Mini Guide to Indonesia

Interesting Sites and Natural Wonders

Borobudur

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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