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Rawa Pening 14/09/2010

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Rawa Pening

Rawa Pening is a lake once the water attractions in the district of Semarang, Central Java. With an area of 2670 hectares, this place is located in the subdistrict Banyubiru. Rawa Pening located on the lower slopes of Mount Merbabu basin, Telomoyo Mountain, and Mount Ungaran.

rawa pening

Rawa Pening already there are around 1000-2000 years ago. According to legend, the marshes formed by the reel hole “cabutan lidi” a strong magician that transformed into a little boy named Baru Klinthing.

The legend began with a very powerful one named Baru Klinthing. But he was cursed by a wicked witch, so he tranformed to into a child who has a number of injuries and smells very fishy. The wound is incurable.

Baru_Klinting

Then Baru Klinthing finally arrived in the village. When Baru Klinthing start starving, he was around the village looking for food, but the villagers rejected him and berate. Though Baru Klinthing continue to be rejected by the people, he did not give up until he finally found a grandmother (widow) who are willing to feed him. After Baru Klinthing finished eating, the propagators give grandma a mortar and pestle and told the old woman to ascend to the mortar after hearing “kentongan” voices.

Baru Klinthing then left the village, when the voyage out, he encountered a number of children who were playing, he wanted to join but the children were denied the presence of Baru Klinthing, even jeered. Baru Klinthing became angry and stuck a stick in that place.

One by one the villagers had tried to pull the stick, but they all failed. Baru Klinthing then drew a stick it back, but the hole’s appearance flowing water source so that the flood occurred which was then drowned village. The grandmother who helped Baru Klinthing is the only human who survived the flood because the dimples provided Baru Klinthing could turn into a boat.

fisherman's boat

Rawa Pening is a paradise for those of you who love the hobby of photography, the beauty of nature in the Rawa Pening is extraordinary; especially during sunrise (Pk. 05:00 GMT). Mystical atmosphere here is still deeply felt because the situation still original and has not been too much human intervention.

sunset

sunrise

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Prambanan Temple 14/09/2010

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Prambanan at night

The Prambanan temple is the biggest and a most beautiful Hindu temple about 20 minutes from Yogyakarta city. It is locatad 17 kilometers east of Yogyakarta, the temple is believed to have been built by King Balitung Maha Sambu in the middle of the ninth century. This magnificent  Shivaite temple derives its name from the village where it is located. Locally known as the Loro Jongrang temple, or the temple of the “Slender Virgin” it is reputed to be the biggest and most beautiful Hindu Temple in Indonesia.

Prambanan Temple

Its parapets are adorned with a bas-reliefs depicting the famous Ramayana story. It has eight shrines, of which the three main ones are dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma (all are manifestations of God in Hindu). The main temple of Shiva rises to a high of 130 feet and houses the magnificent statue of Shiva’s consort, Durga.

Prambanan Temple is often called Loro Jonggrang temple after the local name of the Durga statue enshrined in one side of the Shiva temple (Loro Jonggrang means “Slender Virgin”). The substitution of Durga for a more locally-derived god occurred through the fame of an ancient legend. According to legend, the statue of Durga is actually the petrified body of Loro Jonggrang, the daughter of King Ratu Boko. When prince Bandung Bandawasa asked for her hand in marriage, the king answered that he could have her only if he could kill him in battle. In the ensuing fight, the prince killed Ratu Boko. Loro Jonggrang did not wish to marry the murderer of her father, so she asked of him an impossible task: build 1,000 temples in one night. If he fulfilled the task, he could marry her.

Roro Jonggrang Statue

Bandung nearly accomplished the job by securing an army of spirits through the help of his dead father. The supernatural laborers erected temples at lightning speed, and Loro Jonggrang realized that Bandung would finish before daybreak. To stop him, Loro Jonggrang pounded on a rice block, making the cocks in the neighborhood wake up early and call the arrival of dawn. Hearing this, Bandung’s army of spirits feared the daylight and rushed away from their work, leaving just a single temple unfinished. In fury, Bandung cursed Loro Jonggrang and had her body turned to stone. Through the intervention of Shiva, the petrified body became the idol that now stands in the north cella of the Siva temple at Candi Prambanan.

