Sightseeing in Indonesia

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Old Batavia (Kota), Taman Fatahillah, and the chicken market bridge, the old port of Sunda Kelapa; Glodok, the district given to the Chinese in 1741; Lapangan Banteng Square and its superb colonial architecture; the Wayang Museum.
The Daerah Istimewa of Jogjakarta and the sultan's palace.
The temples, the National Museum, the cultural and artistic communities of Yogyakarta and Ubud, the shadow theater wayang, the traditional gamelan orchestra, the Balinese dances.
Terraced rice fields (Bali), volcanoes (Java, Lombok), beaches (Bali, Nusa Tenggara), forest (Kalimantan),  the flora and fauna of Sumatra.
Hindu temples (Prambanan, and many temples in Bali), Buddhist temples (Borobudur)
Hot springs at Ciater (Java)
As Indonesia is an archipelago, there are very many beaches. In Bali we can mention Lovina Beach, Jimbaran, Kuta.
Winter Sports
Outdoor Activities
Jet ski, diving, windsurfing, surfing, hiking
Among others, the factory outlets of Bandung, and the crafts of Bali

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Widespread. Indonesia is an electoral democracy. For the first time in 2004, the Indonesians elected their president by direct suffrage.
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
In progress but not yet guaranteed. Indonesia was classified by Reporters without borders in 2007 100th country out of 169 concerning freedom of the press.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 101/175
Evolution: 10 places up compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Generally respected. In sensitive areas such as in Papua, this freedom is nevertheless limited and the police make frequent arrests.
Rule of Law
Indonesia is a constitutional state, but a considerable degree of corruption exists in the country, including in the judiciary and both the corporate and public sectors.
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Not totally respected. Ethnic minorities (such as the Sino-Indonesians, the Dayaks), women and sometimes the poorest groups are victims of discrimination and/or violence.
Women's Condition
Women continue to be victims of discrimination and violence, especially in their workplaces.
For Further Information
Freedom House

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Degree of Freedom
Indonesia is an example of peaceful coexistence by people of different religions. Freedom of worship is recognized, and atheism is forbidden.
Muslims 87%, Protestants 6%, Catholics 3%, Hindus 2%, Others 2%.
Role of Religion in Society
Religion, omipresent in Indonesia, governs the rhythm of Indonesian life. Political Islam is nevertheless not very developed.

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