Yogyakarta

Java’s Most Popular Tourist Destination

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Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja (JOGH-jah) — is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. It is the capital city of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region which is in the southern part of the Central Java province, Indonesia.

Borobudur Temple - Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple – Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja (JOGH-jah) — is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. It is the capital city of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region which is in the southern part of the Central Java province, Indonesia.

Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 500,000 people and the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The town is a center of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities.

Strictly speaking, the city (kota) of Yogyakarta is only one of five districts within the semi-autonomous province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), literally the “Yogyakarta Special Region”. (The other districts are Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mount Merapi to the North, Bantul all the way to the sea to the South, the hills of Gunung Kidul to the East and the low lands of Kulon Progo to the West.) This special status is thanks to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since 1749 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. During the Indonesian war of independence, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX offered the fledgling Indonesian government his enclave as capital city, thus Yogyakarta became the revolutionary capital city of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch. As a result, the central government recognized the Sultan of Yogyakarta as the appointed governor of the province of DIY; the only one in Indonesia that is not elected directly by the people. The Indonesian central government has tried to weaken the sultan’s power by calling for direct election for the governor, however the present sultan Hamengkubuwono X was chosen by an overwhelming majority.

Alas, Yogyakarta lies in one of the most seismically active parts of Java and has thus repeatedly been struck by earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The worst in recent times was the earthquake of May 27th 2006, which killed over 6,000 people and flattened over 300,000 houses. However, the epicentre was 25 km north of the city, which thus avoided the worst of the quake, and a surprisingly effective disaster recovery effort saw most of the physical damage repaired quite quickly.

Only four years later, in October 2010, the nearby volcano of Mount Merapi erupted, spewing lava over nearby villages and killing 353 people. After rumbling on and off for two months amid fears of another Krakatoa devasting the entire island, the volcano quieted down by December 2010. On past form, it’ll be another 2-3 years until the next small eruption and 10-15 years until the next biggie, so pay a visit while you still can!

Get In


By Plane

Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport (IATA: JOG), 8 km east of town, is a small but busy mostly-domestic hub. There are frequent (every two hour) connections on Garuda, the national airline, to Jakarta (50 minutes) and 2-3 times a day (60 mins) to Denpasar, while other domestic airlines service both Jakarta and Denpasar, as well as major cities in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. For international services, AirAsia  connects Yogyakarta to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while Malaysia Airlines  flies between Yogyakarta and Kuala Lumpur. Silkair and Tigerair also flies from Singapore.

There is a tourist information desk, ATM and taxi stand in the arrival hall. Official airport taxis are available for around Rp 50,000 depending on your destination, pay at the taxi desk in arrival terminal and then head for the official taxi rank. Give the receipt to your driver, there is no need for any additional payment. It is about half the price to use a taxi dropping passengers off at the departure terminal – insist on using the meter, do expect to pay the Rp 2,000 airport entrance fee, even though this has already been paid by the previous passenger on the way in. A departure tax of Rp 35,000 (as of January, 2011) is charged for domestic flights and Rp 100,000 for international flights(as of Feb, 2014).

There is a travel agent at the arrival hall in the airport called Arga Tour. A 5-hour car hire inclusive of driver to Prambanan, Ratu Boko, lunch followed by a 2-hour drive to Borobudur cost Rp 600,000. Good service and english speaking driver. Be sure to haggle, though the price will not drop much, any savings could go toward a more luxurious meal.

Yogyakarta airport is the sole rail-connected airport in Indonesia. Those arriving from (and departing into) the airport can take a Prambanan Ekspres regional train to/from Kutoarjo (west of Yogyakarta), Palur (just east of Surakarta) and several stations in between, including Tugu (just off Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta) and Solobalapan station at Solo. The station at the airport is just a few minutes walk from the terminal, with an air-conditioned underpass leading all the way to the platform for trains into Yogyakarta.

  • Bandar Udara Internasional Adisucipto (Adisucipto International AIrport), Jl. Solo km9, Phone: +62 274 484261 (fax: +62 274 488155).

By Bus

The main bus station is Giwangan, 4 km to the southeast of the centre. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (12 hours), Bandung (10 hours), and Surabaya (8 hours).

  • Terminal Penumpang Giwangan (Giwangan Bus Terminal). Jl. Imogiri, Giwangan. +62 274 378288, +62 274 7482222 (fax: +62 274 7483333)
Yogyakarta City Map

Yogyakarta City Map

There is also a bus station inside the airport which is part of the Trans Jogja Busway System. From there you can get to any one of the many bus stations in their system. It costs Rp 3,000 for a ticket.

If you are going north, to Borobudur temple or Semarang for example, head to Jombor terminal located just above the northern Ringroad. Expect to be ripped off on any bus to Borobudur, the going rate for westerners at the moment is Rp 15,000-25,000 (local Rp 7,000).

If you are planning to come to Yogyakarta from Bandung then you need to go to Cicaheum Terminal in Bandung to get bus. If direct bus is not available then take bus to Purwokerto (6-7 hr, Rp 45,000). From Purwokerto there are regular buses available for Yogyakarta (4-5 hr, Rp 30,000).

Since Yogyakarta is in close proximity with Semarang and Solo, there’s also a shuttle bus that operates between these cities, called Joglosemar (Jogja-Solo-Semarang), Rp 45,000 to Semarang, and Rp 25.000 to Solo

  • Joglosemar (Joglosemar), Jl. Magelang Km 5,5, +62 274 623 700Rp 25,000-Rp 50,000
  • Day Trans, Purawisata, Jl. Brigjen Katamso, +62 274 385 990, . Rp 50,000 (Semarang)
    Cipaganti, Jl. Magelang Km 5,6, +62 274 919 4777 / 9124 888

Central Java Transporter, +6285225993574 (thejavatransporter@gmail.com)  who operates 5 seaters and 7 seaters private car,for tour packages and price see in their sites.

By Train

Trains to Jakarta take between 7-12 hr from the main Yogyakarta station, commonly called Tugu Station. The Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga) are the best of the lot being the most comfortable and fastest (~8 hours, Rp 255,000-360,000 (Sep 2012) including mineral water and snacks). Taksaka is almost as good at Rp 235,000-265,000. These express services connect Yogyakarta and Jakarta in 7-8 hours, either at daytime or overnight. Price and schedules are available online . The line between Kroya and Prupuk, where the railway crosses the main backbone mountains of Java, is scenic.

Passengers to/from Bandung should take the Argo Wilis or Lodaya expresses which traverse a scenic part of Java during daylight hours, with rice fields and mountains (although there is an overnight Lodaya and the Turangga from Surabaya also travels overnight. The fare is Rp 155,000 including mineral water and food (or more like snacks).

Passengers to Surabaya are served by the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in the morning and afternoon.

Yogyakarta and Solo are connected by several Prambanan Ekspres trains. Despite the name, the train does not stop at Prambanan station, and even if it does make an unscheduled stop, the station is rather far from the temple complex of Prambanan. The Prambanan Ekspres does stop at Maguwo station (for the airport) making it easy for travelers to change modes.

  • Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Central Railway Station), Jl. Mangkubumi 1. +62 274 589685. The main central station, serves big city destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Solo. To buy tickets, enter on Jl. Pasar Kembang and get a queue number from the stand facing the ticket windows. Then go to the opposite side of the room and fill out a ticket request slip, consulting the timetables on the wall to your left. You will be called to the appropriate ticket window, the announcement will be called (in Indonesian only) and displayed on the electronic sign on the wall. You can also buy tickets for up to 90 days prior to departure from many offline channels, and two online channels.
Stasiun Tugu - Yogyakarta

Stasiun Tugu – Yogyakarta

  • Stasiun Lempuyangan (Lempuyangan Railway Station), Jl. Lempuyangan. Serves economy class trains with several destinations, including Jakarta Gambir Station (Rp 85,000-120,000 (USD 7-9.7) ~8 hours night train) and Surabaya Gubeng Station (Rp 50,000-60,000 (USD 4-4.9) ~6 hours journey [Jan 2014]).
Stasiun Lempuyangan Yogyakarta

Stasiun Lempuyangan Yogyakarta

Get Around


Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so travelling around town should not be too expensive. If you are traveling on foot, note that a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street. The Tourism Authority has maps in English that can be obtained from its offices next to Hotel Mutiara on Jl. Malioboro, at the airport and the train station. Beware that these maps are not to scale.

Yogyakarta Street Map

Yogyakarta Street Map

By Taxi

Yogyakarta’s taxis are metered and nowadays most taxi drivers are trustworthy. Flagfall is Rp 6,000 and most trips around the centre of town should not cost more than Rp 15,000. After dark the minimum fare for a taxi is Rp 10,000 even if the meter reads less that Rp 10,000. If by chance you find a taxi driver that you feel comfortable with and trustworthy, ask for his cellular phone number so that next time you need to travel you can call directly to his cell phone and arrange your travel needs. Most taxi drivers will be more than happy to do this. Virtually everyone has a cell phone which is called a “hp” (hand phone) throughout Indonesia, and everyone including all adults use text messaging (sms) extensively. It is best to use text messaging to communicate with drivers e.g. “sudah siap” when you are “ready” to be picked up. “Tolong jemput saya di Hotel XXXX jam XXXXX” = Please pick me up at hotel XXXX at XXX o’clock. Note: “jam” in Indonesian = time, not the sweet jelly you put on your toast…..

By Trishaw

Becak YogyaBecak-Yogyakarta-JogjakartaTraditional three-wheeled and pedal-powered cart, known as becak (pronounced beh-chak), which can be found in most part of Yogyakarta. Haggle furiously before getting into the becak. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a one-way or return (pulang) trip and if you want the driver to wait whilst you conduct your shopping or business. A ride from within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost more than Rp 10,000.

By Horse Cart

Andong Yogyakarta

Horse Cart/Andong Yogyakarta

Traditional horse-pulled carts, known as andong, or dokar, wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro. Haggle furiously. The traditional route is from Jl. Malioboro to Keraton, and this is where you’ll find most andong. Usually, andong opt to take you to shop for fake Dagadu t-shirt in Ngasem area with hefty prices. Then, andong will take you back to your initial journey. The cost for one round trip for andong is Rp 20,000. Usually they ask for Rp 30,000 but they may settle for less. Andong can accommodate up to 5 adult passengers.

Trans Yogya Map

Trans Yogya Map

By Bus

Medium and small size buses are the main public transport in Yogyakarta.

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There are two kind of bus: regular and patas. Patas buses, known as TransJogja operate from 6AM to 10PM and stop only at designated shelters. Unlike regular buses, TransJogja is air-conditioned and generally safer. Tickets can be purchased directly at the shelters and cost for single trip is Rp 3,000. Passengers may purchase regular trip cards which cuts per tip cost to Rp 2,700, and allows transit to other shelter. There are six routes, and route maps can be downloaded . Be aware that the bus stops are quite far apart, (1-2kms) and not very numerous, and often the bus stops for opposite directions are not opposite each other. If you are planning on travelling this way, expect to still do a fair amount of walking to and from the stops to your destination.

Regular buses normally operates from 6AM to 5PM, and some long routes extend their operation until 9PM. Please never bring anything valuable on public buses, pickpockets in buses are now more common than ever before. Cost for single trip is Rp 2,500 regardless of distance (within the city). Usually on a bus there will be one driver and one helper who will hang from the side of the bus and handle money and try to get passengers. The helper will usually tap you on the shoulder to indicate you should pay him. If there is no helper you can pay the driver directly. When you are ready to get off a bus, tell the driver or helper “Kiri,” which means left. Animated bus route maps are available at Transportation Agency of Yogyakarta website .

By Car or Motorbike

There are several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station near Jalan Pasar Kembang on the street that runs east-west just south of the station.

A near new semi-automatic (clutchless) motorbike can be rented for Rp 50,000 per 24 hr; older bikes may come for less, and fully automatic bikes such as a Honda Vario or Yamaha Mio may sometimes cost Rp 5,000-10,000 more.

Cars can be had rented for around Rp 350,000 for 24 hr, or Rp 225,000 for 12 hr. A driver can be hired along with the car for another Rp 50,000-Rp 200,000/day. Prices may vary due to fuel inclusion for a set distance or itinerary. Prices are always subject to negotiation and may increase or decrease due to local demand, type and age of vehicle and your individual requirements at the time. Cars are usually rented with drivers and it is strongly advised for foreigners as the roads are extremely busy with all the hundreds of thousands of higher ed students driving motorcycles recklessly around the city. I think you can get a better price than quoted here. In my experience, driving yourself in Bali is fine but not recommended for cities in Java like Yogya or Jakarta. Price of rental doesn’t include petrol (gas), parking, entrance fees etc. It is customary to give your driver 15,000 rps during any mealtime stops but he won’t expect to eat with you.

Peta dan Rute Wisata Pantai Gunungkidul

Peta dan Rute Wisata Pantai Gunungkidul

If renting please ensure you are familiar with both the applicable licensing requirements and vehicle use in the prevailing conditions.

  • MK Motor Rental Yogya, Jl. Gejayan +62 813 35828158 (mkrentalyogya@gmail.com)
  • Trans Rental Car, Jl. Puri Niten Asri No. No.16 +6282136762002 (tansurent@gmail.com)
  • Mirza Rental, Jl. Puri Niten Asri No. No.16 , +6285729828930 (mirzarent@gmail.com)

See


Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments. The number one must-see attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s palace, better known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta’ or just call it less formally “Kraton” or “Sultan’s Palace”. Very hard to pronounce Javanese names like Ngayogyakarta….’. Other heritage buildings from colonial era are: BNI ’46 building, Kantor Pos Besar (Central Post Office) building, and Bank Indonesia building, all of them are located near Sultan’s palace.

Yogyakarta Tourism Map

Yogyakarta Tourism Map

Other notable landmarks and attractions are:

  • Tugu Monument, A well known landmark located in the center of downtown Yogyakarta. Built by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VI, the top spire was originally a round sphere which represents the universe. During the colonial era, the spire was replaced with a golden cylinder.

Tugu-Yogyakarta1

  • Benteng Vredeburg, Jl. Jenderal Ahmad Yani 6.  +62 274 586934, +62 274 510996 (fax: +62 274 586934). A Dutch fort located in front of Gedung Agung (President’s Palace). A great example of the Dutch colonial architecture. A few warfare items are still preserved, including a twin cannon.

VredeburgBenteng Vredeburg

  • Kota Gede. The capital of ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. The tomb of Mataram Kingdom’s first king, Panembahan Senopati, is also located in this place. Before independence, Kotagede was the central economic district of Yogyakarta, as it held the largest marketplace and was home to many wealthy batik merchants. Although some ancient buildings have been modernized or replaced with newer buildings, Kotagede remains a prime example of ancient Javanese architecture and city structure. Now it is most famous as the “silver village” – Be sure to check out the local silver handicrafts when you tour the workshops there. Be aware that Kota Gede is too large to navigate on foot, so be prepared to hire a Rishaw if you plan to do any exploring off the main road, or if you want to get away from all of the silver shops.
  • Imogiri, southwest of town. Graveyard of the Yogyakarta and Surakarta royal families. Some great craft villages near here specializing in batik and potterySuffered damage during 2006 earthquake but has reopened.
Entrance to Makam Raja-Raja, Imogiri, Mataram

Entrance to Makam Raja-Raja, Imogiri, Mataram

  • Kotabaru, which used to be Dutch officials residential area, has few heritage homes as well as a colonial style church and monastery (Gereja Kotabaru) and a stadium (Stadion Kridosono).

Kraton Complex

The Sri Sultan’s palace or Kraton encompasses the main palace, Sultan’s residential, two Sultan’s grounds, and large residential area where sultan servants used to reside. The Kraton is very large, and difficult to navigate by foot (unless you don’t mind lots of walking). Notable attraction in Kraton complex are:

  • Kraton Yogyakarta. A calm yet elegant Javanese heritage that consists of two separate entrances: the Main Court (Pagilaran & Siti Hinggil), and the Residence. The Main Court showcases the grandeur of Sultan’s monarchy, while the Residence is more homey while still exhibiting the royal family’s luxurious lifestyle. Open 8.30AM to 1PM daily, on Friday the attraction is closed at 11AM. While the guide is part of the entrance fee, they might expect tips. Some guide might offer extended trip to sultan’s servants batik workshop, this is a scam as they only bring you to a regular batik shop with steep price. It’s a good idea to refuse their offer politely. Rp 12,500 (foreign tourist price) or Rp 5,000 (Indonesian tourist price), Rp 1,000 extra for a photo. There are music and dance shows within the palace regularly, free with the ticket, try to check out the times when you arrive in Yogajakarta. The Sultan maintains three gamelans in the palace, and the pavilion nearest the entrance houses one of them. If they’re playing, do sit down and be patient, this music takes its time.

Also worth seeing is the prince’s palace to the SE of the main palace.

  • Sultan’s Carriage Museum (Museum Kereta) . This museum houses the Sultan’s horse-drawn carriages, including two beautiful carriages imported from the Netherlands and known as Golden Carts (kereta kencana).
  • Taman Sari, Jl. Taman, Kraton. Also known by the Dutch name waterkasteel (water castle), this is a partly ruined complex built as a pleasure garden by the first Sultan in 1765. One of the bathing pools was dedicated to the sultan’s harem, and he had a tower overlooking the area so he could take his pick. Towards the back of the complex is the original entrance to the pools, which used to be a small dock connected to a long-since-vanished river; a bit of snooping beyond this entrance will get you to a back street, where one can freely visit a fascinating network of tunnels and rooms, including an Escher-like series of interlacing staircases over what looks like a disused well. Entrance fee does not cover the guide, who will expect tips. Open 9AM-3PM daily. Rp 7,000 for entrance, Rp 1,000 for a photo permit. Beware of friendly locals who are actually guides in disguise and will ask you for money.
  • Siti Hinggil Selatan. This somehow-muted palace is rarely used for formal occasion. You can catch a shadow puppet performance during weekend mornings and nights. There is no admission charge for the show and you can come and go as you please, which you may well want to do as the show is long and somewhat difficult to follow if you do not speak bahasa Indonesian.
  • Alun-Alun or the Sultan’s ground. There are two Sultan’s grounds: Alun-alun Utara and Alun-alun Selatan or the northern and southern Sultan’s ground, consecutively. If you are lucky, you can see the Gerebeg Maulud parade during Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
  • Masjid Gede Kauman, one of the oldest and largest mosque in Yogyakarta. Located on the west of Alun-alun Utara, this mosque was where the Sultan performs his religious rites and ceremonies. Non-muslim visitors should wear decent clothing. It may be a good idea to ask the mosque authorities prior to entering the mosque due to some rules that must be abide.
  • Taman Pintar. True to its name in this arena you can find different types of games and attractions Planetariun a new facility that can be enjoyed by visitors and still are an integral part of the Kraton Complex

Yogyakarta city was built with deep philosophy: the city was designed so that the main elements of the city forms a imaginary line. This straight line starts from Parangtritis on the coast, to Kraton Yogyakarta, to Tugu Monument, and finally to Mount Merapi. This represents Sultan’s strong relationship with the guardian spirits of Mt. Merapi and the beach of Parangtritis.

Museums


  • Museum Affandi, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 167 (at the beginning of the road out to the airport), +62 274 562593 (affandimuseum@yahoo.com), . Delightful museum built around the former home of the late Affandi, one of Indonesia’s best-known painters. Several galleries, including one with 30 of Affandi’s paintings from his early, impressionist and expressionist periods, and another with paintings by some of his 11 children. The artist designed some of the buildings (the central complex was originally his home and offices) himself, and the grounds themselves are worth the admission price. Helpful staff to show you around. Rp 20,000 includes a drink.
  • Museum Dirgantara (aircraft museum), Jl. Lettu TPA Supardal. Coordinates -7° 47′ 25.26″, +110° 25′ 0.55″. (behind Adi Sucipito Airport), +62 274 564465, +62 274 564466. M-Th 8AM-1PM, Sa 8AM-12PM. This Indonesian aircraft museum holds several antique aircraft from WWII era such as Badger bomber, MIG-15 to MIG-21, P-51 Mustang, Catalina flying boat, Auster MkII, Lavochkin LA-11, F-86 Sabre, T-33 Bird, A6M5 Zero and others. Rp 5,000. The museum is not signposted: to get there either take a cab or use a Satnav and get to the eastern end of Jl. Lettu TPA Supardal. The museum is inside the Air Force base. The guard at the entrance will require you to deposit your passport while you are inside the museum.
  • Museum Sonobudoyo, Jl. Trikora 6, Yogyakarta 55122 (north alun-alun), +62 274 76775, +62 274 373617 (fax: +62 274 385664). A Javanese archeology museum, has many Javanese artefacts like wayang puppets, masks, statues, textiles, weapons, as well as a full set of Javanese gamelan instruments. Worth a visit if you have some extra time in Yogya, or you are interested in Javanese culture study. Rp 3,000.
  • Museum Kekayon, Jl. Raya Yogya–Wonosari (km 7) 277, Baturetno, Banguntapan, Bantul. +62 274 513218, +62 274 379058, +62 818 260020. (museumkekayon@usa.net). Tu-Su 8AM-3PM. A wayang (puppet) museum with a lush javanese style garden. It is divided into 10 sectors, where each holds a vast amount of wayang puppets from various places in Indonesia. Rp 5,000.
  • Museum Batik / Wisma Batik Jl. Dr. Sutomo No.13 Yogyakarta 55211, +62274 562338. The oldest Batik in the museum was made in 1840. There are some famous collections as well, such as Soga Jawa Long Cloths (1950-1960), Isen-isen Antik Sarong (1880-1890) which was made by EV. Zeuylen from Pekalongan, and Soga Jawa Long Sarong (1920-1930) made by Mrs. Lie Djing Kiem from Yogyakarta. The other collections are woven cloths created by the museum owner. The woven cloths feature pictures of Soekarno, Soeharto Megawati, Hamengku Buwono IX, Tuanku Imam Bonjol, Pangeran Diponegoro (all of which are Indonesian either heroes or prominent figures), and Pope John Paul II, and Mother Theresa.
  • Fort Vrederburg Jl. Jend. A. Yani No.6 Yogyakarta 55121, +62274 586934, Fax +62274 586934. Vredeburg Fort was once an unpretentious square fort built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Bowono I in 1760 upon the Colonial request, Nicolas Harting. On the inside of the fort, there are thousands of dioramas portraying the Indonesian struggle before the independence until the New Order. There are also collections of historical objects, photographs and paintings about the national struggle to set, achieve, defend and fill Indonesian independence. The dioramas and collections of historical objects are equipped with information on the events which occurred at that time.
  • Museum Ullen Sentalu, Jl. Boyong, Kaliurang, +62 274 895161, . Tu-Su 8.30 AM-4PM. The museum displays relics and artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java, such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, and Mangkunegaran. 

Art Galleries

  • Bentara Budaya, Jl. Suroto 2, Kota Baru, +62 274 560404. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions.
  • Cemeti Art House, Jl. D.I. Panjaitan 41, +62 274 371105, (cemetiah@indosat.net.id). Fine art and modern art exhibitions, book discussions and performances.
  • French/Indonesian Cultural Center (LIP), Jl. Sagan 3, +62 274 566520. Art exhibitions, movies, book discussions, performances, library.
  • Jogja Gallery, Jl. Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun Utara. +62 274 419999, +62 274 412021, +62 274 7161188, (mailto:jogjagallery@yahoo.co.id). Modern art gallery exhibiting avant garde artworks.
  • Kedai Kebun, Jl. Tirtodipuran 3, +62 274 376114, (kkforum@indosat.net.id). Art exhibitions, performances, book discussions.

Candi (Ancient Temples)

Candi is ancient archeological structure constructed during 7th-9th century aimed for a specific religion (Buddhist or Hindu). It was constructed from hundreds of volcanic or river stone blocks and assembled solely by human labor. Candi walls is often carved with reliefs depicting stories, and a stone God or Goddess statue usually sits at the center.

There are several candi located in Yogyakarta and it’s proximity. The two most famous must see ancient temples are both UNESCO official World Heritage Sites. These include Borobudur, an 9th century Buddhist temple 1 hour drive from Yogyakarta in [Magelang]], not far from Yogyakarta. The second, a Hindu temple,Prambanan, also a well-known candi is just 10 minutes drive from Yogya’s Adi Sucipto airport on the outskirts of the city.

  • Candi Sambisari
    Candi Sambisari is very unique. Unlike other candi, it sits at estimated 6m below the ground line. It is easy to reach because it is located close to Adisucipto International Airport. You can go there by taxi. Candi Sambisari consists of one main candi and three supporting candis (perwara). You can see lingga and yoni, symbol of male and female sex, inside the main candi. In the main candi’s wall, there are three statue, Agastya in south side, Ganesha in east side, and Dewi Durga in north side. From the lingga, yoni, and the statues, it has been concluded that the Sambisari was built to adore Siva Gods. There is no fixed reference about when and who built this candi. But from the Wanua III inscriptions, Candi Sambisari is predicted to be constructed in 9th century (812-838 AD).
  • Candi Kalasan GPS
    Candi Kalasan is located not far from Prambanan, around 2 km to the west from Prambanan or 14 km to the east from Yogyakarta. This candi is on the south side of the Prambanan-Yogyakarta main road. It is the oldest Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta. Constructed in late 7th century (778 AD) by Rakai Panangkaran from Sanjaya Dinasty. He was Hindu but he built a Buddhist temple, thus it reflects peacefully religion life during that time. The relief carved in this candi are known to be the most beautiful. The wall is covered by ancient white cement called bajralepa. Candi Kalasan was built to adore Dewi Tara (Tara Godess). A Boddhisatva bronze statue used to be placed inside the candi, but this statue is not there anymore.
  • Candi Sari GPS
    Candi Sari is located not far from Candi Kalasan, estimated 600 m to north-east from Candi Kalasan. This candi was built as an ancient Buddhist monk dormitory. Inside the candi, there are two floors with three rooms on each floor. The reliefs is similar with Candi Kalasan’s and the wall is also covered with bajralepa. There are Boddhisatva and Tara Godess carved beside the windows that show us the relation between Candi Kalasan and Candi Sari. The unique rooftop consists of 9 stupas in grid. The holes in some areas shows that woods was used to complete the construction. This candi is predicted to be build in the same era with Candi Kalasan.
  • Candi Ratu Boko GPS
    Ratu Boko is an archaeological site known to modern Javanese as Kraton Ratu Boko or Ratu Boko’s Palace. Ratu Boko is located on a plateau, about three kilometres south of Lara Jonggrang Prambanan temple complex in Yogyakarta Indonesia. The original name of this site is still unclear, however the local inhabitants named this site after King Boko, the legendary king mentioned in Loro Jonggrang folklore.

Do


  • Masangin (masuk antara dua beringin, passing two ficus trees). This simple and fun game is held at South Alun-alun (Sultan’s square). The participant is blindfolded and he/she must walk straight to pass two ancient ficus tree. Even though it sounds like an easy task, most participants usually failed. After that, you can go to the food stalls around the corner, relax a bit and have a sip of warm Wedang Ronde (ginger drink).
  • Sunday Morning at Boulevard UGM, every Sunday, the wide main boulevard in Universitas Gadjah Mada complex (UGM) is crowded with students jogging and practicing martial arts like Karate, Silat, and Capoeira. Wake up early at 7-9AM and head to the boulevard UGM to do a bit of exercise. After that, you can taste many kind of foods sold by stalls there. The menu includes Opor Ayam (chicken curry with rice cake), Bubur Ayam (Chicken Porridge), Siomay (fish dumplings), and Sate Ambal (chicken satay with tempeh sauce). Don’t forget to check the flea market nearby.
  • Wayang Kulit (the Javanese shadow play, accompanied with gamelan orchestra are performed every night at Museum Sonobudoyo.), Jl. Trikora 6, Yogyakarta 55122 (north alun-alun), +62 274 76775, +62 274 373617 (fax: +62 274 385664). 8PM-10PM. Rp 20,000
  • Becak or Andong ride, take a short trip around the town using Becak or Andong cart.
  • Shop at Traditional Market, witness local habits by visiting Yogya’s traditional market such as Pasar Beringharjo, Pasar Kranggan, and Pasar Klithikan Pakuncen.
  • Reflexology, achieve soothing experience by having a short reflexology massage. Currenly one of the hippesting among Jogjanese.
    • BLOOM Massage and Reflexology, Jl. Ladrang no. 4, Jl. Kaliurang KM 5 (1 KM north of Gadjah Mada University), 0274 9102544, . BLOOM Massage and Reflexology provides quality yet affordable relaxing massage and reflexology for men and women. 30000.
  • Rafting, a splashy ride at Elo river and Progo river. Kisik River Camp is one of the rafting and kayaking operators on this river.
  • Yoga & Meditation, Balance Mind-Body-Soul, Jalan Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru, Jogjakarta 55281, +62 274 742 7925, +62 274 566717 (fax: +62 274 566717), . Classes daily.
  • Golf, Merapi Golf is a famous 18-holes golf course designed by international firm Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett. It is located on the slopes of Mount Merapi, where you can enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and its environs while playing golf. The course was partially damaged during the 2010 eruptions but has since been restored. Attracts visitors from all over, +62 27 4896 176. There is also another, smaller Golf course located within the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
  • Dance, Bailamos, Jalan Demangan Baru 1. Provides ballet and international ballroom/latin dancing.
  • Street chess, When it’s quiet, particularly around the end of Malioboro Street near the Kraton complex, the becak drivers will play chess on the street with large wooden sets. You are welcome to challenge them and it’s fun to do so. Bear in mind that this is how they pass the time between fares, so some play for several hours each day – you’ll be up against some stiff competition. Don’t offer or accept any bets on the outcome – it takes the fun out of a good way to interact with the locals and pass the time.

Learn


Yogyakarta is known as the city of education as well as the city of culture. This title is not without reason: many education institution are located here. Every year, around mid-July, thousands of new students from all over Indonesia flock into this city, converting the once quiet town to a busy yet dynamic city.

