Indonesia, the Sleeping Giant of Southeast Asia

Indonesia, the Sleeping Giant of Southeast Asia


Indonesia straddles the Equator between the
Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The country is the sleeping giant of Southeast Asia. With
18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, it is the largest archipelago in the world. With
almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world,
and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. Indonesia also has the largest Muslim population
in the world. The Indonesian archipelago has become an important
trade region since at least the 7th century. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural,
religious and political models from the early centuries, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms
flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources.
Muslim traders brought Islam, and European powers brought Christianity and fought one
another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Following
three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World
War II. Both nature and culture are major components
of Indonesian tourism. The beaches in Bali, diving sites in Bunaken, Mount Rinjani in
Lombok and various national parks in Sumatra are just a few examples of popular scenic
destinations. These natural attractions are complemented by a rich cultural heritage that
reflects Indonesia’s dynamic history and ethnic diversity. The ancient Prambanan and Borobudur
temples, Yogyakarta, and of course Bali, with its many Hindu festivities, are some of the
popular destinations for cultural tourism. Indonesia markets itself as Wonderful Indonesia,
and the slogan is quite true, although not necessarily always in good ways. Indonesia’s
tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil, and are being logged
and cut down at the same alarming speed. While the rich shop and party in Jakarta and Bali,
the poor work hard and struggle to do more than survive.

Randy Schultz

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4 thoughts on “Indonesia, the Sleeping Giant of Southeast Asia

  1. VideoVoyage.TV says:

    Indonesia, the Sleeping Giant of Southeast Asia
    Indonesia straddles the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The country is the sleeping giant of Southeast Asia. With 18,110 islands, 6,000 of them inhabited, it is the largest archipelago in the world. With almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, and by far the largest in Southeast Asia. Indonesia also has the largest Muslim population in the world.

    The Indonesian archipelago has become an important trade region since at least the 7th century. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign cultural, religious and political models from the early centuries, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought Islam, and European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II.

    Both nature and culture are major components of Indonesian tourism. The beaches in Bali, diving sites in Bunaken, Mount Rinjani in Lombok and various national parks in Sumatra are just a few examples of popular scenic destinations. These natural attractions are complemented by a rich cultural heritage that reflects Indonesia's dynamic history and ethnic diversity. The ancient Prambanan and Borobudur temples, Yogyakarta, and of course Bali, with its many Hindu festivities, are some of the popular destinations for cultural tourism.

    Indonesia markets itself as Wonderful Indonesia, and the slogan is quite true, although not necessarily always in good ways. Indonesia's tropical forests are the second-largest in the world after Brazil, and are being logged and cut down at the same alarming speed. While the rich shop and party in Jakarta and Bali, the poor work hard and struggle to do more than survive.
    http://youtu.be/xFq_kHnSk5g

  2. D'Man says:

    the sleeping giant of southeast asia

  3. ronnie sulaimanov says:

    great and beautiful country of the world.

  4. Nurul Aeni says:

    if only that sleeping giant woul 'wake up' soon, and take its complete freedom. Be their own masters in their own lands

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