TRAVEL WARN­ING: IN­DONE­SIA

JJK e-magazine - - CULTURE -

The big durian has al­ways been an in­cred­i­bly apt nick­name for Jakarta. Those who are fa­mil­iar with the city (this goes for the fruit too) ei­ther hate it or love it, while those who are un­fa­mil­iar with it are ei­ther in­trigued or in­ti­mated. These peo­ple are also usu­ally mis­in­formed about both the dan­gers and the won­ders of Jakarta and the rest of the coun­try. In this day and age, where the col­lec­tive wis­dom of hu­mankind is eas­ily ac­cessed on a de­vice that fits in your pocket, it’s sur­pris­ing that you can still hear the line, “In­done­sia? That’s, like, some­where in Bali, right?” This is ut­tered with alarm­ing fre­quency. So, for those look­ing to travel to the ar­chi­pel­ago them­selves or who know some­body who might be head­ing to the big durian soon, here are some of the most per­va­sive myths and stereo­types re­gard­ing In­done­sia that are plain wrong (or are ac­tu­ally a bit more nu­anced).

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