Officially opened in 1868, the Jakarta National Museum is a centre for
research and study into the national and cultural heritage. It also functions
as an educative, cultural and recreational information centre. With a
collection of more than 100,000 objects of historic and cultural significance,
the museum is one of Jakarta's many prominent sights worth visiting.
Borobudur Temple, near Jogjakarta
(AH2)This famous Buddhist temple was restored with the help of UNESCO.
The walls and balustrades are decorated with bas-reliefs, covering a total
surface area of 2,500 sq metres. Around the circular platform are seventy-two
openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha.
Lake Toba, near Medan (AH25)Lake Toba on Sumatra Island is the largest
lake in South-East Asia with an area of about 1,145 sq kilometres, and
the deepest lake in the world of over 450 metres. The town of Parapat
is the main tourist resort and lies on the shores of the lake.
Mount Bromo, near Surabaya
(AH2)Bromo volcano is a three-hour drive from Surabaya, followed by a
pony ride from the village of Ngadisari. Ascend the 50 steps to reach
the rim. On the vast expanse of sand, there are two volcanoes: the extinct
Batok which is a perfect cone and the Bromo.