Prambanan Temple is beautiful temple, in fact, it is a group of temples. The biggest temple dedicated to Shiva (one of manifestation of God) with two other smaller ones, on its right and on its left, dedicated to Brahma and Wisnhu (manifestation of God) respectively. Reliefs decorating the walls of the temple depict the story of Ramayana.

sendratari-ramayana

Sendratari Ramayana

This story has a background in ancient times and set in place in the State Mantili, the kingdom of Lanka, Dandaka Forest, Cave Kiskendo, Argasoka Park. This story has a plot forward. Synopsis of the story is as follows: Rama Wijaya, Shinta, and are venturing into the woods Leksmana Dandaka. Ravana saw and wanted to marry Dewi Shinta.

rama shinta

So Ravana told to Marica to turn himself into a golden deer. Shinta who was fascinated to see deer golden golden asked Rama to catch deer. Then Rama was left chasing deer. After a long menumggu, Shinta was worried and told Leksman to follow Rama. Before leaving Shinta, Leksmana create a protective circle around Shinta. When Ravana realized that Shinta alone, he lelu disguised as an old beggar Shinta then kidnapped and brought to the kingdom of Lanka. On the way to Lanka Ravana met Jatayu and they fought, and defeated Jatyu. When Rama and Sinta Leksmana realize that has been lost, Rama negira Jatayu had been killed but was arrested Leksmana. Jatayu explains everything and then he died. Then tell Subali dating Hanuman who took the goddess Tara from Sugriva. Rama then willing to help Sugriwa. Subali then defeated Sugriwa assisted by Rama. Sugriwa finally decided mebantu rescue Rama Sinta. Then Hanuman was sent to the kingdom Alenka. Meanwhile Ravana Shinta who refuses to marry her application arrived – arrived to hear the songs sung by Hanuman. Then Hanuman destroyed the Garden Palace Argasoka and burning of Lanka. Then Hanuman reported troop strength of the opponent to Rama who built jembatam to attack Lanka. After that war going on and defeated Ravana. Then Shinta to meet Rama Rama again but doubted the sanctity of Shinta. With the help of God of Fire Shinta managed to prove her holiness. And finally receive Shinta Rama back.

Hanoman obong

Sendratari Ramayana

Other Temples arround Prambanan

North of the Lara Jongrang complex

  • Candi Lumbung. Buddhist-style, consisting of one main temple surrounded by 16 smaller ones
  • Candi Bubrah. Buddhist temple still in ruins
  • Candi Sewu. Buddhist temple complex, older than Roro Jonggrang. A main sanctuary surrounded by many smaller temples. Well preserved guardian statues, replicas of which stand in the central courtyard at the Jogja Kraton
  • Candi Morangan. Hindu temple complex buried several meters under volcanic ashes, located northwest from Prambanan
  • Candi Plaosan. Buddhist, probably 9th century. Thought to have been built by a Hindu king for his Buddhist queen. Two main temples with reliefs of Boddhisatva and Tara. Also rows of slender stupas

Nyepi Ceremoni

South of the Lara Jongrang complex

  • Ratu Boko. Complex of fortified gates, bathing pools, and elevated walled stone enclosure, all located on top of the hill
  • Candi Sajiwan. Buddhist temple decorated with reliefs concerning education. The base and staircase are decorated with animal fables
  • Candi Banyunibo. A Buddhist temple with unique design of roof
  • Candi Barong. A Hindu temple complex with large stepped stone courtyard. Located on the slope of the hill
  • Candi Ijo. A cluster of Hindu temple located near the top of Ijo hill. The main temple houses a large lingam and yoni
  • Arca Bugisan. Seven Buddha and Boddhisatva statues, some collapsed, representing different poses and expressions

