Art & History
10 months ago
It would take nerves of steel to ride a bike in Hong Kong downtown, but the untouched New Territories are an entirely different matter! This guided tour is not just a soft workout on two wheels. It includes a visit to an ancient walled village, a mysterious tree house and an internationally recognized bird migration area. Also, visit the wetland park, in which we recommend you spend at least one hour!
Go on an excursion visiting Kraton Yogyakarta “Sultan Palace”, a splendid example of traditional of Javanese court architecture. Onward visiting traditional batik home industry where famous batiks are made in unique way, then to Kotagede, the original home of Yogya‘s silverware where craftsmanship of some hundred years ago being practiced and mastered. The Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lies in the center of the city between the Winongo and Code Rivers. The palace grounds stretch from north to the south, in line with Mount Merapi, the Kraton is constructed to form a model of the Javanese conception of the cosmos. On each gateway, pavilion, and courtyard has a specific symbolic meaning, harmonizing the divine powers of the universe. Over 1,400 retainers serve the current sultan, and can be seen throughout the palace!
This fun excursion will be visiting Prambanan; the temple of the “Slender Virgin” which is also well known as complex of Loro Jonggrang, generally considered to be Java's most elegant and the spring temple, noted for the graceful proportions of its 47-meter central Siva Temple. This magnificent Hindu temple derives its name from the village where it is located, 17 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It is the most magnificent and beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia dating back to the middle of the ninth century. It has eight shrines; the three main ones are dedicated to Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva, which rises to a height of 130 feet and houses the magnificent statue of Shiva's consort, Durga. The Ramayana ballet is performed here on an open-air stage during nights of the full moon period!
Discover the mystery and history of Borobudur Temple, one of the Seven Wonder of the World which is around 42 km to the west of Yogyakarta. It stands majestically on a hill overlooking lush green fields and distant hills and rises in seven terraces, each smaller than the one below it. The next visit will be Mendut Temple with its great statue of Buddha seated with two disciples. The top is the Great Stupa, standing forty meters above the ground. The walls are sculpted in base relief, hailed as the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist reliefs in the world. Built in the eighth century, and 'discovered' by Raffles in 1817, the monument has now been completely restored.
Start your morning with a fantastic drive via Magelang and Wonosobo to explore Dieng Plateau with interesting sceneries of dramatic mountain views along the journey. The excursion will take you to Pendawa Lima Temples and Sikidang Crater with its breathtaking landscape within the huge marshy caldera of a volcano that erupted a long time ago. After a tasty lunch, the journey will be continued to the magnificent Borobudur nicknamed "The Buddhist Monastery on the Hill". Borobudur is one of the world's most famous temples. It stands majestically on a hill overlooking lush green fields and distant hills and rises in seven terraces, each smaller than the one below it. The top is the Great Stupa, standing forty meters above the ground. Built in the eighth century, and 'discovered' by Raffles in 1817, the monument has now been completely restored. Dieng Plateau is the site of some of the oldest Hindu temples in Java, some two thousand meters above sea level with a very cool climate. While the temples themselves cannot compare to those near or around Yogyakarta, their extraordinary setting amidst intense volcanic activity makes it easy to understand why the Javanese consider this area to be a focal point of supernatural power.