Beyond Bali

History of Lombok

Two tiny islands, Bali and Lombok have been buffeted by powerful empires throughout their history, and their fortunes have often been tied to those of their larger neighbours, Jawa and Sumbawa. Relations between Bali and Lombok have been uneasy at the best of times, but more often turbulent and bloody. The origins of their present cultural, religious and economic differences are firmly rootes in past events. Tweet

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Lombok

Lombok

Thirty-five kilometres east of Bali at its closest point, Lombok is inevitably compared to its better known western neighbour, although it differs considerably in almost every respect : physically, culturally, linguistically and historically. It also contrasts quite markedly for the visitor, with less widespread tourist facilities, sparser public transport and simpler accommodation. Tweet

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Central Java

Kasunanan Palace, Java

History has left its footprints across Central Java, an area rich in culture and tradition descending from a powerful Hindu and Buddhist past and more recent Islamic influences. Under the Cailendra and old Mataram kings in the 8th and 10th centuries the Hindu – Javanese culture flourished. Tweet

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Bengkulu

Bengkulu, Indonesia

Bengkulu located in the south side of indonesia near the Equator. Bengkulu area is 19831 km2 has 19213km2 of land and estimated population 1415000 people, spread over three districts and one municipality. Bengkulu population consists of a mixture of the Rejang Lebak, Serawai, Malay, Bugis and Chinese. Native traditions remain the grip of life Bengkulu. Tweet

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Aceh

Aceh beach

Aceh, at the northwestern end of Sumatra, was the first are in Indonesia to have significant contact with the outside world. Chinese chronicles of the sixth century speak of a kingdom called Po-Li on the northern tip of what is now Sumatra. In the 9th century, Arabic and Indian writings mention Aceh as an important trade center. The first Islamic Kingdom in Indonesia was established in 1804 in Aceh, and the region’s position as an Islamic stronghold grew as the city became a center for Islamic learning …

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