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Understanding Indonesia: Culture, Sports and Cuisines

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Indonesia.

At A Glance


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These videos show the distinct culture, belief, values, norms, and traditions of Indonesia.

Local Culture

Popular Sports

Soccer, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Surfing, and Sepak Takraw.

Traditional or Regional Sports

  • Pencak Silat - a fighting sport from Indonesia which collectively encompasses martial arts of various styles.
  • Sepak Bola Api (Fireball Game) - a game of football except the ball is made of flaming fireball.
  • Makepung - racing buffalo competition from Bali.

Check out these apparently fragile floating houses that made of wood from the Api tree, and are incredibly resistant, able to withstand an entire lifetime on the sea that lived by one of the ethnic group, Bajau.



Explore the various traditional Indonesia culinary through this video.

The Majapahit Empire was the largest empire in Southeast Asia & the centre of the world-famous Spice Trade that stretched from China to Europe.

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