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Grand plans turn into faded dreams of tourism that never was

  • Singgir Kartana

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 29 2009   /  12:59 pm

Dressing the part: A tourist tries on traditional Indonesia clothes at the Ngliwet Festival in Yogyakarta in April. JP/Singgir Kartana Wiyono was dumbfounded when asked about tourist activity in his village, his facial expression betraying his complete ignorance that his native settlement was one of Yogyakarta's officially designated tourist villages. The 39-year-old resident of Tanjung hamlet in Donoharjo village, Sleman regency, claimed he had never seen tourists from other regions - let alone other countries - visiting his village. Similarly, he shook his head as he commented on the pekbung, a local bamboo musical instrument that has been used as an icon in supporting Donoharjo's "tourist village" reputation. "There hasn't been one around for quite some time," he said. "One was perhaps last played about five years ago." ...