Have you ever imagined that in the middle of modernity and global influence which corrupt local culture little by little, there is a community which maintains its traditional customs and practically resistant to any modern touch? If your answer is yes, you are absolutely not day dreaming. Indeed, there is such community which insists to maintain the traditional way of life and live in simplicity without any single sign of modernity in their daily life. The community is better known as Kampung Naga villagers.

Kampung Naga is a traditional village located near the Garut-Tasikmalaya highway. The villagers are traditional because they are loyal in maintaining their local custom, which they inherit from their ancestors. You will see that they are completely different from any community living outside their village. One of the foundation of living in Kampung Naga is simplicity. For the villagers, maintaining local custom is homage for the ancestors (karuhan). Everything from outside what the karuhan have taught them is considered as taboo, which would cause misfortune and great disaster if violated.

Total population of Kampung Naga is not more than 311. All villagers live in their peaceful and fertile land near Ciwulan river. As a village, Kampung Naga is divided into several areas such as wood, river, race fields, and houses, each of which has borders which should not be violated because the villagers believe that each border is kept by a supernatural creature. If any single person dares to violate a border, the supernatural keeper will be offended and get angry, and it will cause the disaster comes. Therefore, the villagers should not build houses in race fields area or in other area except the houses area, because if they do, it means that they are violating the tenet of karuhan.

There are 111 buildings in Kampung Naga, consist of 108 houses, 1 public hall (bale patemon), 1 mosque, and 1 rice barn. The mosque, the public hall, and the rice barn are built in a row, facing east-west. In front of those buildings is a wide yard which the vilagers usually use for traditional ceremony. Houses are also built in a row, facing north-south.

The houses in Kampung Naga are built on stilts. The main materials are wood and plaited bamboo laths. The roofs are made of thatch palm leaves, palm fibers, or tall grass. The architecture and interior are designed in such a way so that air and natural light are well circulated. In addition, the structure of buildings in Kampung Naga is earthquake proof. It was proven on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 when a 7,3 RS earthquake shook Tasikmalaya. There was no single building in Kampung Naga broke down or had a serious damage. It becomes the basic for Green Building Council of Indonesia (GBCI) to make Kampung Naga as a sequential for green and energy saving architectural design certification.

Distinctive Features

The main interest of Kampung Naga is the calm and peaceful ambience, in which local traditional customs are well maintained—in contrast to recent modern villages. To reach Kampung Naga, you should walk down through hundreds steep stairs (sengked). Therefore, you need to be careful especially on rainy season. However, your struggle will be paid off when you reach the village and see these panoramas lie right in front of your eyes: refreshing green rice fields and the winding Ciwulan river all composed in a beautiful harmony with birds‘ chirps, the sound of flowing water and the fair zephyr which will make you instantly forget the difficult way that you‘ve been through to set your feet on the village.

The rules in Kampung Naga do not have any exception, including for the visitors from outside the village. If you come to this village, you also have to obey some rules such as not saying whatever comes to your head, not annoying animals, and not breaking tree branches or twigs. For the villagers themselves, they have even many more rules and taboos they call pamali, such as they are not allowed to paint their houses except with lime, not building their houses using bricks and cement, carrying out art performances only for local arts—meaning that no arts from outside the village are allowed, and many other rules. Those rules maybe strange for us, but indeed, the villagers are succeed in maintaining their traditional tenets by obeying the pamali.

Another special characteristic of Kampung Naga, like the Badui, the villagers do not allow any single modern thing entering their village. They do not even use electricity. Therefore, it is very dark when the night comes. The villagers use teplok or lantern to light up their houses while for the paths in the village, they use torches. It makes the experience of spending a night in Kampung Naga is worth trying and will be an unforgettable moment in your life.

Near Kampung Naga, there are two waterfalls which are too beautiful to miss. In the waterfall you can enjoy the fresh water and the natural view which will make time as if stops for you. However, you must be aware to leave the waterfalls when the sun sets, because the villagers of Kampung Naga believe that whoever stays in the waterfall until evening, he or she will be possessed by a supernatural creature who keeps the waterfalls.

The villagers in Kampung Naga also held some traditional ceremonies which usually hold on the months of Maulud and Syawal (Islamic calendar). If you want to attend the ceremonies, you must obey the rules along the ceremony.


Kampung Naga is located in Neglasari village, Salawu sub regency, Tasikmalaya regency, West Java province, Indonesia.


Located near the Garut-Tasikmalaya highway, Kampung Naga easy to reach by personal or public transportation. The village is on the valley of Ciwulan river, about 500 meters down from the highway. It is 30 km from Tasikmalaya, 26 km from Garut, and 90 km from Bandung.


Visiting Kampung Naga is free. However, it is recommended not to come on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday, because on those days, the villagers of Kampung Naga are doing a ritual called menyepi or avoiding any conversation about their village and customs.

Accommodation and other facilities

Although very popular in West Java, there is no electricity in Kampung Naga. The tourists who want to spend a night or more in this village should ask for permission from kuncen (the elders of the village) several days before. Without electricity, the facilities are minimal. On the other hand, you can feel to be really close to the nature and feel the uniqueness of living among well maintained traditional customs.

Most of the villagers in Kampung Naga speak Sundanese. Therefore, it is recommended for you who don‘t speak Sundanese to hire a guide. Kampung Naga has many villagers who can be your guide with flexible tariffs.

Right on the gateway into Kampung Naga, there is a wide parking lot for your personal vehicles. Around the parking lot, there are many kiosks selling souvenirs made by the villagers of Kampung Naga and some food stalls.