West of the Lara Jongrang complex

  • Candi Kalasan. 8th century Buddhist temple built in commemoration of the marriage of a king and his princess bride, ornamented with finely carved reliefs
  • Candi Sari. Once a sanctuary for Buddhist priests. 8th century. Nine stupas at the top with two rooms beneath, each believed to be places for priests to meditate
  • Candi Sambisari. 9th century Hindu temple discovered in 1966, once buried 6.5 metres under volcanic ash. The main temple houses a linga and yoni, and the wall surround it displayed the images of Agastya, Durga, and Ganesha
  • Candi Gebang. A small Hindu temple discovered in 1937 located near the Yogyakarta northern ring-road. The temple display the statue of Ganesha and interesting carving of faces on the roof section
  • Candi Gana. Rich in statues, bas-reliefs and sculpted stones. Frequent representations of children or dwarfs with raised hands. Located in the middle of housing complex. Under restoration since 1997
  • Candi Kedulan. Discovered in 1994 by sand diggers, 4m deep. Square base of main temple visible. Secondary temples not yet fully excavated

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GUCI 13/09/2010

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Guci Gate

Guci is the object of tourism which has an area 210 ha, is located at the northern foot of Mount Slamet with an altitude of approximately 1050 meters. From the town of Slawi is ± 30 km from the town of Tegal, while the travel distance of about 40 km to the south.

Water fall

Water flowing from the shower in this tourism object can reliably cure diseases such as rheumatism, ulceration and other skin diseases, especially Baths Shower 13 who did have a shower and shower units totaling thirteen 7.

There are about 10 waterfalls located in the area Vases. In the top public bath shower 13, there are waterfalls with cold water named Waterfall Jedor. So named because the first place around the 15-meter-high waterfall that is owned by a village headman, village headman named Jedor

hot bath tub ^-^

From the story, Guci’s hot water is water that given y Walisongo to the people they sent to broadcast the Islamic religion to the western part of Central Java in the vicinity of Tegal. Because water was placed in a Guci (Jar), and efficacious to be blessed, people mention the location of the water with a “GUCI”. But because the water was very limited provision of trustee, on Friday night POND, one of his magic wand Sunan stuck to the ground. Under the authority of God, flows the hot water without sulfur which is full of grace.

Facilities available include lodging (Jasmine to star class), forest tourism (ecotourism), hot water swimming pool, tennis court, soccer field, and camping grounds. (http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guci_Indah)

River flow

Gedong Songo Temple 13/09/2010

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Gedong Songo temple is the name of a complex of buildings of cultural heritage of Hindu temple located in the Village Temple, District Bandungan, Semarang regency, Central Java, Indonesia precisely in the slopes of Mount Ungaran. In this temple complex there are nine temples.

Gedong Songo Gate

Gedong word means uilding songo means nine and more or less means that the nine temples. The temple is located at the altitude of Mount Ungaran 1200 – 1800 meters above sea level is indeed very unique. Initially called Gedong Pitoe since first discovered by Rafles only consists of seven buildings of the temple. But later found two more temples, although the situation is not intact. The temples are made of andesite stone has been restored by the Archaeological Service, which temple I & II was restored in 1928 – 1929, while the temple, III, IV, V restored in 1977-1983.

Two Temples

The temples are located in Mount Ungaran believed to be Hindu Temple with the invention of the Hindu statues located inside and around the temple site. Among the statues found Ciwa Mahadeva, Ciwa Grand Master, Ganeca, Durga Mahisasura Mardhini, Sound of the Nandi, Mahakala and Yoni that is in the temple. Another privilege of Gedong Songo temple is located on the statues of elephants in the squatting position at the foot of Temple Gedong III, and Yoni in a rectangular shape in the Temple chambers Gedong I.

