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Yogyakarta visit, nostalgic to Obama

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, July 1, 2017  /  01:48 pm
Yogyakarta visit, nostalgic to Obama

On Thursday, Obama and his entourage visited Prambanan Temple, an ancient Hindu temple in Bokoharjo. (Antara/Andreas Fitri Atmoko)

Former US President Brack Obama has been seen vacationing to places such as Necker Island and Tahiti, following the completion of his presidency in January 2017. However, his recent visit to Yogyakarta might be his most personal one yet.

Born in Hawaii, he spent several years of his childhood in Indonesia after his mother remarried an Indonesian man. He arrived in Jakarta when he was six-year-old in 1967 and stayed in the country until 1971.

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During those years, the family often traveled to Yogyakarta where his mother, an anthropologist, conducted research for her Ph.d. thesis. In his recent visit to Yogyakarta, Obama and family visited Borobudur, Prambanan temples and Becici Peak.

The group spent three days in Yogyakarta, beginning on Wednesday, June 28 until Friday, June 30. Prior to their Yogyakarta trip, they had spent five days in Bali. On Saturday, Obama is expected to address the fourth Diaspora congress in South Jakarta.

Obama’s Indonesian vacation has made several international headlines. Vogue publication published an article about the trip titled President Obama’s Trip to an Ancient Indonesian City Had a Deeply Personal Meaning”, while Washington Post runs a story taken from the Associated Press titled “Obama and family move from Bali to Java on Indonesia holiday.” (asw)

 

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