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Royal Palaces of Bali

Tirta Gangga (Karangasem Kingdom) You may be surprised to learn that Bali has quite a large number of royal palaces (puri), a legacy of the island’s eight ancient...

Food security in Indonesia

By: John McCarthy and Zahari Zen It takes an act of imagination for a visitor in downtown Jakarta to conceive that food security might be an issue for this nation. To be...

Inventing Art: The Painting of Batuan Bali

By: Bruce Granquist “In 1932, a few young men from the village of Batuan in Bali tried their hand at painting pictures on paper for the first time. As a result of this...

Indonesian writing in the present: Introduction

By: Julian Millie There was a time when Inside Indonesia represented Indonesian writing through a clear and focussed lens. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, writing...

Dressed for Idul Fitri, By: Syazana Nur

Ramadhan & Idul Fitri

By: Syazana Nur Ramadhan is not only a community binding ritual, it is also a personal journey. In this article Syazana from Malaysia shares her childhood memories...

Medicine for a sick system

By: Elizabeth Pisani A young girl helps her mother at a medicine stall in a market in Bowae, Flores. Inappropriate self-treatment has led to very high levels of...

Challenging times for big tobacco

Can the industry’s political and financial resources continue to stall important regulatory change?

Youth employment prospects and aspirations

Young Indonesians display considerable resourcefulness in coping with difficult pathways into work, but more comprehensive policies are needed to improve their job...

Heaven of Northern Toba, a personal view

By: Andri Permana Most of people assume that except Toba Lake, North Sumatra has no other exoticism that is worth visiting. Most people think that the region of North...

Book on Indonesian Pearls

Pearls are the most ancient and extraordinary gems known to humankind. Miracles of nature created by a living animal, they have mesmerized us since time immemorial. And...