  • Universitas Gadjah Mada . The oldest university in Indonesia and one of the largest universities in Southeast Asia. Recently The Times ranked UGM as 56th of the world’s top 100 arts and humanities universities.
  • Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta . University that spesialize in education. UNY is a university for prospective teacher. However, there are pure sciences too in UNY
  • Institut Seni Indonesia . The largest art academy in Indonesia offers various undergraduate and graduate degrees on the subject of traditional arts such as Javanese dance, wayang performance, & gamelan music, etc; to modern and contemporary arts like theatre, broadcast, & graphic design.
  • Universitas Islam Indonesia . This is the oldest private university in Indonesia, established 40 days before the independence day of Indonesia in 1945. It is now a modern university with 9 faculties ranging from Islamic studies to Civil Engineering and Planning.
  • Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga . Named after Sunan Kalijaga, UIN offers various courses on the subject of Islam.
  • Wisma Bahasa – Indonesian Language Course  This is the oldest Indonesian Language Course in Yogyakarta, since 1982. Provides Indonesian, Javanese, Tetum, and English courses.
  • Alam Bahasa – Bahasa Indonesia Course  An Indonesian language course with combination of bahasa Indonesia classes, cultural and travel activities. New classes start anytime.

Buy


Many curious goods are available in many places in this city. If you love timeless pieces, Yogyakarta is the home of batik , traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware. Countless handicrafts from outside Yogyakarta can also be found here. Don’t be surprised if you bump into souvenirs from Bali or Asmat, often with better deal than if bought in those islands. Alternatively, as a constantly growing city, Yogyakarta has several stylish malls and trade centres that offer interesting goods and services at a reasonable cost.

Malioboro

Malioboro is a well-known shopping promenade and very popular among Indonesian as well as international tourists. Spans from the Tugu Station to the Sultan’s square, Malioboro is 2 km in length and home to hundreds of shops and street-stalls offering various kind of handicrafts.

  • Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo Marketplace), Jl. Pabringan 1, Yogyakarta 55122 (north of Vredeburg Fort), +62 274 515871, +62 274 561510. Literally means slanted land, Beringaharjo is the largest traditional marketplace in Yogyakarta. The vendors sell many kind of goods, ranging from basic household items (vegetables, fruits, meats) to many kind of handicrafts. Haggle furiously.
  • Mirota Batik (opp Pasar Beringharjo), Jl. Ahmad Yani 9. +62 274 588524, +62 274 518127, +62 274 547016. The large family-owned store offers plenty of handicrafts, not only from Yogyakarta but also from all part of Indonesia.
  • Dagadu (lower ground floor Malioboro Mall). Offers funny contemporary t-shirts and souvenirs that revolves around Yogyakarta people’s culture.
  • Ciamis Art Shop, 153 Jl. Malioboro. Shadow puppets, masks, carvings, and more at fixed prices that are lower than in the market. Open from 9AM-1PM and 6PM-9PM.
  • Nadzar, 187 Jl. Malioboro. Huge souvenir shop specializing in batik, art, jewellery, and more. Has every souvenir you could imagine at fixed prices.

If travelling on foot is not your thing, you can ride the pedal-powered trishaw called becak, or the andong horsecart.

Warning: While Yogyakarta is safer than Jakarta, it’s not free from pickpockets. Most of the time, Malioboro sidewalk is overcrowded. Take standard precautions to protect your belongings.

Shopping malls

While not as populated as Jakarta, Yogyakarta has several trendy malls which shows a glimpse of the alternate side of Yogyakarta culture.

  • Malioboro Mall, Jl. Malioboro 52-58. +62 274 551888 (fax: +62 274 588242). Yogyakarta’s premier shopping mall for shopping in hassle-free, air-con comfort. Features a large Matahari department store, a Hero supermarket (B1F), a Periplus book store with a good English selection (B1F), and all the usual suspects of Western and Indonesian fast food (McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC, EsTeler 77, etc). Home to the largest Dagadu outlet.
  • Galleria Mall, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 99-101. +62 274 583661 (fax: +62 274 583711). A compact mall anchored by Matahari department store. The food court at the basement is popular among the youths. Features many interesting and some bland franchise restaurants, including KFC, McDonald’s Express, Thai Express, Bakso Gress (Chinese meatballs served with noodles), Mie Nusantara, Bee’s (Japanese Bento), Es Teler 77, Cheers Cup (assortments of fresh drinks).
  • Plaza Ambarrukmo (Amplaz), Jl. Laksda Adisucipto. +62 274 274 4331000, (fax: +62 274 4331001), [29]. Located next to the historical Ambarrukmo Hotel, the huge 5 floors shopping complex features a Centro Department Store, Carrefour Hypermarket, Gramedia Bookstore, Timezone, 21 Cineplex, Bread Talk, Starbucks Coffee, Dagadu, etc. The food court is on the 3rd floor. ATM center is on the lower ground floor.
  • Saphir Square, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 32-34. +62 274 558777, (fax +62 274 558666). A large trade center located next to the Saphir Hotel consists of small shops. The shops int first floor sells many counterfeit goods like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Guess bags.

Handicrafts

  • Saptohoedojo Art Gallery, Jl. Solo km 9 (500m from airport), . This fascinatingly weird sprawling complex houses an utterly eclectic collection of Indonesian art, ranging from abstract modern paintings and batik shirts through gamelan instruments and stuffed tigers to Papuan tribal totems complete with the skulls of vanquished enemies. Everything is for sale and previous customers, pictures of whom are proudly pasted on the walls, include Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama. While the adjoining restaurant looks quite attractive, the food served is rather disappointing.
  • Tjokrosuharto, Jl. Panembahan Angkurat 58. +62 274 375208, . This handicraft shop opens its door for business in 1954 and still operating today. It offers a large selection of javanese handicrafts such as wayang kulit (leather puppet), wayang golek (wooden puppet), batik, keris, silverware, sculptures, traditional outfits, etc.
  • Leksa Ganesha Batik Gallery, Tembi. Jl. Parangtritis 8.5km Timbulharjo Sewon Bantul, Jogjakarta, Indonesia 55186. +6274 646 3175/ +62812 2706 8768, . This gallery just outside of Jogjakarta offers something a little different to Batik collectors: a chance to visit the studios of renown Batik artists and villages and meet with them as they work. Social Entrepreneur Tatang Wibowo started this project in 2011 as a way to continue supporting local artists of the area in an innovative tourism model. It’s a rare opportunity to make a connection with the people who make Batik.
  • Kota Gede Silver, Kota Gede (± 6 kilometers southeastern Yogyakarta). Kota Gede is famous for silver processing. You can buy silver from craftmens or silver store. You can also learn to make silver in here. Kota Gede can be reached by TransJogja. 

Eat


Originally, Yogyakarta dishes were known for their sweetness. However, as more and more people move to Yogya, this small city starts seeing more diversity in flavor. Now you can find many kind of interesting dishes, ranging from sweet, to spicy, to fiery. Sometimes a fusion from other cuisines such as Chinese or Western can be found. Note that restaurants in the center often close quite early by Western standards, with admission often refused after 9PM.

Local Delicacies

The following dishes should be on every traveller’s agenda:

  • Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish. Goopy slop in various shades of brown, the stuff does not look particularly appetizing, but it can be tasty if done right. There are many gudeg restaurants, but the most popular are: Gudeg Wijilan, Gudeg Juminten, Gudeg Bu Tjitro, Gudeg Tugu, Gudeg Bu Ahmad. If you can wake up early in the morning, you may find small stalls serving Gudeg just at the corner of the street, or close to traditional markets. If you can’t sleep at night, you can go to Jalan Janturan and enjoy the Gudeg Pawon (enjoying gudeg inside the old style kitchen) that open in late night.
  • Ayam goreng Mbok Berek, (Mbok Berek’s fried chicken). Fried free range chicken with mild garlic and coriander flavor served with crunchy crackers.
  • Nasi langgi, locally known as sego langgi (langgi rice). Warm rice served with various side dishes. Can be found in small stall in Gandekan St.
  • Kipo, bite size snacks made of green colored tapioca dough filled with sweetened grated coconut. Can be found in Kotagede.
  • Bakpia, another bite size snack made from sweetened greenbean paste wrapped with thin dough pastry. The most popular bakpia is known as Bakpia Patuk, which not surprisingly, are sold in Pathuk street, also known as Jl. Aip K.S. Tubun.
  • Jadah tempe, sandwich of rice cake and sweet beancake. Can be found in Kaliurang.
  • Es rujak or rujak es krim, a fruit salad made from mangos, papayas, apples, pineapples, cucumbers etc., mixed with palm sugar, lime juice, salt, chillies and (of course) ice cream (es krim). All flavors (sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, salty) in one plate. In case you are at UGM campus, have a look along Jalan Kaliurang. Small foodstalls sell es rujak there (only very late morning to early afternoon). If you are not close to UGM, keep your eyes open.
  • Angkringan, a food seller using hopper as store. The famous food sold here is Nasi Kucing (Cat Rice) that consists of a small serving rice with a sambal (chilies) or oseng-oseng and wrapped using a piece of paper or banana leaf. The most popular angkringan is Angkringan Lik Man, also known as Angkringan Tugu, located in Jalan Wongso Dirjan, north side of Yogyakarta Railway Station (Tugu Station). See Angkringan Tugu below. Angkringan usually opens from afternoon (2PM) or evening (6PM) until late night (1AM) or morning (4AM).
  • Dapur Solo, Jl. Demangan Baru No. 1. Special Yogyakarta and Jawa Tengah delicacies. Famous here for tourists are nasi timlo and nasi liwet.

Budget

Yogyakarta is a heaven of inexpensive foods, and some tasty and filling dishes can be had for as low as US$0.25. There are hundreds, if not thousands of hawker stalls offering inexpensive foods.

  • Angkringan Tugu, hawker stall located close to the Tugu Station serving small rice packs (known as sego kucing) and various other foods, 6PM-4AM. The most popular beverages is kopi joss, Javanese espresso dipped with burning coal. Rp 1,000-6,000.
  • Gudeg Tugu, Jl. Diponegoro, close to Kranggan marketplace, 7PM-1AM. Popular Gudeg stall. A complete dish consists of: warm rice, shredded chicken, brown hard-boiled egg, gudeg, areh sauce, and the hot & spicy sambal goreng krecek. Rp 7,000-10,000.
  • Junction Restaurant/Cafe, Jl. Anggrek, downtown in Samirono south of UNY and UGM campuses, 10AM-10:30PM. Quality Javanese dishes like Green Pepper Chicken and Fruit Sauce Gurame, and Tex-Mex Fajitas and Guacamole like you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Run by an American and an Indonesian, with English-speaking staff and English courses available. Mains from Rp14k-33k. junctionjogja@gmail.com
  • Kamikoti Cafe, Ngadisuryan No 4 Alun-alun Selatan. Serving good quality milk, coffee & tea at affordable prices, near Masangin and the Taman Sari complex. From Rp 5,000.
  • Milas Vegetarian Restaurant, Jl. Prawirotaman IV 127 B +62 274 7423399 (milas_jogja@yahoo.co.id). Excellent vegetarian restaurant with an organic vegetable garden, multilingual library, and handicraft shop. They train local youth in organic farming, cooking, and running a restaurant. Eat in small, open bamboo huts placed around a small enclosed garden. Delicious fruit shakes. Closed on Mondays. 
  • Rame Rame Vegetarian, Jl. Beskalan (Go south on Malioboro from Tugu train station until you reach an intersection with a large Ramaujana store, then turn right (west) onto Beskalan, continue for about 200 m. The restaurant is on the right (south) side of the street. There is a faded red banner advertising vegetarian food). A very small restaurant with meat and vegetarian options and owned by a very friendly woman. Has a delicious soup, noodles, mushrooms, vegetables, meatballs and cilantro for Rp 9,000. 
  • Rumah Makan Es Ceria Jl. Gandekan Lor No. 42. (close to sraswijyan, just go west from hotels and turn left). Great, cheap eats -all in a huge smorgasboard, you choose what you like and then the cashier estimates a price. Tasty and dirt cheap. Also ice deserts and fruit shakes.
  • Sagan Super Sambal (.), Jl. Sagan I no. 5 and Jl. Timoho no. 111 (go east from Tugu Jogja, to Jl. Jendral Sudirman. At the first crossroad (with Gramedia in the corner), turn left (north) to Jl. Cik Ditiro. After 350 m turn right and go straight on until the end of the road with a T-junction; you will see the restaurant in the right corner of the T-junction),  +62 274 589279. Specialising in sambal, the Indonesian delicacy of spicy, hot chilli infused sauce. Also Indonesian style beef ribs Rp 5,000-30,000.
  • Soto Pak Soleh. Tegalrejo, near Diponegoro Museum. This well-known restaurant is Pak Soleh’s family business and is now ran by his son. They only serve Yogyakarta-style beef soup as their main menu, which has a spicy taste from the added ginger. Rp 5,000.
  • Spesial Sambal. A local chain for those who like spicy, hot food. Their speciality, as the name suggests, is their various kind of sambal (sambal is a kind of hot relish). Rp 5,000-12,000.
  • Waroeng Steak. A local restaurant chain. Their speciality is batter-fried beef steak served with thick gravy. Rp 6,000-15,000.
  • Waroeng Jepara, Jl. Wolter Monginsidi 49, Jogjakarta. Fame for their traditional Jepara flavours (only warung in Jogjakarta that serves Jepara food), this modern-furnished warung is run by friendly locals. Speciality includes “pecil pari” (spicy stingray), “bothok tahu” (tofu in papaya leaf) and “sayur lodeh” (jackfruit soup) . Rp 5,000-30,000.
  • Xtra Hot, Jl. Main, Kaliurang, (next to BCA Bank). A local tent (tenda) restaurant specialising in grilled food, with a good variety of sambals (chili) to choose from, yet with good prices. From Rp 4,500 (US$0.50).
  • Soto Sawah Pak Slamet. A local chicken soup store located at 5 km west side from Yogya, Open morning – afternoon. Rp 5,000
  • Soto Pak Marto A local delicacy of beef based soup served with rice (mixed in or separate), go to the one located near Keraton. Offals are include in unless specifically asked for beef only. Fried offals, ordered on the side to be eaten with kecap manis is very delicious.
  • Pempek Ulu Bundar Located strategically near to Mirota crossroad, serves delicious pempek and kakap meat ball soup. Most expensive menu is Rp 5,000.
  • The House of Raminten, Jl. Faridan Muridan Noto 7, (next to Mirota Bakery, can be reached using Trans Jogja bus). Javanese restaurant with traditional food and drink like jamu godhog (Indonesia’s herbal recipe) and gudeg. Good place to sample local specialties in a sit-down environment; decor is a mix of traditional and funky. From Rp 5,000.
  • Kopi Joss Small stall 10 min walk from the Tugu Train Station (from Tugu Train Station turn left until you reach a boulevard then take another left turn, the coordinates on google maps is -7.788466S,110.3576E,). Small stall serves unique coffee called “Joss coffee/kopi joss” a glass of coffee mix with coal, Rp 3,000. While enjoying this glass of coffee, you can order nasi goreng kuning.
  • Waroeng Mbah Kakoeng Jl. Karangasem, Condong Catur, Depok, Sleman (from “UPN” university you go along Jl. Candi Gebang until meet AHAS Honda service then turn left about 100 meter, the waroeng placed in the left).The original taste of Solo city culinary like Selat (vegetables salad)for Rp. 8.000, gado-gado (mix vegetables with peanut sauce)Rp. 7.000 and Timlo (chicken and vegetables soup)only Rp. 8.000. The waroeng is as homy as mbah kakoeng’s (grand father) home. visit mbah kakoeng in waroengmbahkakoeng dot com.

Mid-range

  • FoodFezt Jl. Kaliurang km 5.5,  +62 274 554554, . Many kinds of local Indonesian foods: Nasi kebuli, nasi merah, soto betawi, sate buntel, mushroom satay, and also dessert like pancakes, ice creams etc. It has a garden with lots of bamboo tree and other plants. The waiters use wireless gadgets to serve their customers in order to maintain a ‘paperless’ order system.
  • Ayam Goreng Suharti, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 208.  +62 274 515522. A very popular mbok berek fried chicken restaurant, the recipe still remains a secret.
  • Bakmi Kadin, Jl. Bintaran Kulon 3. Javanese style soft-fried noodles. Don’t miss the popular wedang bajigur, a local beverages made from warm coconut milk with subtle ginger flavor and garnished with diced coconut and kolang-kaling. Local kroncong street quartet often performs in the area. Rp 18,000-20,000.
  • Dixie Easy Dining (Dixie), Jl. Gejayan 40b (south Selokan Mataram), +62 274 560745. Offers various kind western and asian dishes served with distinct modern-asian style. Nice modern-ethnical interior. Rp 8,000-50,000.
  • Empek-Empek Kamto, Jl. Beskalan 3, (opp to Ramai Shopping Mall’s south entrance),  +62 274 514294. Originated from Palembang, deep-fried fish cake and served with sour soy sauce. There are many variety of empek-empek: kapal selam (means submarine) comes with boiled eggs inside, adaaan/bulat has a garlic taste, while lenggang is an empek-empek omelet.
  • Gudeg Sagan, An eating place in Jalan Sagan (In front of Toko Sagan Baru) offering rice, seasoned porridge, gudeg, areh sauce, sambal goreng krecek, complete with chicken and brown hard-boiled egg.
  • Gudeg Wijilan Yu Djum, Jl. Wijilan 31, Kraton and Jalan Kaliurang km 4.5, Karangasem CT III/22.  +62 274 515968. A more lavish variety of Gudeg, served with thicker sauce, and more expensive as well.
  • Kedai Tiga Nyonya, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 16.  +62 274 589315. 10AM-10PM. Peranakan food restaurant, a fusion of Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch cuisine. Their specialty is grilled fish, sour ribs soup, and candlenut chicken. Rp 20,000-50,000
  • Pecel Solo, Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar 52, Sleman (adj Hyatt Regency), +62 274 866588. Offers a large selection of Solo style foods like Pecel Solo (vegetables with peanut sauce), Sego Liwet (steamed rice with sweet curry sauce), Nasi Kebuli (pungent rice with roasted lamb), and Bebek Goreng (fried duck Solo style). Rp 10,000-30,000.
  • Quali Resto, Plaza Ambarrukmo, 3rd floor, near the foodcourt. Serves various kind of chinese dishes, but their specialty is kwetiaw (wide noodles). Rp 15,000.
  • Sate Karang, Lapangan Karang, Kotagede. 5PM-10.30PM. Grilled beef satay served with lontongs (rice cake), peanut sauce and thin curry soup. Rp 15.000.
  • Sapi Bali, Jl. Umbul Permai, Mudal, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, +62 274 7858938. Serves Balinese style ribs, although a little too hot and spicy for some foreigner. If you do not prefer hot and spicy dish, opt for Soy Sauce Ribs instead. Rp 25,000.
  • Sendang K Pitoe, a famous shrimp and sea food restaurant located on the outskirts of the city specifically Jamur, Minggir, Sleman.  +62 274 747 1114. Very delicious fried shrimp served fresh from the ponds in the still relatively untouched village. Don’t get mistaken by the nearby Mang Engking, also a shrimp restaurant with an ill-earned reputation of dirty food.
  • EasyGoIn’, Jl. Prawirotaman No. 12,  +62 (0)274 384 092  A modern & colorful restaurant & bar serving delicious Indonesian and Western dishes in a comfortable and warm atmosphere. Also a great place for a Happy-Hour drink (2–7PM) at the bar while meeting locals and travelers. Pool table & Wifi are free of charge. Mains: Rp 25,000-60,000.
  • Via Via, Jl. Prawirotaman, An excellent traveller’s cafe, there are clocks on the wall showing the time in other Via Via cafes around the world and a mix of travellers and Indonesian locals. Offers a range of western dishes (good french onion soup) and specialty Indonesian dishes at a good price. Caters very well to vegetarians (tofu and tempe). Cane chairs and lots of space and games. Rp 20,000-40,000.
  • KESUMA Restaurant (KESUMA Restoran), 827, Gang Sartono, Mantrijeron (Jalan Parangtritis),  +62 274 8245027, . 6.00 PM (Last order 10.30 PM); Lunch only available for reservations – Closed on Tuesdays.. Javanese blend of Family Restaurant and Fine Dining Restaurant, in the tradition of the best Warungs. In this cozy and pleasant place you will find a fresh local home cooking. There is a small garden where guests can settle in a gazebo. The main room is a traditional Javanese style wooden house (Limasan). Rp 130 000 – 200 000 (Menu Suggestions)
  • Pesona Rasa, Jalan Aip. II K. S. Tubun no. 15, +62 274 7001471. A nice chinese food family restaurant. Serves delicious and fresh chinese dishes as: fried rice, fried noodle, tofu, fresh capjay and vegetables, with strategic place in Pathuk area and only 5 minutes from Malioboro. With friendly service and pocket-friendly price.
  • Nanamia Pizzeria, Jalan Mozes Gatotkaca B 11-16 Gejayan (located just behind Jogjakarta Plaza Hotel). For delivery and reservation  +62 274 556494. Open daily 12-11PM (Friday open 1PM), Last order 10PM. Nanamia Pizzeria-Traditional Pizza for modern people, offers authentic Italian food at an affordable local price. Come, and enjoy the treasures of Italian food in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Rp.10.000-Rp.59.000.

Splurge

Yogya is filled with many ‘high-end’ restaurants serving many kind of dishes, from western to asian to asian-fusion cuisines.

  • Gabah Resto, Jl. Dewi Sartika 11A Sagan, +62 274 515626. Western dishes. Modern classy decoration. Rp75,000-Rp150,000.
  • Royal Garden Restaurant Jl. Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun Utara.  +62 274 386767, +62 274 373343. Chinese-Indonesian dishes with kraton style atmosphere. Rp 40,000-80,000.
  • Gajah Wong, Jl. Gejayan,  +62 274 588294, . Serves many kind of dishes including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese as well as Indonesian. Divided into 3 zones: Country, Javanese and Colonial, each is lavishly decorated and themed with live music. In the Javanese zone, you can hear the Javanese gamelan music performed throughout the night, while the Colonial zone has a live jazz band.
  • Androwino Bistro Jl. Laksda Adisucipto Km 8.7.  +62 274 488588. The all day dining restaurant offering Continental and Asian cuisine in a relaxed modern Javanese setting. The restaurant is located at the top floor of Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa where at the entrance of the restaurant guests will be welcomed with a big painting of Grandfather from the hotel’s Owner named Sampean Dalem Ingkang Sinuhun Kandjeng Susuhunan Pakoe Boewono X, 1896 – 1939(King of Solo)and guests will see the beautiful landscaping of Tamansari water castle swimming pool and breathtaking mount Merapi.
  • Sasanti Restaurant Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar, (just south from Hyatt Hotel). Western and Indonesian dishes with lush garden decoration.

Drink


Clubs

  • Republic, Hotel INNA Garuda, Jl. Malioboro 60.  +62 274 566353. DJs and live Music.
  • Boshe VVIP Club, Jl. Magelang. Highly packed every night. Free entry for girls. Live Music and DJs.
  • Liquid, Jl. Magelang (Near to Boshe VVIP Club). Pretty packed every night and free entry for ladies. Drinks are genuine, Karaoke, Resto,Live Music and DJs.
  • Embassy,  +62 274 484950, in Sheraton Hotel complex area, next to hugo’s club (there’s a tunnel connecting the club). Entrance fee around IDR35000-100000, depends on the event. Full set DJs. Music range from trance, house, to dubstep. In this club you can trust that the drinks are genuine, but pretty pricey. Try going on Monday when they have event called Monday Madness 50% off. Usually they have a free flow from 10PM-2AM on the last thursday of every month with fee Rp 100,000/person.
  • Hugo’s,  +62 274 484208, in Sheraton Hotel complex area, next to hugo’s club (there’s a tunnel connecting the club). Entrance fee around Rp 35,000-100,000, depends on the event. Live Music and DJs. Live music play top 40 billboard songs and sometimes indonesian songs. Most favorite club for foreigners. Music range usually house or dutch house, or what people called pretty mainstream clubs music but pretty nice. In this club you can trust that the drinks are genuine, but pretty pricey. Try going on Monday when they have event called Monday Madness RnB Night 50% off. Usually they have a free flow from 10PM-2AM on the last thursday of every month with fee Rp 100,000/person.

Please note usually all clubs willing to give free entry before midnight if you call and ask for a guestlist, unless on an important event night.

Lounges

Lounges/cafes are an evergrowing phenomena throughout Indonesia’s trendy inner city environments

  • Soda Lounge, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto 43.  +62 274 558236 (fax: +62 274 519556). Often hosts talk shows and book discussions. One of the older lounges around, now tired at the edges.

Sleep


  • Sriwedari Business and Resort Hotel, Laksda Adisutjipto Street No. 6 Km. 6, Yogyakarta Indonesia (It is around 15 minutes away from the Airport),  +62 274 488 288, 488 162. Very friendly and courteous staff. Comfortable cottages and good service. Knowledge of English is limited though 600,000 onwards

Budget

There are hundreds of budget hotels in Yogyakarta. Most of them can be found in Sosrowijayan St (Jalan Sastrowijayan on Google Maps) which is adjacent to Malioboro Street and the in Prawirotaman Rd area, which is about 3.5 km to the south of the centre.

  • Hotel/Losmen Candi, Jl. Pasar Kembang No.5 (very close to Tugu Station),  +62 817 41211997. Clean & tidy with various options to suit the budget traveller including 4 person rooms. From Rp 120,000
  • Edotel. 4 Jl. Kenari. +62 274 558436. Neat hotel, which is run by students of the vocational high school next door so all the income benefits the school. The beds are big and cozy, and its in a great part of town, near the center but quiet. The student staff is wonderful and there arehot showers and WiFi in all rooms. It’s worth noting however that Edotel is in a fairly conservative Muslim part of town – couples will not be able to share a room unless they are married, even same sex friends sharing a room can be problematic.
  • Bladok Losmen & Restaurant, Jl. Sosrowijayan 76 +62 274 560452, . Bladok Losmen & Restaurant is a small hotel with clean and comfortable rooms, traditionally designed. All rooms have a private bathroom attached. Rooms with a balcony are available. Double room with fan & hot shower Rp 140,000. A basic room is about Rp 100,000. 
  • Hotel Oryza, Jl. Sosrowijayan, right across from the Bladok. A lovely traditional Javanese house with internal courtyards. Clean rooms, laid back atmosphere, free coffee and tea. Basic rooms Rp 120,000 (rack rate) with shared bathroom. Standard room with internal bathroom and A/C Rp 190,000.
  • Kampoeng Djawa, Jl. Prawirotaman I no.40 +62 274 378318, . Clean, pleasant rooms with fan or A/C arranged around a garden filled w/ the sounds of birdsong and running water. TV, pleasant, attentive and helpful staff. Free WiFi, water, tea and coffee. Rp 100,000 (fan), Rp 130,000 (A/C)
  • The Munajat Backpacker, Jl. Malioboro 26 (5 min walk from Tugu train station),  +62 274 585138, . 5 rooms with fan and attached bathroom, 4 rooms with fan separate bathroom. Free WiFi. Rp 99,000
  • Monica Hotel, Jl. Sosrowijayan GT1/192,  +62 274 580598. Newly renovated, clean place. Rp 165,000 standard room with fan and attached hot water bathroom, includes breakfast, toast and coffee/tea. Make sure to insist on getting a receipt and keeping it for the duration of your stay in the city. Rp 250,000 for 4 occupants room with fan and attached hot water bathroom.
  • Losmen Nuri. Jl. Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/77.  +62 274 543654. Very clean rooms, nicely decorated and a good atmosphere, rooms with shared or own bathroom. From Rp 80,000 (negotiable).
  • Rumah Boedi Pavilion, Gowongan Kidul JT III/446 +62 274 559498, . A/C rooms, all with balcony/deck, cableTV, internet, phone, and mini-bar. Massage service, room service and butler service available. Airport/city transfer and car rental. From US$30
  • Rumah Eyang, Jl. Parangtritis, Gang Sartono 823, Yogyakarta 55143, Indonesia +62 812 2711 7439, . A tranquil Inn with a serene touch, beautiful garden and art gallery space away from the hustle of Jalan Marliboro. This inn has 12 rooms equipped with bathroom facilities, air conditioning/fan, and provides a breakfast menu. Room rates: IDR 125,000 – IDR 175,000 (Data obtained in January 2012, room rates are subject to change at anytime) 
  • Setia Kawan, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT.1/27,  +62 274 512452. Artistic hotel down one of the two main alleyways (‘gangs’) close to the train station. Clean, comfortable, and imaginatively decorated rooms without windows (think Dali meets Indonesia). Perenially fully booked. Down the street is the owner’s restaurant, offering a variety of Indonesian and vegetarian meals for cheap. If you sit at the rooftop be quiet, otherwise you may be kicked out without warning. From Rp 110,000, including breakfast.
  • Andrea Hotel, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/140 Gang 2 +62 274 563502, . Just accross the street from Setia Kawans alley, clean, friendly European owner, bar facilities, A/C rooms From Rp 120,000
  • ViaVia Guesthouse, Jl Prawirotaman Mg 3/514A +62(0)274 37 47 48, . Some rooms have A/C and/or ensuite bathroom; every room is different, but all are clean and comfortable. WiFi is available. Breakfast is served at the guesthouse, plus they have an excellent restaurant and tourist agency nearby. Rp 150,000-200,000
  • De Pendopo Homestay, Just off Jl Prawirotaman – follow signs opposite Via Via, . All 4 rooms have AC and en-suite bathroom. WiFi is available. Good choice of breakfast (included). Above all, lovely and helpful people. Rp 232,100
  • Wisma Gajah. Jl. Prawirotaman 4.  +62 274 375659. Located on the thriving Prawirotaman district, doubles and singles with swimming pool and terraces. From Rp 80,000-140,000.
  • Omah Sabah. Jl. Plumbon No. 279 RT 11/15 (Utara JEC).  +62 274 581366. Ideally situated in Janti Area a very calm and relaxing neighborhood, within walking distance to Trans Jogja Shelter, easy to explore Jogja. 20 minutes to/from airport. Clean & comfortable in all 4 rooms. Some Room have AC, TV Cable, En suite/Shared Bathroom. From Rp 90,000-250,000. Breakfast Included. Free wifi. Car rental are available upon request.

