In the middle of this pandemic, we must stay at home to help curb the spread of the virus. The more disciplined we are, the faster this pandemic will end. Although it seems that staying at home for a long period of time can be boring, you can find some fun activities to do in your free time.
Indonesia has plenty of cultural treasures from contemporary art to ancient landmarks. While you are at home, you can learn more about Indonesia culture virtually from the comfort of your home.
Let’s Explore Indonesia from Home
Are you ready to experience the virtual journeys to the culture and arts of Indonesia? Here are some of the things that you can see through Google Arts & Culture.
1. Learn About the Construction of Monas
Monas is the landmark of Jakarta. The 132 meters tower topped by 14.5-ton gold plated bronze flame, was built to commemorate the struggle of Indonesian independence. The construction started in 1961 under President Sukarno’s direction.
At first, the architect who built Monas was Frederich Silaban, but then R.M. Soedarsono continued the design. He incorporated the number 17, 8, 45 in Monas’s dimension. A long time ago, Monas was surrounded by 80 hectares of greeneries. If you would like to know more about the construction of Monas, you can click here.
2. See Different Beautiful Batik Patterns
Batik is part of Indonesia’s ancient tradition. The word Batik comes from Javanese word “amba” which means writing and “titik” which means dot. The process of creating batik is unique. First, the cloth is washed and soak. Then patterns are drawn with pencil and later redrawn with hot wax. The process is repeated a couple of times to add more layers of design and colors.
Indonesia has a lot of beautiful Batik’s patterns. You can see some of the unique patterns here.
For instance, you can find Kain Panjang batik, a style from Yogyakarta, Central Java. The batik was made by hand on a cotton cloth and using natural dyes. Moreover, there is also Kain Sarung pattern from Pekalongan, Central Java. The batik has the style of kompeni. The pattern is usually made using soldiers and ships. It was made by a wooden stamp on a cotton cloth and using natural dyes.
3. The Mystery of Ratu Boko, Candi Borobudur
If you’re interested in history, Google Arts & Culture also provides historical information to Indonesia’s popular landmarks. One of the examples is Ratu Boko, an archeological site located 18 km to the east of Yogyakarta.
Evidence said that Ratu Boko was once an archeological site that has Buddhist and Hindu influences. Local people name this site after King Boko, the legendary king mentioned in Loro Jonggrang folklore. Ratu Boko is a great place to witness sunset and sunrise. Interested to know the mystery of Ratu Boko? Click this link!
It’s a Good Time to Learn More About Indonesia
So, are you excited to learn more about Indonesia’s art and culture? Through Google Arts & Culture and together with The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, you can do that online!
Do you want to travel to other parts of Indonesia from your home? Check out tiket.com articles to find out how you can do that. Have the best virtual travel experiences at home!