Source : Wisata Melayu

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A. Brief Information

The equator monument was built to mark the zero point of the equator line crossing over Pontianak City. Historically, it was built by the Dutch geographer in 1928 to mark the imaginary line of equator. Formerly, the monument was just a simple obelisk on which a metallic arrow. Silaban, an Indonesian architect, refurbished the obelisk in 1938 by adding a circle above it. Finally, in 1990, the local government decided to preserve this great monument by building a dome with a duplicate of former obelisk above it.

On March 2005, Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi – BPPT (the Center for Technological Application and Research) did a correction towards the appropriate zero point of the equator in Pontianak City. After a long-term research, the result shows that the zero point of equator crossing over Pontianak City is 117 meters of the former monument towards the Kapuas River.

B. Distinctive Features

Standing beneath the equator line precisely cleaving the earth is a memorable moment. In the location, you may see the former obelisk and its early history and all information relating to the monument as well. Withal, an information board about the statistic of visitors from either domestic or foreign countries is available for you who want to know such information. The unique of the monument is the material used. It was built of ulin wood, something that is rarely found on other monuments in the world.

Around March 21st – 23rd (vernal equinox) and September 21st – 23rd (auturnal equinox), the monument is densely visited by Pontianak residents who come to see the shadowless sun. It is the time when everything on the location around the zero point has no shadow for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Some events including traditional ceremony and painting exhibition are celebrated during these phenomena are occurred. You only need to pay IDR 10.000 for obtaining a certificate signed by Local Mayor of Pontianak stating that you have already visited the monument.

At afternoon, the location can be a right place for having leisure time with family and friend. The exoticism of the location is at night when the flickering lamps decorating the beautiful Kapuas River.

C. Location

Equator Monument is located on Khatulistiwa Street, Siantan Village, in the Sub-district of North Pontianak, Pontianak City, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.

D. Access
Equator Monument is five km away northern direction of Pontianak City. You can take public transportation like bus or taxi to reach the location.

E. Ticket Price


F. Accommodation and other Facilities

Around the location, you can find mosque, restaurant, food stall, souvenir shop, guesthouse, and parking area with ease.

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A. Overview

Everytime visiting a new place, it is a must for the visitors to go to the souvenir shops. If you have only little time, of course the souvenir shop in the hotel you are staying will do. The prices are comparably higher for sure than those outside the hotel and it will not give you a special memory like when you spend some time visiting traditional markets to hunt for unique objects.

There are of course wider array of choices for you in either traditional markets or art markets and it is more fun as well. In Yogyakarta, there are Malioboro and Beringharjo Market to shop for relatively low-priced souvenirs. Besides, there is also Gabusan Art Market that provides miscelaneous handicrafts that are unique and interesting. Not only in Jogja, however, in Bali there is also a traditional market providing various special Balinese handicrafts you can bring home as gifts for relatives. The shopping center is Sukawati Art Market.

Sukawati Art Market is a traditional market situated in Sukawati Subdistrict. The market has been operating since 1980s, but the precise date is unknown. Over the course of time, Sukawati Art Market has undergone a speedy development that today, it is the central market for special Balinese souvenirs. It has also become one of Balinese tourism icons. Most tourists visiting Bali will likely spend some time in Sukawati Art Market. When they get home, they will often say to they friends, “If you are in Bali, never miss Sukawati Market.”

B. Features

For shopper-tourists, Sukawati Art Market is heaven. It has everything you need. Keychains, barong t-shirts, accessories, paintings, bags, aromatherapeutic candles, sculptures, bed covers, or even household appliances, all you can find in Sukawati Art Market. The objects are all labelled “made in Bali”. You will have choices of objects and get what you need and like.

If you find the price is too expensive, you should never feel ashamed of bargaining. Most vendors here will not get irritated if you bargain with a very low price. The smarter you are in bargaining, the lower the price you wil get. If you are not good at bargaining, it is possible that you will buy an object at a higher price than normal.

The best time to go for shopping in Sukawati Art Market is in the morning at around 08 a.m. to 10 a.m. Central Indonesia Standard Time. This is after the vendors finish their prayer and just open their kiosks. According to their beliefs, the first object sold will bring them luck for the day. For that reason, vendors usually sell their merchandises at a low price.

In the market, there are two kinds of vendors, namely those who sell things in a kiosks or stands and those travelling salesmen, also known as “acung” vendors. There are approximately 70 acung vendors in the market. They usually sell things by approaching the buyers or tourists who just come off the cars or buses. If you do not want to get exhausted walking around the market, the acung vendors will be very helpful as it is them who approach you.

C. Location

Sukawati Art Market is situated at Desa Sukawati, Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency, Bali, Indonesia.

D. Access

Sukawati souvenir center lies about 15 kilometers north or approximately 20 minutes from Denpasar. If you come from Ngurah Rai Airport or Kuta Beach, it will take around an hour to get to the location. As the market is one of tourists’ favorite destinations, the access to the place is quite easy.

E. Ticket

You will not be charged to enter Sukawati Art Market except if you bring a private transportation vehicle. In that case, you will have to pay for parking. Sukawati Art Market opens daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Central Indonesia Standard Time. However in Nyepi and Galungan religious holidays, there will be no activity in the market.

F. Accomodations and Facilities

As an icon of Bali tourism, Sukawati Art Market has been equipped with standard facilities such as wide parking lot and public convenience. There are also homestays and restaurants around the place.

Source : Wisata Melayu

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