FSTPT Symposium is not only an excellent forum for exchanging research results, initiatives, and ideas among transportation researchers and practitioners from Indonesia and beyond. It also offers a very good opportunity to experience the beauty of natural and socio-cultural aspects of the place where it is organized. What is special about the 19th FSTPT Symposium this year is that it takes place in Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese culture and a famous domestic as well as international tourist destination.
There is so much to see and experience in Jogja. In this sense, we must admit our limits at introducing the splendor of Jogja to you by offering just two programs out of countless possibilities one can get. Nevertheless, we hope the following two can give different angles for you to enjoy the beauty of Jogja, namely it’s nature and it’s culture.
Merapi Lava Tour
Merapi Lava Tour has become one of the favorite natural tourism activities in Jogja. Its first appearance dates back in 2011 aftermath the 2010 eruption of the volcano. The eruption took at least 165 lives, including Mbah Marijan’s, a famous local figure appointed by the late Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX of Yogyakarta Palace as the Caretaker of Mt. Merapi. For Jogja people, this adds a special historical dimension to the tour rather than just experiencing the beauty of Mt. Merapi.
The tour offers 3 different routes: short, medium, and long; each connects points of interest related to the eruption through somewhat challenging roads while offering spectacular views of mountain scenery. The tour would normally need 2 to 3 hours to accomplish.
Some points of interest visited during the tour include: Opak River, Alien Stone, Gendol River, Kaliadem Village, an overlay of erupted materials at Kaliadem, Dunes of Petung, Cangkringan hot spring, and graveyard of Merapi eruption casualties.
Ramayana Ballet (Sendratari Ramayana)
Based on an epic Hindu poem, the story of model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music. Whilst the story originated in India, the Javanese version is truly representative of the local art and culture. In the evenings, this ballet comes to life, enacted by over 200 professional dancers and musicians on an open air stage that takes advantage of the Prambanan Temples as a backdrop.
Merapi Lava Tour and Ramayana Ballet are offered independently. You may register for both or one of them. Lava Tour will be organized on October 13, 2016 from morning to afternoon, while Ramayana Ballet performance will be on the same day in the evening. Ballet performance on October 13 is scheduled to be on the open air stage. However, the performance is weather dependent.
Further information regarding the programs will be provided in due course.