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Cirebon, West Java, 15-16 November 2002

Started off as a business trip, we made use of the weekend to look around Cirebon, a small town on north coast of West Java close to the border with Central Java, about 4 hours train ride from Jakarta (there is no TGV in Indonesia, four hours translate to about 300km). The town used to be the center of a sultanate, with many of the palaces currently occupied by its descendants, treated as museums and open to the public. We stayed in Bentani Hotel, just a short walking distance from the train station. Friday night dinner at Jumbo Seafood, and Saturday morning rambling across the wet market through to two major palaces...

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Gamelan instruments at Bentani Hotel

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Local handicrafts on display at hotel artshop

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A miniature of Royal Chariot in hotel lobby

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Uniquely Cirebon-style gate structure at Kanoman Palace

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A structure inside Kanoman Palace Compound

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Artistic lamp post inside Kanoman Palace lawn

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Royal Sultanate Chariot in Kanoman Museum

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Katjirebonan Palace terrace of over 200 years old

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Collection of royal attributes inside Katjirebonan Palace

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A painting of Cirebon train station in its main hall