5 Places to See in Penyengat Island

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Officially named Penyengat Indera Sakti, the island is situated just off the coast of Bintan’s capital Tanjung Pinang and was renowned as the cultural and royal seat of power for the Malay Riau-Lingga sultanate in the 19th century.

Penyengat is where one of the most famous Malay poems, Gurindam Dua Belas, was written by Raja Ali Hajji. He is also known as the person who first wrote about the basics of Malay grammar through his book Pedoman Bahasa (language guidelines), which later became the standardized reference for the modern Malay language. Continue reading

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Menyaksikan Dari Dekat Keperkasaan Gunung Krakatau

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Krakatau bukan milik Indonesia, tapi ia telah menjadi legenda dunia. Kemarahan Krakatau dan muntahan lavanya pernah membuat penduduk muka bumi kalang kabut di tahun 1883. Letusan seabad yang lalu itu membawa awan panas, menyebabkan tsunami di beberapa wilayah di dunia serta menelan korban jiwa sebanyak 36 ribu manusia. Letusan gunung berapi terbesar di dunia yang pernah terjadi dalam peradaban manusia modern, demikian sejarah mencatat.

Anak Krakatau, sebuah gunung vulkanik baru perlahan tercipta sesudah letusan Krakatau. Continue reading