By Prasiddha Gustanto The writer is editor at ALVEO Five of the breathtaking places to visit on the Island of the Gods Of all the 17,000 islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago, not a single one of them commands more international adoration than the island of Bali. With all of its gorgeous natural, cultural and spiritual destinations, the place is globally viewed as a tropical paradise. Its tourism industry nickname, “The Island of the Gods”, reveals as much. Whenever you look … [Read more...]
Seoul: The City of Soul
By Felicia Yulianti - senior writer at Alveo Not just known as the K-pop hub, Seoul has the other side boasting its traditions Speaking of South Korea, the first thing that comes to mind is K-pop phenomenon. Through its influence of soft power, South Korea has successfully introduced K-pop wave to the world, which then triggers the spread of other K-culture such as Korean skincare and fashion. Synergy of Modernity and Traditionalism One of the fascinating traits South Korean people … [Read more...]
Medan: Historical & Cultural City
By Prasiddha Gustanto Senior writer and editor at ALVEO The rich diversity of North Sumatra's Capital makes it more than just a pit stop to other destinations The city of Medan in North Sumatra isn’t usually seen as a tourist attraction. A common perception of this major metropolis is that it’s simply just a stop to get to other places for sightseeing in the country. Yet despite it not being an international tourism icon the way places like Bali and Borobudur are, the city still offers a … [Read more...]
Gamelan: is it game over?
Can this traditional Indonesian musical ensemble continue to mark the rhythms of human life? Words: Aulia R. Sungkar Photography: M.I. Mappasenge Jetstar Asia Magazine, June 2013 NEW PASSION Despite fears that the popularity of gamelan is fading in Indonesia, Kenthus notices that this Javanese ensemble has attracted more and more foreigners, such as those from the US, Australia and Japan. But will this be enough to keep it going? Only time will tell. Literally meaning … [Read more...]