A Map of Paradise

Indonesia

Indonesia

This great map postcard of the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia comes from Yanita, a Postcrossing ambassador from the country. The capital city of the country is Jakarta. With a population of almost 240 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, after China, India and the United States of America. The country spans 1 904 569 square kilometers, over a total of 17 508 islands in the archipelago. The country consists of 33 provinces and 1 special administrative division. While Indonesia has been inhabited for thousands of years, it was not until the early 16th Century that European traders made contact with the people in this region. After the formation of the VOC (same people that colonised South Africa) in 1602, Indonesia came under the control of the company. After its dissolution in 1800, the Dutch established its rule over the country but it was not until the early 20th century that the Dutch came into full control of the country’s current borders. Like the case is in Africa, the independence movement in Indonesia was particularly propelled by WWII. Following the expulsion of the Japanese, the country declared unilateral independence in 1945, which sparked a conflict with its Dutch colonial masters, that ended 4 years later when The Netherlands recognised its independence. Truly a fascinating country with a rich history. Thank you Yanita!

The Great Island of Java

Java, Indonesia

Java, Indonesia

This postcard showing a map of Indonesia’s main island, Java, comes from Anis, who lives near Malang. If you look at Malang, to the southeast of the island, Anis marked her town with a little cross. Java is home to 135 million Indonesians or 60% of the country’s population. It also holds the record for being the most populated island in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated places on earth. The country’s capital, Jakarta and its former capital under Dutch rule, Yogyakarta are both located on the island. Java also dominates Indonesia culturally, politically and economically, which seems to be an obvious conclusion, taking into account the facts stated above. The island is divided into 4 provinces and 2 special regions. The provinces include, West Java, Central Java, East Java and Banten, while the special regions are Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Very fascinating reading about all of these cool facts from Indonesia, thank you Anis!

Towering Independence

National Monument, Jakarta, Indonesia

National Monument, Jakarta, Indonesia

This beautiful night view postcard comes from Maya, who is obviously from Indonesia. The National Monument in Jakarta was completed after 14 years of building, in 1975. The monument was built in celebration of Indonesian independence from Dutch rule. The tower reaches a height of 132 meters. Tourists would be glad to know that the monument houses the National History Museum, the Hall of Independence and an observation deck with an amazing view of the city. Definitely a great postcard that May sent me, thank you so much!

Indonesian Sunset

Sunset in Indonesia

Sunset in Indonesia

This beautiful postcard comes from Sylvie in Indonesia. The sunset really does look very dreamy. Cannot imagine the beauty it would bring if one were actually there. This postcard must have been postmarked by a sledgehammer, judging by the circles you can see at the top left of the pictures. I found it quite funny that a postcard could be postmarked with such force. I love the postcard, thank you Sylvie!

Another Rice Field

Planting Rice

Planting Rice

From Rida in Indonesia I got another postcard of a rice field and those of you who’ve read about my previous rice field postcards know that I sure do love them. Rida tells me that there is a lot of rice planting happening in Tangerang City (where she lives) and she would go to look at the fields on a regular basis, just to take in the magnificent scenery. Of course, I would too if this amazing view were close to where I lived. Of course (as always), this is the part where I tell you that I really do hope to see a place as spectacular as this with my very own eyes someday!

 

From Paradise

Ayung River from Sayan Terraces

Ayung River from Sayan Terraces

From a person whose name I I have not been able to find anywhere, I got this beautiful postcard from Bali, Indonesia. Bali is of course very well known as a prime tourism destination and is also home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. On this picture one can see the Ayung River, which is the longest river on the island. Bali is most definitely a place worth visiting judging by this postcard!