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Obama arrives in Bali

Obama dan Michelle Obama (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Former United States president Barack Obama arrived in Bali on Friday evening for a family vacation. His Gulfstream G-V N50JE aircraft landed at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali at 6.52 p.m. local time, or a bit late from its initial schedule of 5.55 p.m.

Wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers, Obama was seen relaxed and smiling when he embarked from the plane, witnesses reported. Meanwhile, former First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans walked by his side. Obama's daughters, Malia and Sasha, also joined the vacation.

Journalists did not have access to cover Obama's arrival at the airport as requested by the former US president's advance team.
Only four officials welcomed Obama at Ngurah Rai Airport, namely Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika, Ngurah Rai Military Air Force Base commander Col. I Wayan Superman, 9th regional military command (Kodam IX) Udayana commander Maj. Gen. Komarudin Simanjuntak and Denpasar Police chief Sr. Comr. Hadi Purnomo, who represented Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Petrus Reinhard Golose

Obama left Ngurah Rai Airport for Ubud at 7.17 p.m., with an VVIP escort comprising Indonesian Military and National Police personnel and his advance team.

Arie Ahsanurrohin, communications and legal head of state airport operator Angkasa Pura I at I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, said clearance processes by the airport’s Customs and Immigration authorities took too long.

“In line with standard operating procedures, customs officers must check all luggage. It took time," Arie said.

Obama briefly engaged in small talk with local officials welcoming him. Obama and his family also posed for photos with the officials before leaving the airport.
Arie said Obama’s arrival did not affect the airport’s flight schedules. Obama will vacation in Bali until June 28, then head to Yogyakarta and Jakarta. (JakartaPost)

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan

Surrounded by lush tropical valleys by Ayung River, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan 
Address:  Sayan, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia

presents an outdoor pool, four dining options and a gym. Guests can indulge in pampering treatments at the spa. Free valet parking service is provided.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayang is a 10-minute drive from Ubud Palace and Ubud Art Market, and Monkey Forest is a 15-minute drive away. It takes 90 minutes by car to reach the resort from Ngurah Rai International Airport.

The luxuriously furnished suites and villas each feature a dining area, sitting area with plush sofas, and a private terrace with views of the greenery. Amenities include a safe, flat-screen satellite TV and ironing facilities. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom with free bath amenities.
Guests enjoy the convenience of on-site business center, currency exchange and vehicle rental services. The staff at the tour desk can assist with sightseeing arrangements, hiking or cycling trips. A library and a kid’s club are available at the resort

Ayung Terrace specializes in Indonesian cuisine, and Jati Bar serves cocktails and light meals. At Riverside Café, guests can enjoy western delicacies for lunch and dinner. In-room dining is possible through room service. 

This is our guests' favorite part of Ubud, according to independent reviews.
This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Ubud! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area.

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Former US president Obama to arrive on Bali this afternoon

Four Seasons Hotel at Sayan, Ubud
Former US president Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive on Bali this afternoon to start a five-day vacation with his family on the resort island. Obama's aircraft will be arriving at the Bali airport at 5:55 p.m. from Guam.
Ngurah Rai Military Air Base commander Col. I Wayan Superman said standard VVIP security measures would be enforced during the landing of Obama's aircraft at the airport.
“There will be no airport closure [for other flights]. However, we will give priority to his plane," Superman said. 
Superman said that he had coordinated with the advance US team, which indicated that Obama had refused the offer of any special treatment during his visit.
Superman said the Indonesian authorities would ensure Obama’s arrival would have minimal impact on other flights at the airport. 
Obama will come with his wife Michelle Obama, their daughters Malia and Sasha, and other Obama family members. He will also bring several special security staff members with him. 
From the airport, Obama will go straight to the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud where he will be staying. The five-star hotel offers a green view over rice fields inside the hotel complex. The hotel restaurant also offers a view over the Ayung River. (JakartaPost)


Medan, the capital city of North Sumatra Province, is rich in diversity of cultures. Through the centuries, thousands of merchants from China, India, the Middle East, the Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Europe have come to the city to trade and where many settled down, each bringing their own culture. The assimilation of these cultures has created a lively diverse city, as well as fascinating legacies in architecture and culinary heritage.