Third Temple

Regarding when the establishment of Gedong Songo temple no one knows for sure, but it is estimated by experts that the temples were built during the Dieng temple built during the period of the century VII – IX AD during Syailendra Dynasty. It is known from artifacts left behind around the temple site, and the existence of the physical similarities between the Temple and the Temple Dieng Gedong Songo. The second location of the temple which is situated at an altitude mountain progressively increased confidence that the second temple was built on the same period.

Fourth Temple

It should be argued if Gedong Songo temple not only offers historical tours, but also offers tours of natural beauty also sports tourism. The temple is situated at an altitude of Mount Ungaran is showing incredible natural charm because of its location which is situated at an altitude of the mountain. After the temple entrance, walk a little to the already visible location of the first temple is a temple located at the bottom. In the surrounding area there are also neatly arranged pine forests and springs that contain sulfur (http://navigasi.net).

Camping Ground

Kerep Mary Cave 13/09/2010

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a sign to the Mary Cave

Cave Mary Kerep (GMK) was founded in 1954 Ambarawa. In that year the pope declared as the Year of Mary to commemorate 100 years of age dogma: Mary Contained no stain.

The Statue of Mary

Momentum is pushing some parishioners Ambarawa to advance their shepherd and his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by presenting a statue of Mary as it was in the Cave of Maria Lourdes, France and placing it in a place which can be a means pejiarahan. The effort has also to meet the needs of berjiarah place for Catholics to remember the northern part of Central Java in the south of the existing site and Sriningsih berjiarah namely Sendangsono Kerep Once Upon A Time in the village, there Ambarawa homes and land reserved for Vicariate Semarang Apostolic Congregation Brothers (Apostolate) . So that’s where the permission of Msgr. Albertus Soegijapranata, SJ, Vicar Apostolic of Semarang, be a place pejiarahan imitating Gua Maria Lourdes. According to a source writings of L. Romo Koersen SJ. in St. magazine. Claverbond May 1954 edition said, “Brother Vincentio Tionghwa move the students to dig up rocks from the time length, then the stone – stone was transported in a relay to the location where the cave was established.

Jesus's Cross

According to eyewitnesses Bpk. B. Tjiptosutedjo determination of the Cave of Mary is designated by Father Koersen SJ (director of Congregation Brothers Apostolic of Semarang). It is said also that the children – children boarding Ambarawa SGB teacher led them to collect stones – stones from the river length. Because the stone needs very much for making caves and hardening of the road is still needed by purchasing additional stone, sand and cement as well. Similarly, cave development process is executed by mutual cooperation by the people to volunteer with the students SGB and construction worker.

Park

Having completed the Cave of Maria Lourdes Maria Kerep along with the statue was inaugurated and blessed by Msgr. A. Soegijapranata SJ. in a festive ceremony on August 15, 1954, the feast of Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven. Festivities were supported by many people who attended the ceremony which begins with a procession from the church to the location of the cave Ambarawa Kerep Mass continued with the blessing, Astuti, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (http://guamariakerep.org).

garden path

Lawang Sewu 13/09/2010

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Lawang Sewu

Lawang Sewu is a building in Semarang, Central Java, which is the office of the Nederlands-Indische Maatschappij Spoorweg or NIS. Built in 1904 and completed in 1907. Tugu Muda is located at the first roundabout called Wilhelmina Plein.

Local people call it Lawang Sewu (Thousand Door). This is because the building has a lot of doors (in fact the door that there was not until a thousand, maybe also because the window height and width of this building, people also consider it as a door).