Mid-range

  • Joglo Plawang Boutique Villa, Jl. Pakem, Turi km 5 Turi, Sleman +62 274 4461611
  • Venezia Home Stay, Jl. Tirtodipuran 27, (near Prawirotaman area).  +62 274 374049. (booking@veneizia-homestay.com) 2 Bed Dorms with fan for RP 85.000, Superior Rooms with private bathroom, AC and hot showers for RP 275.000. Breakfast included. The friendly owner is a young Indonesian woman who also runs Venezia Garden. Her brother acts as a tour guide and can give you information about trips around the area.
  • Venezia Garden, Jl. Surami 55, (near Prawirotaman area).  +62 274 374049. (booking@veneizia-homestay.com) 8 Bed Dorms with AC for RP 85.000, Superior Rooms with private bathroom, AC and hot showers for RP 350.000. Breakfast included. Pool for the guests.
  • Indraloka Home Stay, Jl. Cik Di Tiro 18, (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada), +62 274 544428. Close to UGM
  • Wisma Gadjah Mada, follow Jl. Cik Di Tiro all the way to the UGM campus, hotel is on the east side of the road, just south of the main UGM “auditorium” building – you cannot miss the gigantic building looming in the background if you are coming to UGM from the south. +62 274 563461, +62 274 557216, ([mail:university_club@gamamulti.com university_club@gamamulti.com]).
  • Ishiro Kencana Hotel, Jl. Kaliurang Km 4,2/7. +62 274 520230. Just north of the UGM campus, and very convenient for the Uni. Rooms are OK but bathrooms are horrible. Standard room Rp250K inc. breakfast.
  • Ministry of Coffee, Jl. Prawirotaman I/15A. +62 274 376 057, +62 274 7473828, [www.ministryofcoffee.com]. Jalan Prawirotaman’s most modern establishment, clean white sheets, fluffy doonas and AC, a pleasant place, check current price on their website. Each room has a unique decor and color scheme. The Ministry also has a coffee house, a library, and restaurant. The excellent choice of free breakfast sets makes this place great value for money. Friendly yet unassuming staff.
  • Ibis Malioboro, Jl. Malioboro 52-58.  +62 274 516974 (fax: +62 274 516977). Part of the Ibis chain. Central location (on Jl. Maliboro), somewhat grotty bathrooms, and grottier collars on reception staff uniforms.
  • Jogja Village Inn, Jl. Menukan 5, Karangkajen, Yogyakarta 55153 (south of Prawirotaman).  +62 274 373031, +62 274 384438, (fax: +62 274 382202), . Balinese style garden courtyard and swimming pool, good clean rooms.
  • Inna Garuda, Jl. Malioboro 60.  +62 274 566353, . Established in 1908. 240 rooms are furnished in classic but modern elegance & face Malioboro street, the heart of Yogyakarta.
  • Novotel, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 89.  +62 274 580930. Situated in the center of Yogyakarta city, this four star hotel is close to major destinations including Universitas Gadjah Mada, Malioboro, Sultan Palace (Kraton), and several shopping malls. Note; Novotel is south of Indraloka and Wisma Gadjah Mada.
  • Puri Artha Hotel, Jl. Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru.  +62 274 274 563288 (fax: +62 274 562765). A blend of traditional Javanese and Balinese style with western facilities. .
  • Sahid Raya Yogyakarta, Jl. Babarsari 2, Yogyakarta 55281.  +62 27448 8888. 4 star, 120 rooms hotel situated near the city centre, classic but clean and cozy.
  • Santika, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 19, Yogyakarta 55233, +62 274 563036, .
  • Yogya Moon Hotel. Jl. Kemetiran 21.  +62 274 582465 (fax: +62 274 582084) Near to Malioboro Street, cozy, affordable, close to 3-star ( *** ) class Hotel. Price starts from US$20 / Rp 200,000 .

Splurge

  • Villa Hanis Boutique Hotel,   +62 274 274 867567. Villa Hanis is an elegant original Javanese wooden house, fully restored into a modern standard boutique villa. It is in Jl. Palagan, 600 m north of the Hyatt hotel and about 5 km from the center of Yogyakarta. Villa Hanis has a 200 m2 private garden with private pool and view on the majestic Mount Merapi.
  • Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta, Jl. Palagan Tentara Pelajar+62 274 86 9123 (yogyakarta.regency@hyatt.com), . Landscaped gardens overlooking Mount Merapi and Seribu Mountain. 269 rooms and suites, health spa, multi-level swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course. 
  • Melia Purosani, Jl. Suryotomo 31.  +62 274 274 589521, +62 274 589523 . Large landscaped pool area.
  • Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta, Jl. Adisucipto No.48 +62 274 485005, . 
  • The Phoenix Hotel (Accor group-an ex Mercure hotel),  +62 274 566617 (info@thephoenixyogya.com, fax: +62 274 566856), . 144 rooms and suites, each with a balcony. A stylish fusion of asian and european decor. Restaurant, wine bar and terrace bar overlooking an open courtyard. Swimming pool, day spa and modern conferencing facilities. Smiling and very pleasant staff. From Rp 570,000
  • Hotel Saphir Yogyakarta, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No 38 +62 274 566222, . Four star hotel. 
  • Pondok Terra Villa Accommodation Yogyakarta, Two luxurious villas in the centre of the town, just south of the Kraton area. Both are of a traditional Javanese style with private swimming pools an a 200 m2 garden. .
  • Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto km 8.7, Yogyakarta +62 274 488588 (info@sheratonyogya.com, fax: +62 274 484589), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12noon. 246 rooms with views of the Mt Merapi volcano or the garden. 5 star hotel recently reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation 
  • Villa Ditya,  +31 6 3938 4959, is a luxury private villa with swimming pool and staff just outside Yogyakarta. Located on a tranquil location with beautiful views on rice fields and the Merapi volcano. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the real Indonesian life.

Stay Safe


Like any other larger Indonesian city, Yogya has its share of petty crime like pickpocketing, especially in local city busses. Watch out for gallery scams and streetsellers trying to get commission for batik. These scams tend to occur around the Kraton and Jl. Malioboro. Scammers will approach tourists and tell them about a government art centre or school with fair prices, and will hire cheap transport or refer you to the ‘genuine’ gallery. However there are no official government sponsered galleries. This scam might kill a couple of nice hours when they explain how batik is being made, but in the end you’re still being manipulated into buying too expensive art.

Take caution when walking by the city. Traffic is very brutal! You might have difficulty crossing roads and streets especially in crowded places.

An earthquake in 2006 caused severe damage. Mount Merapi last erupted during October-December 2010 causing many casualties and extensive damage, the volcano looms over the city.

Always travel in groups when you are travelling to or from Parangtritis beach. The long stretch between Yogya city and the beach is dangerous at night. You may get stopped by someone riding a motorcycle trying to rob you. Police stations or posts are very few on these roads, and unfortunately the posts are often unoccupied.

Watch out for Tour scams, e.g. “Bamboo Tours” on Prawirotaman 2. Tours might not happen with funny excuses given and no upfront information.You might waste your day waiting for a car that´s never showing up.

Contact


The international country code for Indonesia is 62. The local area code for Yogyakarta is 274. There are three main telecommunication providers in Indonesia: Telkom Indonesia, Indosat and Excelcomindo. Coin operated public phones are limited in Yogyakarta. However there are many official telephone kiosks called Wartel.

International dialing

To make an IDD call from Indonesia, dial the access code 001 (for Indosat) and 007 (for Telkom), followed by the country code, area code and party’s number.

also available cheaper IDD call via VoIP Technologies, IDD Prefix is 01016 (for Indosat user) and 01017 (for Wartel, Telkom, and Telkomsel user), and 01000 (for XL -excelcom- user)

Mobile phones

Mobile Phones are carried by almost everyone in Indonesia. Prepaid SIM cards are widely available from many telecommunication providers, such as, Telkomsel, XL, Indosat, 3, and Axis, just bring your own GSM 900 or GSM 1800 phone. The pre-paid SIM card costs around Rp 10,000 up to Rp 30.000. A local phone call costs between Rp 500-Rp 2,000/minute. Local text message (SMS) costs about Rp 150, while international SMS cost about Rp 300-500.

Also available for CDMA users, Telkom Flexi, Smartfren, And Esia which are cheaper, but you must have a RUIM CDMA phone.

Internet

There are many internet cafes in Yogyakarta which offer speedy access to the internet. Several hotels provide Wi-Fi on the lobby. Ask the front desk about internet access. The Taman Sari food court at the Plaza Ambarrukmo, coloquially known as Amplas, offers a free wireless internet service for any wifi compatible device.

The 24 hour Indomaret on Malioboro Street offers free wireless access as well as wall sockets, but can be a little noisy.

  • B@yonet, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 75. +62 274 550553.
  • Gama Student Internet Center, UPT Perpustakaan Unit 2 Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jl. C. Simanjuntak.
  • Ibis, Ibis Maliboro Hotel lobby (near to the ‘Link Cafe’ at Malioboro Mall).
  • Intersat, Jalan Adisucipto 49. +62 274 547732.
  • Shooternet, Jl. Ampel 10 Papringan.
  • Indraloka Home Stay, Jl. Cik Di Tiro 18, (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada),  +62 274 544428.

Tourism

Tourism information centre in Jogyakarta:

  • Jl. Malioboro 56. +62 274 486, (fax: +62 274 565 437), Tourism Promotion Board .
  • Jl. Malioboro 16. +62 274 .
  • Jl. Cendana 11. +62 274 562628, +62 274 564945 (fax: +62 274 564945).

Cope


Emergency

  • Ambulance: 118
  • Police: 110.
  • Yogyakarta Police headquarters:, Jl. Ringroad Utara. +62 274 563494
  • Yogyakarta Police station, Jl. Reksobayan 1. +62 274 512511, +62 274 512940.

List of hospitals with 24 hours emergency room (ER), (UGD):

  • RSUP Dr. Sardjito, Jl. Kesehatan 1. +62 274 274 587333, +62 274 547783.
  • RSUD Kota Jogyakarta, Jl. Wirosaban 1. +62 274 371195.
  • RS Bethesda, Jl. Jendral Sudirman 70. +62 274 586688, +62 274 562246.
  • RS Panti Rapih, Jl. Cik Ditiro 30. +62 274 .

Consulates

  • France Consular Agency in Jogjakarta, Institute Franco-Indonesien Jl. Sagan 3 No. 1, Yogyakarta 55223 +62 274 566520, +62 274 547409

Get Out


  • Central Java Transporter, +6285225993574 (cjtransporter@gmail.com). 

North

Make sure to factor in the astronomical $20 US entry fee for foreign tourists at Borobudur and $18 US at Prambanan before you show up. They of course accept the Indonesian equivalent. Free tea/coffe and bottled water included.

  • The massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, is 40 minutes away by car and one of the main drawcards for visitors to Yogyakarta. Many tour buses (minivans) leave Yogyakarta at 5AM for an early visit to Borobudur. This is a convenient way to skip the crowds which arrive mid morning, although a little more expensive between Rp 45,000-50,000 (including a simple breakfast). However, the extra cost could save you money if tour participants chip in for a tour guide.
  • Kaliurang is a small town on the southern slope of Mount Merapi. One reason to visit this town is the Ullen Sentalu Museum , an exotic museum dedicated to the culture and life of Javanese royalty. The museum is built to the surrounding landscapes, with gardens, sculptures and an overall tranquil and natural environment. There is also a colonial-themed restaurant located in the grounds called Beukenhof.
  • Ketep, a pass located in the slope between Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu offers a great vantage point for a spectacular view of both mountains. This site has a small cinema which regularly shows an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi. Located in Muntilan, east of Borobudur, 40 minutes from Yogyakarta by car.
  • Dieng Plateau volcanic region, hot spring, lake, Light trekking, cold temperature (2000m); reachable via Magelang and Wonosobo.

It can work out quite economical if you rent a scooter for 50,000 a day and drive it to Borobudur and Prambanan instead of taking the tours. You’ll need another 10-15,000 worth of petrol though. The roads to both sites are pretty wide and in good condition. If you leave early in the morning you can make it to Borobudur in a little under 60 mins. It’s really quick and even cheaper if there are 2 people instead of one.

East

  • The Hindu temples of Prambanan, just 20 minutes away, are a close second to Borobudur. The smaller temples of Kalasan and others are on the way to Prambanan. Taki from Malioboro costs around 70K IDR
  • The city of Surakarta AKA Solo, a 45 minutes drive (also accessible with the Prambanan Ekspres train or the Joglosemar bus – see the Get In section) to the east is Yogya’s royal twin and home to two royal kingdoms that are ancestrally related to Yogyakarta’s Kingdom. The city’s royal past is indicated through the two major keraton or palaces that are able to visited: the sprawling Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta, where the Pakubuwono kings live and the smaller but equally grand Pura Mangkunegaran palace, seat of Prince Mangkunegara. It is also a thriving arts and cultural center, home to the biggest batik manufacturers in Indonesia and the Danar Hadi Batik Museum, which has the most diverse batik collection in Indonesia. Last but not least Solo offers a wealth of culinary experience such as timlo (meat soup), its own soto or the fabled serabi (Javanese pancakes).
  • Ratu Boko palace, only 2 km north of Prambanan. An ancient royal palace complex, similar in architectural layout with other Kratons or palaces in Java. Magnificently located on top of a hill, Ratu Boko has been recently restored.

South

  • Parangtritis on the south coast is one of the better known black sand beaches. Local folklore suggests that this beach is the palace of the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul or ‘Queen of the South’. It is common knowledge among locals not to wear anything green in color, or the Queen will entice the wearer into the ocean to drown. Warning: Never swim at Parangtritis beach. Its wild waves are known to be extremely deadly (rip currents): many people have died who ignored these precautions. There are also other beaches with white sands, but you have to arrange with travel agent to rent a car with the driver as their locations are quite remote (2 hours from the city centre) in the hilly Gunung Kidul region. These beaches are pristine and sometimes off-the-beaten-path, such as Kukup beach, Krakal beach, Drini, Sundak beach and Baron but the swimming warning still applies.
  • Ngobaran Beach is located at Gunung Kidul region, 50 km from Yogyakarta. This is a pure beach with a number of marine attractions to explore. When the tide is low in the morning the visitors can join the local fishermen to collect seaweed or go fishing for stranded fish between the reefs at the beach. Some believe that somewhere in the beach lie the remains of King Brawijaya’s fort and his men “Sabdo Palon Ngoyogenggong”. This beach includes a cave, which leads its explorers to a striking underground stream. If you go to Ngrenehan Beach for the grilled fish just drop by Ngobaran Beach , it has a high cliff and is around 2 km from Ngrenehan Beach. Many sea animal species are present in the coral reef and inter-tidal zones, ranging from sea urchin, starfish, to various types of cockleshells.
  • Ngrenehan Beach, Kanigoro Village, Saptosari. (about 30 km south of Wonosari). A small bay surrounded by rocky hills that has fascinating panorama and swirling waves hitting white sandy beach and rocky edge of the hills. The local fishermen can prepare fresh or grilled fish for visitors.
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Mount Bromo

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Panoramic view of Mount Bromo from the edge of Segara Wedi (

Panoramic view of Mount Bromo from the edge of Segara Wedi (“Sea of Sands”). Click Image to View Full Size Image

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

Riding up the Volcano Mount Bromo

Riding up the Volcano Mount Bromo. Stairs lead to Mt Bromo caldera, Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java, Indonesia. 15 July 2010, 07:00 – Click Image to View Full Size Image

Mount Bromo sits in the middle of a vast plain called the “Sea of Sand” (Javanese: Segara Wedi or Indonesian: Lautan Pasir), a protected nature reserve since 1919. The typical way to visit Mount Bromo is from the nearby mountain village of Cemoro Lawang. From there it is possible to walk to the volcano in about 45 minutes, but it is also possible to take an organised jeep tour, which includes a stop at the viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan (2,770 m or 9,088 ft) (Indonesian: Gunung Penanjakan). The viewpoint on Mount Penanjakan can also be reached on foot in about two hours. From inside the caldera, sulfur is collected by workers.

Depending on the degree of volcanic activity, the Indonesian Centre for Vulcanology and Disaster Hazard Mitigation sometimes issues warnings against visiting Mount Bromo.

Culture

On the fourteenth day of the Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people of Probolinggo, East Java, travel up the mountain in order to make offerings of fruit, rice, vegetables, flowers and sacrifices of livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the caldera of the volcano. The origin of the ritual lies in the 15th century legend where a princess named Roro Anteng started the principality of Tengger with her husband, Joko Seger. The couple were childless and therefore beseeched the assistance of the mountain gods. The gods granted them 24 children but stipulated that the 25th child, named Kesuma, must be thrown into the volcano as a human sacrifice. The gods’ request was implemented. The tradition of throwing sacrifices into the volcano to appease these ancient deities continues today and is called the Yadnya Kasada ceremony. Though fraught with danger, some locals risk climbing down into the crater in an attempt to recollect the sacrificed goods that they believe could bring them good luck.

On the Segara Wedi sand plain sits a Hindu temple called Pura Luhur Poten. The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scattered across the mountain villages, such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organises the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month. On the 14th day, the Tenggerese congregate at Pura Luhur Poten to ask for blessings from Ida Sang Hyang Widi Wasa and the God of Mahameru (Mount Semeru). Then the crowd proceeds along the crater edges of Mt Bromo where offerings are thrown into the crater. The major difference between this temple and Balinese ones are the type of stones and building materials. Pura Luhur Poten uses natural black stones from volcanoes nearby, while Balinese temples are mostly made from red bricks. Inside this pura, there are several buildings and enclosures aligned in a mandala zone composition.

Activity

2004 Eruptions

Mount Bromo erupted in 2004. That eruptive episode led to the death of two people who had been hit by rocks from the explosion.

2010 Eruptions

On Tuesday, 23 November 2010, 16.30 WIB (Western Indonesian Time), the Indonesian Centre of Vulcanology and Geology Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) confirmed the activity status of Mount Bromo at “alert” due to increasing tremor activity and shallow volcanic earthquakes at the mountain. Concerns were raised that a volcanic eruption might be likely to occur. As a precaution local residents and tourists were instructed to remain clear of an area within a radius of three kilometres from the caldera and refugee encampments were erected. The area surrounding the Teggera caldera of Bromo remained off-limits for visitors throughout the remainder of 2010.

Bromo started to erupt ash on Friday 26 November 2010.

On 29 November 2010 Transport Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan announced that Malang’s domestic airport would be closed until 4 December 2010. Malang is a city of about 800,000 people is about 25 km (16 mi) west of Mount Bromo. Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport normally handles 10 daily domestic flights from the capital Jakarta. Government volcanologist Surono reported that the volcano was spitting columns of ash some 700 metres (2,300 feet) into the sky.

2011 Eruptions

The Tengger Caldera was still active in late January 2011, the activity being characterised by fluctuating ongoing eruptions. On 23 January 2011 the Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) (Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi) reported that since 19 December 2010 volcanic ash and incandescent material had been thrown up by eruptive activity resulting in a heavy rain of material that fell around the crater. Continuous eruptions on 21 January caused a thin ash fall mainly in the village areas of Ngadirejo and Sukapura Wonokerto in Probolinggo district. The impact of a heavy rain of volcanic ash from eruptions since 19 December 2010 resulted in disruption of normal activities. By early 2011 concerns were being raised concerning the effect upon the local economy and the potential for long term environmental and health problems amongst the residents in the locality surrounding Mount Bromo. Due to high seasonal rainfall in January 2011 the potential for lahar and lava flow was raised due to the deposits of volcanic ash, sand and other ejected material that had built up. Seismic activity was dominated by tremor vibration and reports of visual intensity and sounds of eruption continued to be reported from the mountain monitoring facility, Bromo Observation Post. People living on the banks of the Perahu Ravine, Nganten Ravine and Sukapura River were alerted to the possibility of lava flows, especially when it was raining heavily in the area around Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Ngadirejo. Eruptions and volcanic tremors were reported on 21 January and 22 January with activity subsiding on 23 January 2011. On 23 January 2011 at 06:00 am the alert status at Mount Bromo remained at (Level III).

Mount Bromo Eruption 2011 01 22

Mount Bromo Eruption 2011 01 22

Crater Mount Bromo 2012-06-21 09.32.01

Crater Mount Bromo 2012-06-21 09.32.01

On 23 January 2011 an exclusion zone was recommended for communities living around Mount Bromo. Tourists and hikers were to advised not to come within a radius of 2 km from the active crater. CVGHM stated that they expected warning signs to be installed stating the limit radius of 2 km from the crater. Operational caution was recommended for flights into and leaving Juanda International Airport IATA:SUB in Surabaya. CVGHM recommended the establishment of public areas for the provision of face masks and eye protection. CVGHM also issued a warning to residents to be cautious of ash build up on roofs and other places that may give cause for collapse under the burden of ash.

NASA MODIS satellite image showing Bromo ash drifting over Denpasar on 27 January 2011, sourced through the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. January 2011. Click Image to View Full Size Image

NASA MODIS satellite image showing Bromo ash drifting over Denpasar on 27 January 2011, sourced through the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. January 2011. Click Image to View Full Size Image

Further eruptions and the issuing of Aviation Ash advisories on 27 January and 28 January 2011 led to concerns being raised regarding a volcanic ash plume, reported to be drifting eastward toward the air corridors used to access the Ngurah Rai International Airport IATA:DPS in Bali. Airport official Sherly Yunita was reported at the time as stating that concerns about visibility had prompted Singapore Airlines, Jetstar-ValueAir, Air France-KLM, Virgin Blue and Cathay Pacific to cancel several flights to Bali, 340 km (211 mi) to the east. SilkAir also cancelled flights on the 27 January between Singapore and Lombok, an island to the east of Bali. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia released several Code Red Aviation Ash Advisories pertaining to Mount Bromo (Tengger Caldera), on 27 January. They indicated that ash was observed at altitudes up to 18,000 ft (FL180) extending 200 nautical mi to the south east of the caldera. In other ash advisories of that day the cloud was reported as at times having a 10 km/h drift, both to the east, and to the south east.

Deformation-late November 2010-late January 2011

The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) reported on 13 January 2011, that deformation using tiltmeter measurements indicated an inflation at rate of 5 micro radians between 25 November 2010 and 14 December 2010 and a relatively stable since 15 December 2010 both on Radial Components and Tangential Components.

Deformation measurement using electronic distance measurement equipment compared observations at designated measuring points; POS-BRO, POS-KUR and POS-BAT during the period 25 November 2010 – 20 December 2010 with observations from the period 21 December 2010 – 30 December 2010 indicated the shortening of the distance from the POS-BAT, or inflation. Observations between 30 December 2010 to 23 January 2011 were reported as relatively stable.

Johanna Whitaker’s Mount Bromo Trip Experience, November 11, 2013


Anyone who isn’t a little intrigued by the magic of volcanos is a little suspect in my opinion. I remember trying to create my own mini volcanos with a chemistry set and various kitchen ingredients as a kid but I never really dreamed that I would get the chance to see one. Let alone an active one and get so close that the sulphurous fumes would take over all my senses.

So first stop Mount Bromo. The trail from Yogyakarta to Bali is not for those that like sleep and hate long bus journeys, but it was worth every sweaty sleep deprived second. An 8am start and a bus journey all the way to a basic lodge near Mount Bromo, arriving at around 9pm. Up at 3.30am and a quick trek up to a view point to see Mount Bromo in all its glory as the sun comes up.

Spectacular Mount Bromo at Sunrise

Spectacular Mount Bromo at Sunrise

Mount Bromo as the Sun came up.

Mount Bromo as the Sun came up.

Sunrise at Mount Bromo

Sunrise at Mount Bromo

The surreal beauty of Mount Bromo.

The surreal beauty of Mount Bromo.

The sun rising next to mount Bromo.

The sun rising next to mount Bromo.

Then an uphill hike to Mount Bromo’s crater.

The Climb up Mount Bromo. Horses are for the Unfit!

The Climb up Mount Bromo. Horses are for the Unfit!

I almost took a horse…

The sulphur was quite strong and had a definite stench of rotting eggs, but the views were unbelievable. It was difficult to take in the fact that I was looking straight into the mouth of a volcano – wow!

Staring into the mouth of Mount Bromo.

Staring into the mouth of Mount Bromo.

Off again at 11am and heading straight for Ijen. We landed at around 4pm in a really bizarre homestay. No matter, quick bite to eat but mainly trying to sleep. A 1am start for a chance to see some magical ‘blue fire’. Literally had no idea what this blue fire was going to comprise of and it doesn’t seem to be documented in the bible (i.e. Lonely Planet), so we felt like explorers when we set off.

An hour or so hike up the volcano in the pitch black. A few had flashlights but we were pretty unprepared as we had no idea in advance that a night hike would be involved. A couple of local guides were dotted around but basically we relied on each other to check that we were still en route up to the top. We took mountain paths uphill all the way, with no clue what the landscape around us looked like.

We reached the top and there deep below the crater was engulfed in dancing blue and violet flames. Possibly one of the most spectacular things I’m ever likely to see but near impossible to capture on camera.

Now for the descent into the crater, still in complete darkness. It’s difficult to describe how I felt at that point, a mixture of fear, adrenaline, WTF am I doing but overall this is probably one of the most exciting journeys I’m ever going to take in my life. We started the near vertical climb with little light and a few falls. The rocks slipped from under our feet but there was absolutely no way anyone wanted to head back up. We headed towards the blue fire.

Roughly an hour after we started the decent we made it to the mouth of the crater and the flickering blue flames. It was thrilling and I’m not entirely sure why but images of the witches in Macbeth sprang to mind. It was a truly magical experience.  We wanted to get as close as possible to try and capture this unbelievable sight on camera, but then the wind changed and the sulphur cloud closed in on us. I couldn’t breathe, my eyes stung and there was no way to climb quickly out of its reach. We all stood like fools with scarves wrapped round our faces whilst scrambling to a safety point – made it, but the adrenaline was pumping.

The Magical Blue Fire.

The Magical Blue Fire.

Oops only spotted this when we got back to the top.

Oops only spotted this when we got back to the top.

We made the climb back up, still in darkness and sat at the top waiting for the sun to come up. When the light shone and the clouds lifted the blue fire was gone and a spectacular lake appeared.

The Lake within the Crater.

The Lake within the Crater.

This was one of the most mind-blowing experiences and my words and photos do not do it justice.

Thanks to Johanna Whitaker for sharing this amazing experience.

 10 Things You Need to Know about Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia


1. To tell you the truth, none of us knew about Mount Bromo until we were told about it while going for our maiden hiking expedition at Mount Kinabalu, Sabah. A fellow hiker, Akmar introduced to us to this absolutely beautiful and picturesque view of a volcanic mountain called Bromo or Mount Bromo straight out from her iPhone. We wow-ed over Mt.Bromo right at that instance and we told ourselves, we really need to go there and we finally made it there after 2 years which was on April 30th, 2012.

2. To get to Mount Bromo, you need to fly into Surabaya, East Java (Jawa Timur), Indonesia and take a couple of hours of car ride to Probolinggo province ( I think) and then exchange into a jeep to get you higher up the rough road condition up the mountain. When I say “rough road condition”, brace yourself for a super bumpy, almost roller coaster-like jeep ride. It was awful and if you needed to pee, forget about it. You will almost certainly pee in your pants with all those crazy bumps and bounces.

3. Akmar did mentioned that you can hike Mount Bromo by going on a horse ride and that’s exactly what we did. It cost us about IDR 90,000 (approx. MYR30 or USD10) for both ways going up and down the volcanic mountain. I can’t remember the exact duration we were on the back of the horse but it felt really long maybe about 15 minutes one way. Since it was our first time riding a horse, it was the most awesome thing anyone could have ever done in their life. At that moment, it wasn’t really about the fact that we were literally hiking an active volcanic mountain, but we were more excited with the whole idea of going horse back riding.

Mt Bromo horses with their guides and the jeeps

Mt Bromo horses with their guides and the jeeps

The horse riding episode is certainly something one should look forward to doing at Mt. Bromo and no worries for first timers, the horse is guided with his owner and just make sure you sit up straight, go along with the rhythm of the horse, hold on the rope tight and simply enjoy the ride and view!

4. Make sure before you get on the horse ride or if you can’t care for horse adventure and splurging money are not in your agenda, just be sure to clear your bladder before you begin your hike. There is a toilet right at the parking area with a typical standard fee of Indonesian toilet run – IDR2000. Bring your own TP or wet wipes if washing with water isn’t your thing and the toilet is in okay standard.

5. The weather at Mount Bromo is just nice but it can be very dusty to go all the way up the mountain. It only get worse when you will be hiking right next to people on horses because there is only one track to go up and down. Your best choice of clothing is to wear a long sleeve shirt and pants, sunglasses ( to keep the dust out of your eyes) and a bandana ( to function as a mask) or get yourself a proper mask to cover your nose. Do not be surprised when you blow your nose right after this hike, you’ll be seeing black dusty ashes coming out from your nose. So do make sure, you remember to clean up the nose right after. Haha.

Mount Bromo and it's very much alive smokey crater.

Mount Bromo and it’s very much alive smokey crater.

6. The horse ride will only take you to about 3/4 of the way up. The rest of the way, you will need to take the dusty ashen stairs which was fairly okay, not difficult to climb. You will have the view of the Bromo Crater right at the top and be careful right up there. There is no divider to protect you from falling down into the crater so don’t get all too excited with the camera works and do watch your steps.

7. I would say, all around 360 degrees view from the top of Mount Bromo was absolutely amazing. The place is totally barren and almost desert-looking with grey ashes covering pretty much everything.

Mt. Bromo view from the top facing away from the crater. If you look closely on the front of the picture, you'll see the trail of people climbing the stairs.

Mt. Bromo view from the top facing away from the crater. If you look closely on the front of the picture, you’ll see the trail of people climbing the stairs.

8. You can avoid the stairs when you are descending down from the mountain by going all adventurous, trailing down the mountain and kick more dusts all over you just like this guy in the picture below :

Mt Bromo

Mt Bromo

9. You will be bombarded with the many local folks who will come up to your face with bunch of Bromo tshirts for sale. You can however, choose to say no and walk away as quickly as possible or ended up buying a bunch of tees which will be way too small for your size. The last I checked, L size is equivalent to the standard S size. So make sure you check the size out first before buying.

10. Despite the cost for the horse ride was just IDR 90K, I’m pretty sure you will want to give the guides an extra tip for all their hard work or probably just something extra for the horses too. Their job is really tough and going through that kind of working condition everyday, climbing up and down the mountain multiple times a day while breathing black volcanic ashes day in and out is really one heck of a job to do.

Mt Bromo

Mt Bromo

All in all, if you are looking for a chance of a lifetime to experience stepping foot on one of the most beautiful and scenic volcanic mountain ( in my rating that is), Mount Bromo located just a couple of hours away from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia is the place you certainly need to go.


11 September, 2013

Sleeping Giants | Mt Bromo Indonesia

Shared By Elia Locardi

Surely, I must be staring at some strange and fascinating alien world… Watching the stars dance above this extraordinary landscape.