The city has many distinguished landmarks sculpted with meticulous details and marvelous artworks. Here, you will easily find old buildings standing right next to sleek modern constructions.

Below is a glimpse of the colorful spirit you will find in Medan’s city center:

1. The Maimoon Palace
Built by Sultan Ma’mun Al Rashid Perkasa Alamsyah in 1887-1891, the palace has a total of 30 rooms on its 2,772 sqm land. However, only one main room is open for public, which is the throne room. Its architectural style is a cultural-mix of Malay, Islamic and Moghal heritage. While its interior design takes a more Spanish-Italian ambience. Take pictures of yourself wearing traditional royal Malay Deli costume or sit on the throne of the Sultan and His Queen. The Royal collection of jewelry, antiques and gifts presented by other countries’ royal leaders are also on display here. Address: Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Medan

2.Al Mashun Grand Mosque
This grand mosque is located on a busy street in Medan. The mosque was built in 1906-1909, during the reign of Sultan Ma’mun Al Rasyid Perkasa Alam of the Deli Sultanate. Surrounded by an extensive garden, the architectural style of the main building is a combination of Middle Eastern, Moghal and Spanish influence. It is built in an octagonal shape and has four wings to its south, east, north and west. The mosque was built based on the strictest orders given by the Sultan: that it should be grander than his own grand palace – the Maimoon Palace. An elegant structure with intricate details on the exterior and interior design, this is surely a place you need to visit. Address: Medan 20218, Indonesia  

3. Tjong A Fie Mansion
Visiting this mansion will make you feel immediately transported back in history. Every furniture and accessory in this mansion are arranged exactly as if the mansion is still inhabited by its owner. Located in downtown Medan, the building has a combination of Chinese, Malay and Art-Deco influences. The mansion continues to be well preserved among the surrounding modern structures . Tjong A Fie was a Chinese merchant who tried to find better fortune in the city that is today know as Medan. He rose to become a wealthy entrepreneur, a respected leader and philanthropist. With beautiful carvings, ornaments, antiques and artworks, this mansion was dedicated to his beloved wife. Here’s a fun fact: Tjong A Fie is among the three personalities who financed the construction of the Al Mashun Grand Mosque. Address: Jln. A. Yani 105, Medan 20111  

4. Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni
A magnificent structure with intricate façade, The Maria Shrine at Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni is dedicated to the blessed Mother Mary. It was built in 2001-2005. You may well mistake it for a Hindu temple or perhaps a mosque because of its ornamentation and domes. Father James Barathaputra, SJ was the originator of the idea to build this one-of-a-kind Catholic Church. His vision was to make this a sanctuary for people who seek peace, solace, healing and divinity. Address: Jl. Sakura III no. 10 Tanjung Selamat, Medan, Indonesia

 5. Sri Mariamman Temple
This temple was built in 1884 by young Tamil donors named Gurdhuara Sahib and Sami Rangga Naiher. Located at Kampung Madras area (also known as Medan’s Little India), it is the oldest Hindu temple in Medan. It was built to worship Goddess Mariamman and is devoted to the Hindu Gods Ganesha and Murugan. its architectural style was taken from Hindu temples found in South India and Sri Lanka. It is ornamented with vivid colors, statues and beautiful carvings. The temple’s prayer room is closed on Saturdays, but the courtyard is always open on any other day. Address: Jln. Teuku Umar no. 18, Medan 20112, Indonesia

6. Maha Vihara Maitreya
Being the largest Buddhist temple in Medan, it prides itself with the slogan of “One World One Family”. Built in 1991 on a piece of land covering 4,5 hectares, it was inaugurated in 2008. You can find huge statues around the premise, but unfortunately taking photographs of some of them is prohibited. The interior is graceful and simple, dedicated for devotees to perform silent solemn worship, following the teachings of Maitreya Buddha. The temple has also a playground for kids to play and a souvenir shop. It is strategically located in a housing complex where you can find abundant choice of delicious food and beverages to enjoy after a long day exploring the city. Address: Jl. Cemara Boulevard Utara no. 8, Kompleks Cemara Asri, Desa Sampali Percut Sei Tuan, Medan,20371

There you have it, the colorful nuances of Instagrammable architectural sights to be found in Medan. Get ready to snap them as an inseparable part of your memorable journey to North Sumatra!(

Over two million Chinese tourists to visit Indonesia in 2017

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The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia is estimated to reach more than 2 million tourists in 2017, an official said.