The Thousand Door

Ancient buildings and stately two-story was used as an office after the independence of the Railway Bureau of Indonesia (DKARI) or now PT Kereta Api Indonesia. Also never been used as an Office Facility Board of the Regional Military Command (Kodam IV / Diponegoro) and Regional Office (Regional Office) Department of Transportation, Central Java. During the struggle of this building has its own historical record of events during a five-day battle in Semarang (14 October to 19 October 1945) in this old building became the location of a great battle between youth AMKA or Youth Train against Kempetai and Kidobutai, Japan. Therefore, Semarang City Government Mayor SK 650/50/1992, embodying Lawang Sewu as one of 102 ancient or historic buildings in the city of Semarang, which should be protected.

inside

When this 181-year-old building is empty and notorious as a haunted buildings and spooky. Occasionally used as a place of exhibition, among them Expo.Pernah Semarang Tourism Expo and there is also a discourse that wants to turn it into a hotel. In 2007, the building was also used to film with the same title with the building.

the glass

Blenduk Church 13/09/2010

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Semarang’s Blenduk Church is the oldest Church in Central Java and has become an icon of Semarang. This Church more famous as Gereja Blenduk located in Jalan Letjen Soeprapto in Semarang.

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Blenduk Church

This Protestant Church in Semarang was built by the Dutch community way back in 1753. Since then, every Sunday, the Gereja Blenduk comes alive to the sound of hymns and prayers. In 1894 Semarang’s Gereja Blenduk Church underwent extensive renovation, under the guidance of W. Westmaas and H.P.A de Wilde, this church represent inheritance of Dutch. Referred as church of Blenduk because its dome form which like slice of ball, so people tell ‘mblenduk’. Occupying areal for the width of 400 m², this building in form of trapeze ( hexagonal) with display in the form of foursquare rooms side and length side in form of Greek crucifix.

"blenduk"

Besides, the Gereja Blenduk Church in Semarang has other features characteristic of 18th architecture. The ground plan of this Church is structured on a Greek cross. It also has four pillars and a beautiful classical portico. When in 1894, the Church was being renovated the beauty of this Church was enhanced by the addition of two towers in front of it.

The interiors of the Gereja Blenduk Church are original and haven’t ever been tampered with.You can still see the chairs used by the original congregation. A huge organ in the baroque style of the 18th century will capture your attention, as soon as you enter the Church.This organ is really fascinating because it goes back to the 18th century. It can neither be restored nor is it working and it remains as a silent spectator to the Church’s glorious history. Note the iron stairs that lead straight up to the organ specially constructed by Pletterji Den Haag.

the chair

Opened daily started from 6.00 until 17.00 Indonesian times.

Umbul Sido Mukti (Bandungan) 11/09/2010

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Sidomukti pennant tourist area is one of the Mountain Nature Tourism in Semarang, lies in the village, Semarang regency Bandungan Sidomukti District. This tourist area with support facilities : Services: Outbound Training, Adrenaline Games, Pool Nature Park, Camping Ground, Cottage Tour, Cottage lesehan, Meeting Room.

the scenery

There are four-storey pool and can be selected according to the desired depth. The water was very cold, clear and refreshing. Also coupled with the courage to challenge several sports facilities on the side of the pond. There is a path with two choices of flying fox tracks, marine bridge in the valley, rapeling down the valley side of the pool, and ATV, natural swimming pool and trekking point. Park pool natural pennant Umbul Sidomukti located on the slopes of the mountain with an altitude of 1200 asl, bus, sandwiched between the gap in both sides.

next scenery

Flying fox by the path length 110 meters, with an altitude range from the lowest point of the valley approximately 70 meters. This flying fox across the valley, so as to move from hill to hill slope opposite to rely on two and a safety rope and helmet. As usual, flying fox can be done by selecting the style of lying face like superman in flight, or styles sit normally. Flying fox valley fare ticket is only 12,000 IDR, not expensive for just a test of courage.

