• Ambarukmo Palace Hotel

    ITS–The Ambarukmo four-star hotel of Jogyakarta is one of the hotels built on the war compensations from Japan. The Ninth Sultan Hamengkubowono had the idea of building the hotel, while its inauguration on March 30th, 1966 ...

  • “Back To Jogya” Monument

    ITS–The “Back to Jogya” Monument was built to commemorate what Indonesian history calls “Back to Jogya Day,” which celebrates the return of the Republic of Indonesia administration from its exile on the island of Bangka back ...

  • Chrysocolla

    ITS–Chrysocolla is a green compounded crystal of a mineral, (Cu, A1) and H2SiO2 (OH4), and H2O. The crystal appears ingreen to blue-green coruscationsin the seams of the oxidized zone of copper sulfide deposits. It is believed ...

  • Indonesia ICT’s Significance for Tourism Industry Growth

    ITS–Indonesia Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Rudiantara, targeted Indonesia ICT (informatioan and communication technology) to be the second best in ASEAN in 2019. This target is seem realistic as some progress in recent years has ...

  • Fort Rotterdam

    ITS–Fort Rotterdam or Ujung Pandang Fort (Jum Pandang) is a relic fortress of the Kingdom of Gowa-Tallo. He is known as I Marigau Karaeng Bontodaenglakiung, known as the turipallangga Karaengulaweng. In its heyday the fort was ...

  • Arief Yahya in Ngaben Ceremony

    ITS–Despite the growth in modern living,  Balineses are well-known in preserving  cultures and traditions. Ngaben, for example, is still performed up today and has been  one of the most famous Hindu-Bali’s ceremonies, not only in Indonesia, ...

  • Nusa Canal Folktale

    ITS–This story is a folktale of Central Kalimantan. As the story goes, there was a man called Nusa. He and his wife lived in the bank of River Kahayan. They had no child after they had ...

  • The Dalem Arsawijaya Mask

    ITS–This mask functions to symbolize ancestors and divinities. It is used as a supplement to a ceremony, a reflection of mythology, a misfortune repellent, and as a medium of education. It is usually used in dances. ...

  • “Art and Cultural Strategy”: Interview with Putu Suasta

    ITS–Putu Suasta is an expert in social and political science. When he was a student of  Gajah Mada University,  he held various social and cultural activities. He was the pioneer of the discussions and movements to ...

  • Sianok Canyon

    ITS–The Sianok Canyon is a major tourist destination in West Sumatra. It is a green, lush, beautiful valley walled by 100 to 200 meter high cliffs. Because of its beauty, the valley is nicknamed the “Grand Canyon ...

  • West Irian Victory Statue

    ITS–The West Irian Victory Statue, located in the Banteng Grounds, the central part of Jakarta, was built to commemorate the integration of Papua to Indonesia on May 1st, 1963. It was inaugurated by Sukarno on August ...

  • Al’ Markaz Mosque

    ITS–The idea to build Al’ Markaz Mosque appeared in early 1989, the brainchild of the late General M. Amir al-Hajj Yusuf.  He thought it was necessary to include a monumental mosque in Ujung Pandang (now Makassar) ...

  • Al-Ma’shum Mosque

    ITS–Al-Ma’shum mosque is in Medan in the province of North Sumatra. Al-Ma’shum means, “That which is taken care of”.  The mosque was built by the ninth king of Deli sultanate, Sultan Makmun Al-Rasjid Perkasa Alam in ...

  • Handycraft

    ITS–For a long time, many tribes in Indonesia have used various kinds of artwork not only to fulfill their basic needs but also to help them survive. The types and characteristics of their artwork, especially handycrafts, ...

  • Mandau Talawang Nyai Balau Dance

    ITS–Originally, this dance comes from Kapuas, South Borneo. The dance tells about the heroism of Dayak women, represented by Nyai Balau, who fought against Dutch colonialism in 17th century. It is usually performed using “Mandau”, a ...