Charge dAffaires of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in Jakarta Sun Weide said here on Tuesday that the tourism cooperation between Indonesia and China continues to grow. The Chinese Embassy has recorded around 560,000 Chinese tourists to have visited Indonesia during the first three months of this year.

"The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia is estimated to reach more than two million this year," Sun Weide said in a press conference followed by an iftar at the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta.

Last year, 1.45 million Chinese tourists had visited Indonesia. The number was the second largest after Singapores with 1,47 million tourists. It is estimated that the visiting Chinese tourists had contributed around two billion US dollars of foreign exchange to Indonesia last year, he said.

Cooperation in the tourism sector between Indonesia and China has been robust, he said. On the same day, delegation from Guizhou Province of China held a conference to promote its tourism potential in Jakarta.
Ren Xiang Sheng, Guizhou Provincial Secretary in southwestern China, said the increased cooperation in the fields of tourism and culture has become part of efforts to strengthen Chinas One Belt and One Road (Obor) initiative.

In 2016, more than one million tourists had visited Guizhou, a region dotted with picturesque mountain in China. Out of one million visiting tourists, 128,000 were Indonesians. Indonesian Ministry of Tourism has estimated that the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia will reach 2.4 million in 2017, surpassing Singaporeans who were estimated to top around 2.275 million in the same year. Achieving its 12 million tourist visit target in 2016, Indonesia has set a target to attract 15 million tourist in 2017.(Antara)

Wonderful Indonesia Video | Manado - Bunaken National Park

Bunaken is an 8.08 km² island in the Bay of Manado, situated in the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken forms part of the administrative city of Manado, capital of North Sulawesi. The marine Park around Bunaken is part of the National Park that also includes the ocean around the island of Manado Tua, Siladen and Mantehage. 


In the Bunaken Marine Park, you will encounter a real “mermaid”, and you can also get a glimpse of sea life. Within the Bunaken Marine Park, visitors can see various strange and colourful marine life along its sea bed. To reach this park, you can take a motorboat. The journey from Manado takes around 40 minutes.

The translucent waters of the Bunaken seas enable people to clearly view numerous sea biota. There are 13 species of coral reefs in this park, dominated by edge ridges and block ridges of rocks. The most attractive view is the steep vertical sloppy coral reef that plunges down as deep as 25-50 meters. Feast your eyes on 91 types of fish found in the Bunaken National Park, amongst which are the locally known Gusimi Horse Fish (Hippocampus), the White Oci (Seriola rivoliana), Yellow-Tailed Lolosi (Lutjanus kasmira), Goropa (Ephinephelus spilotoceps and Pseudanthias hypselosoma), Ila Gasi (Scolopsis bilineatus) and others. Divers may also meet mollusk like the Giant Kima (Tridacna gigas), Goat Head (Cassis cornuta), Nautilus (Nautilus pompillius) and Tunikates/Ascidian.

For those who enjoy scuba diving, this is a great place to be. With about 20 dive spots to choose from, divers will have the chance to swim below the sea, and frolic joyfully while admiring the sea creatures. Most diving takes place near Bunaken and Manado Tua, because of the many excellent sites. 

The following are representative of dive spots in the area.Lekuan Walls (I, II, III)This long wall at Bunaken is divided into three sites: the Lekuan I, II and III. Together they are the park's best.
Steep walls are marked with deep crevices, sea fans and giant sponges. The shallows are filled with fishes. The wall, often protected from stronger currents, is frequented by bumphead parrotfish, turtles, and Napoleon wrasses. You can also explore the island on foot or you can take a boat to move from one dive site to the other Just walking around the beach is already a most enjoyable experience. (

Grand Luley Manado

Address: Jalan Tongkaina, Kecamatan Bunaken, 95000 Manado, Indonesia
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The 4-star Grand Luley Resort offers spacious accommodation and features an outdoor pool.

