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Highlights of Java

Indonesia's richest cultural heritage has flourished alongside rice, coffee and spices on the fertile volcanic plains of Java. The wealth from these valuable commodities helped build empires and civilizations in Yogyakarta, Solo and Malang and these are the best places to gain an understanding of all things Javanese. To the east of the island the land becomes less populated as the terrain becomes more rugged with spectacular volcanic peaks, most notably around the National Parks protecting Mount Bromo and the Ijen Plateau on the eastern tip of Java.

Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta

Surrounded by the world famous temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, Yogyakarta is often described as Indonesia's cultural capital and the cradle of civilization in Central Java.

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Borobudur

Borobudur

Indonesia's largest and most impressive Buddhist monument, Borobudur is a vast structure with 9 levels and an awe inspiring setting in the midst of a fertile valley ringed by volcanoes.

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Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo

Set within a vast ancient caldera along with five smaller volcanoes, Mount Bromo is one of the world's most incredible settings for watching the sun rise. For this reason Bromo is one of Java's most visited places, and people come from far and wide to witness the dramatic lunar landscapes and spectacular views.

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Ijen Plateau

Ijen Plateau

Located on the eastern tip of Java the Ijen Plateau is an ancient crater 134 sq km in area in which a trio of jagged volcanic peaks tower over lush forests and abundant flora. 

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Malang

Malang

Malang was developed by Dutch plantation owners in the late 18th Century who grew coffee in the surrounding hills. With an agreeable climate the town flourished under the Dutch, and the town has a wealth of interesting buildings harking back to the golden age of colonialism.

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Trowulan

Trowulan

Trowulan was once the site of the powerful Majapahit Kingdom, Java's most significant Hindu emprire which flourished between the late 13th and 15th Centuries. Sir Thomas Raffles re-discovered the ruins in the 19th century and described the site as ‘the pride of Java'

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