Thursday, 18 September 2014
Friday, 16 May 2014
Exploring the southern regions of Sumatra
Originally published in Bali and Beyond Magazine
Monday, 24 February 2014
Tim Hannigan introduces the story behind the myth of Thomas Stamford Raffles in the city with which he will forever be associated - Singapore.
THE MYTH THAT SHAPED NATIONS
The story of Raffles' forgotten role in Indonesian history is told in Tim Hannigan's latest book, Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, published by Monsoon Books.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
An East Java Road Trip
Originally published in Garuda in-flight magazine August 2012
© Tim Hannigan 2013
Friday, 24 May 2013
The British Assault on Yogyakarta in 2012
Originally published in The Jakarta Globe, 21/06/12
At 4 a.m. on June 20, 1812, a column of red-coated British and Indian soldiers came trotting out of the old Dutch fort in Yogyakarta. They jogged swiftly across the grassy sweep of the Alun-Alun, heading for the northeast corner of the Kraton, the great fortified royal city of Central Java.
© Tim Hannigan 2012
The full story of the British Interregnum and Raffles' forgotten role in Indonesian history is told in Tim Hannigan's new book, Raffles and the British Invasion of Java, published by Monsoon Books.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
The sights and legends of Gunung Lawu, Central Java
Originally Published in Bali and Beyond Magazine, March 2013
There is a soft scent of incense on the cool mountain air, and the black basalt stonework of the temple is cool to the touch. The roofs of the inner shrines rise in shaggy cones of black thatch, and on the weathered thresholds stand little leaf trays loaded with petals, the offerings left by worshippers at first light. The wind runs swiftly through the surrounding pine trees, and a cockerel crows somewhere in the little red-roofed village at the temple gates.
For more sophisticated accommodation on Lawu’s slopes, you’ll find the little hill resort of Tawangmanggu. This is the place where weekending Solo residents come in search of pine-scented breezes, but if you visit on a weekday you’ll have the place mostly to yourself. There are walks through the woods, to the towering Grojogan Sewu waterfall, and simple bamboo stalls where you can feast on rabbit sate with peanut sauce.
Tawangmanggu is the jumping off point for those wishing to go all the way to the top. Some ten kilometers uphill, along a road that leads across a misty pass into East Java, is the trailhead village of Cemoro Sewu, the starting point for the seven-hour trek to Lawu’s sacred summit.
According to legend, the last king of Hindu Majapahit, Brawijaya, retreated to the mountaintop when his empire fell to Islamic Demak in the 16th century. Today those seeking the spiritual power he left behind take to the trail – usually setting out in the hours of darkness – along with trekkers with more temporal ambitions of a sunrise view from a windswept summit. The climb is a hard one, but once you find yourself floating high above the history-laden heartlands of Java with the great bulk of Lawu’s mysterious form beneath you, you’ll be glad that you made the journey…
©Tim Hannigan 2013
©Tim Hannigan 2013