Theme Park Covers Topless Mermaid Statues With Bronze Tops In Effort To Become ‘Family Friendly’


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A pair of bare-breasted mermaid statues have been given the family values treatment at an Indonesian amusement park where officials slipped golden tube tops over their chests. While the nude statues have been on display for years at Jakarta’s Ancol Dreamland, a recent policy aimed at respecting “Eastern values” has seen the mermaids get an official cover-up. Continue reading »

Extreme Vespas In Indonesia


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Every year, Indonesians from teens and granddads, to mechanics and students, gather in eastern Java to celebrate their love of the iconic Italian Vespa scooter. For some, it’s an “extreme” kind of love, where the vehicles are customised to resemble metallic monster bikes straight out of a Hollywood dystopia. Hundreds of enthusiasts travel to the festival in Kediri to show off their creations – ranging from restored vintage Vespas to Mad Max-style tanks fitted with fake machine guns, a dozen extra tyres, or eerie stuffed toys as hood ornaments. Continue reading »

This Small Village In Indonesia Is Literally Made Out Of Rainbows


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Kampung Pelangi, which literally translates to Rainbow Village, has to be one of the most colourful villages in the world, let alone in Indonesia. The village, which is home to 232 houses, is splashed in a series of bright colours and decorated with murals. Kampung Pelangi was recently given a government-funded makeover in a bid to make it more tourist-friendly — and it looks like it’s working. Continue reading »

The Ghost Villages Of Indonesia

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The wreckage of a van is overgrown by plants in Simacem village in North Sumatra, Indonesia, November 16, 2015. The village was abandoned following the eruption of Mount Sinabung as it was considered too close to the still rumbling volcano. (Photo by Binsar Bakkara/AP Photo)
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Photo of the Day: Copper and Gold Mine Complex in Indonesia

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Trucks operate in the open-pit mine of PT Freeport’s Grasberg copper and gold mine complex near Timika, in the eastern region of Papua, Indonesia on September 19, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. (Photo by Muhammad Adimaja/Reuters/Antara Foto)

Photo of the Day: Mount Raung, Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

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Mount Raung spews volcanic ash as seen from Sumber Arum village in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia, 13 July 2015. A volcanic eruption on Indonesia’s Java island has forced the closure of four airports, including those on the popular tourist islands of Bali. Mount Raung, located in East Java province, has been spewing ash and rocks since June, prompting authorities to raise its alert to the second highest level. (Photo by Fully Handoko/EPA)

Everyday Lives Of Villagers In Indonesia Captured In Heartwarming Photos

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Self-taught landscape and portrait photographer Herman Damar, based in Jakarta, captures everyday life in villages throughout Indonesia. Many of his lively photographs focus on children‘s daily adventures and their close connection with nature. Damar‘s photos are filled with warmth, sincerity and wise optimism, tempting us to go visit Indonesia’s alluring 13,466 islands some day to see the beauty of its nature and its people with our own eyes. Continue reading »

Mass Wedding in Indonesia

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Brides and grooms sit on top of an Indonesian Army vehicle during a mass wedding ceremony organized in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Thousands of couples registered for the mass marriage sponsored by the Indonesian Armed Forces. (Photo by Achmad Ibrahim/AP Photo)
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Pooches Ride on Owners Moped in Indonesia

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Cool rider Ace on the back on the motorbike, on January 12, 2015, in Surabaya, Indonesia. A pair of dogs enjoy a bit of bark-and-ride – as they weave through Indonesiaís traffic on the back of a motorcycle. Wearing red-framed sunglasses and a helmet the two golden retrievers happily sandwich their owner on the fast bike. Unsurprisingly, the sight of the docile dogs hitching a fast ride in Surabaya, Indonesia, attracts a lot of attention from onlookers. Ace and Armani have been riding since they were just a few months old and now at the age of three the pair jump onto the bike whenever they think their owner is heading out. (Photo by Jefta Images/Barcroft Media/ABACAPress)
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Shark Island in Central Indonesia

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This picture taken on November 8, 2014 shows students from Singapore snorkeling at a coral reef in the waters off Lombok, West Nusa Teggara. Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists. (Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP Photo)
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Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

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In this photo made with a slow shutter speed, Mount Sinabung spews hot lava and volcanic ash as seen from Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia, early Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Mount Sinabung, among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, has sporadically erupted since 2010 after being dormant for 400 years. (Photo by Binsar Bakkara/AP Photo)
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Mount Sinabung Volcano Erupts in Indonesia

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, as seen from Tiga Pancur village, Karo Regency in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province October 8, 2014. (Photo by Y. T. Haryono/Reuters)
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Color Madness: Jember Fashion Carnival in Indonesia

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Models showcase a design on the catwalk during the eighth Jember Fashion Carnival on August 2, 2009 in Jember, East Java, Indonesia. World Unity was the theme for this year’s carnival, which featured more than 400 models parading along Jember’s longest street. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
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Indonesia’s Medical Mannequin Industry


A craftsman works on making human anatomy mannequins on April 23, 2014 in Depok, West Java, Indonesia. The mannequins are made from fiberglass and will be used in schools, hospitals and laboratories. (Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)
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Mt Kelud Erupts in Indonesia

Mount Kelud erupted late Thursday in the eastern part of Indonesia’s Java island, forcing more than 100,000 to flee their homes and killing at least three others. A blanket of ash – up to 5 centimeters thick in some cases – forced regional airports and major tourist destinations, such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, to close, according to media reports.


A man wears a mask as he rides a becak, a kind of rickshaw, on a road covered with from Mount Kelud in Yogyakarta. (Photo by Dwi Oblo/Reuters) Continue reading »