Gunung Merapi | Java | Indonesia

One of the most active volcanos in the world is Mount Merapi on Java. Sometimes his eruptions are huge and destructive, affecting greater parts of central Java. In the past the fire mountain probably caused even the downfall of the empire of Mataram with the great Prambanan monuments. The article describes the mountain and his natural history.

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Centipedes & Millipedes

Centipedes and millipedes appear in great numbers in Southeast Asia, and they share the same habitates. However, centipedes are somewhat dangerous, for they have a pair of strong claws and can sting and inject a venomous substance which hurts very much for several days. Millipedes, on the contrary, are completely harmless vegetarians.Millipede by Asienreisender

 

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Udong, Cambodia’s Former Capital

Udong was one of the former capitals of Cambodia, until the court moved in 1866 to Phnom Penh. Little is left of the old place, because most of the royal buildings and the old city respectively town were built in wood. What is left is a number of older and newer stupas on top of a mountain, called ‘Phnom Udong’. Under these stupas are the ashes of some Cambodian kings and other high ranked historical people buried.

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Chet Dey Mak Prohm

Chet Dey Mak Prohm, one of the old stupas on top of Phnom Udong.
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Phnom Penh / Cambodia

Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh is certainly not a top destination for tourists and travellers. However, Cambodia receives annually more than 4 million tourist arrivals, and Phnom Penh is, after Angkor, the second most visited place in the country. Although it’s nowadays as ugly and dirty as practically all the Southeast Asian megacities, it once was seen as ‘The Pearl of Asia’, a small Paris in Southeast Asia. A bit of the old charme is still to see here and there, although it’s melting away in huge steps. For an overwiew of sights and places of interest in Phnom Penh, it’s worth to have a look here. You’ll also find a city map on the website.

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Mural Painting in the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.

Part of the Mural Painting in the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.

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Phnom Bayang / Cambodia

Phnom Bayang is a small, practically unknown temple site in Cambodia, close to the Vietnamese border at Phnom Den. Phnom Bayang consists of an early 7th century main temple and four side temples. It was meaned as a victory memorial of the empire of (water) Chenla over the empire of Funan.

The site has it’s charme by being almost unvisited by tourists, the complete lack of a tourist infrastructure and it’s unrestorated state inmiddle of the green of the Cambodian jungle.

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Fresco at the outer wall of Phnom Bayang. Image by Asienreisender, 11/2014

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Prambanan / Java

The majestic sight of Prambanan in central Java is defenitely one of the most significant sights in whole Southeast Asia. Together with magnificent Borobodur and the temple city on the Dieng Plateau, Prambanan marks the age of first and sophisticated civilizations on Java. Aligned in three different squares, the whole temple compound is of a considerable size and consists of alltogether 240 temples. Most impressive are the temples of the main, central area: the Brahma, Vishnu and, most important, the huge and tall Shiva temple. The three main temples have each a complementary temple for the animal vehicles of the hindu gods.

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Candi Rara Jonggrang, the centra, main Shiva temple of Prambanan Temple Compound.
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Dieng Plateau – Abode of the Gods

The Dieng Plateau in Java is a very unique landscape. First, it’s an archeological landscape which is home to the oldest remaining stone buildings on Java island. In the mid of the 8th century a sacral hindu temple city was built in the wild mountain scenery, consisting of more than 400 smaller temples. Certainly the city was relatively large for the time and consisted not only of the temples but of many more buildings for the inhabitants to live in. However, all of the not sacral buildings are gone without a trace. Left are only eight temple buildings. The site is now properly restorated and accompanied by a small museum.

Second, the Dieng Plateau is the caldera of an ancient, huge volcano who had a gigantic historical outbreak some 16,000 or 17,000 years ago, which formed the high plain, a hundred smaller craters and volcanic mountain lakes and some successing volcanoes around. The whole area is still active, everywhere it’s bubbling, spitting, steaming… The Dieng Plateau is a great landscape to get an idea about Java’s volcanic genesis in general and the power of the forces of the inner earth.

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Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau, Java

Candi Bima, Dieng Plateau, Java

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Borobodur / Borobudur / Java / Indonesia

The 8th century buddhist monument of Borobodur might be the finest cultural heritage in whole Southeast Asia. It’s a stepped pyramid where over several kilometers sophisticated relief panels with buddhist stories are displayed. Approaching over nine levels the top of the pyramid, following a clockwise direction circling repeatedly around the monument and studying the reliefs, while having stops for ritual purposes, the ancient pilgrims followed the buddhist way towards purification, wisdom and enlightenment.

Borobodur is not so much impressive because of it’s sheer size and the very perfection of the whole construction and it’s relief panels, but also because of the message itself. It’s not about wars, violence and conquest, but about spiritual development. It represents the philosophical buddhist view of the world according to Buddha’s life and the classical buddhist literature.

Borobodur deserves to be acknowledged as one of the ‘Wonders of the World’.

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Candi Borobodur, Candi Borobudur, seen from the ground. Image by Asienreisender, 2012

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Sumatran Rhinoceros

The Sumatran Rhinoceros is one of the very rare animals of Southeast Asia. Although they were living in former times all the way from Buthan through India, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. Nowadays they are limited in a few parks in Sumatra, Malaysia and in Borneo.

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Sumatran Rhinoceros

Sketch of a Sumatran Rhinoceros.

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Sumatra

Sumatra is one of the largest islands in the world – almost as big as England and Germany together. It’s populated with more than 50 million people now, and the population is growing rapidly. In the last twenty years it almost doubled.

The Sumatran nature is phantastic. The whole island is coined by the volcanic mountain chain of the Barisan Mountains. The very fertile, volcanic soil together with the humid, tropical monsoon climate created on Sumatra a very rich biodiversity of plants and animals. The mountains, particularly around magnificient Lake Toba in north Sumatra, appear like a phantasy landscape created in a film studio.

Sumatra is also home for a number of fascinating ancient cultures, as the Batak People, the People of Nias and the Minangkabau represent.

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Minangkabau Royal Palace

The Royal Minangkabau Palace in west Sumatra. Images and photocomposition by Asienreisender, 1996, 2012, 2014

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