems spanning from marine, mangrove, swamp forest, lowland, mountain rainforest, alpine areas and glaciers.
7. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
Location: middle of Sumatra
Description: This site is a huge 2,5 million hectare area consists of three widely separated national parks named Gunung Leusur National Park, Kerinci Sablat National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. It is famous for its outstanding beautiful scenery, great biodiversity in flora and sauna, and its habitat diversity. It is a home for the Sumatran well-known endangered orang utans, tigers, (smallest living) rhinoceros, and elephants.
- Borobudur, No Wonder of the World?
Borobudur is the largest ancient Buddhist temple in the world. It is an amazing masterpiece created at 8th century. Do you know about it?
- Eastern Indonesia Series : The Maluku Islands
My country Indonesia is the biggest archipelago country in the world that I really love and proud of it. I know that my country still categorized as developt country and has many social, economy, and...
- Eastern Indonesia Series : Papua
This is the most eastern part of Indonesia. The black pearl that has plenty of natural and precious resources such as gold, magnificent and breathtaking scenery and beaches, ancient tribes, amazing cultures,...
- A Journey to Solo Batik Carnival 2009
This is really fantastic, I love it so much. There was a real International Carnival in my birthplace Solo, Central Java Indonesia. This is the second one, it's Solo Batik Carnival 2009. The Carnival was held...
More by this Author
Bali is crowned as the most beautiful island of the world. At least according to the version of US Magazine Travel&Leisure Bali is the top island followed by Galapagos Island in Equador and Kap-Breton-Island in...
Out of the middle of jungles in Central Java, a magnificent Monument arised outstandingly: Borobudur is the largest ancient Buddhist temple in the world.
Before Surgery: eat well, as you won’t be eating well for about the next two weeks (depending on your situation). I regret didn’t take time to eat my favorite food, I missed it so much during two...