Sleeping Giants || Mt Bromo Indonesia

There are only a few places on our beautiful planet that I would be so confident to call otherworldly. Fewer still that can impose such a profound sense of awe and wonder, where the simple act of seeing is enough to satisfy an avid explorer’s wild curiosity.

Enter The Tengger Massif

Indonesia houses many visual treasures but Mount Bromo is widely recognized as one of the most impressive. Part of the Tengger Massif and situated in a large caldera, Mt. Bromo is the collapsed remain of a once larger giant. Still active today, it shares proximity with (the active) Mount Semeru, the largest mountain on the island of Java which stands tall at an impressive 3,676 meters (12,060 feet). To give a total sense of scale, the entire area of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park spans a massive 800 square kilometers.

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Mount Semeru

Semeru, or Mount Semeru (Indonesian: Gunung Semeru), is an active volcano located in East Java, Indonesia. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java. The stratovolcano is also known as Mahameru, meaning ‘The Great Mountain. The name derived from the Hindu-Buddhist mythical mountain of Meru or Sumeru, the abode of gods.

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Mount Semeru in 1985.

Geology

Known also as Mahameru the (Great Mountain), it is very steep rising abruptly above the coastal plains of eastern Java. Maars containing crater lakes have formed along a line through the summit of the volcano. It was formed south of the overlapping Ajek-ajek and Jambagan calderas. Semeru lies at the south end of the Tengger Volcanic Complex.

Eruptive History

Semeru’s eruptive history is extensive. Since 1818, at least 55 eruptions have been recorded (10 of which resulted in fatalities) consisting of both lava flows and pyroclastic flows. All historical eruptions have had a VEI of 2 or 3.

Semeru has been in a state of near-constant eruption from 1967 to the present. At times, small eruptions happen every 20 minutes or so.

Semeru is regularly climbed by tourists, usually starting from the village of Ranu Pane to the north, but though non-technical it can be dangerous. Soe Hok Gie, an Indonesian political activist of the 1960s died in 1969 from inhaling poisonous gases while hiking on Mount Semeru.

 Semeru volcano, July 2004Semeru Volcano, July 2004

Mythology

Semeru is named from Sumeru, the central world-mountain in Buddhist cosmology and by extension Hinduism. As stated in legend, it was transplanted from India; the tale is recorded in the 15th-century East Javanese work Tantu Pagelaran. It was originally placed in the western part of the island, but that caused the island to tip, so it was moved eastward. On that journey, parts kept coming off the lower rim, forming the mountains Lawu, Wilis, Kelut, Kawi, Arjuno and Welirang. The damage thus caused to the foot of the mountain caused it to shake, and the top came off and created Penanggungan as well. Indonesian Hindus also hold a belief that the mountain is the abode of Shiva in Java

 Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

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Clockwise from lower left: the Hindu temple Poten, the steaming crater of Mount Bromo, erupting Mount Semeru, stately Mount Batok.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is located in East Java, Indonesia, to the east of Malang and to the southeast of Surabaya, the capital of East Java. It is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea, the Tengger Sand Sea (Indonesian: Laut Pasir Tengger), across which is the caldera of an ancient volcano (Tengger) from which four new volcanic cones have emerged. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 m.[2] The massif also contains the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3,676 m), four lakes and 50 rivers.

The Tengger Sand Sea has been protected since 1919. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park was declared a national park in 1982.

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 The Tengger Sand Sea with Mount Bromo in the background

I spent the better part of 4 days in the area surrounding these extraordinary mountains, sleeping very little, and investing my twilight hours enjoying and photographing the beautiful stars above bromo. In that time, two of the mornings provided me the perfect recipe for crafting my vision – clear skies full of stars and epic fog below. To top it off, my last morning shooting from Penanjakan 1 was complemented with a beautiful cloudy sky.

The Incredible Tengger Massif || Bromo IndonesiaThe Extraordinary Mt Bromo during a sunrise. The Tengger Massif is absolutely gorgeous.

To get to the top viewpoint for bromo (Penanjakan 1) the average traveller must hire a 4×4 jeep with driver and depart their hotel around 3:30 AM. Then, after about an hour drive in complete darkness, down the crater ridge and EL-Jeep-Guide-MtBromo-650pxacross the foggy caldera, they begin to make the long slow climb up the mountain to the topmost viewing point for Mt. Bromo at an altitude of 2,770 meters (9087.93 feet). Once there—and if they’ve left early enough—they will have a front row view of sunrise among the thousands of others clamoring for a spot.

For my project, I left my very uncomfortable room at 1:00 AM every morning, giving myself plenty of time to reach my special (pre-scouted) locations and set up for the stars. Bromo is frequented by many travelers so I had to be careful where I decided to set up for long exposures. I made sure that I not only had a prime view, but that it was also far away from the thick crowds with curious headlamps and point and shoot camera flashes.

After sunrise, I’d make the long journey back to town, take a quick nap, and then head out again for sunset. Within a few hours of reaching my viewing areas, I had become completely shrouded in clouds as the mountains seemed to disappear.

EL-2013-07-29_Bromo_Clouds_Sunset_TMB-1280-webAfter careful planning and research, I knew that I had picked the best month of the year for a chance at these weather conditions, but I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better result.


Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

Understand

This national park is named after its two mountains, Mount Semeru (the highest in Java at 3,676m), Mount Bromo (the most popular) and the Tengger people who inhabit the area.

Mount Semeru also known as Mahameru (“Great Mountain”), is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes. What stands out most about this mountain is the fact that it erupts periodically (and very reliably). Every 20min or so, the volcano belches out a huge cloud of steam and smoke, sometimes interspersed with ash and stones. Climbing Mount Semeru requires some planning and a permit from the national park authority. The mountain is often closed due to its highly active nature.
Mount Bromo (2,329m) is easily recognized as the entire top has been blown off and the crater inside constantly belches white sulphurous smoke. It sits inside the massive Tengger caldera. with a diameter of approximately 10km, surrounded by the Laut Pasir (Sea of Sand) of fine volcanic sand. The overall effect is unsettlingly unearthly, especially when compared to the lush green valleys all around the caldera.

The major access point is Cemoro Lawang (also Cemara Lawang or Cemora Lawang – blame the East Javanese accent!) at the northeastern edge of the caldera, but there are also trails from Tosari (northwest) and Ngadas (southwest). The village of Ngadisari, on the road from Probolinggo about 5.5km before Cemoro Lawang, marks the entrance to the national park. Both Cemoro Lawang and Ngadisari are rather picturesque, with brightly-painted houses and flower beds outside.

The Tenggerese

The area in and around the park is inhabited by the Tenggerese, one of the few significant Hindu communities left on the island of Java. The local religion is a remnant from the Majapahit era and therefore quite similar to that on Bali but with even more animist elements. The Tenggerese are believed to be descendants of the Majapahit princes and were driven into the hills after mass arrivals in the area of devoutly Muslim Madurese in the 19th century. These Madurese immigrants were labourers working for Dutch coffee plantation owners and the native Hindu people of the region soon found themselves outnumbered and either converted to Islam or fled to the inhospitable high mountain tops where they remain today.

The religion is quite low key though (certainly when compared to Bali) with the most visible manifestation of faith being the rather austere Poten temple in the sea of sand. The Tenggerese number about 600,000 and they reside in 30 villages scattered in and around the park with smaller communities elsewhere in East Java.

For many visitors, the sight of the angular-faced, sunburned, moustachioed Tenggerese wrapped in poncho-like blankets, trotting about on ponies with craggy mountains as the backdrop, more resembles Peru than Indonesia!

Landscape

If a landscape was ever needed to demonstrate the meaning of the phrase desolate beauty, then this is surely it. Rugged, barren volcanic peaks, gravel plains and that sea of sand. Truly unworldly.

The park also includes large areas which are very lush and green fed by rivers from the high tops. The medium elevations are clad with much thinner forest before this gives way to the barren plateau and peaks.

Flora and Fauna

In the parts of the park which most interest visitors (the caldera and mountain tops) flora and fauna is limited by the general lack of vegetation. At lower elevations and away from the sea of sand, there are though lush green valleys with a typical tropical forest flora. The higher elevations before the tree line ends are largely clad with casuarina (cemara) forest.

Down in the valleys, a few leopard cats are present but rarely seen. Java rusa deer, muntjac, marbled cat and wild pig are amongst the mammals more likely to be glimpsed by casual visitors. This park is not so renowned for birdwatching as others in Java, but up on the plateau you often see hawks and eagles soaring over the valleys below.

Climate

Temperatures are refreshingly cool during the day but outright cold at night as temperatures can drop to zero in the dry season and are rarely much above 5°C in wet season. Daytime temperatures anywhere in the park never exceed 20°C with low teens being normal.

It can rain at any time and the mean average rainfall of 6.6m is best measured in metres, not mm! Most of that comes in the wet season though – November to March. During periods of heavy rain in January and February especially, many parts of the park are inaccessible due to flooding. Landslips are also a real issue at these times.

The 2010/2011 Eruptions

In late 2010 and early 2011 volcanic ash and incandescent material was thrown up by eruptive activity with a heavy rain of ejected volcanic material falling around the crater. Continuous eruptions on 21 January caused a thin ash fall mainly in the village area of Ngadirejo and Sukapura Wonokerto, Probolinggo district. The impact of the heavy rain and volcanic ash from eruptions during December 2010 and January 2011 resulted in disruption to normal activities and the local economy. The potential for long term environmental damage and health problems amongst the residents in the locality surrounding Mount Bromo was paramount at that time.

Due to high seasonal rainfall in January 2011 the potential for lahar (cold lava) and lava flow (hot lava) was elevated due to the deposits of volcanic ash, sand and other ejected material that thad built up. Activity was dominated by tremor vibration, eruption of ash plumes and ejection of incandescent material.

People living on the banks of the Perahu Ravine, Nganten Ravine and Sukapura River were alerted to the high possibility of lahar flows, especially if further heavy rainfalls occur in the area around Cemorolawang, Ngadisari and Ngadirejo. Eruptions and volcanic tremors were reported on 21 January and 22 January with activity subsiding on 23 January 2011.

The park was reopened to visitors in April 2011.

Official Tourism Offices


East Java Tourism Office, Jalan Wisata Menanggal, Surabaya, East Java, Phone: +62 31 8531815 or 8531820 (Email: eastjava@indosat.net.id).

East Java Tourism Office, Jl Jendral Basuki Rachmat 6, Malang, East Java, Phone: +62 341 323966.

Office of the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, Jl Raden Intan No6, Malang, East Java, Phone: +62 341 491828 (Email: tn-bromo@malang.wasan-tara.net.id).

Get In


Mount Bromo is perhaps the most accessible of Java’s active volcanoes and for that reason it gets a lot of domestic tourists, often in package groups. It is also a popular destination for high school groups who camp in the area. For that reason, those visitors seeking a quiet appreciation of the park should avoid major domestic holiday periods. That being said, this is a large park and providing you get away from the main watchpoint areas, quiet enjoyment is possible at any time, as long as the Tenggar caldera in the Mount Bromo volcano complex is not erupting as it did in 2004, late 2010 and early 2011. If so some caution may be required.

Eruptive activity of Tenggar caldera in the Mount Bromo volcano complex-Cautions for visitors
A 2km general exclusion zone was proclaimed in early 2011 and currently remains in place at Mount Bromo.

Tourists and hikers are advised that they should not enter within any exclusion zone in the region and to maintain a safe distance at all times. The Indonesian Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM) and Park authorities have installed warning signs to define the safe approach limits for visitors.

Warning signs and other advisories state the limit radius at the site as may be determined subject to the prevailing eruptive conditions. It is expected that the exclusion zone, extended significantly as an outcome of the eruptive activity in early 2011 may remain for an extended time.

It should be understood that that approaching the area still involves significant risk, even if staying outside the proclaimed exclusion zone.

This volcano has a history of spontaneous activity, sometimes including the ejection of ballistic projectile material. Some previous such spontaneous events have resulted in fatalities, injury and property damage.

As of 30 March, 2011 the tourist route to Mt. Bromo, Laut Pasir, Keciri, Jemplang, Padang Savana Tenger, & Bukit Adasan have reopened for visitors. However, since the eruptive activity of Mt. Bromo is upredictable please ensure that you pay close attention to all advisories and cautions and use special care whilst in the area.

Visit times are restricted to 07:00-17:00.

Current cautions

If eruptive activity recommences and you are in the area please consider your need to remain there. If contemplating travel to the area during an eruption you should anticipate that services including the provision of accommodation, tourism related activities and facilities, civil services and travel arrangements may be disrupted, most especially if the eruptive activity is prolonged or escalates in intensity.

You should monitor the media for information concerning eruptive activity at the site if you are considering travel to the Mount Bromo area and use extra care at all times if near the site.

By Plane

The nearest major airport is in Surabaya (IATA: SUB), three to four hours away by car (and more by bus). Surabaya is well served by regular domestic flights from Jakarta and Bali and some other countries in Asia. Private cars can be arranged in the arrival hall. Fare for a drop off is around IDR600,000 and you may be able to get a car with driver (including fuel and tolls) for IDR500,000 after some negotiation (March 2014).

Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (IATA: MLG) at Malang is a small regional airport with flights from Jakarta only and access from here makes sense if you intend to enter the park via the Tumpang/Ngadas route.

By Train

A Railway station exists in Probolinggo. It is around 10km from Probolinggo Train Station to Probolinggo Bus Terminal and you can use a Bemo. Lookup picture from Terminal to avoid scam (stop at hotel/travel agency). Outside Probllinggo Bus Station you can take a Bemo to Cemoro Lawang for IDR30,000 (Nov 2013). The Bemos drop you off in the village at the T-Crossing; one way goes to Cafe Lawa, the other way to Cemera Indiah Hotel. It takes 1.5h to drive to from Probolingo to Cemoro Lawang. Before you reach the Cemoro Lawang the Bemo stops and you have to pay Park Entrance Fee at a checkpoint.

By Road

There are three established routes into the park.

1. The Probolinggo → Ngadisari Route (Cemoro Lawang and Mount Bromo)

The nearest larger town is Probolinggo, on the north coast of Java about 45km as the crow flies from the park (but it feels a lot further). This is by far the most common route used to access the park as it is the most straightforward (but not necessarily the most interesting). About 6km west of Probolinggo on the main coastal highway, turn south at the village of Ketapang. From there the road snakes up for 40 km through Sukapura (not a bad idea to stay the night here as the hotels are good) to Ngadisari and finally Cemoro Lawang on the edge of the caldera. Total journey time about 1h30.

To get to Probolinggo from Surabaya, take a Damri shuttle bus from the Juanda International Airport in Surabaya to the Bungurasih bus terminal (also called Purabaya) in the city. Then take an express Patas air-conditioned bus for the 2-3h journey from Surabaya to Probolinggo (about IDR25,000). Buses without air-con, but with fans, cost IDR14,000.

Green Mini-Buses (10 seats) from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang are located right outside the terminal: IDR250,000 (translates to IDR30,000 per passenger). Departure from the the terminal bus station as soon as the bus is full or someone pays the full price. Can delay the bus up to 2.5 hours to get enough passengers though after 16:00 it’s quite hard to get enough passengers, its possible to negotiate for a whole minibus at IDR200,000. However, the drivers can sometimes be less demanding for return trip back to Probolinggo, and can start out with fewer passengers on board.

2. The Pasuruan → Tosari Route

This route is only a little harder than the Probolinggo option and Pasuruan has the benefit of being closer to Surabaya. From Pasuruan on the main north coast road between Surabaya and Probolinggo, take the road 45km south to Tosari via Pastepan. Irregular buses ply this route or you can drive it in a regular car. From Tosari to Wonokitri it is another 3km via a local bemo or on the back of a truck. From Wonokotri up to Bromo it is a really nice, three hour 14km trek, so you do need to start very early if you want sunrise. Alternatively you should be able to hire a 4×4 with a driver for that journey. There is accommodation in both Tosari and Wonokitri.

3. The Malang → Tumpang Route

This route approaches from the south east and is seldom used due to the lack of facilities. Certainly the most off-the-beaten-path way to approach the park. Take a microbus from Arjosari bus station in Malang to Tumpang and then a 4×4 vehicle or a heavy truck from Tumpang to Ngadas. There are no facilities to speak of at Ngadas but you will find informal accommodation in family homes in the village. At Ranupani up on the top there is very simple homestay accommodation avaiable – ask at the park office there. The route from Ngadas on to the caldera is interesting because it transverses the Sea of Sand and directly passes Mount Bromo. A dirt road leads across the flat bottom of the caldera, up to Jemplang on the southern rim and on to Ranupani where you should check in at the park office. You have to take a 4×4 vehicle (unless you prefer to walk).

Tour from Yogyakarta


From Yogyakarta you can do a 3 Day Tour (Bromo; Ijen; Transfer to Bali; 2 Nights with Breakfast) for around IDR60,0000 (Nov 2013). This is the fastest way, but many complains can be found online because it takes long and it is exhausting.

Leave Yogya 08:00-09:00; arrival late night in Comoro Lawang (11h+); wake-up 03:00 for sunrise; 21:30 continue to Ijen (6h+).

If you look at the distances (online route planner) and consider Indonesian travel speeds of 30km/h then the late arrival is no surprise:

400km Yogyakarta Probolinggo
1.5h Probolinggo Bus Station Cemoro Lawang
325km Yogyakarta Surabaya
100km Surabaya Probolinggo
60km Surabaya Pasuruan
40km Pasuruan Probolinggo
55km Pasuruan Malang
200km Probolinggo Banyuwangi (Train Station; Ferry to Gilimanuk Bali; Tour to Ijen Crater)
125km Gilimanuk Ubung (One of many Bus Terminal in Denpasar)
10km Ubung Batubulan (One of many Bus Terminal in Denpasar)

Fees/Permits


Prior to entering the park, your car will be directed into a parking lot at the base of the mountain. Upon exiting your car, unless you are on a prearranged tour, middlemen will approach you to offer tickets for a jeep ride to see the sunrise and be taken to the Bromo crater. If you buy your ticket from them, they will hike the price and buy your ticket for you from the office which is directly behind them. Simply avoid them by going to the office and asking to purchase a voucher. Alternatively, you can walk or take a motorcycle taxi, rates negotiable for motorcycle taxi. When entering the park the current ticket fee stands at IDR 10,000 for Indonesians and for foreigners it has increased from IDR 75,000 in 2013 to IDR 217,500 in early May, 2014. In weekends and on public holidays the entrance fee is 320,000 (since May 2014).

“Bogus” Park Tickets

When going on a pre-arranged sunrise tour, be aware when your tour agency or hotel attempts to collect a park entrance fee at the time of pick-up. Operators have been asking for the fee payment before you board the jeep and will hand you a standard receipt for the fee paid. This receipt is not an entrance ticket and will go unchecked at the park entrance gate, as most likely the park staff is getting a cut on this scheme for not checking tickets on these specific vehicles.

If you do not agree with this practice, refuse to pay and demand to stop at the park gate to purchase your ticket. The official ticket is printed on pink paper and sequenqualy numbered. Not having a real ticket won’t get you on trouble but authorities seem to be aware and some vehicles are being stopped on the return to Cemoro Lawang as of May, 2014.

You can enter for free on foot, and walk to the crater and viewpoints (or hire a motorbike with driver once you are inside). Use the horse track on the right side of the Cemara Indah hotel. Also, during the day you can just walk past the gate without being asked to pay.

If you intend to climb Mount Semeru (only for serious trekkers and often closed due to eruptive activity) you will need to apply for a permit in advance to:

Office of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Jl Raden Intan No6, PO Box 54, Malang, East Java, Phone:+62 341 491828

Get Around


From the village of Cemoro Lawang, you can easily hike up Mount Bromo and Mount Penanjakan and the best time to do this is pre-dawn or later in the afternoon, if you wish to avoid the hundreds of people on pre-arranged tours. Villagers offer horseback rides to the top of Mount Bromo and you can also hire a jeep to take you around the area (about Rp 350,000 for one jeep ride in the caldera).

Walking to the Bromo crater from Cemoro Lawang takes only 45 minutes: a path immediately to the right of Cemoro Indah Hotel will lead down to the Sea of Sand. There is no ticket checkpoint.

Information on getting to the viewpoints without a vehicle is presented on the following sections.

See


  • By far the most common activity in the park is visiting the collapsed but still smouldering Mount Bromo, located in the huge, unearthly moonscape of a caldera known as the Sea of Sand (Pasir Lautan). The much photographed view of steaming Mount Bromo surrounded by the Sea of Sand, its rather serene neighbour Mount Batok and mighty Mount Semeru as the southern backdrop, is one of the great iconic images of Indonesia.
  • Mount Batok (2,440m) is a brown volcano at the north centre of the caldera. Unlike the other nearby peaks it is no longer active and actually has some vegetation growing on it, mostly casuarina (cemara) trees that somehow manage to survive even on volcanic ash.
  • The wonderfully coloured and immaculately tidy Tenggerese houses. The Tenggerese culture is unique and an effort to understand these fine people, where they have come from and how they live in this sometimes difficult environment, will be rewarded.
  • The Upacara Kasodo (also Kasada) is held every year at the full moon of the 12th month of the Tenggerese calendar and it is the most demonstrable Tenggerese religious ceremony. The Tenggerese invoke the approval of the gods to ensure a successful harvest, to be spared from any natural calamities and to be cured of disease. Selected Tenggerese men climb down to precarious ledges on the Bromo crater wall and catch the offerings thrown down by their excited neighbours above. A scramble ensues for possession of the offerings and whole thing is both exciting and rather terrifying as it is not unknown in all the mayhem for a “catcher” to slip off his ledge and fall. You can check the date of the next Upacara Kasodo at the East Java Tourism Office in Surabaya (+62 31 567 7219).
  • Madakaripura waterfall. These spectacular falls in the foothills of the park are easily reached by anyone visiting with their own transport. From Sukapura take the north-heading road towards Tongas and after about 6 km close to the village of Sapih the turning to the falls is signposted on your left. Continue down this small road to reach the car park for the falls. There are often lots of hawkers in the car park waiting to hire or sell you umbrellas and ponchos to protect from the spray. There are actually seven waterfalls here some of which drop over the access path during the wet season, so an umbrella is not as silly as it sounds. Legend abounds here: bathing in the chill waters is said to be an elixir of life, the water is regarded as holy by the Tenggerese and is used in their important ceremonies, and the great Majapahit prime minister Gajah Madah is reputed to have meditated here. A very attractive and relaxing spot. According to agents in the Bus Terminal (Nov 2013). the waterfall is a little bit dangerous because monkeys throws stones from the top onto your head, and there are floods in the wet-season (check if the waterfall is closed). The Public Transport route is: Probolingo – Tongas – Pasur Lumbang (from there 5km on foot to the waterfall). From Pasu Lumbang you can continue to Cemoro Lawang (Bromo) via Sukupurak. It might be hard (depending on season) to find Bemo and/or locals might use the opportunity to overcharge you or make you hire a motorbike with driver (No Bemo today). A local guide is handy because they know the easiest way to walk and will assist you when crossing the river several times (especially when the water is high in or just after the rainy season). It will cost around IDR 70.000-100.000 after bargaining (May 2014). To walk here from the parking area will take about one hour.
Madakaripura Waterfall - a good example of the lush nature of the park at lower elevations

Madakaripura Waterfall – a good example of the lush nature of the park at lower elevations

If you want to visit from Cemoro Lawang, you can ask at Cafe Lava Hostel to hire a car with driver. It will cost around IDR 600.000 to take you from there to the falls, wait for you, and drop you of in Probolinggo (May 2014).

The Poten. This is the Tenggerese Hindu temple that sits looking eerily beautiful in the sea of sand close to Mount Bromo. There is something quite magical about this place and the frugality of its decoration and austere design seems very appropriate for the location. Easily found, you really cannot miss it.

Lakes Ranupani and Ranu Regulo. These small, serene and always misty lakes are adjacent to the village of Ranupani on the south side of the crater. The village is the usual start point for ascending Mount Semeru and there is a park office here. Most visitors to this side of the crater will be happy though to take in the beauty of the small highland lakes and leave climbing Mount Semeru to the professionals. Ranupani is an extremely mystical village even by East Javanese standards and the rather ghostly lakes only add to the feelings of spirituality here. If this side of the crater appeals to you, it should be possible to arrange some simple homestay accommodation in Ranupani – ask at the park office.

Do


When timing any activities in the area, bear in mind that sunset is soon after 17:00 and sunrise is correspondingly early at around 05:30. This means you will usually need to get up by 03:30 or so to get to a viewpoint in time for dawn. It will be very crowded, so try to arrive as early as possible if you want to have a good spot (which is at front by the fence). Most people will be watching the sunrise itself (from the left side of the platform), so get a good position to see Mt Bromo and other volcanoes while you can (middle-right side of the platform). About one hour before sunrise (4 AM) it will already be crowded, also in low season and at a weekday.

For the keen hiker, this park is a dream come true and you can make your own schedule. There are many possibilities once you are away from the more popular area at Mount Bromo. Maps and information about the area are available at one of the many official locations. A very easy hike to the first viewpoint takes 1 hour.

The park operates vehicular transport options, for the official prices of IDR275,000 for 2 locations; usually one of the Pananjakan viewpoints and the parking area towards Mount Bromo, or IDR450,000 for 4 locations. Be weary of hawkers offering “guided” trips for up to twice as much. The official driver provided are locals and usually have good knowledge. Feel free to ask drivers at any time to stop for photos or ask questions. Visitors may also bring their own vehicles; alternatively, guides can also be rented on motorbike to guide you around. A tour 4×4 can fit up to 6 people. When organized from any hotel the price seems to be fixed to IDR 125,000 per person to go to the viewpoint at sunrise (leave between 3AM and 4AM), crater and back.

Posts may also request entrance fees (one post per visit). The official fee is minimal, but the local guides may ask for more, this should still be well under IDR10,000 per person. The attentive visitor might rather walk to the post and ask to have the tickets issued directly. No other fees exist, aside from transportation services.

  • Mount Bromo The edges are tinged with sulphur and always bubbling. Due to safety concerns, for some tourists at times may be very limited. When eruptive activity and the prevailing alert status permits the caldera may be approached by foot. Take the left fork at Cemoro Lawang’s solitary crossing, then head down the ramp into the caldera and then across the caldera to the Hindu temple (Poten) at the foot of the mountain. From the temple a steep path of 250 concrete steps leads to the edge of the crater and a precarious 1m-wide ledge from where you can gaze into the steaming crater. A “fence” will block vehicles from getting too close to Poten, and hundreds of horses serve the trail for those who prefer not to go up on foot. A round trip will cost IDR100,000 from the parking area, or a single trip back will cost IDR30,000 (these are official prices with vouchers). It’s much better to casually walk, though: the walk from the tourist centre to the top of the mountain should take no longer than 90min and is about 3km. In February 2011 the crater could be approached to a distance of 1km. The eruptive status remained too dangerous to descend into the caldera during February and March 2011 and smoke could still be seen rising out of the crater. Generally the more brown the smoke is, the more the volcano is active. Although the eruptive activity of early 2011 has subsided the area surrounding Teggara Caldera should still be approached with considerable caution.
  • Mount Semeru can be climbed over 2 days but it is a venture for serious trekkers only and requires a high level of physical fitness. A permit must obtained in advance and would be climbers should be very aware that the mountain will be off-limits during periods of eruptive activity. This is a very active volcano. If you do decide you are up for this you should be able to find a guide to go at least part of the way with you at the park office in Ranupani. That office is also the best source of information for an assessment of the current state of the mountain and for hooking up with serious climbers from around the world.
  • Mount Penanjakan (2,770m), its peak also called Viewpoint #1, located just north of the caldera, is a mountaintop viewpoint accessible by paved road from Tosari and hence popular with jeeps and even tour buses. At the peak lies an antenna array (easily spotted from miles around), many shops, a mosque and several “real” buildings. It’s the highest point easily accessible, so many visit here to get a good look around. The most popular sight is the sunrise: most of the crowd comes to see the dawn at 05:00 and you will likely have the large concrete observation post to yourself if you arrive later in the day. A steady hike from Bromo to Batok and then around the rim to Penanjakan will take about three hours and the last ascent of about 500m is very stiff indeed but truly worthwhile. Ancient Javanese Hindu texts tell of how Bromo-Penanjakan-Semeru (or Mahameru as it was then) was the spiritual axis of the universe and the point of all creation. The view from Penanjakan will explain why – it is truly breathtaking. This is where most of those iconic picture postcard views are taken from. After you have had your fill of the views, a hike back across the sea of sand to Cemoro Lawang will take about 2h.
  • Viewpoint #2, along the trail from Cemoro Lawang to Mount Penanjakan, is an excellent way to get a stunning view of the caldera without the crowds. To reach it, head west from Cemoro Lawang (past the Cemoro Indah hotel) for 6km, passing Tenngerese farms and fields. The paved road eventually turns into a twisty mountain trail that ends with a flight of stairs on the right, and the viewpoint (with concrete shelter) is at the top. Allow 90min for the climb up at a steady pace and bring along a flashlight if attempting this at night. From here, you can continue onto Mount Penanjakan by following the trail upwards, after which the trail merges onto the paved road to the viewpoint (total time about 60min one way). If planning to return the same way, mark the spot where the trail emerges onto the road (if you pass a stone lantern on the way down you have gone too far. Descending on this section can get slippery due to loose sand and rocks. As of September 2008, the direct route from Cemoro Lawang up to Penanjakan and Viewpoint #2 is severely damaged because of landslides. The path is still passable, but it can be tricky to spot the dangerous parts in the dark — each vistor should have their own flashlight.
  • Jazz Gunung, Java Banana Bromo, Wonotoro, [1]. Jazz Gunung (Mountain Jazz) is an annual music event that is held at Java Banana Bromo’s open stage every July. It is a unique event that celebrates music, nature, and culture since 2009. The stunning scenery in breezy mountainous tropical climate with the temperature around 14-18°C (about 57-65°F) during daylight and hit as low as 6-10°C (42-50°F) at night distinguish this event from other jazz festivals in Indonesia. Visit the website for more information. Rp 150,000. edit
  • Do it yourself – Mount Penanjakan Sunrise on foot. With good shoes and fitness you need not horse, bike or jeep. On foot it takes:

1 hour to Viewpoint2
1 hour to Viewpoint1 from Viewpoint2
1.5 hours to go back
1 hour to the Crater.

A (basic) map exists in Cafe Lava (or search online).

