The island of Java has over 30 volcanoes, most of them
active. I took this picture from the air. Thank you, Garuda.
In central Java, Yogya is the island's cultural heart. It's
leader is a Sultan, who is also the regional Governor.
The Sultan lives in his dynasty's palace, the Kraton, which is
open to the public
Sultan Hamengkubuwono X
The Sultan is a Moslem ruler who must also respect traditional
Javanese mystic spiritual beliefs. Thus, the Kraton Palace has
many protectors & guardians.
Golden ceiling in the Kraton museum honoring the
Sultan's father, who was extremely popular for
opposing both the Japanese occupation during World
War II and Dutch colonialism.
Watch the Intrepid Berkeley
Explorer's Bali and Java Video, if you
have a high speed connection, by
clicking on AdventurePics.com .