Glodok China Town: Lanterns, Temples and Dim Sum

What better way to celebrate Lunar New Year than exploring Jakarta’s China Town Glodok? At the end of January, right before Chinese New Year, the Italian section of Indonesian Heritage Society organised a tour to Glodok: tea house, decorations, red lanterns, traditional pasar (market). And dim sum, of course. Vihara Dharma Bhakti is a klenteng located in the

Lost at Sea Now Displayed at the Galeri Warisan Maritim

The Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) trains a group of volunteers to become guides at the Museum Nasional every year. Among the topics covered is ancient Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics found in Indonesia, of which the museum has an extremely rich collection. Recently IHS members have updated the training material on ceramics and are preparing a

Indonesian Heritage Society Explores Lake Toba

In late November 2018,  I led an Indonesia Heritage Society (IHS) Heritage Tour for a small group of textile lovers to Lake Toba. From watching weavers practice their craft to spectacular views, this was a wonderful excursion. The water is glistening during the dawn at Lake Toba, North Sumatra. Photo by David Yanes and Roy

Benteng Heritage Museum: The Pearl of Tangerang

It is only fitting that this little jewel hidden in the middle of the busy Tangerang Old Market is nicknamed the Pearl of Tangerang. Photo By Muhammad Zulfianri Ramadhan Finding your way to the museum in the morning is part of the experience. It requires a lot of navigating through the snaking alleys of the

Found in Indonesia

Egbert Willem Van Orsoy de Flines and the Ceramics Collection of the Museum Nasional The Museum Nasional has one of the largest collections in the world of Chinese export ceramics. All objects have been found in Indonesia, and most were collected by one man who devoted his entire life to this collection and donated it

The Art of Batik Gedhog

Amid the dazzling variety of batik available in Indonesia, batik gedhog or Tuban batik, as it is also known, stands out because of its rough, handwoven cotton fabric and its simple indigo-blue and morinda-red patterns representing cotton, rice, edible gourds, creeping vines, small birds, and phoenixes. Batik gedhog is produced in the rural village of Kerek,

Flying High!

For some unique and very personal insights into the wonderful world of kites, why not visit the Layang-Layang Museum which is a private collection of Madame Endang W. Puspoyo, housed in her own property in the south of Jakarta. The area is serene, beautiful, and feels totally disconnected from the busy streets of Jakarta, says

Indonesian Heritage Society’s Popular Evening Lectures Series Returns

Not sure what this is all about? The Evening Lectures are a series of talks organized by the Indonesian Heritage Society and are held bi-annually, usually in February and March and again in October and November. Each series is composed of six weekly lectures in English that aim to explore topics involving Indonesia’s arts, heritage,

Indonesian Literature in Translation

My first approach to Indonesian Literature in translation came unexpectedly through the Italian book club in Jakarta where we read the book Pulang  (Home) by Indonesian female author, Leila S. Chudori. I read the book, I met Leila Chudori personally and after this unforgettable initiation, I joined the Indonesian Literature in Translation Study Group of

The Mystery of Jambi Batik

Jambi, on the east coast of central Sumatra, has a textile tradition shrouded in mystery. In fact, Jambi seems to have had two textile traditions: the tradition of lembato yellow and indigo blue batiks discovered by the Dutch in the 1920s – which nearly died out by the time the Japanese invaded in 1942 –

Indonesia At Play-Calendar 2018 Photo Competition and Exhibition

The Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) held its annual competition earlier this year to select the 13 photographs that will grace the pages of our upcoming calendar.  The theme for our 2018 calendar is “Indonesia at Play”, and the entries from our members certainly lived up to expectations with images of adults and children alike, in

Evening Lectures : A Place to Meet and Exchange Ideas

Once a month both expats and Indonesian citizens gather at Dutch cultural center Erasmus Huis to listen to interesting English-spoken lectures and exchange ideas and opinions. This Evening Lectures Series is organized by the Indonesian Heritage Society since 1973. The topics are very diverse, but always about Indonesia. The lectures are a good opportunity to

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