Each room has large windows and great views of the landscape. They are well-equipped with private bathroom facilities, air conditioning and a safe. There is also a minibar and a cable TV.

Grand Luley Resort is located across Bunaken Island, a 35-minute drive from the city centre. Sam Ratulangi International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.

Grand Luley Resort provides services such as tour and diving arrangement, car rental facilities and free WiFi in the entire hotel.

This property also has one of the top-rated locations in Manado! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. 

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9 for a two-person trip.

This property is also rated for the best value in Manado! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. 

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North Sulawesi optimistic of attracting more Chinese tourists

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To support the Indonesian governments target of attracting at least 12 million foreign tourists, including some 2.4 million from China, several regions are gearing up to receive them this year. 
Tourism promotion events organized by Indonesia in China have resulted in a significant increase in the number of Chinese tourists visiting the countrys tourist destinations, particularly Bali and North Sulawesi.

Chinese tourists constituted 28.15 percent of the total 1.81 million foreign tourist arrivals in Bali between January and April this year.
North Sulawesi has also enjoyed a sharp increase in the number of Chinese visitors in the first quarter of 2017.
During the period between January and March, North Sulawesi had recorded a five-fold increase in the number of foreign tourists reaching 17,335, of which most were Chinese, from 3,467 during the same period last year.
Chinese tourists have dominated, in terms of the number of visitors to North Sulawesi. In March alone, 3,889 Chinese tourists had visited the province, or 75 percent of the total number of foreign visitors.

Other tourist arrivals were from Singapore, Germany, the United States, and Hong Kong. 
In April 2017, Chinese also constituted the largest number of foreign tourists visiting North Sulawesi.
"In April 2017, the number of Chinese tourists visiting North Sulawesi reached 4,477, constituting 72.84 percent of the total foreign tourist arrivals," Moh Edy Mahmud, head of the North Sulawesi statistic office, stated in Manado, recently.
Apart for conducting intensive tourism promotion activities, the significant rise is also owing to the regular direct flights between Manado, the provinces capital, and China, as well as to chartered flights. 
The number of foreign tourists visiting North Sulawesi in April 2017 had increased 312.82 percent, from 1,427 tourists recorded in April 2016. 
The second largest number of foreign tourists visiting the province was from Singapore, with 201 travelers, or 3.27 percent of the total number; followed by Germany, 169 tourists, or 2.75 percent; and those from the UK, 119 people, or 1.94 percent.
North Sulawesi also received 117 tourists from the US, or 1.90 percent of the total number; 108 Australians, or 1.76 percent; 76 Malaysians, or 1.24 percent; 65 Japanese, or 1.06 percent; 45 French, or 0.73 percent; and 38 Dutch, or 0.62 percent.

Furthermore, the number of direct flights connecting Manado, North Sulawesi Province, to cities in China is expected to increase, as more Chinese tourists are showing interest to visit the province.
"This June, charter flights will be operated to and from Wuhan twice a week by Lion Air," Yuristo Ardhi, communication and legal section head of airport operator Angkasa Pura chapter at the Sam Ratulangi International Airport, stated.
Lion Air will also operate flights to Baiyun, Guangzhou, in China, thrice a week, while Citilink will serve direct flights on the Manado-Fuzhou route twice a week.
"Hence, we will prepare space to accommodate Chinese tourists to make them feel comfortable," he noted.
As an international airport, Sam Ratulangi is able to accommodate domestic and international tourists.
Its runways and other facilities are also ready to handle small and large aircraft.
"We have just made some improvement to make the passengers at the airport feel comfortable," he noted.

North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey had recently stated that infrastructure at tourist attractions and destinations in North Sulawesi will also be developed and further improved.
The province located on Sulawesi (Celebes) Island is looking forward to attract more Chinese tourists to visit its cities by offering what several Chinese tourists love: seas and tasty cuisine.

It offers a variety of natural panoramas, with beaches, hills, volcanic mountains, and scenic plateaus.
The scenic and biodiverse Bunaken Marine National Park, which is just about 10 kilometers from Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi Province, is one of the most famous tourist destinations. The park has been inscribed in the list of World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

Bunaken has an amazing and diverse marine life, with 70 different corals, five species of sea turtles, several fish species, and even white and black tip reef sharks, the almost extinct dugongs, and barracudas.

