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Interesting and Fun Facts About Indonesia

Known as the Lost World of Asia, Indonesia is the playing ground of increasingly rare, exotic and absolutely beautiful animals that are slowly reaching critically dangerous levels of endangerment. These animals include, the Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Rhinoceros, the Komodo Dragon, Orang-utans, the anoa (the smallest buffalo in the world), the beautiful Merak or Peafowl, sea turtles and the Tarsius Tarsier (a small, adorable, big-eyed primate not unlike Dobby the house elf in Harry Potter). Astoundingly, despite Indonesia only making up 1% of the Earth’s land area, its rainforests are home to 10% of the entire world’s known plant species, 12% of all mammal species and 17% of situs slot bet 100 all known bird species.

The Rafflessia Arnoldia, also known as the ‘corpse lily’, due to its foul odour upon blooming, is the largest flower in the world. These huge flowers mostly grow in Indonesia’s rainforests, are very tricky to find and after months of the bud developing, only last a short few days. The orangey, red, parasitic, five-petalled flower has no observable stem or leaves, can grow up to 3 feet and can weigh a hefty ten kilograms. The flower was discovered by the Italian botanist and explorer, Dr Oroardo Beccari in 1878 in the rainforest of central Sumatra Island.

Lake Toba is the world’s biggest natural, volcanic lake and is located inside a super-volcano in northern Sumatra in Indonesia. The lake is simply enormous and has been measured to be roughly 500 metres deep, 100 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide. Lake Toba is thought to be the site of a monster eruption that occurred around 70,000 years ago and is thought to be the largest-known explosive eruption on earth and killed the majority of humans alive at that time.

As it stands today the lands of Indonesia consist of 17,504 islands although as climate change occurs and sea levels rise, this will change in time. Although many officials still debate the exact number, the Indonesian government has declared that this is the number for right now according to the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs. From palm-fringed tiny islets, to dense-jungle volcanoes reaching up from the frothy sea waters, Indonesia’s unbelievable amount of islands make up the earth’s largest archipelago.

Constructed during the 9th century, the Borobudur Temple, located in Central Java is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple and has 1,460 relief panels on the walls, which is the biggest and most complete collection of Buddhist reliefs on earth. The shrine with its 504 Buddha statues, dedicated to Lord Buddha, is a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The pilgrimage starts at the base, follows a footpath around the temple, and climbs through levels representing Buddhist cosmology: The world of desire, the world of forms, and the world of formlessness.

In 2005, PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk from Indonesia broke the Guinness Book of World Records of making the largest packet of instant noodles. The packet of the noodles measured 3.4 meters x 0,47m, with a net weight of 664,938 kilograms, which is around 8,000 times larger than the weight of a regular packet of instant noodles. The massive packet was an exact scaled-up replica of a regular packet of Mi Goreng flavour Indomie instant noodles, with the same ingredients being used. The packet even included the usual sachet of seasoning and was declared fit for human consumption.

Although Indonesia has the third most volcanoes in the world (behind Russia and the United States), Indonesia is home to one of biggest, boldest and loudest eruptions of recent times. Between Java and Sumatra lies the famous volcanic island of Krakatoa. When this volcano erupted in 1883, it let loose two gigantic tsunamis that killed over 36,000 people and destroyed 165 coastal villages. It was said that the sound that was emitted by the erupting volcano has been considered to be the loudest sound ever heard.

The explosion was heard over 4653 kilometres away and over 1/13 of the earth’s surface. Ash from the explosion fell on Singapore, 840 kilometres north; Cocos Island, 1155 kilometres southwest; and onto ships that were as far away as 6076 kilometres west-northwest.The Sundra Straits was covered in darkness for around 20 hours the next day, waves reached heights of 40 metres, and unusual sunsets occurred in New York, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven for an unbelievable, 3 years after.

Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta is the most Instagrammed city in Asia and number 8 throughout the world. The sprawling metropolis, Jakarta is home to over 9 million people and offers an abundance of photographic material which is clearly evident when Instagram recently (2017) revealed, that Jakarta is the number one city in Asia, which is most often geotagged in its Stories format.