The Indonesian culture is as vibrant and versatile as its landscape and natural beauty. The rich Indonesian culture is the result of the influence of the various neighboring countries and their very own ethnic culture.
The influence of India and China since ancient times and the European and Middle Eastern influence in the medieval age are behind the vibrant culture of Indonesia. Religions also had a big effect on Indonesian culture.
Though the largest Muslim country in the world Indonesia still has the influence of Hinduism and Buddhism embedded in its everyday life. The culture of Indonesia is well depicted in the arts and crafts of this South Asian country.
Some of the prominent cultural sites of Indonesia are:
- Palembang which consists of the 18th-century remnants of the Muslim rule
- Borobudur is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The site consists of the Hindu- Buddhist temple of the ninth century.
- Jakarta is also one of the cultural sites of Indonesia as it consists of a number of museums and markets which are dedicated to indigenous art and crafts.
- Taman Sari is a water castle used by the kings and queens for bathing and relaxation.