Our correspondent traces the tracks to Semarang and discovers a pivotal cog in Central Java’s rail history.
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In Pictures: Seven Reasons to Visit Sumenep, The Forgotten Corner of Java
Sumenep, on the island of Madura, is an oft-neglected regency of rural calm, vibrant culture, delicious food and deserted beaches. The welcome is extremely warm, too…
Sumenep: Six Reasons to Visit Java’s Forgotten Corner
Our correspondent shares yet more examples of why Madura’s social and cultural heart is just waiting to be explored.
Ijen Crater: Uneasy Acid Frequencies in Java
Our correspondent descends to the netherworld as the Ijen Crater, Java’s acidic crater lake, ensnares yet another victim.
Madura’s Lesson: On The Bus in Java
Our correspondent boards a bus and encounters a fascinating snapshot of Madurese life.
(Very) Rough Guide: Madura, Java’s Ignored Corner
Our correspondent, excited beyond all reason, remains grateful for the existence of this jagged slice of Indonesia.
In Search of Quiet: Places (in Indonesia) a Way Away From Elsewhere
Our correspondent, lost in the swirl, continues compiling out-of-the-way spots for a reflective traveller to consider.
How Surabaya Got Its Name, Part 2: Steel Forged in Conflict
Our correspondent ponders the role of war and bloodshed in establishing a place’s character.
How Surabaya Got Its Name, Part 1: The Shark and the Crocodile
Our correspondent shares an animalistic take on the naming of East Java’s capital city.
Reverence and Mysticism: Gunung Bromo Displays Its Might
Our correspondent egdes through the murk as a brooding volcano in Indonesia leaves an indelible psychic footprint.
Blood Runs Everywhere: Echoes of Atrocity in Lawang Sewu
Our correspondent uncovers the memory of something sinister in Semarang.
Sickle and Fire: Arek Lancor Symbolises Madura’s Spirit
Our correspondent absorbs the message of a monument that represents Madurese passion and drive.