The beauty of nature we can feel on our feet when we arrive at the court lokawisata Girigahana Sidomukti. Rice field terraces, pine forests, waterfalls, and small rivers, so charming. Far across the way looks Cimanggal Twin Hill, Mount Ungaran, and Mount Merbabu. What an enchanting natural harmony it is.

sunset from top of the hills

Swimming pool in Umbul Sidomukti is unique. It lies on the slopes of Mount Ungaran, right on the edge of the cliff and Ungup Ungup valley. Where would we like to be in peak height or heaven if you swim or just soak in there. And water that flows along the pennant that year the main water source for natural swimming Umbul Sidomukti park. Abundant water is spilling into the pool below, next to the garden and rice paddies. Believe me, the freshness of the water tuks are able to wash the soul as being tired.

one of the swimming pool

one of the swimming pool

Among the existing valley flying fox installed along the 110 meters and 60 meters with a height of 70 meters. With the depth of the valley for more than 70 meters is very maybe flying fox is the highest in Indonesia. Or, Do you want to pursue a marine bridge (rope bridge) along the 60 meters and vacillate over the cliff?

marine bridge

For kids train rides available courage and sportsmanship. For them, there are flying fox kids along 15 meters. Other facilities that camping ground or a camp site. At the areas that visitors can enjoy a night in the wild. In the middle of the night was quiet, crackling campfire wood becomes independent music is beautiful and warm, to expel the cold. Wow, would experience a sensational, thrilling, and fun.

flying fox

Kreo Cave 11/09/2010

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The Gate

Kreo Cave is a forest area located in Semarang. It is located in the hills and valleys of the Kreo River. Kreo cave believed to be the relics of Sunan Kalijaga, when looking for teak wood for the construction of the Great Mosque of Demak. In front of the cave is visible base of the cliff and the cliff-steep with a Kreo river flowing beneath. Nearby there are 20-25 meters high waterfall that flows clear and never dry.

waterfall

In this tourist area are often found free-living herd of monkeys. These monkeys are believed to be the guardian of the cave. This tourist area presents a wonderful natural panorama, with a touch of religious and historical value in it. Besides its natural beauty pamper the eyes, this place is also equipped with a stage entertainment, children playground, and a row of food stalls serving traditional menu.

Monkey Troop

Not just cave and apes, which can be encountered during a visit to Kreo cave. In this area, you can also found bamboo, which can produce the smell of raw goat meat.

It is not difficult to prove that rarity, just slice the bamboo with a tilted position and then smell the fragance. You will find the sap of bamboo with the aroma of raw muttony

stalactite

Borobudur Temple 11/09/2010

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The Borobudur Temple is on of the greatest monument in the world. It is on uncertain age, but thought to have been built between the end of the seventh and begining of the eighth century A.D. For about century an a half it was the spiritual center of Buddhist in java, then it was lost until its redicovered again in the eighteenth century.

Borobudur Temple

The sructure, compesed of 55,000 square meter of lava rock is erected on a hill in the form of stepped-pyramid of six rectangular storeys, three cirular terraces and a central stupa forming the summit. The whole structure is in the form of a lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha.

Just like Lotus Flower

Besides being the highest symbol of Buddhism, the Borobudur stupa is also a replica of the universe. It symbolises the micro-cosmos, wich is devided in to three levels, in wich man’s world of desire is influence by negatife influence by negative influence and uses his positive impulses; the highest level, in wich the world of man is no longer bounded by physical and worldly ancient desire.

It is devotional practice to circumambulate around the galleries and terrace always tunning to the left and keeping the eddifice to the right while either chanting or meditating. In total, Borobudur represent the ten levels of Boddhisattva’s life wich he or she must develop to become a Buddha or an awakening one.

The Reason you should visit Boroudur Temple :

  1. more than two million blocks of river or mountain stone carried by hand from Progo River to the building site
  2. Boroudur houses an amazing 1,460 individual narative reliefs and 1,212 decorative ones, all ornately and intricately carved
  3. constructed on a hill about 46 meters high, Borobudur has about 55,000 m3
  4. the whole structure of Borobudur is in the form of lotus, the sacred flower of Buddha
  5. one of the World’s Seven Wonder

One of the Stupa

The Location

Approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) northwest of Yogyakarta, Borobudur is located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sindoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and two rivers, the Progo and the Elo. According to local myth, the area known as Kedu Plain is a Javanese ‘sacred place’ and has been dubbed ‘the garden of Java’ due to its high agricultural fertility.

The Relief