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Java is the heart of Indonesia


is the heart of Indonesia

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Welcome to Java

The heart of the nation, Java is a complex island of great antiquity: this, after all, is where ancient Java Man stood upright and walked abroad. As such the island, home today to 140 million people and the most populated island on earth, is defined primarily by people.

Top experiences in Java

  1. BorobudurBorobudur Temple
  2. YogyakartaYogyakarta
  3. Gunung Bromo & Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National ParkGunung Bromo
  4. SoloSolo
  1. Ijen PlateauKawah Ijen
  2. West JavaUjung Kulon
  3. CianjurCianjur
  4. Karimunjawa IslandsKarimunjawa Islands
  1. PrambananPrambanan

Top attractions in Java

  1. 1

    Prambanan Temples


  2. Morning in Borobudur Temple


    Borobudur Temple


  3. 3

    House of Danar Hadi


  4. 4

    Kawah Ijen

    Ijen Plateau

  5. 5



  6. Garuda in front of the 15th century temple of Candi Sukuh, on slopes of Gunung Lawu, east of Solo, thought to be linked to fertiflity cult, island of Java, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Asia


    Candi Sukuh

    Gunung Lawu

  7. 7

    House of Sampoerna


  8. 8

    Museum Nasional

    Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

  9. 9

    Ujung Kulon National Park

    West Java

  10. Indonesia, Jakarta, Merdeka Square, National Monument Monas


    Merdeka Square

    Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

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