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Culture

  • The Qipao: An Iconic Symbol of Chinese Beauty

    Who could forget Maggie Cheung, the Hong Kong superstar, in Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love?

  • Polish court: lease of Hitler's WWII bunker rightly canceled

    A Polish court ruled Thursday that the state was right to terminate the lease of Hitler's World War II bunker to a private company that failed to pay rent or upgrade it as a tourist attraction.

  • Diplomat’s wife writes about life in Paris

    Paris is not just about the Eiffel Tower or Louis Vuitton, says Indonesian author Lona Hutapea Tanasale.

  • Tambora festival expected to boost foreign arrivals in NTB

    A cultural festival to promote tourism in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was launched by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Jakarta on Monday.

  • Jakarta museums to undergo renovation

    The Jakarta city administration is set to renovate all museums under its management this year to make them more interesting and popular as tourist destinations, an official said on Monday.

  • Unearthing of Rio slave port sparks debate over black space

    The first few times American landscape architect Sara Zewde visited Rio de Janeiro's Valongo Wharf, she struggled to comprehend the recently unearthed remnants of what was once among the biggest slave ports in the world.

  • UNESCO recognizes nine Balinese dances

    Nine traditional Balinese dances have been recognized as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage following a UNESCO session in Namibia on Wednesday.

  • With lessons for today, movies bring back the '50s

    Fear of unexpected strikes from overseas. Battles over First Amendment rights. Simmering tensions of inequality.

  • Hundreds of ancient masks displayed in Yogyakarta

    About 500 ancient masks from many regions across Indonesia are being displayed at the Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogyakarta from Nov. 20 to 29.

  • Norwegian returns 2 stolen stone statues to Cambodia

    Cambodia welcomed the return on Tuesday of two stone statues from the Angkor period that were looted during the country's civil war and taken to Europe, where they spent the past three decades.

  • Boy from Balibo makes good

    Television news clips of Syrian asylum seekers desperate for a safe haven are distressing enough, even for those who’ve never looked conflict and its awful aftermath in the eye.

  • Umbrella Festival to preserve traditional handicrafts

    Thousands of colorful umbrellas of various styles and sizes adorned Taman Balekambang, the city park of Surakarta, Central Java, for three days starting on Sept. 11.

  • ‘Cowongan’: a ritual to invite rain in Cilacap

    Rural communities in Cilacap regency, Central Java, recently resorted to a traditional ritual to overcome the current prolonged drought. They performed the Tari Cowongan dance to invite a spirit who is believed able to bring rain.

  • Israeli archaeologists may have found fabled Maccabees tomb

    Israeli archaeologists may be one step closer to solving a riddle that has vexed explorers for more than a century: the location of the fabled tomb of the biblical Maccabees.

  • Handling sacred kris

    King of pigs Beda Hulu leans to the left in his dance. The Balinese leader carries his scepter of office as his feet step through the ritual movements dictated eons ago. He has been dancing forever, his form captured in a miniature carving that is the hilt of a sacred kris.

  • Basoeki Abdullah’s Love of Javanese culture revisited

    Young and senior artists are exhibiting their works with Indonesian realism maestro Basoeki Abdullah in mind.

  • Bandung Korea: Community Embracing Indonesian, Korean cultures

    The influence of Korean pop culture may fade away after a decade or so, but even when that time comes it will leave a deep-rooted legacy among young people.

  • Malang fashion at Flower Carnival

    Local disco music was blaring and crowds of people lined the roadside along Ijen Boulevard, 2 kilometers west of the town square of Malang, East Java, recently.

  • Malang’s ‘wayang krucil’: under threat of Extinction

    Dullah, 60, was fixing the hands of a wayang puppet, ready to be played, and preparing a number of others on a modest stage, while several men were laying down offerings and burning incense amid gamelan instruments backstage.

  • Graying Japan eyes cheaper gifts for centenarians

    Japan said Thursday it is eyeing a cheaper alternative to the pricey gift that it gives to people turning 100 each year, in a nation famous for its long-living population.