Papeda (sago congee), Yellow Soup and Ikan Tude Bakar with Dabu-dabu and Rica sambal. (Wikipedia)
For food lovers, Manado could be an ideal destination to visit, as it has become one of the top destinations for the best traditional Indonesian cuisines, such as spicy chicken Rica-rica and Roa fish Rica-rica, with Klaapertart as a recommended dessert. 
Chinese tourists have, so far, visited only five destinations in the province: Manado, Tomohon, Bitung, Minahasa, and North Minahasa.
The local government is currently developing new destinations to boost foreign tourist arrivals. The province will promote Sitaro, Sangihe, and Talaud Islands, which have beautiful beaches and crystal clear water.(Antara)

Selayar Islands set to compete with Bali, Raja Ampat in tourism

Benteng Selayar (Wikipedia)
South Sulawesi's Selayar Islands regency administration is set to collaborate with the Sampoerna Consortium Group to develop Selayar Islands as a leading destination for marine tourism, a destination on par with Bali and Raja Ampat.

A five-star hotel is planned for the regency in 2018 alongside a golf course and an international hospital.

“We hope the government can facilitate a meeting with global investors to support this program. What a shame it would be if this paradise is not developed to reach its maximum potential,” said Bambang Sulistyo of the Sampoerna Consortium Group.

Plans are also in store to revamp H. Aroeppala Airport in Selayar regency so that it can accommodate large aircraft by 2019.

“We have two things that we are focusing on for Selayar [Islands], namely [making it a] Special Economic Zone [KEK] and [holding] the Sail Takabonerate [event],” said Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

The Selayar KEK area covers 500 hectares of land and is slated for development in 2018. The administration has also prepared another 100 hectares to build a modern Islamic center called the Islamic Unity Center. The center will host a mosque, an Islamic boarding school and a library. (JakartaPost)

'Wonderful Indonesia' Tourism Promotion at Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing

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Scenes from "Wonderful Indonesia," the country's official tourism marketing campaign, will be displayed on billboards at the famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo until mid-July.

According to I Gde Pitana, deputy for marketing development at the Ministry of Tourism, Japan is a strategic location for promoting Indonesian tourism during the school summer holiday.

"Japan is a promotional site because it is the summer school holiday from July 21 to Aug. 31. It will also be a holiday for all Japanese people from Aug. 11 to 20," Pitana was quoted as saying in a statement received by Jakarta Globe on Saturday (17/06).

The scenic images of Indonesia's beautiful attractions were previously displayed in numerous locations across the globe, including Times Square in New York and Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing is one of the busiest sites in the world, with more than 670,000 people passing the area every day. "This is a tourist attraction for foreign tourists visiting Japan," Pitana said.
However, the area not only popular with overseas visitors, but also locals. It is close to another famous tourism attraction, the Hachiko Memorial Statue, which celebrates a famous dog whose story has been adapted to movies.

The images displayed at Shibuya Crossing feature highlights from Banyuwangi in East Java, Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta and Nusa Penida in Bali. 

"The Tourism Ministry will continue to promote 'Wonderful Indonesia' in other countries, not only Japan. We will look for countries with high potential for travelers, as we are looking to attract more foreign tourists to Indonesia," Pitana said. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Indonesia and Japan have a long diplomatic and historic relationship that will potentially attract more Japanese tourists to the country.

"We hope that with the history and diplomatic relations, these 'Wonderful Indonesia' promotions will pique the curiosity of the Japanese to come and see Indonesia for themselves," Arief said(JakartaGlobe)

Tourism Ministry signs MoU on Halal Wonders

Masjid Demak (Source: Wikipedia)
The Tourism Ministry and the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Halal Wonders, witnessed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla here on Thursday.

MoU on Halal Wonders is a religious tourism development program that would integrate tourism destination with the nearest mosque in a region using internet-based application.

"One out of three people in the world make a tour for their beliefs. We have the potential of halal tourism," Tourism Minister Arif Yahya said.

However, he outlined that such a huge potential is yet to be explored optimally in Indonesia, as none of Indonesian mosques were on the list of "worlds 10 most beautiful mosques" by the World Tourism Organization (WTO).

