5 REASONS TO VISIT CENTRAL JAVA - Altough I know that I do not need any reasons to visit more and more, but maybe you need a little glimpse why it would be nice to be back to Visit Central Java
It's been 3 years since the last time I visit Magelang to attend Vesak Night in Borobudur Temple, even I still can feel the experiences in detail inside my heart altough I only there for 3-nights but it was an unforgetable journey. I arrived at the airport at 7 am, ride a cab to my friend's hotel, I had mie aceh and teh tarik for breakfast (yes haha), sitting in the back of the rental car to Magelang, crowded Borobudur Temple on the day light, I even remember our conversation about how we should dealing with 'pengamen' (street music) in another city during our high tea season in the afternoon, rain was falling even when the ceremony started for a couple hours, but I was impressed with everything, the serenity backsound of Vesak that became my meditation's favorite since then, the next day I got a call phone from Amajiwo PR to experience their luxury resort, then I dicided to get some mainstream souvenirs because I know after Amanjiwo I have no time to comeback looking for a gift because the schedule flight. But deep down I know, Central Java is more than that, and I want to explore them more.
I listed Central Java as my South East Asia Travel Wishlist in 2015 and here I will write more details about how I LOVE to comeback to Visit Central Java
1. Rich Culture & Heritage
In old Nusantara before Indonesia, there were so many ancient kingdoms in the archipelago. Majapahit is one of the well known kingdom. The long history shorten, you still can be a living witness to see how great the Nusantara were in ancient times. From Batik in Pekalongan to traditional royalty dance in Keraton Surakarta Solo, to myth and legend, from old scriptures and temples to modern contemporary art. Central Java as a whole is a symbol of classic javanese elegance heritage and pretty successfully to protect it for us, the learner. More over the evidence of acculturation with Chinese cultures outspread by trading activities in good old times in Semarang.
Javenese Traditional Dance (via Chic-id)
2. Historical Enchanment
We called them as a Candi or temple, they are also outspread all over Central Java, region of Magelang, Klaten, Banjarnegara & Karangayar in particular. Influenced by Hindu & Buddha culture, you can named started from the biggest Buddhist temple of Borobudur, The story of Roro Jongrang of Hindu's Temple, Prambanan, Candi Sukuh & Candi Dieng with its hidden secrets and history. Will it be revealed soon?
Candi Sukuh at Karanganyar, Central Java (Via Ullen Sentalu)
3. Traditional Culinary Experience
It's actually outspread throughout Indonesia, it's our famous heritage of Warung Tegal, the traditional Indonesian cuisines you will find in every 50 meters in the big city like Jakarta. But let's go talking about Semarang, when Chinese influenced the culinary tradition, I will tell you that they are definitely must eat when you visit this province and become my guilty pleasure because their taste are beyond so good. Lumpia, Bandeng Presto, Tahu Pong, Tahu Gimbal and so many kind manifestation of Soto or Curry depend on its region, salted duck egg as a side dish? yes absolutely
Semarang's Tahu Gimbal (Via Swikee Gloris)
4. Extravagant Natural Beauty
The famous Taman Nasional Karimun Jawa as one of our National Park, features under the sea fauna and corals with white sand and crystal clear water, 45 nautical miles away from nearest city of Jepara, Karimun Jawa also well-known as spot where you can bravely swim with (baby) sharks. In the mountain side, near Wonosobo, laying there is Dieng Plateau features breathtaking view with their indisputable beauty of Telaga Warna & Ijen crater; the best place for everyone who are into chasing morning fog and catch the sun light.
Telaga Warna - Dieng Plateau at Wonosobo, Central Java (Via Kaskus)
5. A Little Luxury Approved
As I mentioned earlier, Amanjiwo Resort. When Art, Culture, History, Nature and Leisure mixed into one bowl, there must be a chance for luxury resort laying there to accomodate high class profiles. Perfectly located facing the famous Buddhist sanctuary, The Great Borobudur temple, moreover surrounded by mountains and hills, what a place to spent one or two quite nights. More on Welcome to Amanjiwo.
Amanjiwo Resort, Magelang - Central Java (Via Deluxshionist)
So that's my Top 5 Reasons To Visit Central Java because I love art, culture, history, mystery, eat and walk around to flirt with nature and closing it with a great stay. How I love my country, even the closest province have so many attractions to offer. So I would love to comeback, mind to join me? Wish me luck