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Indonesia Facts & Information

 Location Southeastern Asia, archipelago between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean
 Climate Tropical, hot, humid, more moderate in highlands
 Terrain Mostly coastal low lands
 Population 241,973,879
 Nationality Indonesian
 Ethnic groups Javanese 45%, Sundanese 14%, Madurese 7.5%, coastal Malays 7.5%, other 26%
 Religions Muslim 88%, Protestant 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, Hindu 2%, Buddhist 1%, other 1%
 Languages Bahasa Indonesia (official, modified form of Malay), English, Dutch
 Government Type Republic
 Capital Jakarta
 Currency Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
 Description of Flag Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and white; similar to the flag of Monaco, which is shorter; also similar to the flag of Poland, which is white (top) and red
 Indonesia Flag Flag of Indonesia

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Bali Culture

Over 90% of the population in Bali is of Hindu decent, with the minority being made of Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians. With an estimated 20,000 temples and shrines, Bali is known as the "Island of the Gods," and every village has at least one temple with buildings dedicated to Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva (the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer). The Balinese culture is very interesting with many traditions and rites are fascinating. Tooth filing, a

tradition that is held upon the maturation of an individual, is when the front teeth are filed down smooth to differentiate humans from animals. This type of rite can happen at any age, but most often done to adolescents. The language of the Balinese people is both Indonesian and Balinese. No worries, English is spoken throughout the entire country, so if you get lost or need to ask a question there are plenty of people you can ask for help.

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Bali Shopping

Bali is known for its high quality crafts, low prices, and open air markets with traditional Asian style trends. Denpasar has one of the most enormous Pasar Badung central markets. Markets here include the Pasar Kumbasari art market, and the Pasar Burung bird market. Sanur probably has the best markets for a tourist center. The best strategy for shopping at the Balinese markets is to take your time and explore. Find out the average price for your target purchase,

then go back and haggle for a bargain. Make sure to carry cash with you because small stores on Bali don’t except credit cards or debit. Wood carvings, stone carvings, and eclectic clothing are popular items to bring back home from Bali. So explore, have fun, and happy shopping!


Bali Restaurants
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