Indonesia is a land of breathtaking beauty. The water surrounding the archipelago is a crystal clear stretch of unparalleled wonder and the Indonesian cuisine is quite capable of blowing your mind.
This much is widely known about the island nation. But here are some amazing Facts about Indonesia that you may not have come across before.
Indonesia is located on what is called the Pacific Ring of Fire, as it is located on a major fault line. As such there are over 400 active volcanoes in Indonesia – one of which is called Gunung Merapi, whose name literally translates as “Fire Mountain”.
The Javan rhinoceros is an animal that can only be found in Indonesia. Though once widespread throughout Southeast Asia, the Javan rhino can now only be found on the Western tip of Indonesia’s Java island, their numbers no more than a hundred in the wild with none in captivity. This rare and endangered animal is considered to be the most endangered of all Rhino species.
In Indonesia, on the island of Komodo, dwells the Komodo dragon, a dangerous big reptile that can grow to as big as 3 metres in length. Originally thought to have a toxic saliva, recent studies have discovered that these big lizards do pack a venomous bite that can be deadly. Don’t worry about coming across these big boys on your next trip unless you go walking unattended around the national park of the Komodo Island, where these big lizards live.
At the top of the Indonesian volcano, Kelimutu, is three miraculous lakes each of which periodically changes colour from turquoise to green, red, and black.
Indonesians are fanatical about badminton, often winning gold medals at the Olympic Games in this sport.
Of Indonesia’s estimated 17,508 islands, only around 6,000 are inhabited by people.
Indonesia is extremely culturally diverse. In fact, there are over 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia, each with their own customs, traditions, and dialects.
Indonesia exports 3,000 tons of frogs’ legs to France each year.
Indonesia became popular in the 1900s. Now this beautiful country ranks fourth among the most visited countries in the world.
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