Mini Guide to Indonesia

Interesting Sites and Natural Wonders


As the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Borobudur is a UNESCO Heritage Site dating back to the 8th century. Researchers believe it may have taken 75 years to build the structure, which consists of nine stacked platforms, decorated with 504 Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels. Borobudur is Indonesia’s most visited attraction and it’s also where the Buddhist festival Vesak takes place.

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Komodo National Park

Located in Wallacea Region of Indonesia, Komodo National Park is identified as a global conservation priority by WWF and Conservation International. The park is the natural habitat of the famous Komodo Dragon, the largest lizard in the world, which can reach over three meters and more than 70 kilos. The park can accommodate up to 60,000 visitors a year, who come to see the 5,000 lizards that currently live on the islands.

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Lake Toba

Lake Toba is the largest volcanic lake in the world, covering an area of 1,707 square kilometers. It’s estimated that the lake was formed some 70,000 years ago by a gigantic volcanic eruption that represented a climate-changing event such as a previous ice age. Travelers can visit Samosir Island (which is technically an island within Sumatra Island) and see the Batak culture with their statues and ceremonies.

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The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

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