Monday, December 5, 2016

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

Apart from being the gateway to a ninth-century Buddhist monument, Borobudur Temple, there is more to discover at Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.  Magelang City is a small city located in a fertile agricultural area and one of the most densely populated regions on Central Java.

A year ago, I and my friends wandered in the streets of Magelang but only for a few hours as we insisted in going back to Malioboro Yogyakarta just after sunset at Borobudur Temple - even if it entails haggling for cab fares in the most creative and persuasive way we can.  There was total darkness in the dirt road and we I, speaking for myself, felt we’re trapped in a dungeon with nowhere to go.  There’s nothing interesting as perceived.  But such perception all changed through the Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia’s prepared itinerary.  Indeed, there are interesting sites to visit and things to do at Magelang, Java, Indonesia.


JAVANESE DANCE PERFORMERS AT PENDOPO ONTEL TINGAL

In what they call a pendopo stage, actually just an open space within a village, there were positioned gamelan instruments with its musicians and performers garbed in colorful costumes when we arrived in one village at Magelang one afternoon. The sound of the gamelan, mostly percussive instruments greeted us, as we entered the village and it echoed throughout the vicinity.  Instruments used were metallophones played by mallets and a set of hand-played drums called kendhang which register the beat.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIAINTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

An open-air dining hall serving traditional Indonesian cuisine served as our refuge from the midday sun, and for our entertainment, a presentation of an interesting traditional Javanese dance was shown.  I was eager to know what the storyline of the performance was all about.  And someone in the group said it was a story about a group of horsemen in a dance named Kuda Lumping.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

In this traditional Javanese performance, dancers ride horses from woven bamboo and decorated with colorful paints and cloth.  The dance portrays troops riding horses.  When the possessed dancer is performing the dance in trance conditions, he can display unusual abilities.  And along with the professional traditional dancers, someone from our group performed the traditional dance but she wasn’t possessed though.  Audience participation was part of the rehearsed performance.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

In Java, this traditional dance goes by the name of Jathilan showcasing the choreographed fighting dance.  It was really fun watching them perform.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

KARANGREJO AND WANUREJO VILLAGE

Karangrejo and Wanurejo are villages in the District of Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.  Being open to tourists, discovery can be either by cycling or a horse-drawn carriage.  I opted for the latter.  The almost two-hour tour started at Karangrejo, passing by houses made of light materials and terracotta roofs, a small river and a backdrop of lush mountains and bamboo stalks.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

The vast rice fields in a foothill and the dirt road makes a good sight of discovering the villages of Magelang that are passable by tourists.  Wanurejo Village is one of those, which was the target destination.  The narrow trail was somewhat a challenge though I did not pedal my way throughout.  The fresh air, green paddies and swaying palm tops were enough for me to enjoy the ride.  It was a relaxing afternoon for me while extra challenge is placed on my friends who did the cycling tour.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

We ended the day with a glimpse of village activities like batik-making and pottery.  Everyone was given the chance to try the same after we were served light snacks at Warung Kopi Borobudur.  Exhausted, it was the best way to relax after the tiring yet fun-filled activities for the day.

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIAINTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

INTERESTING FEATURES OF MAGELANG INDONESIA

Borobudur Bike Tour
Tour Fee: IDR450,000.00 inclusive of bike rent, drinks, snacks, pottery and batik-making activities
Contact Number: +62 293-788-888


THIS TRIP IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM OF INDONESIA


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