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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Borobudur

Borobudur Temple

The world's largest Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia's biggest attractions is Unesco World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple. It's built from two million stone blocks in the form of a massive symmetrical stupa, l…
Top Choice Mosque in Banda Aceh

Mesjid Raya Baiturrahman

With its brilliant-white walls, ebony-black domes and towering minaret, this 19th-century mosque is a dazzling sight. The best time to visit is during Friday-afternoon prayers, when the entire building and courtyard…
Top Choice Fusion in Ubud

Locavore

The foodie haven in Ubud, this temple to locally sourced foods is the town's toughest table. Book weeks in advance. Meals are degustation and can top out at nine courses; expect the joy to last three hours. Chefs Ee…
Top Choice Bar in Seminyak

La Favela

An alluring, mysterious entry lures you into full bohemian flair at La Favela, one of Bali's coolest and most original nightspots. Themed rooms lead you on a confounding tour from dimly lit speakeasy cocktail lounge…
Top Choice Clothing in South Jakarta

ARA

On the hunt for the best local fashion labels? Then head to ARA, a concept store and independent fashion boutique inside the Colony shopping mall. There’s no other shop quite like this in Jakarta, showcasing Indones…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Prambanan

Prambanan Temple

Comprising the remains of some 244 temples, World Heritage–listed Prambanan is Indonesia's largest Hindu site. The highlight is its central compound, where its eight main and eight minor temples rise up majestically…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gunung Lawu

Candi Sukuh

In a magnificent position 900m above the Solo plain, Candi Sukuh is one of Java’s most enigmatic and striking temples. It’s not a large site, but it has a large, truncated pyramid of rough-hewn stone, and there are …
Top Choice Monument in Tampaksiring

Gunung Kawi

At the bottom of a lush green river valley lies one of Bali's oldest and largest ancient monuments. Gunung Kawi consists of 10 candi (shrines) – memorials cut out of the rock face in imitation of actual statues. Par…
Top Choice Cave in Bedulu

Goa Gajah

Some 2km southeast of Ubud on the road to Bedulu, Goa Gajah is carved into a rock face and you enter through the cavernous mouth of a demon. Inside the T-shaped cave you can see fragmentary remains of the lingam, th…
Top Choice Museum in Merdeka Square & Central Jakarta

Museum Nasional

The National Museum is the best of its kind in Indonesia and an essential visit. The enormous collection begins around an open courtyard of the 1862 building which is stacked with magnificent millennia-old statuary …