"We have crowd in mosques, but sadly we could not use the economic values in those mosques," he stated.

According to WTO, religious tourism has two values that would need to be developed, namely spiritual and economical values.

"Everything is managed with information technology, and all people would seek something with practical and accessible technology," he added.

The signing ceremony was also attended by representatives from Indonesias Syaria Economy Society, Indonesian Halal Travel Association, Indonesias Halal Product Association, and Association of Indonesian Hajj and Umrah Operator.(Antara)

‘Beduk’ festival to welcome Idul Fitri in Jakarta

Residents take part in a convoy to celebrate the end of the Ramadhan fasting month. (
The Jakarta administration will hold the final round of the Beduk Festival drumming competition on June 24 at City Hall as part of the capital’s Idul Fitri celebration.
Subdistrict across Jakarta will be allowed to compete in the festival and vie for a trophy and a cash prize. 
Jakarta’s assistant to the secretary for administrative affairs, Bambang Sugiono, said the competition would start on June 16 at the district level and on June 19 for municipalities.
"District winners will compete at the municipal level; finalists will then compete at city hall," he said on Wednesday as quoted by
A team will comprise six members; five will hit the beduk, a large drum made of animal skin and barrel, and one will chant the takbir (prayer in praise of Allah). Assessments will be based on each group’s 10-minute performance and team work, Bambang said.
"The first-place winner will earn Rp 15 million [US$1,129], second-place winners will receive Rp 10 million, while the third-place winner will get Rp 7.5 million," he said, adding that each winner would also bring home a goat and governor’s trophy. (JakartaPost)


The village of Telemung near the city of Banyuwangi in East Java is best known for its huge coffee plantation that produces the most aromatic Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, which Operah Winfrey dubbed as "the most expensive coffee in the world". So , while you are in Banyuwangi why not visit the plantation and learn how this most aromatic and tasty coffee is produced and processed.

Explore the village

Before exploring the plantation why not tour the village in the cool mountain air, and see how the locals live daily around their homes, livestock and gardens. For besides coffee, Telemung also breeds Ettawa Goats that are precious for its milk. And there are also home-made handicraft of bamboo-woven Kopiah, a headpiece commonly used by men.

See various types of coffee plants 

The prima donna of Telemung is of course the Luwak Robusta coffee, which produces a thicker consistency and bitterness preferred by strong coffee lovers. Stroll around the plantation to learn the difference between Robusta, Arabica and Excelsa that are grown around the village.

Picking coffee beans 

Then it is time to learn from the experts how to pick good coffee bean. Throughout the village there are lady farmers and men who dedicate their every morning to seek for the best berries. Have fun learning as you walk through the dense plantation filled with luscious coffee trees.
Learn how to process coffee 

The village mostly uses manual and traditional processing sequences. After the pick, the beans are washed, dried, peeled, strained, roasted and ground. Try to do each step yourself, to experience the long and patient hours taken to make a single bag of perfect coffee. The roasting process is part of the most important stage, and is still done with a basic clay pan on top of a wood fueled open stove.
Make your own cup of perfection

When everything is ground to a soft powdered coffee, it's time to learn how to brew. There are plenty of ways to do this, but here it is still all about basics and simple touches to really get an original taste of the Luwak Coffee.

Meet Kimmy the Luwak

And for that cherry on top, come meet Kimmy, the name behind this famous Kimmy Omah Kopi in Telemung. Kimmy is a black pet civet cared by the owner and nurtured to be the star whenever visitors ask about what civets really look like. Wild Civets are a nocturnal animals who usually seek coffee berries at night, before they excrete this the morning after.

So on your next journey to Banyuwangi, be sure to stop by at Telemung and explore the local coffee wonder. Don't forget to bring some packs for your loved ones at home!

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Gunung Kidul being beautified to attract more tourists

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Tourism icons in Gunung Kidul District in the Special Region of Yogyakarta are being further beautified to boost the number of tourist arrivals in 2017.

Hoping to attract more local and foreign tourists this year, the government of Gunung Kidul District will continue to encourage tourism development by building several parks and statues at the corner of every street.