Instruction to do it yourself:
1) Around 03:00 go to Cemara Indah Hotel and follow the sealed road. It is easy to follow the road because many Jeeps drive around and on the target (top of the mountains) are already lights because locals sell Breakfast and Coffee at Viewpoint1, …)
2) On the way (30min) you will pass a little bridge – just continue and follow the road.
3) Before you reach Viewpoint2 you have to go up some stairs (I guess shorter than the street).
4) From Viewpoint2 you can go up a steep, narrow, washed out trail to Viewpoint1.
5) Enjoy the sunrise.
6) Go same way back.
7) At Cemera Indiah Hotel you can go down a muddy trail (with Horse-Apples) and then head to the Temple and the Crater.
8) Head back – The majority of tours leave Cemoro Lawang around 09:00.

Bromo-Map

 Buy


The most popular local product, at least based on the number of hawkers selling them, appears to be the Bromo hat, a colourful woolly hat with BROMO embroidered on it.

Scarfs and extra warm clothing are also popular and useful if you are not prepared for the cold mountain air.

Eat


Every lodge and hotel has an attached restaurant and there are few independent eateries of any note.

There are simple roadside warungs though selling the regular basic Indonesian dishes and IDR2,000 mugs of hot Javanese coffee (kopi panas). There is no nightlife in the usual sense of the word but all restaurants are open at 03:00 as that is when everybody wakes to see the sun rise.

Waroeng Basuki. Nice eatery at Cemoro Lawang serving many traditional Indonesian dishes such as tahu tek (tofu/beancurd), rujak cingur (salad with a sweet and spicy sauce and garnished with ox-nose). Also serves Chinese food. Reasonably priced. edit

Drink


Evenings in the park are quiet. A few beers with fellow travellers are in order.

The mulled wine served at some places in the evening seems to be heated Tuak (a palm wine) with some local spices added. Only those with the strongest constitution should even consider this and frankly, it is not very nice.

Make sure you always have enough water with you during the day as it is deceptively easy to de-hydrate here, despite the fresh climate.

Sleep


Lodging

There are plenty of accommodation options around the park. Facilities at Cemoro Lawang and elsewhere close to the caldera are quite basic though and those visitors looking for more comfortable accommodation should stay in Sukapura or Tosari. If not on a pre-arranged tour and planning on hiking to the viewpoints and/or crater, favor hotels closer to the crater. That will also facilitate arranging public transportation onwards, as the public buses (green coloured vans) park close to the park entrance.

CemoroLawang_Farmhouse
Cemoro Lawang
  • Homestays, Cemero Lawang (near the bus stop). All rooms are small and prices are similar (250,000 with en suite hot shower, 150,000 with shared hot shower, IDR130,000 with shared cold water), but room qualities range from stinky no window to modern rooms with a nice view. One of the cheapest options is left of the main road, 100m before Cafe Lava with five clean rooms with shared cold water mandi. One hot shower room with good view can be found at Riky Homestay 3 houses before park fee collection. IDR150,000-250,000 (Apr 2014)
  • Cafe Lava, Cemoro Lawang (very close to the park entrance). This former budget option now offers budget rooms at medium class hotel prices. Its kitchen will never win any star, but is one of the rare options in town get non-local food. From IDR218,000 for an economy room
  • Hotel Bromo Permai, Jl Raya Cemoro Lawang, Ngadisari, Phone: +62 335 541021. It is right on top in a fabulous location but it is not cheap compared to the other options. Also reports of the hot water and heating not working. 
  • Lava View Lodge, Cemoro Lawang, +62 335 541009. The most upmarket option in Cemoro Lawang, located at the caldera edge some 500m west of the village and the price is a bit higher than other options here. Looks better from outside than in, but the rooms are clean and have hot water. From IDR375,000
  • Yoschi’s, Sukapura (below Java Banana Bromo Lodge and about 5 km down from Cemero Lawang), Phone: +62 335 541018, [2]. 24 rooms and two x 2 bedroom family cottages. 20% is added to the stated prices. Cheaper rooms have shared toilets and a hot water shower outside. Be aware of the hotel distance to the crater if attempting to visit the sites independently, the 5 km distance is mostly uphill From IDR175,000
Sukapura
  • Java Banana Bromo Lodge, Jl Raya Bromo, Wonotoro, Sukapura, Probolinggo, East Java, Phone: +62 335 541193 (booking@java-banana.com), . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 12:00. A cozy boutique hotel with beautiful views. It is a lodge, cafe and gallery. Also offer mountain bike rental. Prices from IDR1,210,000.  
  • Grand Bromo Hotel (formerly Hotel Raya Bromo), Desa Sukapura, Probolinggo, East Java, Phone: +62 335 581103 (info@grandbromo.com), . Formerly this was clearly the grandest place to stay near the park but Java Banana may now hold that accolade. Located in Sukapura about one hour down the hill from Cemoro Lawang. They are close now, under renovation. Internet rates from USD55 and frequently included on package tours
Tosari/Wonokitri
  • Bromo Cottages, Tosari, Pasuaran, Phone: +62 335 515253 (info@bromocottages.com), . Despite the name, it is actually a fairly upmarket hotel with 100 rooms. Has a good Chinese restaurant attached and can arrange car hire. Offer a full compliment of organised tours in and around the park as well as catering for the independent traveller. From IDR600,000.
  • Bromo Surya Indah Homestay, Wonokitri village, Phone: +62 343 571049. Simple place to stay in an excellent location. Popular with budget travellers. About Rp 120,000
Camping

Camping is certainly possible in the park but you must register at the Cemoro Lawang gate (where there is an adjacent campsite). There are many sources of safe, fresh water in the park – ask locally.

Potential campers should be very aware of how cold it gets here though and be thoroughly prepared for that. Heavy duty sleeping bags are essential.

Stay Healthy


Temperatures on Mount Bromo are refreshingly cool during the day (although sunburn is still a real danger), but outright cold at night, as temperatures can drop to zero in the dry season and are rarely much above 5°C in wet season. Some of the cheaper places to stay may not provide adequate blankets or heating, so come prepared. If needed, you can rent jackets and hats at Cemoro Lawang and at the Penanjakan viewpoint for about IDR20,000. Hats and gloves are important if you wish to survive in the cold especially early in the morning, face masks would keep the dust away if the crowd gets big around the crater.

Mount Semeru erupting in 2004

Mount Semeru erupting in 2004

There are cases of malaria each year in the lower foothills of the park and any visitor planning a long stay or to camp in this area should take necessary precautions. This is not though a problem for those visiting Mount Bromo or the high plateau only.

Stay Safe


The “path” at the top of the steps up to Mount Bromo is only about 1 metre wide and in places the drop into the crater is sheer and considerable. Be careful, make sure you have a flashlight for any pre-dawn climb and always have your wits about you. The steps can be covered with crater dust and its possible to slip while climbing, be wary while climbing.

Bromo is an active volcano, and Semeru is a very active volcano. In June 2004, two tourists were killed at Bromo by rocks flung from a sudden explosion. The Smithsonian Institute’s Volcanic Activity Report keeps an eye on both, and is worth checking.

It gets very cold up on the high tops at night, probably colder than anywhere in Indonesia outside of the glacial highlands of Papua. Be suitably prepared for nightime temperatures not far above zero.

Get Out


  • Malang is the cultural capital of East Java.
  • Banyuwangi for ferries to Bali, more national parks and the Ijen Crater.
  • Surabaya for flights elsewhere in Indonesia and to Singapore and Malaysia.

Map


Mt. Bromo Map-1280Potentials of natural resources that ground the designation of the area as a national park area : Natural phenomena caused uniquely by or as volcanic activities from Mount Tengger have become 5 (five) mountains :

Mt. Bromo ( 2,392 m high asl.)
Mt. Batok ( 2,400 m asl.)
Mt. Widodaren ( 2,614 m asl.)
Mt. Watangan ( 2,601 m asl.) and
Mt. Kursi ( 2,581 m asl ), and
a wide Laut Pasir ( Sand Sea ) caused by its eruption.

Besides Mount Semeru (3,676 m asl.) is the highest mountain in Java Island and it is now still an active volcano.

indonesia mapMap Mt. Bromo w Probolinggo

Transportation from Yogyakarta to Mt. Bromo (to Bali): While in Yogyakarta, we booked a combined 2-day/1-night minivan/bus ride including a stop over at Mt. Bromo for 310,000 IDR each. Our ticket included:

  1. 9-hour drive from Yogyakarta to Probolinggo (main entrance town to Mt. Bromo) in minivan.
  2. Switch minivans to travel from Probolinggo to Ngadisari (Guesthouse town closer to Mt. Bromo).
  3. Guesthouse with double bed and cold shower (customizable).
  4. Jeep 4×4 ride to sunrise lookout point over Mt. Bromo (add-on).
  5. Hike to the top of Mt. Bromo from the Sea of Sand.
  6. Return transportation to guesthouse to shower and pack.
  7. Breakfast.
  8. Return minivan transportation from Ngadisari to Probolinggo.
  9. Bus ride from Probolinggo to Ketapang, Java (Port Town).
  10. Ferry from Ketapang to Gilimanuk, Bali.
  11. Bus ride from Gilimanuk to Densapar, Bali (11-hours total from Probolinggo to Densapar).

Labeled Mt Bromo

Staircase leading to the top of Mt. Bromo Volcano

Fog covering the Sea of Sand. Mt. Batok on the Left

Fog covering the Sea of Sand. Mt. Batok on the Left, Mountain range behind that held our morning viewpoint.

Fog halfway back across the Sea of Sand

Fog halfway back across the Sea of Sand

Fog fully cleared from the Sea of Sand

Fog fully cleared from the Sea of Sand.

Overall Impression: The 2-day travel was long and tedious, but totally worth it for the spectacular sunrise and opportunity to hike to the crater of Mt. Bromo volcano. I thought the morning Jeep 4×4 tour was worth the extra 80,000 IDR, and I could not of been happier with the entire experience. Posted 8th April 2013 by Roxanne

Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru, Indonesia

Satellite Photo of Bromo – Tengger – Semeru

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Angga Dwi Tuti Lestari Anak Petani Asli Solo Lulus dengan IPK 3,98

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN 20

Angga Dwi Tuti Lestari Peraih IPK 3,98 Solo. Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (MIPA) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Solo

Angga Dwi Tuti Lestari Peraih IPK 3,98 Solo. Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (MIPA) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Solo

Setelah Raeni dari Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes), kini ada satu mahasiswi asal Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (MIPA) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Solo yang berprestasi, Angga Dwituti Lestari.

IPK Angga Dwi Tuti Lestari bahkan mampu mengalahkan IPK yang diperoleh Raeni yang sebesar 3,96. Perempuan kelahiran Sleman 21 Februari 1992 ini lulus dengan IPK 3,98. Yang lebih mencengangkan, Eng -demikian dia biasa dipanggil- merupakan putri dari seorang petani.

Raut wajah gembira terlihat saat Okezone menghampiri anak kedua dari dua bersaudara pasangan Supriyanto dan Sugiyanti yang tinggal di Cibuk Lor I, Margoluwih, Seyegan, Sleman, Yogyakarta ini di ruang Humas Universitas Sebelas Maret, Solo, Jawa Tengah, Selasa (17/6/2014).

Kegembiraan tersebut dikarenakan Eng mampu mewujudkan impian orangtuanya untuk bisa melanjutkan sekolah ke jenjang pendidikan yang lebih tinggi. Eng merupakan mahasiswi Fakultas MIPA. Eng merupakan mahasiswi program studi Biologi Fakultas MIPA UNS angkatan 2010 yang diterima, dan mendapatkan beasiswa bidikmisi.

“Ayah saya seorang petani. Ibu saya lulus SD saja tidak. Terus terang pada mulanya saya bingung kalau mau melanjutkan sekolah uang dari mana. Untungnya saya dapat bidikmisi,” papar Eng mengawali ceritanya kepada Okezone, di Kampus UNS Solo, Jawa Tengah.

Meskipun Eng mendapatkan bidikmisi, dirinya mengaku tak bisa hanya berdiam diri saja. Untuk menghidupi biaya sehari-hari selama berkuliah di Kota Solo, pada awal semester, Eng bekerja sebagai guru les. Namun pekerjaan tersebut hanya dia lakukan pada semester awal saja, sebab beasiswa bidikmisi yang didapatkannya sudah cukup membantu.

Eng pun akhirnya memutuskan untuk merintis usaha kecil-kecilan. Begitu dia mendapat beasiswa Bidikmisi, beasiswa tersebut dia gunakan untuk merintis usaha jus organik. Pelan namun pasti, usaha jus organik yang dirintis di kampung halamannya, yaitu di Yogya berjalan cukup sukses.

“Setiap bulan saya menabung Rp100 ribu. Setelah terkumpul Rp1 juta saya gunakan untuk buka usaha itu. Bahkan saya mampu menyewa tempat kecil-kecilan di depan SMP 1 Godean,” ujar perempuan lulusan SMA 1 yogyakarta ini.

Meskipun kepadatan kuliah, ditambah usaha jus organik yang dijalaninya, tak mengganggu waktunya untuk berkuliah. Selama kuliah di UNS, Eng selalu mendapatkan IPK 4,0 di setiap semesternya. Hingga akhirnya, Eng mendapatkan kepercayaan penuh mewakili Indonesia dalam pertemuan World Student Environment Summit yang diikuti 34 negara di Jerman pada 2013 lalu.

Sebenarnya Eng sudah di wisuda pada Februari lalu. Namun karena dirinya mengalami kecelakaan sepeda motor saat bersama saudaranya, maka Eng memutuskan menunda wisudanya. Baru pada Maret, Eng resmi diwisuda.

“Untungnya waktu kecelakaan itu saya tidak apa-apa. Hanya saudara saya yang luka. Karena itulah saya menunda wisuda saya. Tidak enak lihat saudara sakit, masak saya nekat untuk wisuda,” paparnya.

Angga Dwituti Lestari Peraih IPK 3,98 Mendapatkan Beasiswa di Belanda

Angga-Dwituti-Lestari.-320x240Angga Dwituti Lestari bersiap melanjutkan kuliahnya di Leiden University, Belanda lepas dirinya diwisuda. Eng, begitu dia biasa disapa, merupakan mahasiswi asal Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam (MIPA) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Solo yang berprestasi dengan IPK tertinggi sebesar 3,98.

Selama kuliah di Belanda, wisudawan terbaik UNS ini mengambil tema skripsi tentang karakter fisilogis dan biokimia buah alpukat dengan perlakuan suhu dan kitosan (cangkang udang) untuk menghambat proses pemasakan selama penyimpanan. Eng nantinya berencana mengambil jurusan Plant Biology and Natural product.

Alhamdulilah saya dapat beasiswa lagi melalui Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan melalui Afirmasi. Kenapa saya pilih Belanda, kebetulan, dosen saya ada yang kuliah S3 di Belanda. Sayangnya di Jerman tidak ada jurusan yang saya ambil. kalau Inggris ada, tapi saya tidak punya kenalan,” jelasnya, kepada Okezone.

Karena kondisi ekonomi keluarganya yang pas-pasan itulah, ayahnya tak pernah memberikan dirinya hadiah. Meskipun sejak duduk di bangku sekolah dasar, Eng yang semula bercita-cita ingin menjadi seorang dokter ini selalu mendapatkan peringkat terbaik. Kalau pun ada, ayah dan ibunya selalu mengajaknya makan mi ayam bersama.

Sekadar informasi, Eng merupakan mahasiswi program studi Biologi Fakultas MIPA UNS angkatan 2010 yang diterima, dan mendapatkan beasiswa Bidikmisi.

“Ayah saya seorang petani. Ibu saya lulus SD saja tidak. Terus terang pada mulanya saya bingung kalau mau melanjutkan sekolah uang dari mana. Untungnya saya dapat bidikmisi,” papar Eng.

Meskipun Eng mendapatkan bidikmisi, dirinya mengaku tak bisa hanya berdiam diri saja. Untuk menghidupi biaya sehari-hari selama berkuliah di Kota Solo, pada awal semester, Eng bekerja sebagai guru les. Namun pekerjaan tersebut hanya dia lakukan pada semester awal saja, sebab beasiswa bidikmisi yang didapatkannya sudah cukup membantu.

Prestasi Gemilang Seorang Anak Tukang Becak – Raeni Raih IPK 3,96 di UNNES

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN 20

Raeni menaiki Becak ayah nya Mugiyono, diantar sang Ayah untuk mengikuti Wisuda. Selasa (10/6/2014).

Raeni menaiki Becak ayah nya Mugiyono, diantar sang Ayah untuk mengikuti Wisuda di Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) dengan IPK 3,96 . Selasa (10/6/2014).

Keterbatasan ekonomi tidak menghalangi Raeni untuk menambatkan cita-citanya setinggi langit dengan menyelesaikan pendidikan di Unnes Semarang.

Meski orangtuanya pengemudi becak, ia menunjukkan, biaya bukan penghalang masuk perguruan tinggi. Bukan hanya selesai lulus dan wisuda biasa, namun Raeni kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 (21) menjadi wisudawan terbaik pada upacara wisuda periode kedua 2014 Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes).

Uniknya, lulusan Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi Unnes ini berangkat menuju ke tempat wisuda, Auditorium Unnes, Selasa, menumpang becak yang digenjot Mugiyono (55), ayahandanya.

Tanpa memperlihatkan rasa canggung, anak bungsu dari dua bersaudara pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah itu naik becak mulai dari tempat indekosnya, sekitar kampus Unnes, menuju lokasi wisuda.

Demikian pula, ketika usai wisuda, peraih beasiswa Bidik Misi itu kembali menumpang becak yang digenjot ayahnya. Bahkan Rektor Unnes Prof. Fathur Rokhman pun ikut menumpang menuju rektorat.

Raeni mengaku bangga bisa menamatkan kuliah di Unnes dengan prestasi yang membanggakan dan menyandang predikat lulusan terbaik meski dirinya berasal dari kalangan keluarga yang tidak mampu.

“Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Inginnya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata gadis yang bercita-cita menjadi guru tersebut.Raut wajah Mugiyono berseri-seri tak kuasa menahan senyum yang menampilkan deretan giginya yang putih. Dia bersemangat mengayuh becaknya mengantar gadis manis yang berdandan rapi dan memakai toga wisuda. Maklum, gadis yang menumpang becaknya adalah putri bungsunya.

Raeni, namanya. Penerima beasiswa Bidik Misi yang mengambil Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) itu, berangkat ke lokasi wisuda dari indekosnya diantar ayahnya dengan becak.

Raeni dan ayahnya langsung menjadi perhatian para keluarga wisudawan dan puluhan wartawan Selasa 10 Juni 2014 kemarin. Kendati demikian, senyum bangga tetap menghiasi wajah Raeni, juga sang bapak.

Ayah Raeni memang bekerja sebagai tukang becak, yang setiap hari mangkal tak jauh dari rumahnya di Kelurahan Langenharjo, Kendal.

Pekerjaan itu dilakoni Mugiyono, setelah ia berhenti sebagai karyawan di pabrik kayu lapis. Sebagai tukang becak, penghasilannya tak menentu. Sekitar Rp 10-Rp 50 ribu per hari. Karena itu, ia juga bekerja sebagai penjaga malam sebuah sekolah dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu per bulan.

Meski dari keluarga kurang mampu, Raeni berkali-kali membuktikan keunggulan dan prestasinya. Dia beberapa kali memperoleh indeks prestasi 4. Sempurna!

Prestasi itu dipertahankan hingga ia lulus, sehingga ia ditetapkan sebagai wisudawati terbaik dengan Indeks Prestasi Komulatif (IPK) 3,96.

Raeni juga menunjukkan tekad baja, agar bisa menikmati masa depan yang lebih baik dan membahagiakan keluarganya. “Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Pengin-nya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata gadis yang bercita-cita menjadi guru tersebut.

Tentu saja cita-cita itu didukung sang ayahanda. Mugiyono mendukung putri bungsunya itu untuk berkuliah, agar bisa menjadi guru sesuai cita-citanya.

“Sebagai orangtua hanya bisa mendukung. Saya rela mengajukan pensiun dini dari perusahaan kayu lapis agar mendapatkan pesangon,” kata pria yang mulai menggenjot becak sejak 2010 itu.

Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman mengatakan, apa yang dilakukan Raeni membuktikan tidak ada halangan bagi anak dari keluarga kurang mampu untuk bisa berkuliah dan berprestasi.

“Meski berasal dari keluarga dengan kondisi ekonomi yang kurang, Raeni tetap bersemangat dan mampu menunjukkan prestasinya. Sampai saat ini Unnes menyediakan 26% dari jumlah kursi yang dimilikinya, untuk mahasiswa dari keluarga tidak mampu. Kami sangat bangga dengan apa yang diraih Raeni,” kata Fathur.

Ubah Minder Jadi Prestasi

Semangat dan kecerdasan Raeni membuat banyak orang berdecak kagum. Namun demikian, dia mengaku sempat minder karena pekerjaan ayahnya sebagai pengayuh becak.

“Dulu pernah minder orangtua tukang becak. Tapi, kenapa minder? Beliau orangtua saya, mendidik saya, meski tidak memberi biaya hidup banyak (saat kuliah), tapi mendukung saya. Saya sangat bangga,” katanya.

Selama kuliah, ia dikenal cerdas dan disiplin. Bahkan, berkali-kali menjuarai lomba dan memperoleh hadiah uang tunai, yang sebagian disisihkan untuk diberikan kepada orangtuanya, Mugiyono dan Sujamah.

Gadis kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 itu juga sangat aktif di kampus, antara lain dengan menjadi Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Pendidikan Akuntansi FE Unnes dan Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Jurusan Pendidikan Ekonomi FE Unnes. Nilai 4 dalam IPK-nya seakan menjadi rutinitas sejak masuk kuliah. Menurut Raeni, manajemen waktu menjadi kunci suksesnya.

Putri kedua pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah selalu mendapat IPK cumlaude selama menimba ilmu. Raeni mengaku sangat mengatur waktu belajarnya bahkan ketika jeda pergantian jam mata kuliah.

“Kadang kalau ada materi yang belum dimengerti saya menghubungi dosen saat jeda jam kuliah. Jadi nantinya tidak hanya mendapat nilai saja tapi benar-benar mengerti,” ungkap Raeni.

Meski belajar dan mengerjakan tugas menjadi prioritas saat kuliah, ia tetap menjaga komunikasinya dengan teman-teman. “Kalau jeda kuliah saya juga interaksi dengan teman, update info juga,” kata saat ditemui di rumah kosnya, Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24, Semarang.

Penerima beasiswa Bidikmisi itu tidak hanya disiplin dalam hal akademik. Di kehidupan sehari-harinya di kos, Raeni tetap dikenal sebagai sosok disiplin oleh penghuni dan ibu kos. Ia selalu berusaha menjalankan salat berjamaah di Masjid, seperti yang diajarkan orangtuanya.

Sejak kuliah ia nyaris tak pernah merepotkan kedua orangtua. Sejak semester 3, Raeni sudah berusaha mencari penghasilan tambahan dengan memberikan les private kepada murid SMA.

Sosok Mugiyono yang sempat membuatnya minder, ternyata mampu membentuk Raeni berdisiplin, sportif, dan hidup sederhana.

Nama Raeni sudah sampai ke telinga Anies Baswedan. Keberhasilan putri tukang becak itu membuat pelopor gerakan Indonesia Mengajar itu ingin berkomunikasi secara langsung dengan Raeni. Apalagi Raeni ingin menjadi pendidik.

“Saya sudah bicara via telepon tadi,” ujar Anies di Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Kamis 12 Juni 2014.

Setelah berkomunikasi dengan Raeni, Anies baru mengetahui jika lulusan terbaik Unnes itu sudah mengikuti tes masuk Indonesia Mengajar. Bahkan, Raeni bakal menghadapi ujian wawancara.

“Dia lagi tes Indonesia Mengajar. Dia sudah lolos fase pertama. Nanti akan fase kedua, direct assessment atau wawancara,” tuturnya.

Meski Raeni tengah menjadi buah bibir, namun Anies menegaskan, jalannya ujian masuk akan berlangsung objektif.

Ditawari Beasiswa ke Inggris

Kepala Humas Unnes Sucipto Hadi Purnomo mengabarkan, sejumlah perusahaan menyatakan minatnya untuk merekrut sarjana pendidikan ekonomi ini bekerja. Selain itu, sebuah foundation juga menyatakan minatnya menyeponsori gadis kelahiran Kendal ini kuliah S2 di Inggris.

Sementara itu, Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman di Jakarta mengabarkan, pihaknya akan memfasilitasi Raeni untuk kuliah S2 seperti cita-citanya. “Beasiswa itu kami upayakan dari Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan,” katanya.

Bagi Fathur, Raeni telah memberikan pesan penting kepada kita bahwa pendidikan dapat menjadi alat memotong mata rantai kemiskinan. Pemerintah telah mengupayakan supaya anak-anak berpestasi dari keluarga tidak mampu dapat menikmati pendidikan tinggi.

“Di luar itu, yang paling penting dari diri Raeni adalah tentang pentingnya kesungguhan. Dia membuktikan kepada kita semua, kondisi keluarga yang berkekurangan tidak jadi kendala jika diiringi dengan tekad yang kuat,” tandasnya.

– See more at: http://news.liputan6.com/read/2062384/kisah-raeni-si-anak-tukang-becak-kejar-ilmu-hingga-inggris#sthash.hdzDLR27.dpuf

Raut wajah Mugiyono berseri-seri tak kuasa menahan senyum yang menampilkan deretan giginya yang putih. Dia bersemangat mengayuh becaknya mengantar gadis manis yang berdandan rapi dan memakai toga wisuda. Maklum, gadis yang menumpang becaknya adalah putri bungsunya.

Raeni, namanya. Penerima beasiswa Bidik Misi yang mengambil Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) itu, berangkat ke lokasi wisuda dari indekosnya diantar ayahnya dengan becak.

Raeni dan ayahnya langsung menjadi perhatian para keluarga wisudawan dan puluhan wartawan Selasa 10 Juni 2014 kemarin. Kendati demikian, senyum bangga tetap menghiasi wajah Raeni, juga sang bapak.

Ayah Raeni memang bekerja sebagai tukang becak, yang setiap hari mangkal tak jauh dari rumahnya di Kelurahan Langenharjo, Kendal.

Pekerjaan itu dilakoni Mugiyono, setelah ia berhenti sebagai karyawan di pabrik kayu lapis. Sebagai tukang becak, penghasilannya tak menentu. Sekitar Rp 10-Rp 50 ribu per hari. Karena itu, ia juga bekerja sebagai penjaga malam sebuah sekolah dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu per bulan.

Meski dari keluarga kurang mampu, Raeni berkali-kali membuktikan keunggulan dan prestasinya. Dia beberapa kali memperoleh indeks prestasi 4. Sempurna!

Prestasi itu dipertahankan hingga ia lulus, sehingga ia ditetapkan sebagai wisudawati terbaik dengan Indeks Prestasi Komulatif (IPK) 3,96.

Raeni juga menunjukkan tekad baja, agar bisa menikmati masa depan yang lebih baik dan membahagiakan keluarganya. “Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Pengin-nya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata gadis yang bercita-cita menjadi guru tersebut.

Tentu saja cita-cita itu didukung sang ayahanda. Mugiyono mendukung putri bungsunya itu untuk berkuliah, agar bisa menjadi guru sesuai cita-citanya.

“Sebagai orangtua hanya bisa mendukung. Saya rela mengajukan pensiun dini dari perusahaan kayu lapis agar mendapatkan pesangon,” kata pria yang mulai menggenjot becak sejak 2010 itu.

Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman mengatakan, apa yang dilakukan Raeni membuktikan tidak ada halangan bagi anak dari keluarga kurang mampu untuk bisa berkuliah dan berprestasi.

“Meski berasal dari keluarga dengan kondisi ekonomi yang kurang, Raeni tetap bersemangat dan mampu menunjukkan prestasinya. Sampai saat ini Unnes menyediakan 26% dari jumlah kursi yang dimilikinya, untuk mahasiswa dari keluarga tidak mampu. Kami sangat bangga dengan apa yang diraih Raeni,” kata Fathur.

Ubah Minder Jadi Prestasi

Semangat dan kecerdasan Raeni membuat banyak orang berdecak kagum. Namun demikian, dia mengaku sempat minder karena pekerjaan ayahnya sebagai pengayuh becak.

“Dulu pernah minder orangtua tukang becak. Tapi, kenapa minder? Beliau orangtua saya, mendidik saya, meski tidak memberi biaya hidup banyak (saat kuliah), tapi mendukung saya. Saya sangat bangga,” katanya.

Selama kuliah, ia dikenal cerdas dan disiplin. Bahkan, berkali-kali menjuarai lomba dan memperoleh hadiah uang tunai, yang sebagian disisihkan untuk diberikan kepada orangtuanya, Mugiyono dan Sujamah.

Gadis kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 itu juga sangat aktif di kampus, antara lain dengan menjadi Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Pendidikan Akuntansi FE Unnes dan Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Jurusan Pendidikan Ekonomi FE Unnes. Nilai 4 dalam IPK-nya seakan menjadi rutinitas sejak masuk kuliah. Menurut Raeni, manajemen waktu menjadi kunci suksesnya.

Putri kedua pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah selalu mendapat IPK cumlaude selama menimba ilmu. Raeni mengaku sangat mengatur waktu belajarnya bahkan ketika jeda pergantian jam mata kuliah.

“Kadang kalau ada materi yang belum dimengerti saya menghubungi dosen saat jeda jam kuliah. Jadi nantinya tidak hanya mendapat nilai saja tapi benar-benar mengerti,” ungkap Raeni.

Meski belajar dan mengerjakan tugas menjadi prioritas saat kuliah, ia tetap menjaga komunikasinya dengan teman-teman. “Kalau jeda kuliah saya juga interaksi dengan teman, update info juga,” kata saat ditemui di rumah kosnya, Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24, Semarang.

Penerima beasiswa Bidikmisi itu tidak hanya disiplin dalam hal akademik. Di kehidupan sehari-harinya di kos, Raeni tetap dikenal sebagai sosok disiplin oleh penghuni dan ibu kos. Ia selalu berusaha menjalankan salat berjamaah di Masjid, seperti yang diajarkan orangtuanya.

Sejak kuliah ia nyaris tak pernah merepotkan kedua orangtua. Sejak semester 3, Raeni sudah berusaha mencari penghasilan tambahan dengan memberikan les private kepada murid SMA.

Sosok Mugiyono yang sempat membuatnya minder, ternyata mampu membentuk Raeni berdisiplin, sportif, dan hidup sederhana.

