Indonesian Sights and Shopping Opportunities

Indonesian Craft ©Si Ollie/flickr

Indonesian Craft ©Si Ollie/flickr

Bantul is the capital of Bantul Regency in the Yogyakarta province of Indonesia. The Indian Ocean is to the south of Bantul. It is also a town with 444 craftsmen making a paradise of handicrafts in Bantul. Both domestic and foreign architects design the market with an accentuating local architecture.

It is the biggest craft market which is 15 minutes from Yogyakarta city. You can find pottery, primitive wooden statues, ceramics, keris, ornamented mountain stones even some traditional Javanese medicines.

Leather handicraft market in Manding

The other shopping place for genuine leather crafts in Manding. Usually craft business is hereditary, from gifts to souvenirs, here you can find bags, shoes, jackets, belts, purses and accessories made from genuine leather. Cow skin is the main material use to provide such a durable and non-inferior quality. Follow this address and you will not go wrong in getting your genuine leather good in Indonesia: Jalan Parangtritis KM 11, hamlets Manding, Sabdodadi village, sub district of Bantul, Yogyakarta.

Surabaya, Java

Ijen ©ferdhie/flickr

Ijen ©ferdhie/flickr

The first thing you must see the Ijen Crater. It is the most stunning landscapes and provides an outstanding experience with its scenic view in East Java. Then go to the free museum called ‘House of Sampoerna’.

Jalesveva Jayamahe

The biggest statue is also found in Surabaya and it is called ‘Jalesveva Jayamahe’ monument and the phenomenal Suramadu Bridge. The other very historic bridge which is an attraction is the Jembatan Merah (Red Bridge). It is where they defeated the Dutch soldiers in the second world war. Very interesting area with Dutch buildings in the north and Chinese-influenced buildings in the south.

Arab Quarter in Surabaya

The little known ‘Arab Quarter’, check out a famous mosque 15th century mosque built by Raden Achmad Ramatullah called ‘Ampel Mosque‘ is 1421m within Majapahit Kingdom area. You can approach the cavernous mosque through a pilgrim’s market. Along the way, you can do some shopping of lace shawls, prayer beads, dates from Arabia. Photography enthusiast can take photos of those terrace houses painted with Mecca on the front wall. You can also visit the tomb of one of the nine holy men, Saint Ampel who brought Islam to Java.

The Holy Mary Church called ‘Gereja Perwan Maria Tak Bedosa‘ is the oldest Catholic church in East Java province. It is both a heritage site as well as a religious site. If you enjoy golf as a sport, you can try out one or both of these golf courses, Bukit Darmo and Taman Dayu.

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