  • Fort of Somba Opu

    ITS–In the early 16th century, soon after the fall of Malacca into the hands of the Portuguese, the first Europeans arrived in the Indonesian archipelago, especially, at first, in Maluku. Their primary purpose in the beginning ...

  • Tifa and Totobuan

    ITS–The Tifa is a percussion instrument played by the coastal people of West Papua and Maluku. On the north coast of Irian Jaya this drum is rather short, between half a meter and one meter tall, ...

  • Pancasila as the Way of Life

    ITS–Yesterday, June 1, we celebrated the birth of Pancasila  as the state ideology. The famed speech of founding father and first president Sukarno introducing Pancasila was made on June 1, 1945, and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ...

  • Perning I

    ITS–The “Perning I”fossil, also called Pithecanthropus modjokertensis or robustus, was found by Tjokrohandojo, who worked under the supervision of Duyfjes, in 1936 in Perning Village, Mojokerto, East Java. The skull is thought to have belonged to ...

  • Tampak Siring Presidential Palace

    ITS–Unlike the other five presidential palaces, Tampak SiringPalace is located far from the center of governmental activities. It is the only one which was built after Indonesia gained independence. It is situated at Tampak Siring Village ...


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ITS–Indonesia  has a rich history of using art as a form of cultural diplomacy, and dance is no exception. Cultural diplomacy is a form of soft power that ...

ITS- After more than five decades, the Asian Games will finally return to Indonesia Next year, the 18th Asian Games will be co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang, from ...

ITS–As Mount Agung has turned calm, flights to and from Bali begin to get normal. Based on research by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s Volcanology and Geological ...

ITS–Despite the growth in modern living,  Balineses are well-known in preserving  cultures and traditions. Ngaben, for example, is still performed up today and has been  one of the ...

ITS–US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has sparked anger in many countries. Leaders in Indonesia have joined a global chorus of condemnation of ...

ITS-President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called to bring about a tourism “explosion” to promote Lake Toba, following the achievement of international status of Silangit Airport set to be ...

ITS–Discussion on bridal costume style is triggering in social media due to the upcoming wedding party of President’s  daughter Kahiyang Ayu and her fiancé Bobby Affif Nasution. Netizens ...

ITS–Dea Goesti Rizkita, Indonesia’s representative at the 2017 Miss Grand International event, has managed to make her country proud. On the final night of the event, held in ...

ITS–Mount Agung volcano on the island of Bali  has been ominously rumbling for nearly a month as it threatens a devastating eruption at any moment. The eruption alerts ...

Among the numerous luxuries of the table … coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of ...

ITS–“Wonderful Indonesia” has won Best Tourism Promotion Video in a competition held by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), beating 63 other videos from other UNWTO member ...

ITS–Tourist buses in Paris, France, promote Indonesias tourism brand of “Wonderful Indonesia” for one month, starting September 12 to October 9, 2017. The campaign  features beautiful Indonesian scenery ...

ITS–Made Wijaya, whose name is synonymous with Balinese and tropical garden design, died suddenly on 29 August 2016 during a visit to Sydney. Wijaya started life as an architecture student ...

ITS–The 12th Sanur Village Festival (SVF) 2007 has just hosted succesfully, themed “The New Spirit of Heritage”. Ran from Aug. 9 to 13, the event featured at least ...

The atmosphere of triumph, pride and gratitude were obviously echoing during the ceremony of  21 st anniversary of Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA), June 9 th. It ...

ITS–Yesterday, June 1, we celebrated the birth of Pancasila  as the state ideology. The famed speech of founding father and first president Sukarno introducing Pancasila was made on ...

ITS–The third edition of World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism has returned to San Sebastian, Spain. Organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) and the Basque Culinary ...

ITS–As ahead of Kartini Day that is going to be commemorated at April 21st, I would like to recall at glance women empowerment  in Indonesia. The women emancipation movement was ...

ITS–Postage stamps were initially created as a means to pay the postal service. However, as time passed, it is growing to be an educational and information media. The ...