Nama Raeni sudah sampai ke telinga Anies Baswedan. Keberhasilan putri tukang becak itu membuat pelopor gerakan Indonesia Mengajar itu ingin berkomunikasi secara langsung dengan Raeni. Apalagi Raeni ingin menjadi pendidik.

“Saya sudah bicara via telepon tadi,” ujar Anies di Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Kamis 12 Juni 2014.

Setelah berkomunikasi dengan Raeni, Anies baru mengetahui jika lulusan terbaik Unnes itu sudah mengikuti tes masuk Indonesia Mengajar. Bahkan, Raeni bakal menghadapi ujian wawancara.

“Dia lagi tes Indonesia Mengajar. Dia sudah lolos fase pertama. Nanti akan fase kedua, direct assessment atau wawancara,” tuturnya.

Meski Raeni tengah menjadi buah bibir, namun Anies menegaskan, jalannya ujian masuk akan berlangsung objektif.

Ditawari Beasiswa ke Inggris

Kepala Humas Unnes Sucipto Hadi Purnomo mengabarkan, sejumlah perusahaan menyatakan minatnya untuk merekrut sarjana pendidikan ekonomi ini bekerja. Selain itu, sebuah foundation juga menyatakan minatnya menyeponsori gadis kelahiran Kendal ini kuliah S2 di Inggris.

Sementara itu, Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman di Jakarta mengabarkan, pihaknya akan memfasilitasi Raeni untuk kuliah S2 seperti cita-citanya. “Beasiswa itu kami upayakan dari Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan,” katanya.

Bagi Fathur, Raeni telah memberikan pesan penting kepada kita bahwa pendidikan dapat menjadi alat memotong mata rantai kemiskinan. Pemerintah telah mengupayakan supaya anak-anak berpestasi dari keluarga tidak mampu dapat menikmati pendidikan tinggi.

“Di luar itu, yang paling penting dari diri Raeni adalah tentang pentingnya kesungguhan. Dia membuktikan kepada kita semua, kondisi keluarga yang berkekurangan tidak jadi kendala jika diiringi dengan tekad yang kuat,” tandasnya.

– See more at: http://news.liputan6.com/read/2062384/kisah-raeni-si-anak-tukang-becak-kejar-ilmu-hingga-inggris#sthash.hdzDLR27.dpuf

Raut wajah Mugiyono berseri-seri tak kuasa menahan senyum yang menampilkan deretan giginya yang putih. Dia bersemangat mengayuh becaknya mengantar gadis manis yang berdandan rapi dan memakai toga wisuda. Maklum, gadis yang menumpang becaknya adalah putri bungsunya.

Raeni, namanya. Penerima beasiswa Bidik Misi yang mengambil Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) itu, berangkat ke lokasi wisuda dari indekosnya diantar ayahnya dengan becak.

Raeni dan ayahnya langsung menjadi perhatian para keluarga wisudawan dan puluhan wartawan Selasa 10 Juni 2014 kemarin. Kendati demikian, senyum bangga tetap menghiasi wajah Raeni, juga sang bapak.

Ayah Raeni memang bekerja sebagai tukang becak, yang setiap hari mangkal tak jauh dari rumahnya di Kelurahan Langenharjo, Kendal.

Pekerjaan itu dilakoni Mugiyono, setelah ia berhenti sebagai karyawan di pabrik kayu lapis. Sebagai tukang becak, penghasilannya tak menentu. Sekitar Rp 10-Rp 50 ribu per hari. Karena itu, ia juga bekerja sebagai penjaga malam sebuah sekolah dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu per bulan.

Meski dari keluarga kurang mampu, Raeni berkali-kali membuktikan keunggulan dan prestasinya. Dia beberapa kali memperoleh indeks prestasi 4. Sempurna!

Prestasi itu dipertahankan hingga ia lulus, sehingga ia ditetapkan sebagai wisudawati terbaik dengan Indeks Prestasi Komulatif (IPK) 3,96.

Raeni juga menunjukkan tekad baja, agar bisa menikmati masa depan yang lebih baik dan membahagiakan keluarganya. “Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Pengin-nya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata gadis yang bercita-cita menjadi guru tersebut.

Tentu saja cita-cita itu didukung sang ayahanda. Mugiyono mendukung putri bungsunya itu untuk berkuliah, agar bisa menjadi guru sesuai cita-citanya.

“Sebagai orangtua hanya bisa mendukung. Saya rela mengajukan pensiun dini dari perusahaan kayu lapis agar mendapatkan pesangon,” kata pria yang mulai menggenjot becak sejak 2010 itu.

Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman mengatakan, apa yang dilakukan Raeni membuktikan tidak ada halangan bagi anak dari keluarga kurang mampu untuk bisa berkuliah dan berprestasi.

“Meski berasal dari keluarga dengan kondisi ekonomi yang kurang, Raeni tetap bersemangat dan mampu menunjukkan prestasinya. Sampai saat ini Unnes menyediakan 26% dari jumlah kursi yang dimilikinya, untuk mahasiswa dari keluarga tidak mampu. Kami sangat bangga dengan apa yang diraih Raeni,” kata Fathur.

Ubah Minder Jadi Prestasi

Semangat dan kecerdasan Raeni membuat banyak orang berdecak kagum. Namun demikian, dia mengaku sempat minder karena pekerjaan ayahnya sebagai pengayuh becak.

“Dulu pernah minder orangtua tukang becak. Tapi, kenapa minder? Beliau orangtua saya, mendidik saya, meski tidak memberi biaya hidup banyak (saat kuliah), tapi mendukung saya. Saya sangat bangga,” katanya.

Selama kuliah, ia dikenal cerdas dan disiplin. Bahkan, berkali-kali menjuarai lomba dan memperoleh hadiah uang tunai, yang sebagian disisihkan untuk diberikan kepada orangtuanya, Mugiyono dan Sujamah.

Gadis kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 itu juga sangat aktif di kampus, antara lain dengan menjadi Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Pendidikan Akuntansi FE Unnes dan Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Jurusan Pendidikan Ekonomi FE Unnes. Nilai 4 dalam IPK-nya seakan menjadi rutinitas sejak masuk kuliah. Menurut Raeni, manajemen waktu menjadi kunci suksesnya.

Putri kedua pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah selalu mendapat IPK cumlaude selama menimba ilmu. Raeni mengaku sangat mengatur waktu belajarnya bahkan ketika jeda pergantian jam mata kuliah.

“Kadang kalau ada materi yang belum dimengerti saya menghubungi dosen saat jeda jam kuliah. Jadi nantinya tidak hanya mendapat nilai saja tapi benar-benar mengerti,” ungkap Raeni.

Meski belajar dan mengerjakan tugas menjadi prioritas saat kuliah, ia tetap menjaga komunikasinya dengan teman-teman. “Kalau jeda kuliah saya juga interaksi dengan teman, update info juga,” kata saat ditemui di rumah kosnya, Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24, Semarang.

Penerima beasiswa Bidikmisi itu tidak hanya disiplin dalam hal akademik. Di kehidupan sehari-harinya di kos, Raeni tetap dikenal sebagai sosok disiplin oleh penghuni dan ibu kos. Ia selalu berusaha menjalankan salat berjamaah di Masjid, seperti yang diajarkan orangtuanya.

Sejak kuliah ia nyaris tak pernah merepotkan kedua orangtua. Sejak semester 3, Raeni sudah berusaha mencari penghasilan tambahan dengan memberikan les private kepada murid SMA.

Sosok Mugiyono yang sempat membuatnya minder, ternyata mampu membentuk Raeni berdisiplin, sportif, dan hidup sederhana.

Nama Raeni sudah sampai ke telinga Anies Baswedan. Keberhasilan putri tukang becak itu membuat pelopor gerakan Indonesia Mengajar itu ingin berkomunikasi secara langsung dengan Raeni. Apalagi Raeni ingin menjadi pendidik.

“Saya sudah bicara via telepon tadi,” ujar Anies di Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Kamis 12 Juni 2014.

Setelah berkomunikasi dengan Raeni, Anies baru mengetahui jika lulusan terbaik Unnes itu sudah mengikuti tes masuk Indonesia Mengajar. Bahkan, Raeni bakal menghadapi ujian wawancara.

“Dia lagi tes Indonesia Mengajar. Dia sudah lolos fase pertama. Nanti akan fase kedua, direct assessment atau wawancara,” tuturnya.

Meski Raeni tengah menjadi buah bibir, namun Anies menegaskan, jalannya ujian masuk akan berlangsung objektif.

Ditawari Beasiswa ke Inggris

Kepala Humas Unnes Sucipto Hadi Purnomo mengabarkan, sejumlah perusahaan menyatakan minatnya untuk merekrut sarjana pendidikan ekonomi ini bekerja. Selain itu, sebuah foundation juga menyatakan minatnya menyeponsori gadis kelahiran Kendal ini kuliah S2 di Inggris.

Sementara itu, Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman di Jakarta mengabarkan, pihaknya akan memfasilitasi Raeni untuk kuliah S2 seperti cita-citanya. “Beasiswa itu kami upayakan dari Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan,” katanya.

Bagi Fathur, Raeni telah memberikan pesan penting kepada kita bahwa pendidikan dapat menjadi alat memotong mata rantai kemiskinan. Pemerintah telah mengupayakan supaya anak-anak berpestasi dari keluarga tidak mampu dapat menikmati pendidikan tinggi.

“Di luar itu, yang paling penting dari diri Raeni adalah tentang pentingnya kesungguhan. Dia membuktikan kepada kita semua, kondisi keluarga yang berkekurangan tidak jadi kendala jika diiringi dengan tekad yang kuat,” tandasnya.

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Raut wajah Mugiyono berseri-seri tak kuasa menahan senyum yang menampilkan deretan giginya yang putih. Dia bersemangat mengayuh becaknya mengantar gadis manis yang berdandan rapi dan memakai toga wisuda. Maklum, gadis yang menumpang becaknya adalah putri bungsunya.

Raeni, namanya. Penerima beasiswa Bidik Misi yang mengambil Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) itu, berangkat ke lokasi wisuda dari indekosnya diantar ayahnya dengan becak.

Raeni dan ayahnya langsung menjadi perhatian para keluarga wisudawan dan puluhan wartawan Selasa 10 Juni 2014 kemarin. Kendati demikian, senyum bangga tetap menghiasi wajah Raeni, juga sang bapak.

Ayah Raeni memang bekerja sebagai tukang becak, yang setiap hari mangkal tak jauh dari rumahnya di Kelurahan Langenharjo, Kendal.

Pekerjaan itu dilakoni Mugiyono, setelah ia berhenti sebagai karyawan di pabrik kayu lapis. Sebagai tukang becak, penghasilannya tak menentu. Sekitar Rp 10-Rp 50 ribu per hari. Karena itu, ia juga bekerja sebagai penjaga malam sebuah sekolah dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu per bulan.

Meski dari keluarga kurang mampu, Raeni berkali-kali membuktikan keunggulan dan prestasinya. Dia beberapa kali memperoleh indeks prestasi 4. Sempurna!

Prestasi itu dipertahankan hingga ia lulus, sehingga ia ditetapkan sebagai wisudawati terbaik dengan Indeks Prestasi Komulatif (IPK) 3,96.

Raeni juga menunjukkan tekad baja, agar bisa menikmati masa depan yang lebih baik dan membahagiakan keluarganya. “Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Pengin-nya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata gadis yang bercita-cita menjadi guru tersebut.

Tentu saja cita-cita itu didukung sang ayahanda. Mugiyono mendukung putri bungsunya itu untuk berkuliah, agar bisa menjadi guru sesuai cita-citanya.

“Sebagai orangtua hanya bisa mendukung. Saya rela mengajukan pensiun dini dari perusahaan kayu lapis agar mendapatkan pesangon,” kata pria yang mulai menggenjot becak sejak 2010 itu.

Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman mengatakan, apa yang dilakukan Raeni membuktikan tidak ada halangan bagi anak dari keluarga kurang mampu untuk bisa berkuliah dan berprestasi.

“Meski berasal dari keluarga dengan kondisi ekonomi yang kurang, Raeni tetap bersemangat dan mampu menunjukkan prestasinya. Sampai saat ini Unnes menyediakan 26% dari jumlah kursi yang dimilikinya, untuk mahasiswa dari keluarga tidak mampu. Kami sangat bangga dengan apa yang diraih Raeni,” kata Fathur.

Ubah Minder Jadi Prestasi

Semangat dan kecerdasan Raeni membuat banyak orang berdecak kagum. Namun demikian, dia mengaku sempat minder karena pekerjaan ayahnya sebagai pengayuh becak.

“Dulu pernah minder orangtua tukang becak. Tapi, kenapa minder? Beliau orangtua saya, mendidik saya, meski tidak memberi biaya hidup banyak (saat kuliah), tapi mendukung saya. Saya sangat bangga,” katanya.

Selama kuliah, ia dikenal cerdas dan disiplin. Bahkan, berkali-kali menjuarai lomba dan memperoleh hadiah uang tunai, yang sebagian disisihkan untuk diberikan kepada orangtuanya, Mugiyono dan Sujamah.

Gadis kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 itu juga sangat aktif di kampus, antara lain dengan menjadi Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Pendidikan Akuntansi FE Unnes dan Tenaga Laboratorium Asistenship Jurusan Pendidikan Ekonomi FE Unnes. Nilai 4 dalam IPK-nya seakan menjadi rutinitas sejak masuk kuliah. Menurut Raeni, manajemen waktu menjadi kunci suksesnya.

Putri kedua pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah selalu mendapat IPK cumlaude selama menimba ilmu. Raeni mengaku sangat mengatur waktu belajarnya bahkan ketika jeda pergantian jam mata kuliah.

“Kadang kalau ada materi yang belum dimengerti saya menghubungi dosen saat jeda jam kuliah. Jadi nantinya tidak hanya mendapat nilai saja tapi benar-benar mengerti,” ungkap Raeni.

Meski belajar dan mengerjakan tugas menjadi prioritas saat kuliah, ia tetap menjaga komunikasinya dengan teman-teman. “Kalau jeda kuliah saya juga interaksi dengan teman, update info juga,” kata saat ditemui di rumah kosnya, Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24, Semarang.

Penerima beasiswa Bidikmisi itu tidak hanya disiplin dalam hal akademik. Di kehidupan sehari-harinya di kos, Raeni tetap dikenal sebagai sosok disiplin oleh penghuni dan ibu kos. Ia selalu berusaha menjalankan salat berjamaah di Masjid, seperti yang diajarkan orangtuanya.

Sejak kuliah ia nyaris tak pernah merepotkan kedua orangtua. Sejak semester 3, Raeni sudah berusaha mencari penghasilan tambahan dengan memberikan les private kepada murid SMA.

Sosok Mugiyono yang sempat membuatnya minder, ternyata mampu membentuk Raeni berdisiplin, sportif, dan hidup sederhana.

Nama Raeni sudah sampai ke telinga Anies Baswedan. Keberhasilan putri tukang becak itu membuat pelopor gerakan Indonesia Mengajar itu ingin berkomunikasi secara langsung dengan Raeni. Apalagi Raeni ingin menjadi pendidik.

“Saya sudah bicara via telepon tadi,” ujar Anies di Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Kamis 12 Juni 2014.

Setelah berkomunikasi dengan Raeni, Anies baru mengetahui jika lulusan terbaik Unnes itu sudah mengikuti tes masuk Indonesia Mengajar. Bahkan, Raeni bakal menghadapi ujian wawancara.

“Dia lagi tes Indonesia Mengajar. Dia sudah lolos fase pertama. Nanti akan fase kedua, direct assessment atau wawancara,” tuturnya.

Meski Raeni tengah menjadi buah bibir, namun Anies menegaskan, jalannya ujian masuk akan berlangsung objektif.

Ditawari Beasiswa ke Inggris

Kepala Humas Unnes Sucipto Hadi Purnomo mengabarkan, sejumlah perusahaan menyatakan minatnya untuk merekrut sarjana pendidikan ekonomi ini bekerja. Selain itu, sebuah foundation juga menyatakan minatnya menyeponsori gadis kelahiran Kendal ini kuliah S2 di Inggris.

Sementara itu, Rektor Unnes Fathur Rokhman di Jakarta mengabarkan, pihaknya akan memfasilitasi Raeni untuk kuliah S2 seperti cita-citanya. “Beasiswa itu kami upayakan dari Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan,” katanya.

Bagi Fathur, Raeni telah memberikan pesan penting kepada kita bahwa pendidikan dapat menjadi alat memotong mata rantai kemiskinan. Pemerintah telah mengupayakan supaya anak-anak berpestasi dari keluarga tidak mampu dapat menikmati pendidikan tinggi.

“Di luar itu, yang paling penting dari diri Raeni adalah tentang pentingnya kesungguhan. Dia membuktikan kepada kita semua, kondisi keluarga yang berkekurangan tidak jadi kendala jika diiringi dengan tekad yang kuat,” tandasnya.

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Anies: Raeni Lolos Tes Indonesia Mengajar Tahap Pertama

Rektor Universitas Paramadina, Anies Baswedan

Rektor Universitas Paramadina, Anies Baswedan

Kepopuleran Raeni, anak tukang becak yang berhasil meraih IPK hampir sempurna saat kelulusannya di Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) rupanya telah sampai ke telinga Rektor Universitas Paramadina, Anies Baswedan. Keberhasilan Raeni membuat Anies tertarik untuk berkomunikasi secara langsung.

“Saya sudah bicara via telepon tadi,” ujar Anies saat ditemui di Hotel Mulia, Senyan, Jakarta, Kamis (12/6/2014).

Saat berkomunikasi, Anies akhirnya mengetahui bahwa gadis 21 tahun tersebut telah mengikuti ujian masuk Indonesia Mengajar dan telah lolos tahapan pertama.

“Dia lagi tes Indonesia Mengajar. Dia sudah lolos fase pertama. Nanti akan fase kedua, direct assesment atau wawancara,” jelas Anies.

Meski Raeni tengah menjadi buah bibir, Anies menegaskan seleksi Indonesia Mengajar pada Raeni tetap berlangsung objektif. “Bisa masuk Indonesia Mengajar setelah lulus dulu, kami objektif,” ungkap Anies.

Indonesia Mengajar adalah program yang digagas Anies Baswedan yang merekrut, melatih dan mendidik anak-anak muda berprestasi menjadi guru di sekolah-sekolah pelosok Indonesia.

Raeni sendiri lewat beasiswa Bidikmisi, dapat melalui masa-masa kuliah dengan belajar dan berprestasi. Berkali-kali menjuarai lomba di kampusnya, Raeni akhirnya dapat membuktikan kesungguhannya menuntut ilmu dengan menjadi lulusan terbaik dengan IPK 3,96.

Wamendikbud Imbau Raeni Lanjutkan S2 ke Luar Negeri, Janjikan Beasiswa

Wakil Menteri Pendidikan, Musliar Kasim

Wakil Menteri Pendidikan, Musliar Kasim

Raeni, wisudawati dari Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) yang mendapatkan predikat lulusan terbaik mendapat perhatian dari Wakil Menteri Pendidikan, Musliar Kasim. Dia memberikan apresiasi dengan memberikan beasiswa unggulan apabila gadis tersebut masih berambisi untuk melanjutkan pendidikannya.

“Ada program beasiswa unggulan. Itu semua tergantung Raeni. Kalau dia diangkat jadi calon dosen bisa ambil beasiswa di Dikti, jika tidak ya bisa juga ambil beasiswa unggulan,” ujar Musliar di Hotel Mulia, Senayan, Jakarta, Kamis (12/6/2014).

Menurut Musliar, program Bidik Misi selalu memiliki anggaran yang cukup. Oleh karena itu, dia menantikan generasi-generasi muda yang memiliki nasib yang sama seperti Raeni untuk memanfaatkan program tersebut.

“Bidik Misi selalu ada anggaran. Bidik Misi sudah berjalan dengan baik, nah sekarang tinggal program beasiswa S2 dan S3 yang agak kesulitan. Dana yang tersedia tidak pernah terserap semua,” jelasnya.

Musliar menyarankan, supaya Raeni mengambil program beasiswa dan belajar di universitas luar negeri. Saran tersebut bukan berarti universitas pasca sarjana di Indonesia kurang baik, melainkan dengan belajar di negeri asing, dapat menambah pengetahuan dan pengalaman hidup di negeri orang.

“Kita mengharapkan banyak keluar, bukan berarti S2 dan S3 kita kurang baik. Kita sudah pikirkan semua standar living cost-nya. Paling 1000 Euro dalam satu bulan,” tutur Musliar.

Meski dari keluarga kurang mampu, Raeni berkali-kali membuktikan keunggulan dan prestasinya. Penerima beasiswa Bidikmisi ini beberapa kali memperoleh indeks prestasi 4.

Prestasi itu dipertahankan hingga dia lulus, sehingga ditetapkan sebagai wisudawati terbaik dengan Indeks Prestasi Komulatif (IPK) 3,96. Selepas wisuda, ambisi Raeni untuk kembali melanjutkan jenjang pendidikan ke tingkat yang lebih tinggi.

“Selepas lulus sarjana, saya ingin melanjutkan kuliah lagi. Maunya melanjutkan (kuliah) ke Inggris. Ya, kalau ada beasiswa lagi,” kata Raeni.

Setelah Sukses di Unnes, Raeni Putri Tukang Becak ini Punya Mimpi ke Inggris

Raeni (21) telah melalui masa-masa perkuliahan di Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes). Dia sukses membuat bangga ayahnya Mugiyono yang hanya tukang becak di Kendal, Jateng dengan penghasilan Rp 10-50 ribu per/hari.

Lewat beasiswa Bidikmisi, Raeni melalui masa-masa kuliah dengan belajar dan berprestasi. Saat ditemui di kosnya di Jl Kalimasada 24, Semarang, Rabu (11/6/2014), Raeni yang diwisuda akhir pekan lalu sebagai lulusan terbaik dengan IPK 3,96 ini menuturkan mimpi-mimpi yang ingin digapainya.

“Saya ingin kuliah di Inggris, semoga bisa dapat beasiswa,” terang dia.

Inggris tak sembarang dipilih. Dia melihat dosennya yang berkuliah di negeri asal pesepakbola David Beckham itu.

“Kenapa di Inggris? Karena dosen saya ada yang kuliah di sana. Saya asisten dosen, kami cerita-cerita dan berawal dari mimpi itulah semoga terwujud,” tandas Reni yang mengenakan hijab warna biru dongker itu.

Kabarnya sudah ada yang menawarkan beasiswa kepadanya, tapi apakah untuk berkuliah di Inggris? Kita tunggu saja kabar gembira selanjutnya dari Raeni.

Raeni dan Ayahnya yang Tukang Becak Bertemu SBY di Halim

Raeni dan Ayah nya saat bertemu pak SBY dan Istri

Raeni dan Ayah nya saat bertemu pak SBY dan Istri

Raeni (21) dan ayahnya Mugiyono yang tukang becak becak di Kendal, Jateng bertemu Presiden SBY dan Ibu Ani. Presiden memberi ucapan selamat kepada Raeni dalam pertemuan di Halim Perdanakusumah, Jakarta Timur.

Dalam akun resmi presiden @SBYudhoyono, Jumat (13/6/2014) ditampilkan foto pertemuan itu. Raeni dan ayahnya tampak terharu bertemu presiden dan ibu negara.

Sang ayah yang mengayuh becak demi masa depan Raeni agar bisa kuliah, tampak mengusap air matanya. Raeni merupakan lulusan terbaik Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) dengan IPK 3,96.

Raeni berkuliah dengan beasiswa Bidikmisi dari Kemdikbud, hingga tamat dari jurusan akutansi fakultas ekonomi Unnes. Raeni juga menjadi asisten dosen dan memiliki sejumlah prestasi.

Sehari-hari untuk menambah uang saku dia mengajar les pelajar SMA. Dia juga mengajar ngaji anak-anak di mushola.

Sang ayah berhenti dari pekerjaan sebagai karyawan di pabrik kayu agar uang pesangon bisa dipakai untuk masuk dan biaya kuliah. Setelah berhenti menjadi karyawan, ayahnya membecak dan menjadi penjaga malam di sekolah.

“Presiden SBY: Raeni, Saya ucapkan selamat atas prestasi yg sangat membanggakan kita semua. Keterbatasan ekonomi tdk halangi utk berprestasi,” tulis akun @SBYudhoyono.

Cerita Ibu Kos Soal Raeni yang Jaga Amanah karena Beasiswa dari Pemerintah

Pendidikan moral yang diberikan orang tua Raeni (21) menjadikannya sosok yang disiplin dan sopan dimanapun ia tinggal. Di tempat kosnya di Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24 Semarang ia bahkan memperlakukan ibu kos layaknya ibu kandung dan teman-teman kosnya layaknya saudara.

Pemilik kos tersebut, Koyimah sangat terkesan dengan Raeni karena selalu taat beribadah dan sopan. Sesekali Raeni juga curhat kepadanya tetang nilai-nilai yang diperoleh di kampus.

“Paling berkesan masalah ibadahnya. Kalau ke luar kos ya cium tangan. Kalau mau lomba juga minta doa ke saya. Saya itu dianggap wakil orang tuanya,” kata Koyimah saat ditemui detikcom.

Koyimah juga terkesan dengan tekad Raeni yang selalu ingin memperoleh nilai sempurna tiap semesternya. Nilai 3,9 bahkan dianggap kurang oleh Raeni sampai-sampai ia menangis.

“Dia dapat IPK 4.00 itu sering, kalau kurang dari itu dia menangis ke saya,” kenangnya.

Menurut Koyimah tekad Raeni itu karena rasa tanggungjawab terhadap beasiswa bidikmisi yang diperolehnya di Unnes dan rasa ingin membanggakan orang tuanya yang hanya bekerja sebagai pengayuh becak.

“Betul-betul mengemban amanah, dengan biaya pemerintah ia semangat ingin sukses. Dia juga tauladan bagi saya dan anak-anak kos saya,” pungkas Koyimah.

Selain itu, Raeni sama sekali tidak pernah meminta uang kepada orangtuanya, bahkan ia justru menyisihkan uang beasiswa, kerja sambilan, dan hadiah lomba untuk orang tuanya. “Dia itu enggak minta sangu ke orang tuanya, tapi malah ngasih. Uang beasiswa masih sisa pasti dikasihkan. Tidak pernah terlambat bayar uang kos,” ujarnya.

Koyimah merasa bangga ada penghuni kosnya yang memiliki pribadi dan prestasi seprti Raeni. “Anak-anak kos kadang minta doa ke saya agar bisa menjadi seperti Raeni,” tutup Koyimah.

Raeni menjadi sorotan karena putri dari pengayuh becak ini menjadi lulusan terbaik pada upacara wisuda periode II/2014 Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) dengan IPK 3,96. Ia masih memiliki mimpi untuk meneruskan pendidikannya ke Inggris.

Kata Raeni Anak Tukang Becak Lulusan Terbaik Unnes: Semua Mimpi Bisa Diraih

Raeni (21) tak menyangka bisa berkuliah di Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) dan diwisuda sebagai lulusan terbaik dengan IPK 3,96. Ayahnya Mugiyono hanya seorang tukang becak dengan penghasilan seadanya. Dibantu beasiswa Bidikmisi Kemdikbud, dia bisa meraih mimpinya.

Raeni berkuliah di jurusan pendidikan akutansi Fakultas Ekonomi Unnes. 3 Tahun 6 bulan 10 hari, Raeni yang menambah uang saku dengan menjadi asisten dosen dan ikut berbagai lomba. Dahulu awal masuk kuliah dia sempat berhutang untuk beli laptop, yang dilunasi ayahnya dengan pesangon dari perusahaan pabrik kayu.

Sejak itu, ayahnya alih profesi menjadi tukang becak yang penghasilannya Rp 10-50 ribu sehari ditambah menjadi penjaga malam di sekolah di Kendal, Jateng dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu/bulan.

“Setelah lulus saya ingin sekali melanjutkan kuliah di Inggirs,” kata Raeni bercerita kepada detikcom, Kamis (12/6/2014).

Raeni dikenal cerdas dan disiplin belajar. Dia juga aktif di kegiatan kemahasiswaan, dia tak minder walau ayahnya seorang tukang becak.

“Kata pihak humas sudah ada yang menawarkan beasiswa ke Inggris, tapi saya belum tahu pastinya dari mana,” tutur Raeni.

Inggris dipilihnya karena dosen dia di akutansi menamatkan master di negeri Ratu Elizabeth itu. Raeni kerap mendengar cerita soal pendidikan di sana.

Kisah Raeni ini mungkin satu dari kisah-kisah lainnya, anak dari kalangan bawah menembus bangku kuliah dan suatu hari nanti bisa mengangkat ekonomi keluarganya.

Raeni juga memberikan pesan bagi teman-teman dan siapapun yang punya mimpi berkuliah tapi dari kalangan bawah.

“Kalau misalnya punya kemapuan terus berusaha, insya Allah bisa berhasil. Semua memang dari mimpi, tapi karena dikejar dengan ridho Allah dan dengan semangat dan tekad kuat pasti bisa berhasil,” tutup Raeni yang tengah diajak sebuah stasiun TV ke Jakarta dan diwawancara ini.

Soal Laptop yang Ngutang dan Jadi Guru Ngaji di Kendal

Raeni (21), masa kuliah benar-benar penuh perjuangan. Selama 3 tahun 6 bulan 10 hari, Raeni menempuh pendidikan di Jurusan Akutansi Fakultas Ekonomi Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes). Akhir pekan lalu dia diwisuda dan menjadi lulusan terbaik dengan IPK 3,96.

Yang cukup menarik, kala diwisuda sang ayah Mugiyono datang dari Kendal ke Semarang dengan mengayuh becak. Sang ayah mengantarkan Raeni dengan becak dari tempat kosnya ke kampus Unnes. Mugiyono sehari-hari memang pengayuh becak dengan penghasilan Rp 10-50 ribu/hari dan kala malam menjadi penjaga sekolah dengan gaji Rp 450 ribu/bulan.

“Dulu pas beli laptop ngutang, karena bapak nggak punya uang,” terang Raeni saat berbincang dengan detikcom, Kamis (12/6/2014).

Raeni mengenang, hingga akhirnya sang ayah pensiun dini dari perusahaan kayu tempatnya bekerja. Uang pensiun itu yang digunakan untuk membayar utang laptop. Raeni berkuliah dengan biaya beasiswa dari Bidikmisi Kemdikbud.

“Uang pensiun bapak buat bayar lunasin utang laptop,” imbuhnya.

