6 Traditional Indonesian Houses

LUMBUNG – SASAK – LOMBOK Meaning “rice barn”, the Lumbung is traditionally used to store rice. It has bamboo walls (bedek), a wooden floor and a thatched roof and can be easily distinguished by the mountain-shaped roof that dives downwards to the ground. Signifiant “grenier”, le Lumbung est traditionnellement utilisé pour stocker le riz. Les […]

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A data trove to support a hoped-for shark sanctuary in Indonesia

The sun is rising behind Mount Rinjani as a group of divers boards a boat to Shark Point, a spot popular among sea turtles and reef sharks on the north side of this small island in the Gili Matra marine preserve. They are going on a survey dive to record sightings of the sea creatures, with the hope this data will support the effort to establish Indonesia’s first shark sanctuary — a fully protected marine area where all commercial fishing, possession and trade of shark species and their products are prohibited.

A Sasak roof over your head

Lumbung are a typical structure of Sasak culture, and traditionally used as a rice barn. The charm of this traditional building has conquered modern designers, and the Lumbung has now been adopted as a contemporary style for the design of private houses and bungalows where many people opt to stay during their holidays. However, this is just a small example of Sasak architecture, a well-kept building tradition that integrates people’s needs, identity and beliefs.

UNITY IN DIVERSITY – INDONESIA’S RELIGIONS

Indonesia has been a destination of migration for centuries and the traces of this assorted cultural heritage are also reflected in the diversity of religions practiced in the country. Animism is the oldest practiced religion, followed by Hinduism and Buddhism, while Islam is the most practiced, with over 80% of Indonesians being Muslims. Indonesia is […]

SAILING IN THE TOGEAN ISLANDS

It is no secret that sailing boats have always fascinated me. Their unparalleled elegance as they gracefully navigate in the open sea and silently penetrate the most secluded bays always bring me back in time, to stories of adventurous sailors, mesmerizing landscapes and unforgettable encounters with legendary creatures and fierce pirates. In this era of […]