Sangiran Ancient Human Museum

Sangiran MuseumSangiran is an archaeological excavation site in Java in Indonesia. According to a UNECSO report (1995) “Sangiran is recognized by scientists to be one of the most important sites in the world for studying fossil man, ranking alongside Zhoukoudian (China), Willandra Lakes (Australia), Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), and Sterkfontein (South Africa), and more fruitful in finds than any of these.”

The area comprises about 56 km² (7km x 8km). It is located in Central Java, about 15 kilometers north of Surakarta in the Solo River valley. Administratively, Sangiran area is divided between 2 regencies: Sragen (subdistricts of Gemolong, Kalijambe, and Plupuh) and Karanganyar (subdistrict of Gondangrejo). An important feature of the site is the geology of the area. Originally a dome was created millions of years ago through tectonic uplifts. The dome was then eroded exposing beds within the dome which are rich in archeological records.

Access to the Saingiran museum is gained by travelling around 15 km north from Surakarta along the main road towards the central Java town of Purwodadi. The turnoff to the museum, just past the small market town of Kalioso, leads along a sealed road which winds through a relatively poor rural area for around 4 km before reaching the final short entry road to the visitors centre to the right. Total travel time from Surakarta, depending on traffic conditions along the crowded Surakarta-Purwodadi road, is about 45-60 mins. There are frequent buses along the route from Surakarta to Purwodadi which will drop passengers off at the turnoff on request. Local informal motorcycle taxi drivers will ferry visitors along the remaining 4 km for a modest charge. (The museum is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm each day except for Mondays when the museum is closed.)

Location: Sragen Region

Nampu and Sembukan Beach

Sembukan BeachThese two locations are the natural tourism objects in the form of South Beach of Java Island which looks out directly to the Indian Ocean. The condition of the surrounding environment are still natural and very artistic, it still need the more completely development touch but it have to concern about the natural environment ecosystem.

In Sembukan Beach in every year held the Selamatan (Larung Ageng) (=great ceremony for dropping something somewhere) by Surakarta Palace, Wonogiri Government or the community. Nampu Beach has the wealthy of big waving white sands so it is suitable for water sport event.

Location: Wonogiri Region

Kethek Ogleng Performance

Kethek OglengKethek Ogleng is one form of folk art that is still evolving with diverse forms in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java. His story tells a monkey incarnation of the story of Raden Panji Sari Mountain in search of Goddess Sekartaji who disappeared from the palace. To fool the people to be free and out of the village and forest, Gunung Sari Raden was transformed into a white monkey lively and funny.

When wandering in the forest meets the white monkey with Endang Roro Setompe which is another name of Goddess Sekartaji. Looking at the figure of a beautiful Goddess Sekartaji, Panji was tempted. But unfortunately Sekartaji not want to have a husband seeekor apes. Finally Goddess Sekartaji left alone in the jungle of apes.

The story was later displayed in the form of a dance with Ogleng Kethek name. Actually, to be able to display art that is only needed two dancers to the accompaniment of gamelan music. The first dancers act as a white monkey and a second dancer role as Goddess Kilisuci.

Dance Kethek Ogleng express this in describing the movements of a group of white monkey. In this dance comes to expressions of agility, togetherness, spirit, humor, and attractive. Iringannya use Javanese gamelan instruments, traditional percussion instrument, vocal and rhythm that bring flavor and nuances remain popular.

Location: Wonogiri Region

Putri Kencono Cave

Kencono CavePutri Kencono Cave truly unique. In the cave area of ​​about 1,000 m2, there are some spaces in a single lane. There is a living culture, a kapusakan, jumenengan space, workshop space, a family room and a spring panyuwunan. Spring panyuwunan small pond filled with water believed to have properties. Each room is marked with a sign that can be read clearly because of the lighting bright enough room.

According to the Department of Tourism Culture Youth and Sports (Disbudparpora) Winton, who manages the place, Darmadi, naming the room through the long procession. Having found the local residents, Wasino, on January 1, 1991 and excavated until 1992, the diggers of Padepokan Wali Songo / master Supandriyo held a ritual and salvation in the cave every Friday Legi. During the time that the names of the room was reputedly whispered into the ear of the figures.

Every room in the cave filled with stalactites and stalagmites are still dripping water. Cave ceiling height varies 3-5 m. Water droplets that make the cave floor was wet and slippery. Cave visitors must be extra careful not to slip.

Location: Wonogiri Region

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