Sejak berhenti bekerja pada 2010, sang ayah pun menjadi pengayuh becak di Kendal. Raeni membalas kepercayaan ayahnya itu dengan rajin belajar dan prestasi.

“Saya juga jadi asisten lab dan ikut berbagai lomba, buat nambah uang saku,” jelas Raeni yang tak ingin membebani orangtuanya.

Raeni juga kerap mengisi waktu dengan mengajari anak-anak mengaji di mushola dekat rumahnya. Dia menularkan ilmu yang dimilikinya ke anak-anak di sekitar rumah.

“Kalau pulang ke Kendal saya juga mengajar di TPQ di mushala depan rumah,” tutur Raeni yang kini tengah berada di Jakarta karena diundang sebuah stasiun TV.

Raeni bersyukur bisa membanggakan orangtuanya dengan prestasi. Dia masih punya mimpi melanjutkan jenjang S2 ke Inggris. Semoga saja Raeni bisa mewujudkan cita-citanya menjadi seorang pengajar.

Sempat Dicibir Tetangga Anak Tukang Becak ini Tetap Semangat Kuliah di Unnes

Raeni (21) mengaku tidak mudah bagi orang sepertinya dari kalangan bawah untuk menimba ilmu di bangku kuliah. Satu hal, banyak tetangganya di Kendal, Jawa Tengah yang bersuara sumbang. Alasannya dia membebani orangtuanya Mugiyono yang hanya tukang becak.

“Ada tetangga bilang, orang nggak mampu ngapain kuliah, ngerepotin orangtua,” terang Raeni saat berbincang dengan detikcom, Kamis (12/6/2014).

Walau sempat bersedih, Raeni tetap memantapkan hati untuk terus berkuliah di Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) jurusan pendidikan akutansi Fakultas Ekonomi. Dia memperoleh beasiswa Bidikmisi

“Bapak dan ibu sayang sama saya, mereka tetap saya mau terus kuliah,” ujar Raeni yang hari ini berada di Jakarta karena sebuah stasiun TV mengundangnya untuk wawancara.

Raeni ingin mengubah nasib keluarganya. Sang ayah hanya tukang becak dengan penghasilan Rp 10-50 ribu perhari dan kala malam menjadi penjaga sekolah dengan bayaran Rp 450 ribu/bulan. Raeni percaya hanya dengan pendidikan dia bisa mengubah hidupnya dan keluarganya.

Jujur, Sederhana, dan Disiplin Kunci Sukses Raeni Jadi Lulusan Terbaik Unnes

Prestasi Raeni (21) seorang putri dari pengayuh becak asal Desa Langenharjo, Kabupaten Kendal yang menjadi lulusan terbaik wisuda periode II/2014 Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) diperoleh berkat kebiasaan disiplin yang diajarkan orang tuanya. Menurut Raeni, manajemen waktu menjadi kunci suksesnya.

Putri kedua pasangan Mugiyono dan Sujamah selalu mendapat IPK cumlaude selama menimba ilmu di Jurusan Pendidikan Akuntansi Fakultas Ekonomi (FE) Unnes. Raeni mengaku dengan mengatur waktu belajarnya bahkan ketika jeda pergantian jam mata kuliah.

“Kadang kalau ada materi yang belum dimengerti saya menghubungi dosen saat jeda jam kuliah. Jadi nantinya tidak hanya mendapat nilai saja tapi benar-benar mengerti,” kata Raeni kepada detikcom saat ditemui di kosnya, Jalan Kalimasada nomor 24, Semarang, Rabu (11/6/2014).

Meski belajar dan mengerjakan tugas menjadi prioritas saat kuliah, ia tetap menjaga komunikasinya dengan teman-teman. “Kalau jeda kuliah saya juga interaksi dengan teman, update info juga,” imbuhnya.

Penerima beasiswa bidikmisi itu tidak hanya disiplin dalam hal akademik. Di kehidupan sehari-harinya di kos, Raeni tetap dikenal sebagai sosok disiplin oleh penghuni dan ibu kos.

Dara kelahiran 13 Januari 1993 itu juga tidak pernah merepotkan orang tuanya, bahkan ia sering menyisihkan uang beasiswa dan uang menang lomba untuk diberikan kepada orang tuanya ketika pulang ke Kendal. Selain itu, sejak semester tiga kuliah, Raeni sudah berusaha mencari penghasilan tambahan dengan memberikan les private kepada murid SMA.

“Awalnya satu murid, terus jadi enam murid, dan Alhamdulillah semuanya lulus ujian,” tandas Raeni. Raeni menegaskan sifat yang ada di dalam dirinya itu merupakan bentukan dari cara mendidik orang tuanya. Sejak kecil ia dibiasakan disiplin, mengakui kesalahan, dan hidup sederhana.

“Bapak orangnya tegas, ketika saya salah ya harus mengaku salah. Bapak selalu mengarahkan supaya hidup sederhana,” ujarnya.

Setelah lulus ini, Raeni bercita-cita melanjutkan kuliah di luar negeri terutama Inggris. Berkat prestasinya, sejumlah tawaran mulai mengalir untuk memberikan beasiswa kepada Raeni agar bisa kuliah di luar negeri.

“Kenapa di Inggris? Karena dosen saya ada yang kuliah di sana. Saya asisten dosen, kami cerita-cerita dan berawal dari mimpi itulah semoga terwujud,” katanya.

Bahkan ketika sedang berbincang dengan detikcom, ada telepon dari pihak yang menawarkan beasiswa ke Inggris lewat telepon seluler Kepala Humas Unnes, Sucipto Hadi Purnomo yang juga sedang berkunjung ke kos Raeni.

Sucipto mengatakan, tawaran beasiswa dan pekerjaan dari perusahaan-perusahaan terus mengalir. Selain itu pihak Unnes juga ingin mendorong Raeni menjadi tenaga pengajar atau dosen di Unnes.

“Unnes akan berupaya mendorong menjadi dosen Unnes, kita upayakan, tapi tergantung pilihannya dia sendiri,” kata Sucipto.

Agung Bakhtiyar, Anak Tukang Becak yang Sukses Jadi Dokter UGM

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN 20

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Agung Bakhtiyar anak tukang becak diwisuda dokter

Agung Bakhtiyar Tekan Biaya Kuliah dengan Pinjam Buku ke Senior

Meski hidup dengan kondisi ekonomi yang serba kekurangan, Agung Bakhtiyar mampu mewujudkan impiannya. Anak tukang becak itu kemarin (8/7) diwisuda menjadi dokter dari Fakultas Kedokteran UGM dengan IPK 3,51.

Rumah bercat hijau dan berdinding gedhek itu begitu sederhana. Di salah satu sisinya terbuka sebuah jendela kecil. Seorang pria tua dengan ramah menyapa dan mempersilakan Jogja Raya masuk ke rumah di

Terban GK/V No 719,
Kelurahan Terban,
Kecamatan Gondokusuman.
Yogyakarta 55224

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Di ruang tamu seluas 3×4 meter tersebut, ada beberapa perabotan yang ditaruh sekenanya. Meja kayu bundar yang tak begitu besar diletakkan di sudut ruangan. Sebuah pesawat televisi diletakkan di atas meja plastik berwarna hijau. Menghadap ke pintu masuk, ada tiga kursi lainnya. Di seberangnya, sebuah kursi bambu difungsikan sebagai kursi untuk menerima tamu. Sepiring makanan tradisional seperti jadah, getas, dan sesisir pisang tersaji di atas meja bertaplak warna merah. Satu-satunya cahaya di ruangan itu berasal dari jendela kecil yang terbuka lebar tadi.

Dari balik tirai, tuan rumah Agung Bakhtiyar muncul dengan mengenakan baju batik warna terang dipadu celana kain hitam. Memakai kacamata, wajahnya terlihat bersih terawat dengan janggut tipis di dagu. Tidak ada yang mengira apabila dia anak tukang becak yang biasa mangkal di depan Hotel Santika Jogja.

Awalnya, Agung terlihat kikuk saat menceritakan keberhasilannya menjadi dokter. Tangannya terlihat menggenggam buku rekening BNI. ’’Waduh… mau cerita apa ya,” katanya malu-malu, Jumat (8/7).

Agung resmi bergelar dokter setelah menyelesaikan pendidikan di Fakultas Kedokteran UGM selama lima tahun tujuh bulan. Sebelum diwisuda kemarin, dia menjalani profesi dokter muda di Klaten serta menempuh pendidikan dokter dengan dengan nilai IPK (indeks prestasi kumulatif) 3,51. Saat diwisuda, dia didampingi kedua orang tua dan salah seorang kakaknya. Usai wisuda, Agung dan keluarga langsung pulang. Tidak ada acara perayaan untuk menandai keberhasilan pemuda 24 tahun itu menyelesaikan pendidikan dokternya.

’’Ibu tidak mau ada perayaan untuk syukuran kuliah. Rencananya ingin mengadakan aqiqah saya dan dua kakak laki-laki saya, kalau ada uang lebih,” tuturnya.

Agung Bakhtiyar anak tukang becak diwisuda dokter 2Agung mengaku sebenarnya dia tidak ingin melanjutkan kuliah karena melihat kondisi ekonomi keluarganya yang pas-pasan. Ayahnya, Suyatno, hanya seorang tukang becak yang penghasilannya tidak tetap dan hanya cukup untuk makan sehari-hari. Sedangkan ibunya, Saniya, saat itu (2005)  berjualan botol bekas.

Meski begitu, orang tua Agung  menginginkan bungsu dari empat bersaudara itu melanjutkan kuliah hingga lulus, tidak seperti tiga kakaknya yang hanya lulus SMA. ’’Ibu saya sangat kepingin saya kuliah,” katanya

Awalnya, Agung menjajal ikut seleksi ujian masuk di Fakultas Pertanian UGM namun gagal. Meski begitu, alumnus SMAN 6 Jogjakarta itu tidak putus asa. Dia lalu ikut seleksi penerimaan mahasiswa baru (SPMB). Kali ini dia memilih Fakultas Kedokteran sebagai pilihan pertama dan ilmu hama Fakultas Pertanian di pilihan kedua.

’’Saya tidak tahu kenapa memilih kedokteran saat itu. Mungkin karena saya gampang tersentuh kalau melihat pasien,” katanya.

Saat berbincang, gaya bertutur lelaki kelahiran Jogja 30 Juni 1987 itu terkesan slengekan meski beberapa kali tatapannya menerawang jauh. Perbincangan sempat terhenti saat ibu Agung datang membawa nampan berisi dua gelas teh hangat. Tidak lama kemudian, dia pergi meninggalkan rumah. ’’Ibu kembali ke Pasar Terban, jualan rongsokan,” kata Agung.

Tak disangka, lanjut cerita Agung, dia diterima di Fakultas Kedokteran UGM. Dia sempat kebingungan mengetahui diterima di fakultas bergengsi itu. Dia pun takut memberitahukan kabar menggembirakan itu kepada orang tuanya. Salah satu yang menjadi bebannya saat itu adalah biaya pendidikan kedokteran yang sangat besar.

Sebelumnya, Agung juga diterima di D3 Komputer dan Sistem Informasi (Komsi) UGM. Mau tidak mau akhirnya dia memberi tahu orang tuanya sekaligus minta pertimbangan untuk memilih fakultas yang akan dimasuki. Tapi, orang tua menyerahkan sepenuhnya keputusan itu kepada Agung. Agung pun akhirnya memilih kedokteran setelah mendapat masukan teman-temannya.

Untuk menunjang kuliah, Agung sempat ’’nodong’’ orang tuanya untuk dibelikan komputer dan ternyata dikabulkan. ’’Saya sungguh terharu dengan orang tua saya yang berkomitmen mendukung saya kuliah,” katanya.

Ayah Agung Bakhtiyar

Ayah Agung Bakhtiyar

Hambatan terus menghadang Agung ketika menjalani perkuliahan. Yang paling tampak mengenai gaya hidup mahasiswa Fakultas Kedokteran yang kebanyakan dari kalangan the have dan glamor. Mulai gaya berpakaian, kendaraan, hingga peralatan pendukung perkuliahan lainnya. Orang tuanya sempat khawatir dengan kondisi psikologis Agung menghadapi teman-temannya yang serba berkecukupan. ’’Tapi saya meyakinkan orang tua untuk tidak perlu khawatir,” tuturnya.

Soal pelajaran di kampus, setahun pertama Agung sempat tidak betah gara-gara dia lebih senang ilmu eksak seperti fisika, matematika, dan kimia. Sedangkan di kedokteran, nilai-nilai humanisme dikedepankan. Tetapi, perubahan terjadi ketika dia sudah mulai bersentuhan dengan pasien di rumah sakit. ’’Dari sana tumbuh kecintaan saya untuk kuliah di kedokteran hingga lulus,” tuturnya.

Alumnus SMPN 5 Jogja itu berupaya untuk bisa menekan ’’biaya kuliah’’ hingga seminim mungkin. Beberapa cara yang dilakukan dengan memfoto-copy materi kuliah, men-download referensi di internet atau meminjam buku-buku ke senior. Dalam pergaulan Agung juga tidak minder bila temannya mengajak dia untuk nongkrong di tempat-tempat gaul.

’’Teman-teman saya baik-baik semua. Mereka tahu dengan kondisi saya,’’ ujar Agung yang mulai mendapatkan beasiswa dari UGM pada tahun ketiga kuliahnya.

Salah satu yang memudahkan dia berbaur dengan teman-teman kampus adalah sistem pendidikan di Fakultas Kedokteran yang membagi mahasiswa dalam kelompok-kelompok  belajar. Dari sana, teman-temannya mengetahui bahwa Agung berasal dari kalangan kurang mampu. Mereka juga tidak memandang sebelah mata atas kondisi Agung itu. ’’Mereka paham dan bahkan saya sering meminjam laptop teman-teman ke rumah,” katanya terkekeh.

Selama kuliah, Agung mengaku sempat ikut membantu ibunya berjualan barang bekas di Pasar Terban. Tetapi, seiring dengan makin padatnya jadwal kuliah dan praktik, maka kegiatan di pasar itu lama-kelamaan tak bisa dia penuhi.

Kini, setelah diwisuda menjadi dokter, dia mengaku lega sekaligus tertantang untuk bisa mengentaskan keluarganya dari kemiskinan. ’’Saya harus bisa membantu ibu agar usaha jualan barang rongsok itu berkembang dan bisa memperbaiki ekonomi keluarga,” katanya.

Sudah dua setengah bulan ini Agung bekerja di klinik sebuah perusahaan di wilayah Tangerang. Kemarin dia harus pulang ke Jogja untuk mengikuti upacara pelantikannya sebagai dokter, sekaligus  mengurus KTP-nya yang hilang saat naik angkot.

Ditanya soal rencana masa depan, Agung mengaku ingin meneruskan pendidikan dokter spesialis. Namun, dia sadar dengan kondisi ekonomi kedua orang tuanya sehingga tidak terlalu berharap bisa meneruskan pendidikan dalam waktu dekat.

’’Mungkin saya menabung dulu karena jadi dokter spesialis kan butuh dana ratusan juta,” pungkasnya.

Nelson Tansu Profesor Termuda asal Indonesia

PRESTASI PENDIDIKAN 20

Nelson Tansu

Membaca namanya, orang mungkin tidak akan menyangka bahwa ia adalah orang Indonesia. Tapi jika membaca biografinya, barulah orang akan percaya bahwa sosok bernama Nelson Tansu tersebut adalah 100% Indonesia. Nelson Tansu adalah putra bangsa kelahiran Medan, 20 Oktober 1977 dengan segudang prestasi yang membanggakan dan sudah diakui dunia internasional. Bayangkan saja, pria Medan ini sudah meraih 11 penghargaan dan memiliki tiga hak paten atas penemuan risetnya. Selain itu, di usia yang belum menginjak 30 tahun, ia sudah meraih gelar profesor bidang electrical engineering di Amerika Serikat.

Dalam perjalanan hidup dan karirnya, Nelson mengakui mendapat dukungan yang besar dari keluarga terutama kedua orang tua dan kakeknya. “Mereka menanamkan mengenai pentingnya pendidikan sejak saya masih kecil sekali,” ujarnya.

Ketika Nelson masih SD, kedua orang tuanya sering membanding-bandingkan Nelson dengan beberapa sepupunya yang sudah doktor. Perbandingan tersebut sebenarnya kurang pas. Sebab, para sepupu Nelson itu jauh di atas usianya. Ada yang 20 tahun lebih tua. Tapi, Nelson kecil menganggapnya serius dan bertekad keras mengimbangi sekaligus melampauinya.

Waktu akhirnya menjawab imipian Nelson tersebut. “Jadi, terima kasih buat kedua orang tua saya. Saya memang orang yang suka dengan banyak tantangan. Kita jadi terpacu, gitu,” ungkapnya. Nelson mengaku, mendiang kakeknya dulu juga ikut memicu semangat serta disiplin belajarnya. “Almarhum kakek saya itu orang yang sangat baik, namun agak keras. Tetapi, karena kerasnya, saya malah menjadi lebih tekun dan berusaha sesempurna mungkin mencapai standar tertinggi dalam melakukan sesuatu,” jelasnya.

Nelson muda merupakan lulusan terbaik dari SMA Sutomo 1 Medan. Kecerdasannya juga mengantarkannya menjadi finalis dari Indonesia dalam sebuah olimpiade fisika internasional. Ia meraih gelar sarjana dari Wisconsin University yang ditempuhnya dalam 2 tahun 9 bulan dengan predikat Summa Cum Laude. Gelar PhD pun diraihnya dalam usia 26 tahun di universitas yang sama.

Nelson mengaku, orang tuanya hanya membiayai pendidikannya hingga sarjana. Selebihnya, karena otaknya yang encer, ia menjadi rebutan tawaran beasiswa. Dia juga merupakan orang Indonesia pertama yang menjadi profesor di Lehigh University, tempatnya bekerja sekarang. Tesis doktoralnya mendapat award sebagai “The 2003 Harold A. Peterson Best ECE Research Paper Award” mengalahkan 300 tesis doktoral lainnya.

Lebih dari 84 hasil riset maupun karya tulisnya dipublikasikan di berbagai konferensi dan jurnal ilmiah internasional. Sering diundang menjadi pembicara utama di berbagai seminar, konferensi dan pertemuan intelektual, terutama di Washington DC.

Selain itu, dia sering datang ke berbagai kota lain di AS dan luar AS seperti Kanada, sejumlah negara di Eropa, dan Asia. Yang mengagumkan, sudah ada tiga penemuan ilmiahnya yang dipatenkan di AS, yakni bidang semiconductor nanostructure optoelectronics devices dan high power semiconductor lasers.

Biarpun sudah lama berada di Amerika Serikat, Nelson tetap memegang paspor hijaunya, dan tidak mengganti kewarganegaraannya. Di setiap kali memulai mengajar, Nelson selalu berujar “I am Nelson Tansu, and I am an Indonesian”.

Nelson Tansu 2Nama lengkapnya adalah Prof Nelson Tansu PhD.Setahun lalu, ketika baru berusia 25 tahun, dia diangkat menjadi guru besar (profesor) di Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015, USA. Usia yang tergolong sangat belia dengan statusnya tersebut.

Kini, ketika usianya menginjak 26 tahun, Nelson tercatat sebagai profesor termuda di universitas bergengsi wilayah East Coast, Negeri Paman Sam, itu.

Sebagai dosen muda, para mahasiswa dan bimbingannya justru rata-rata sudah berumur. Sebab, dia mengajar tingkat master (S-2), doktor (S-3), bahkan post doctoral.

Inilah kisah selanjutnya dari Nelson Tansu:

Prestasi dan reputasi Nelson cukup berkibar di kalangan akademisi AS. Puluhan hasil risetnya dipublikasikan di jurnal-jurnal internasional.

Dia sering diundang menjadi pembicara utama dan penceramah di berbagai seminar. Paling sering terutama menjadi pembicara dalam pertemuan-pertemuan intelektual, konferensi, dan seminar di Washington DC .

Selain itu, dia sering datang ke berbagai kota lain di AS. Bahkan, dia sering pergi ke mancanegara seperti Kanada, sejumlah negara di Eropa, dan Asia.

Yang mengagumkan, sudah ada tiga penemuan ilmiahnya yang dipatenkan di AS, yakni bidang semiconductor nanostructure optoelectronics devices dan high power semiconductor lasers. Di tengah kesibukannya melakukan riset-riset lainnya, dua buku Nelson sedang dalam proses penerbitan. Bukan main. Kedua buku tersebut merupakan buku teks(buku wajib pegangan, Red) bagi mahasiswa S-1 di Negeri Paman Sam.

Karena itu, Indonesia layak bangga atas prestasi anak bangsa di negeri rantau tersebut. Lajang kelahiran Medan, 20 Oktober 1977, itu sampai sekarang masih memegang paspor hijau berlambang garuda. Kendati belum satu dekade di AS, prestasinya sudah segudang. Kemana pun dirinya pergi, setiap ditanya orang, Nelson selalu mengenalkan diri sebagai orang Indonesia. Sikap Nelson itu sangat membanggakan di tengah banyak tokoh kita yang malu mengakui Indonesia sebagai tanah kelahirannya.

“Saya sangat cinta tanah kelahiran saya.Dan saya selalu ingin melakukan yang terbaik untuk Indonesia,” katanya, serius. Di Negeri Paman Sam, kecintaan Nelson terhadap negerinya yang dicap sebagai terkorup di Asia tersebut dikonkretkan dengan memperlihatkan ketekunan serta prestasi kerjanya sebagai anak bangsa. Saat berbicara soal Indonesia, mimik pemuda itu terlihat sungguh-sungguh dan jauh dari basa-basi.

“Bangsa Indonesia adalah bangsa yang besar dan merupakan bangsa yang mampu bersaing dengan bangsa-bangsa besar lainnya. Tentu saja jika bangsa kita terus bekerja keras,” kata Nelson menjawab koran ini.

Adalah anak kedua di antara tiga bersaudara buah pasangan Iskandar Tansu dan Lily Auw yang berdomisili di Medan, Sumatera Utara. Kedua orangtua Nelson adalah pebisnis percetakan di Medan. Mereka adalah lulusan universitas di Jerman. Abang Nelson, Tony Tansu, adalah master dari Ohio, AS. Begitu juga adiknya, Inge Tansu, adalah lulusan Ohio State University (OSU).

Tampak jelas bahwa Nelson memang berasal dari lingkungan keluarga berpendidikan. Posisi resmi Nelson di Lehigh University adalah assistant professor di bidang electrical and computer engineering. Di AS, itu merupakan gelar untuk guru besar baru di perguruan tinggi. “Walaupun saya adalah profesor di jurusan electrical and computer engineering, riset saya sebenarnya l ebih condong ke arah fisika terapan dan quantum electronics,” jelasnya.

Sebagai cendekiawan muda, dia menjalani kehidupannya dengan tiada hari tanpa membaca, menulis, serta melakukan riset. Tentunya, dia juga menyiapkan materi serta bahan kuliah bagi para mahasiswanya. Kesibukannya tersebut, jika meminjam istilah di Amerika, bertumpu pada tiga hal. Yakni, learning, teaching, and researching. Boleh jadi, tak ada waktu sedikit pun yang dilalui Nelson dengan santai. Di sana , 24 jam sehari dilaluinya dengan segala aktivitas ilmiah. Waktu yang tersisa tak lebih dari istirahat tidur 4-5 jam per hari.

Anak muda itu memang enak diajak mengobrol. Idealismenya berkobar-kobar dan penuh semangat. Layaknya profesor Amerika, sosok Nelson sangat bersahaja dan bahkan suka merendah. Busana kesehariannya juga tak aneh-aneh, yakni mengenakan kemeja berkerah dan pantalon.

Sekilas, dia terkesan pendiam. Pengetahuan dan bobotnya sering tersembunyi di balik penampilannya yang seperti tak suka bicara. Tapi, ketika dia mengajar atau berbicara di konferensi para intelektual, jati diri akademisi Nelson tampak. Lingkungan akademisi, riset, dan kampus memang menjadi dunianya. Dia selalu peduli pada kepentingan serta dahaga pengetahuan para mahasiswanya di kampus.

Ada yang menarik di sini. Karena tampangnya yang sangat belia, tak sedikit insan kampus yang menganggapnya sebagai mahasiswa S-1 atau program master. Dia dikira sebagai mahasiswa umumnya. Namun, bagi yang mengenalnya, terutama kalangan universitas atau jurusannya mengajar, begitu bertemu dirinya, mereka selalu menyapanya hormat: Prof Tansu.

“Di semester Fall 2003, saya mengajar kelas untuk tingkat PhD tentang physics and applications of photonics crystals. Di semester Spring 2004, sekarang, saya mengajar kelas untuk mahasiswa senior dan master tentang semiconductor device physics. Begitulah,” ungkap Nelson menjawab soal kegiatan mengajarnya.

September hingga Desember atau semester Fall 2004, jadwal mengajar Nelson sudah menanti lagi. Selama semester itu, dia akan mengajar kelas untuk tingkat PhD tentang applied quantum mechanics for semiconductor nanotechnology. “Selain mengajar kelas-kelas di universitas, saya membimbing beberapa mahasiswa PhD dan post-doctoral research fellow di Lehigh University ini,” jelasnya saat ditanya mengenai kesibukan lainnya di kampus.

Nelson termasuk individu yang sukses menggapai mimpi Amerika (American dream). Banyak imigran dan perantau yang mengadu nasib di negeri itu dengan segala persaingannya yang superketat. Di Negeri Paman Sam tersebut, ada cerita sukses seperti aktor yang kini menjadi Gubernur California Arnold Schwarzenegger yang sebenarnya adalah imigran asal Austria. Kemudian, dalam Kabinet George Walker Bush sekarang juga ada imigrannya, yakni Menteri Tenaga Kerja Elaine L. Chao. Imigran asal Taipei tersebut merupakan wanita pertama Asian-American yang menjadi menteri selama sejarah AS.

Negara Superpower tersebut juga sangat baik menempa bakat serta intelektual Nelson. Lulusan SMA Sutomo 1 Medan itu tiba di AS pada Juli 1995. Di sana, dia menamatkan seluruh pendidikannya mulai S-1 hingga S-3 di University of Wisconsin di Madison. Nelson menyelesaikan pendidikan S-1 di bidang applied mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics. Sedangkan untuk PhD, dia mengambil bidang electrical engineering. Dari seluruh perjalanan hidup dan karirnya, Nelson mengaku bahwa semua suksesnya itu tak lepas dari dukungan keluarganya. Saat ditanya mengenai siapa yang paling berpengaruh, dia cepat menyebut kedua orang tuanya dan kakeknya. “Mereka menanamkan mengenai pentingnya pendidikan sejak saya masih kecil sekali,” ujarnya.

Ada kisah menarik di situ. Ketika masih sekolah dasar, kedua orangtuanya sering membanding-bandingkan Nelson dengan beberapa sepupunya yang sudah doktor. Perbandingan tersebut sebenarnya kurang pas. Sebab, para sepupu Nelson itu jauh di atas usianya. Ada yang 20 tahun lebih tua. Tapi, Nelson kecil menganggapnya serius dan bertekad keras mengimbangi sekaligus melampauinya. Waktu akhirnya menjawab imipian Nelson tersebut. “Jadi, terima kasih buat kedua orangtua saya. Saya memang orang yang suka dengan banyak tantangan. Kita jadi terpacu, gitu,” ungkapnya. Nelson mengaku, mendiang kakeknya dulu juga ikut memicu semangat serta disiplin belajarnya. “Almarhum kakek saya itu orang yang sangat baik, namun agak keras.

Tetapi, karena kerasnya, saya malah menjadi lebih tekun dan berusaha sesempurna mungkin mencapai standar tertinggi dalam melakukan sesuatu,” jelasnya.

Sisihkan 300 Doktor AS, tapi Tetap Rendah Hati Nelson Tansu menjadi fisikawan ternama di Amerika. Tapi, hanya sedikit ya ng tahu bahwa guru besar belia itu berasal dari Indonesia. Di sejumlah kesempatan, banyak yang menganggap Nelson ada hubungan famili dengan mantan PM Turki Tansu Ciller. Benarkah? Nama Nelson Tansu memang cukup unik. Sekilas, sama sekali nama itu tidak mengindikasikan identitas etnis, ras, atau asal negeri tertentu. Karena itu, di Negeri Paman Sam, banyak yang keliru membaca, mengetahui, atau berkenalan dengan profesor belia tersebut. Malah ada yang menduga bahwa dia adalah orang Turki. Dugaan itu muncul jika dikaitkan dengan hubungan famili Tansu Ciller, mantan perdana menteri (PM) Turki. Beberapa netters malah tidak segan-segan mencantumkan nama dan kiprah Nelson ke dalam website Turki. Seolah-olah mereka yakin betul bahwa fisikawan belia yang mulai berkibar di lingkaran akademisi AS itu memang berasal dari negerinya Kemal Ataturk.

Ada pula yang mengira bahwa Nelson adalah orang Asia Timur, tepatnya Jepang atau Tiongkok. Yang lebih seru, beberapa universitas di Jepang malah terang-terangan melamar Nelson dan meminta dia “kembali” mengajar di Jepang. Seakan-akan Nelson memang orang sana dan pernah mengajar di Negeri Sakura itu. Dilihat dari nama, wajar jika kekeliruan itu terjadi. Begitu juga wajah Nelson yang seperti orang Jepang.Lebih-lebih di Amerika banyak profesor yang keturunan atau berasal dari Asia Timur dan jarang-jarang memang asal Indonesia. Nelson pun hanya senyum-senyum atas segala kekeliruan terhadap dirinya. “Biasanya saya langsung mengoreksi. Saya jelaskan ke mereka bahwa saya asli Indonesia.

Mereka memang agak terkejut sih karena memang mungkin jarang ada profesor asal aslinya dari Indonesia,”jelas Nelson. Tansu sendiri sesungguhnya bukan marga kalangan Tionghoa. Memang, nenek moyang Nelson dulu Hokkien, dan marganya adalah Tan. Tapi, ketika lahir, Nelson sudah diberi nama belakang “Tansu”, sebagaimana ayahnya, Iskandar Tansu. “Saya suka dengan nama Tansu, kok,” kata Nelson dengan nada bangga.

Nelson adalah pemuda mandiri. Semangatnya tinggi, tekun, visioner, dan selalu mematok standar tertinggi dalam kiprah riset dan dunia akademisinya. Orang tua Nelson hanya membiayai hingga tingkat S-1.

