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YOGYAKARTA,  indeed deserves to be called Student City. Not only has a great variety of places of education, the city also makes tourism as one means of education.

Taman Pintar Yogyakarta was built a combined private and provincial governments of Yogyakarta. Its construction began in May 2006 and inaugurated on June 9, 2007.

All displays can be seen not only alone, but also can be touched and played visitors. So this clever garden will stimulate curiosity, foster awareness of the importance of science and technology, fishing creativity and increase the passion to learn subjects of basic sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.

taman pintar
Smart Park ( Taman Pintar )

By carrying out the Smart Park seems a simple motto that is the three-N "Niteni, Nirokake, Nambahi", actually has a philosophy of Ki Hajar Dewantara depth. In the present context, the philosophy that there are consequences to the process of technology transfer refers to the concept of three-A of "Adopt, adapt, Advance".

Called Smart Park because of the region's students starting pre-school to high school can freely deepen their understanding about the subject matter is acceptable in schools and recreation.

Approach to delivering science and technology through various media with the aim of increasing appreciation of science and technology. Broadly speaking, the material content of Smart Park is divided according to age groups and an emphasis of matter.

According to age groups are divided over the level of pre-school age up to kindergarten - childhood and primary school to secondary school, while according to the emphasis of matter embodied in the interaction between visitors with content delivered via the existing bridge.
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Nias island, Sumatra, Indonesia
Nias island
Pulau Nias is 125km of the west coast of Sumatra and is the largest island off it's coast. Nias is 130km long and 45km wide, just smaller than Bali.

Legendary for surfing, this island once hosted a World Surfing Championship round. Reports are that the surfing is as good, if not better after the massive earthquake that caused the 2003 Tsunami. It's reported that vast sections of the reef have lifted 1m or more. Various sections which were submerged are now sticking out of the water. The surfing conditions are best between April and October.

The population is estimated to be around 500,000 people on Nias Island. The capital of Nias is Gunung Sitoli. The airport is located 19km from Gunung Sitoli and the sea port is 5km.

As Nias is difficult to get to it was cut off from Sumatra for several centuries, developing it's own distinctive culture. The Niassian people have an interesting history of animism and ancestor worship.  "Rumah adat' - old stone carvings as well as monolithic free standing stones can be found around the central part of Nias island. Some of these date back to over 3000 years old, the oldest found in Indonesia. The village of Holi has an old 'big house' with pyramidal tombs commemerating the great ancestral chiefs.

Off the coast of Nias lie 2 other islands - Pulau Bawa and Pulau Aru. Pulau Bawa is excellent for surfing and can be accessed via the public ferry. It's a 2 hour ferry ride from Nias.

There is no public ferry to Pulau Aru but you can charter a boat from either Nias or Bawa. This island has some great left hand reef breaks.

You can fly or catch a ferry to Nias. Ferries leave from Sibolga and the journey takes 8 to 13 hours depending on the weather. The ferry is run by Pelni which is a government run company. Check out their basic website for the ferry details

Malaria has been reported on Pulau Nias so take precautions if visiting.

Hotels on Nias Island

The majority of the accommodation on Nias is very basic. There are some nice bungalows right on the beach.
  1. Sorake Beach Resort
  2. Sea Breeze Hotel
  3. Risky Hotel
  4. Magdalena Hotel
  5. The Lantana Inn
  6. Olayama Hotel
  7. Sun Beach Hotel

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