In addition, garden ornaments, such as statues and fountains, will be built at every corner of the street in Gunung Kidul similar to the one in Putat Village to increase tourist visits.

At a park at the Yogyakarta-Wonosari junction in Putat Village, the Gunung Kidul Environment Office has erected a statue of a dancing man wearing a "pentul" mask at a budget of Rp93 million.

Local Environment Office spokesman Irawan Djatmiko remarked in Gunung Kidul that construction of the statue will be completed before the Idul Fitri holiday this year, so that the holidaymakers and tourists can enjoy its view.

The "pentul" mask, worn on the statue of a dancing man, is part of the culture and symbolizes "abdi dalem," the loyal servant, in Gunung Kidul. 

Djatmiko noted that the four-meter-tall statue in the park at the Yogyakarta-Wonosari junction was expected to add to the glory of the entry gate of Gunung Kidul from the west side.

In collaboration with the local Environment Office, the Gunung Kidul Culture and Tourism Office will later build more parks and statues, including a park, with a statue of a beach volleyball athlete at the Sepanjang Beach using a budget of Rp400 million.

In the meantime, Gunung Kidul Culture and Tourism Office spokesman Hary Sukmono remarked that several tourist attractions will continue to be enhanced, so that the tourists visiting Gunung Kidul can feel at home and happy to stay longer.

Sukmono expressed hope that during the 2017 Lebaran holidays, the number of tourists visiting Gunung Kidul would surpass that of the previous year. 

In the week during the 2016 Lebaran holidays, around 250 thousand tourists had visited numerous tourist attractions in Gunung Kidul District, according to Sukmono.

He explained that based on the reports received from several tourist attractions, the total revenue generated from 250 thousand tourists visiting the areas amounted to Rp1.57 billion. 

However, he acknowledged that the number of tourists visiting Gunung Kidul during the Lebaran holidays in 2016 had dropped slightly from 362 thousand during the same period in 2015, but the figure is expected to be much higher this year.

During the Easter holidays on April 14-16, 2017, tourist attractions in Gunung Kidul were visited by 47 thousand local and foreign tourists. 

The total revenue generated from 47 thousand tourists visiting the tourist attractions in Gunung Kidul amounted to Rp411 million, or exceeded the target of Rp400 million.

The long Easter holidays in April this year have contributed to an increase in the number of visitors to Gunung Kidul to explore the various scenic beaches, caves, scenery, and waterfalls in the district.

Gunung Kidul has several natural tourist attractions, such as the Ngrancah waterfall in Ngleri Village, along with the pristine beaches of Gesing, Ngrenehan, Ngobaran, and Baron, in addition to Krakal, Sunduk, Watu Lawang, Drini, and Sepanjang.

The Gunung Kidul local government in Yogyakarta is making efforts to promote and develop the districts tourist spots under the framework of its tourism investment development mission that will focus on natural, village, cultural, and special-interest tourism.

Gunung Kidul District is blessed with several natural, marine, and cultural attractions that continue to attract tourists from around the world.

Hence, the local government is making all-out efforts to develop the district into a leading tourist destination by preparing a coastal tourism master plan.

The coastal tourism master plan, expected to be completed in 2017, will be used for managing the potential of every beach in Gunung Kidul District.

Gunung Kidul is endowed with several pristine beaches, and most of them still require effective management to transform them into national and international tourist destinations and large investments both from the government for infrastructure as well as from the private sector for the development of hotels, resorts, golf courses, and restaurants.

Gunung Kidul Regional Secretary Drajat Ruswandono has stated that for the preparation of the coastal tourism master plan, all stakeholders, including the tour operators and Yogyakarta Palace officials, will be involved to discuss the management of all coastal areas in the district.

Ruswandono noted that with the coastal tourism master plan, all beaches in Gunung Kidul will be developed according to their respective characteristics.

After the formulation of the coastal tourism master plan is completed, a detailed technical plan will be created to manage the beaches for tourism and economic activities and residential areas.

The Gunung Kidul district government is making efforts to promote and develop the districts tourist spots under the framework of its tourism investment development mission.

Gunung Kidul also has some popular tourism villages, such as Putat, Nglanggeran, Bendung, Ngeposari, Beji, Bleberan, Umbulrejo, and Kemadang(Antara)