Selebihnya? Berkat keringat dan prestasi Nelson sendiri. Kuliah tingkat doktor hingga segala keperluan kuliah dan kehidupannya ditanggung lewat beasiswa universitas. “Beasiswa yang saya peroleh sudah lebih dari cukup untuk membiayai semua kuliah dan kebutuhan di universitas,” katanya.

Orang seperti Nelson dengan prestasi akademik tertinggi memang tak sulit memenangi berbagai beasiswa. Jika dihitung-hitung, lusinan penghargaan dan anugerah beasiswa yang pernah dia raih selama ini di AS.

Menjadi profesor di Negeri Paman Sam memang sudah menjadi cita-cita dia sejak lama. Walau demikian, posisi assistant professor (profesor muda, Red) tak pernah terbayangkannya bisa diraih pada usia 25 tahun. Coba bandingkan dengan lingkungan keluarga atau masyarakat di Indonesia, umumnya apa yang didapat pemuda 25 tahun? Bahkan, di AS yang negeri supermaju pun reputasi Nelson bukan fenomena umum. Bayangkan, pada usia semuda itu, dia menyandang status guru besar.

Sehari-hari dia mengajar program master, doktor, dan bahkan post doctoral. Yang prestisius bagi seorang ilmuwan, ada tiga riset Nelson yang dipatenkan di AS.

Kemudian, dua buku teksnya untuk mahasiswa S-1 dalam proses penerbitan. Tapi, bukan Nelson Tansu namanya jika tidak santun dan merendah.

Cita-citanya mulia sekali. Dia akan tetap melakukan riset-riset yang hasilnya bermanfaat buat kemanusian dan dunia. Sebagai profesor di AS, dia seperti meniti jalan suci mewujudkan idealisme tersebut. Ketika mendengar pengakuan cita-cita sejatinya, siapa pun pasti akan terperanjat. Cukup fenomenal. “Sejak SD kelas III atau kelas IV di Medan, saya selalu ingin menjadi profesor di universitas di Amerika Serikat. Ini benar-benar saya cita-citakan sejak kecil,” ujarnya dengan mimik serius. Tapi, orang bakal mahfum jika melihat sejarah hidupnya. Ketika usia SD, Nelson kecil gemar membaca biografi para ilmuwan-fisikawan AS dan Eropa. Selain Albert Einstein yang menjadi pujaannya, nama-nama besar seperti Werner Heisenberg, Richard Feynman, dan Murray Gell-Mann ternyata sudah diakrabi Nelson cilik. “Mereka hebat. Dari bacaan tersebut, saya benar-benar terkejut, tergugah dengan prestasi para fisikawan luar biasa itu. Ada yang usianya muda sekali ketika meraih PhD, jadi profesor, dan ada pula yang berhasil menemukan teori yang luar biasa. Mereka masih muda ketika itu,” jelas Nelson penuh kagum.

Nelson jadi profesor muda di Lehigh University sejak awal 2003. Untuk bidang teknik dan fisika, universitas itu termasuk unggulan dan papan atas di kawasan East Coast, Negeri Paman Sam. Untuk menjadi profesor di Lehigh, Nelson terlebih dahulu menyisihkan 300 doktor yang resume (CV)-nya juga hebat-hebat. “Seleksinya ketat sekali, sedangkan posisi yang diperebutkan hanya satu,” ujarnya. Lelaki penggemar buah-buahan dan masakan Padang itu mengaku lega dan beruntung karena dirinya yang terpilih. Menurut Nelson, dari segi gaji dan materi, menjadi profesor di kampus top seperti yang dia alami sekarang sudah cukup lumayan. Berapa sih lumayannya? “Sangat bersainglah. Gaji profesor di universitas private terkemuka di Amerika Serikat adalah sangat kompetitif dibandingkan dengan gaji industri. Jadi, cukup baguslah, he-he-he,” katanya, menyelipkan senyum.

Riwayat hidup dan reputasinya memang wow. Nelson sempat menjadi incaran dan malah “rebutan” kalangan universitas AS dan mancanegara. Ada yang menawari jabatan associate professor yang lebih tinggi daripada yang dia sandan g sekarang (assistant professor). Ada pula yang menawari gaji dan fasilitas yang lebih heboh daripada Lehigh University.

Tawaran-tawaran menggiurkan itu datang dari AS, Kanada, Jerman, dan Taiwan serta berasal dari kampus-kampus top. Semua datang sebelum maupun sesudah Nelson resmi mengajar di Lehigh University. Tapi, segalanya lewat begitu saja. Nelson memilih konsisten, loyal, dan komit dengan universitas di Pennsylvania itu. Tapi, tentu ada pertimbangan khusus yang lain.

“Saya memilih ini karena Lehigh memberikan dana research yang sangat signifikan untuk bidang saya, semiconductor nanostructure optoelectronic devices.

Lehigh juga memiliki leaderships yang sangat kuat dan ambisinya tinggi menaikkan reputasinya dengan memiliki para profesor paling berpotensi dan ternama untuk melakukan riset.

The University Center on the campus of Lehigh University.

The University Center on the campus of Lehigh University.

Summary


Lehigh University is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,883, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Lehigh University’s ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 41. Its tuition and fees are $43,520 (2013-14).

best-colleges-badge-124x112Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, Pa., 50 miles north of Philadelphia and 75 miles west of New York City. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are members of the Patriot League, and compete in 25 NCAA Division I sports. Their biggest athletic rivalry is Lafayette College, located less than 20 miles away. A third of the student body is involved in fraternities and sororities. All freshmen are required to live on campus, and sophomores are also required to live on campus in a residence hall or Greek housing. Lehigh’s main campus is located on the wooded slope of South Mountain, and half of the campus is preserved as open space.

Lehigh University has four colleges, with numerous undergraduate and graduate majors. Its well-regarded graduate programs include the College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act originated at Lehigh, requiring colleges to reveal crimes on campus. Lehigh folklore says the school colors of brown and white originated when a woman wearing brown and white stockings passed by a group of men discussing school colors, and the rest is history. Notable alumni include Jesse W. Reno, the inventor of the escalator; and Howard McClintic and Charles Marshall, whose construction company helped build the Golden Gate Bridge, the George Washington Bridge, the Panama Canal and New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

A view of the Linderman Library Rotunda at Lehigh University.

A view of the Linderman Library Rotunda at Lehigh University.

Students gather outside University Center at Lehigh University.

Students gather outside University Center at Lehigh University.

Students gather for an activity outside University Center at Lehigh University.

Students gather for an activity outside University Center at Lehigh University.

Biodata


Indonesia layak bangga atas prestasi anak bangsa di negeri ini, misalnya aja Prof. Nelson Tansu, Ph.D. beliau adalah Profesor termuda di Amerika yang berasal dari Medan, Sumatera Utara. ketika usianya 25 tahun, ia menjadi asisten profesor di bidang electrical and computer engineering, Lehigh University. Lehigh University merupakan sebuah universitas papan atas di bidang teknik dan fisika di kawasan East Coast, Amerika Serikat. Sudah lebih dari 84 hasil riset maupun karya tulisnya telah dipublikasikan di berbagai konferensi dan jurnal ilmiah internasional.

 

Profeor Nelson Tansu lahir di Medan, Sumatera Utara, 20 Oktober 1977, merupakan putra kedua dari pasangan ayah (Almarhum) Iskandar Tansu dan ibu (Almarhum) Auw Lie Min. Kedua orang tua Nelson adalah pebisnis percetakan di Medan. Mereka adalah lulusan universitas di Jerman. Abang Nelson, Tony Tansu, adalah master dari Ohio, AS. Begitu juga adiknya, Inge Tansu, adalah lulusan Ohio State University (OSU).  Ia adalah lulusan terbaik SMU Sutomo 1 Medan pada tahun 1995 dan juga menjadi finalis Tim Olimpiade Fisika Indonesia (TOFI).

 

Pendidikan :


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Applied Physics), September 1998 – Mei 2003, Universitas Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Amerika Serikat
  • B.S. in Applied Mathematics, (Electrical) Engineering, and Physics (AMEP), September 1995 – Mei 1998, Universitas Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Amerika Serikat
  • SMA Sutomo 1, Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia (Juli 1992 – Mei 1995)
  • SMP Sutomo 1, Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia (Juli 1989 – Mei 1992)
  • SD Sutomo 1, Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia (Juli 1983 – Mei 1989)
  • TK Sutomo 1, Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia (Juli 1981 – Mei 1983)

Karier :


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Optical Technologies, P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lehigh University, Juli 2003 – April 2007
  • Peter C. Rossin (Term Chair) Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Optical Technologies, P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lehigh University, April 2007-April 2009
  • Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Optical Technologies, P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lehigh University, May 2009-April 2010.
  • Class of 1961 (Chair) Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Center for Optical Technologies, P. C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, Lehigh University, May 2010-present.
  • Genius Youngest Porfessor.

Hasil Karya Riset :


  • Lebih dari 220 publikasi jurnal dan konferensi ilmiah internasional (February 2011) tentang semikonduktor, optoelektronika, fotonika, dan nanoteknologi. Terutama bidang riset mencakup fisika dan teknologi dari semikonduktor nanostruktur untuk laser, diode pemancar cahaya, sel surya, komunikasi, energi, dan lainnya.
  • Journal citations: > 1281 citations, dan H-index = 22 (Self citation > 50%, Februari 2011, ISI Web of Knowledge)
  • Delapan paten dalam bidang nanoteknologi dan optoelektronika dari kantor paten Amerika Serikat

Keberhasilan bukanlah berasal dari tingkat kepintaran,

Kunci dari keberhasilan adalah kerja keras dan fokus yang luar biasa

[Nelson Tansu]

#Beasiswa Indonesia

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Ridho Ficardo, Gubernur Lampung

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Ridho Ficardo, Gubernur Lampung

Ridho Ficardo, Gubernur Lampung yang baru saja dilantik pada Senin (2/6/2014), adalah gubernur termuda di Indonesia. Ridho Ficardo lahir pada Juli 1980, kemudian mengenyam pendidikan strata satu di Universitas Padjadjaran dan strata dua di Universitas Indonesia.

Menurut akademisi Universitas Lampung, Syafaruddin, publik ingin melihat apa yang hendak diberi dan dilayani oleh pemimpin muda dan pasangannya di tengah pesimisme masyarakat Lampung.

“Problem yang harus diatasi soal klasik, yakni kemiskinan, kebodohan, kesehatan, dan infrastruktur yang buruk,” kata Syafaruddin.

Komisioner KPUD Lampung Edwin Hanibal berharap di tangan gubernur termuda, Lampung bisa memperkecil ketertinggalan dari provinsi-provinsi lain di Sumatera dan bisa cepat menuntaskan masalah kerusakan infrastruktur jalan di Lampung.

“Gubernur juga harus merangkul semua pihak dan cepat tanggap terhadap persoalan yang dialami oleh masyarakat. Gubernur juga tidak boleh angkuh dan sombong agar rakyatnya ringan tangan dan mau membantu menyukseskan program yang telah dibuat,” ujar Edwin.

Ketua Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) Kota Bandar Lampung Yoso Mulyawan berpendapat, Lampung sudah membuat sejarah dengan memunculkan gubernur termuda di Indonesia. Ke depan, Lampung akan menjadi percontohan mengenai suatu daerah dipimpin oleh gubernur dengan usia muda.

“Bukan sekadar rekor gubernur termuda, melainkan bagaimana proses memimpin daerah setingkat provinsi selama lima tahun mendatang. Harapan kepada M Ridho Ficardo dibantu dengan Bachtiar Basri mampu menunjukkan kapasitas diri dalam memimpin daerah,” kata Yoso.

Bagi Yoso, pemuda identik dengan kreativitas, inovasi, dan terobosan-terobosan untuk memajukan daerah. “Maka, pakailah keidentikan itu untuk memimpin Lampung lima tahun mendatang,” kata dia.

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Di satu sisi, masyarakat juga meragukan kepemimpinannya, apalagi kemenangan Ridho Ficardo  didukung sepenuhnya oleh perusahaan Sugar Group Company.

“Terlalu muda untuk jadi seorang gubernur, sementara pengalaman memimpin di pemerintahan belum ada sama sekali. Menjadi seorang gubernur atau memimpin suatu daerah itu sangat berbeda dengan menjadi seorang direktur yang memimpin suatu perusahaan,” kata Erlin, ibu rumah tangga di Bandar Lampung.

Sementara itu, Ketua Komisi Keterbukaan Informasi Daerah (KID) Lampung Djuniardi berharap, sebagai gubernur yang baru, Ridho Ficardo harus berani transparan dalam penyelenggaraan pemerintahan. “Seperti rapat-rapat pimpinan yang sebaiknya terbuka, bahkan ada yang di-upload di media sosial, seperti website, YouTube, dan media lainnya,” kata dia.

Terkait kepemimpinannya yang baru di Lampung, Gubernur Lampung Ridho Ficardo mengatakan memprioritaskan infrastruktur jalan dan pertanian. “Target saya, minimal dua tahun infrastruktur jalan sudah dapat dibenahi dan pertanian sebagai sumber perekonomian terbesar di Lampung akan ditingkatkan,” kata dia.

Terkait infrastruktur, ia mengklaim sudah menjalin koordinasi secara baik dengan pemerintah pusat untuk memprioritaskan pembangunan infrastruktur di Lampung mengingat provinsi ini adalah serambi Sumatera yang tentu memiliki beban kendaraan yang lebih besar di Sumatera.

Lantas, terkait birokrasi, ia berjanji tidak akan ada transaksi jabatan. “Saya akan menerapkan penghargaan dan hukuman bagi pejabat yang bermasalah. Saya jamin posisi itu akan ditempati oleh orang yang tepat, bukan berdasarkan kedekatan,” kata dia lagi.

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Riani Dokter Termuda di Indonesia

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664xauto-kisah-hijaber-jadi-dokter-termuda-di-indonesia--140613fRiana mulai masuk Sekolah Dasar (SD) pada usia 4 tahun. Bukan lantaran paksaan dari kedua orangtua. Namun, kecerdasan Riana memang sudah tampak setahun sebelumnya.

Kisah mahasiswa lulusan terbaik Universitas Negeri Semarang (Unnes) 2014, Riana menjadi sumber inspirasi bagi semua orang, termasuk hijabers. Ia membuktikan kepada kita, kondisi keluarga yang berkekurangan tak jadi kendala jika diiringi tekad kuat memperoleh prestasi cemerlang.

Kisah lain yang layak jadi panutan adalah seorang remaja putri berusia 19 tahun 9 bulan yang berhasil lulus sebagai dokter termuda di Indonesia. Dia adalah Riana Helmi, gadis berhijab kelahiran Banda Aceh 22 Maret 1991 yang menempuh pendidikan di Fakultas Kedokteran (FK), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).

Putri pasangan Helmi dan Rofi’ah ini juga tercatat sebagai sarjana termuda di Indonesia dengan predikat cumlaude dan Indeks Prestasi Kumulatif (IPK) 3,67.

Riana sebelumnya pernah tercatat dalam rekor MURI saat menjadi dokter muda pada usia 17 tahun 9 bulan pada Mei 2009. Kemudian ia menyelesaikan kuliahnya hingga menjadi dokter penuh di usia 19 tahun 9 bulan.

Keberhasilan Riana tentu melalui proses tidak mudah. Riana Helmi hidup di keluarga sederhana. Ayahnya seorang polisi, membuat anak pertama dari tiga bersaudara ini beserta keluarganya terpaksa berpindah-pindah domisili. Mulai Aceh, Karawang dan berakhir di Sukabumi, tergantung tugas yang diemban sang ayah.

Di usia 3 tahun, Riana sudah pandai membaca. “Beliau sendiri yang mengajari saya membaca, menulis, berhitung, juga membaca Alquran,” kenang Riana.

Sang ayah juga berperan aktif. Riana menilai ayahnya sebagai orangtua yang sangat peduli terhadap perkembangan pendidikan anaknya. Ayahnya selalu mengajarkan tentang kegigihan, sifat bersunguh-sungguh dan kerja keras.

Riana mulai masuk Sekolah Dasar (SD) pada usia 4 tahun. Bukan lantaran paksaan dari kedua orangtua. Namun, kecerdasan Riana memang sudah tampak setahun sebelumnya.

Riana sejak kecil memang jarang bermain layaknya anak seusianya. Ia menghabiskan waktunya dengan banyak belajar dan ia sangat menikmatinya.

Riana menyelesaikan SD selama 6 tahun dengan prestasi sangat memuaskan. Setelah itu ia mengikuti program percepatan (akselerasi) di SMP dan SMA melalui beberapa tes IQ akademik.

Hasilnya, Riana selalu lolos uji, sehingga ia bisa menamatkan SMP dan SMA, masing-masing 2 tahun lamanya. Dia pun sudah lulus SMA saat usianya baru 14 tahun.

Cita-citanya sejak kecil yang ingin menjadi dokter, membuat dia begitu mantap untuk mendaftar ke Fakultas kedokteran di Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, melalui jalur Penelusuran Bakat Skolastik (PBS).

Masuk dunia kampus, Riana menghabiskan waktu dengan banyak membaca buku serta berdiskusi dengan teman-teman kuliahnya. Bagi Riana gerbang menuju ilmu pengetahun tiada lain adalah dengan rajin membaca. Selain aktif belajar di kampus ia juga rutin mengikuti kajian Islam ilmiah di sekitar kampus.

“Banyak sekali waktu untuk membaca. Terkadang, saya menargetkan 1 buku untuk tiap akhir pekan, jika tidak ada tugas kuliah yang harus segera diselesaikan,” kata Riana.

Selain bercita-cita menjadi dokter, ia juga ingin menjadi dosen. Alasannya, agar bisa terus belajar dan mengajarkan, serta terus terdorong untuk menambah pengetahuan.

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Pura Luhur Uluwatu, Bali Island

Uluwatu Temple - Spectacular View

Uluwatu Temple – Spectacular View

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Places of interest : Uluwatu is one of tourist places and destination in Bali,  Uluwatu is its surfing breaks and kecak performances with the sunset background, below is the information.

On the southern coast of Bali is the towering tableland of Bukit, which drops dramatically into the sea at the sheer cliffs of Uluwatu. Uluwatu lies at the southern tip of Bali in Badung Regency. Dedicated to the spirits of the sea, the famous Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple is an architectural wonder in black coral rock, beautifully designed with spectacular views. Uluwatu Temple is a classic expression of ancient Bali in a spectacular setting, high above the crashing waves. This is one of the oldest and most important temples in Bali, one of the six original ‘Sad Kahyangan’ (territorial) temples on the island.

These beaches are popular among surfers. Lack of supporting facilities is not an obstacle for tourist with adventure spirit to conquer the waves. Uluwatu has, in recent years become equally known as the site of the renowned surf break, which offers real challenges (experienced surfers only) in the water, and spectacular views from the warungs (restaurants) perched on the cliff. Access is difficult (though porters are available), please bring suitable footwear and dress with respect for the temple.

Another interest of Uluwatu is its surfing breaks, there are actually five breaks that are named outside corner, the peak, racetracks and the bombie. The peak and the racetrack are the most consistent waves here that rarely flat due to Uluwatu being the swell’s first stop after Antarctica. The other breaks come into play when the swell gets big and can be epic although unless this is the case then the water can be very crowded. There are safe areas to swim on the beach but there can be very strong swells around the cave that can rip you straight into the racetrack that is a powerful barrel breaking onto shallow reef.

In the end of visit , we able to see kecak performances with the sunset background, dramatizing the Hindu epic Ramayana. A Kecak performance is very simple. The men’s chorus chants the words Cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak, in rhythm, over and over again, For this reason they are called the Kecak or Cak dance. The Kecak dances consist of about fifty men wearing only a loin-cloth, the upper part of their bodies left bare.

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BALI-MAP-ULUWATUGetting Here:
About 45 minutes from Nusa Dua, or 1 hr 15 minutes from Kuta or Tuban area. From Nusa Dua, the hilly road will pass through Pecatu, (in)famous for its uncompleted monument and luxury homes. If you are from Kuta, similar hill climbing road through Kedodongan and Jimbaran Hills (and Bay) will bring you here.

Description:
Officially known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu (yes, that’s the real name: “Luhur” means “something of divine origin” while “Uluwatu” can be broken into “ulu” which means “land’s end” and “watu” means “rock” in the old language). Nonetheless, merely mentioning Uluwatu will get you here in no time.

To me, this is the most spectacular temple on the island of Bali. The inner sanctum of the pura is perched majestically on the edge of a steep cliff that towers above the legendary surf breaks of southern Bali.

While I’m not too sure what the view is like from within the inner temple itself, the views are best enjoyed on two different vantage points on both northern and southern portions of the area.

I try not to mention much about the monkeys here. Precautionary signs have been put at a few places to remind about their aggressiveness. I did not experience any bad incidents with them, but I did take off my sunglasses and hid my camera in my pocket, just in case. At sunset, Kecak dance performance is held here everyday. And, it goes without saying that sunset viewing at Uluwatu is one of the must-do in Bali.

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is regarded as one of the six most important temples in Bali (along with Pura Besakih, of course!). Its location on the south westernmost precinct of this magical island guards the Balinese from the evil spirit of the ocean.

There is a minimal entrance fee to enter. I’m not particularly sure about the need to have a “local guide” to explore the pura just like what I have experienced in Pura Besakih. Sarongs are available for rental at the entrance. It was indeed a hassle free experience for me. And the view is out of this world.

Uluwatu Gallery

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Ubud

Ubud is a town on the Indonesian island of Bali in Ubud District, located amongst rice paddies and steep ravines in the central foothills of the Gianyar regency. One of Bali’s major arts and culture centres, it has developed a large tourism industry.

Ubud has a population of about 30,000 people. Recently, it has become difficult to distinguish the town itself from the villages that surround it.

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History


8th century legend tells of a Javanese priest, Rsi Markendya, who meditated at the confluence of two rivers (an auspicious site for Hindus) at the Ubud locality of Campuan. Here he founded the Gunung Lebah Temple on the valley floor, the site of which remains a pilgrim destination.

The town was originally important as a source of medicinal herbs and plants; Ubud gets its name from the Balinese word ubad (medicine).

In the late nineteenth century, Ubud became the seat of feudal lords who owed their allegiance to the king of Gianyar, at one time the most powerful of Bali’s southern states. The lords were members of the satriya family of Sukawati, and were significant supporters of the village’s increasingly renowned arts scene.

Tourism on the island developed after the arrival of Walter Spies, an ethnic German born in Russia who taught painting and music, and dabbled in dance. Spies and foreign painters Willem Hofker and Rudolf Bonnet entertained celebrities including Charlie Chaplin, Noël Coward, Barbara Hutton, H.G. Wells and Vicki Baum. They brought in some of the greatest artists from all over Bali to teach and train the Balinese in arts, helping Ubud become the cultural centre of Bali.

A new burst of creative energy came in 1960s in the wake of Dutch painter Arie Smit (1916-), and development of the Young Artists Movement. There are many museums in Ubud, including the Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Neka and the Agung Rai Museum of Art.

The Bali tourist boom since the late 1960s has seen much development in the town; however, it remains a centre of artistic pursuit.

Town Orientation and Tourism

The main street is Jalan Raya Ubud (Jalan Raya means main road), which runs east-west through the center of town. Two long roads, Jalan Monkey Forest and Jalan Hanoman, extend south from Jalan Raya Ubud. Puri Saren Agung is a large palace located at the intersection of Monkey Forest and Raya Ubud roads. The home of Tjokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (1910–1978), the last “king” of Ubud, it is now occupied by his descendants and dance performances are held in its courtyard. It was also one of Ubud’s first hotels, dating back to the 1930s.

The Ubud Monkey Forest is a sacred nature reserve located near the southern end of Jalan Monkey Forest. It houses a temple and approximately 340 Crab-eating Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) monkeys.

Ubud tourism focuses on culture, yoga and nature. In contrast to the main tourist area in southern Bali, the Ubud area has forests, rivers, cooler temperatures and less congestion although traffic has increased dramatically in the 21st century. A number of smaller “boutique”-style hotels are located in and around Ubud, which commonly offer spa treatments or treks up nearby mountains.

The Moon of Pejeng, in nearby Pejeng, is the largest single-cast bronze kettle drum in the world, dating from circa 300BC. It is a popular destination for tourists interested in local culture, as is the 11th century Goa Gajah, or ‘Elephant Cave’, temple complex.

The Blanco Renaissance Museum is also located in the town.

Things to Do in Ubud, Bali


The laid-back town of Ubud is considered by many to be the epicenter for arts and culture in Bali. Ubud (pronounced “Ew-bood”) has developed a reputation as a place with a positive vibe, possibly explaining why so many artists and naturalists have settled in the lush, green areas around town.

Although tourism in Ubud is growing faster than the town can keep up, there is still a certain tranquility and happiness to be found in the clean air. The town has become a popular and peaceful retreat from the parties and crowded madness of Kuta just two hours away.

1. Get Lost in the Ubud Monkey Forest

The shady, green Ubud Monkey Forest is the most popular stop for tourists in the town of Ubud itself. Hundreds of playful and interactive Macaque monkeys call the sacred forest home and roam freely around the tree canopy and temple complex.

Walking around the winding, moss-covered brick paths of the Monkey Forest is a great way to escape the heat of the afternoon, but mind your belongings. The steady stream of tourists has made the monkeys bold enough to even reach into pockets in search of something interesting!

Before visiting, read about the Safety, How to Avoid Monkey Bites and Attacks

ubud-monkey-forest_8-800-horzOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMonkey forest2. Going Shopping in Ubud

The influx of tourism in Ubud mixed with the proximity of so many artists has caused a great deal of unique boutiques and shops to open.  Unlike the tacky, beach-tourist feeling of shopping in Kuta, Ubud provides a much more sophisticated experience.

Local shops are filled with unique and beautiful crafts, art work, carvings, jewelery, and gifts to take back home. The sprawling, indoor Ubud Market caters mostly to tourists in search of cheap souvenirs.  Be sure to haggle prices – negotiation is expected – or you may end up paying triple what something is worth.

Be sure to check out the Ganesha Bookstore, considered the best second-hand bookstore in Bali, if not all of Indonesia.

3. Visit Ubud’s Art Museums & Galleries

Ubud is known as a hothouse for fine art in Bali. It’s all down to the town’s royal family, which has traditionally patronized artists. The King of Ubud himself co-founded the Pitamaha Artists Cooperative in 1936, which was responsible for the cross-pollination between traditional Balinese art and Western art (represented by the expat artists Rudolph Bonnet and Walter Spies, two westerners who settled in Ubud).

You can see the development of Ubud fine art through its collection of museums: the Blanco Renaissance Museum (pictured at the left) and the Museum Puri Lukisan, among others, feature two visions of Balinese art, the former a one-man perspective, the latter a more general overview of the 20th century and its artistic output.

4. Walk Through Ubud’s Rice Fields

Ubud has spilled out into its tiny surrounding villages, but the growth has not ruined the natural setting of the beautiful surroundings.  Green rice fields still blanket much of the area and can easily be reached by foot or on bicycle.

The fields may be hiked along a twisting path for miles through tiny, thatched-roof villages.  You will find the start of one of the trails just past the small market outside the “top” entrance of the Ubud Monkey Forest.

Hiking these tranquil fields in the morning to the sounds village life beginning is something you will never forget.

5. Get Holistically Healed

With scores of holistic medicine practitioners now living around Ubud, it is no surprise that so many spas and meditation centers have opened up.  In town you can easily find all types of Eastern and Western massage centers, reiki healers, herbal medicine shops, and even acupuncture practitioners.

The Bodyworks Healing Centre was the first of such places and has been providing natural healing to the local people long before Ubud was on the tourist map. For a more upscale wellness experience, check out the Spa Alila at the Alila Ubud just ten minutes’ drive out of town.

6. See the Cranes of Petulu

A strange, natural phenomenon occurs each evening just north of Ubud in the village of Petulu.  Thousands of white herons arrive here around 6:00 p.m. and prepare to roost for the night before flying off again in the morning.

The birds first began coming here after a communist massacre in 1965 but no one is sure why they continue to return.  Local lore holds that these are the souls of those that were killed.  Such a predictable gathering of these large and beautiful birds is a spectacle not to be missed.

7. Watch Balinese Dance Performances

No visit to Ubud is complete without seeing at least one traditional dance performance.  Although the performances are very tourist-oriented, this is a great opportunity to see classic Hindu legends being told through dancers in colorful, traditional costumes.

Ubud Palace is a popular place providing shows nightly as well as Pura Dalem which has twice-weekly shows and fire dances performed outside.

8. Visit a Hindu Temple or Two

Ubud and the villages in the surrounding area contain dozens of examples of beautiful Hindu Temples. Most temples are free to visit or ask for a small donation. Proper attire is required, although many temples will loan or rent a sarong for your visit.

Pura Penataran Asih in nearby Pejeng is a charming temple containing the largest bronze kettle drum in the world. The Bronze Age drum is known as the “Moon of Pejeng” and dates back to 300 B.C.

Pura Besakih on the slopes of Mount Agung is Bali’s most sacred temple site. A complex of 23 temples can be explored on a day trip from Ubud.

9. Enter the Elephant Cave

Only 10 minutes south of Ubud lies one of the most sacred sites in Bali: Goa Gajah.  Also known as the Elephant Cave, this Hindu site dates back to the 11th Century and was nominated as a tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The cave is believed to have been home to Hindu priests and the entrance is carved with menacing figures from Hindu legend.  The interior of the cave is dark and contains a few religious relics.  The site is still used for worship by locals so proper dress is required to enter.

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Site description

At the façade of the cave is a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. The primary figure was once thought to be an elephant, hence the nickname Elephant Cave. The site is mentioned in the Javanese poem Desawarnana written in 1365. An extensive bathing place on the site was not excavated until the 1950s. These appear to have been built to ward off evil spirits.

World Heritage Status

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 19, 1995 in the Cultural category.

10. Scale Mount Batur in Kintamani

Although technically an hour north, many people visiting Ubud make at least a day trip to the Kintamani region.  Kintamani in North Bali is home to Mount Batur and some of Bali’s best scenery.  Mount Batur is an active volcano that regularly smolders and surprises visitors with minor eruptions.

The largest crater lake in Bali fills part of Mount Batur’s caldera while small villages cling to the rim.  The views of Kintamani from the nearby village of Penelokan are well worth getting outside of Ubud for a day.

For those with lots of energy, a beautiful sunrise can be enjoyed from the summit of Mount Batur.  Travel agencies around Ubud provide early pickup and a guide for the two-hour trek to the top of the volcano.

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