Saturday, May 2, 2009

Two unforgettable weeks in Indonesia

Today, my friends and I have arrived in Malaysia after travelling to Indonesia for 2 weeks. It is a journey that gives me so many great experience in terms of religion, culture, lifestyle, and others.

Our journey mission is to visit every tomb of Wali Songo, Mosques and other historical places in order to learn and study about the spread of Islam in the Nusantara region. The journey starts from Bandung where our host, Kak Ain managed to get us accommodated around Universitat Padjadjaran and for us to settle down and strategize our travel plan. From there, we head to Cirebon and Demak to visit Keraton Kasepohan, Makam Sunan Gunung Jati, Makam Sunan Kali Jaga and Masjid Agung Demak. My impression towards those places is unexplainable. I've never seen such places with unique islamic structure, scenery and so full of culturish environment.

Along the journey, we also visit Makam Sunan Kudus Sunan Ampel, Sunan Drajat all the way to Surabaya. We continue our journey to Yogyakarta to visit Balai Kajian dan Pengembangan Budaya Melayu (BKPBM). In BKPBM, we got a warmth welcome by all of the editors there, and managed to get a deep discussion and knowledge sharing about malay culture and civilization from their research and perspective as well as ours, (read more about this here). Our cultural and historical trip ends there and we wrap our night in Yogyakarta with some food-searching and sight-seeing around Kota Malioboro.



From Yogyakarta, we head back to Bandung with such a unforgettable memories that we've picked along the way of our journey. To think back, apart of the journey adventure to explore the Java land, I really appreciate the knowledge and experience I’ve learned so much from each and every places I’ve visited, from its language and dialect, culture and lifestyle, and also its food. It has opened my eyes to the new perspective of Malay history and civilization.