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The third edition of Aspects of Indonesian Culture was published in November 2001 by the Indonesian Heritage Society. This small book provides an informative and well researched introduction to the enormous richness of Indonesian culture, and is particularly appropriate for newcomers or visitors to the archipelago.

Whilst the first two editions focused on the cultures of Java and Sumatra this edition includes the island of Sulawesi, however all the information has been expanded, enlarged and updated. Importantly this edition includes an in-depth bibliography for further study, if wished.

Also available in a French edition.


The Indonesian Heritage Society, founded nearly 35 years ago, is a multinational organization of volunteers who support and assist Museum Nasional and other museums in Jakarta and promote public appreciation for Indonesia's cultural heritage. Among the group's many activities, members help catalogue museum artifacts, translate archival records, give museum tours, teach English and other languages to museum staff, present cultural programs at local schools, organize a bi-annual evening lecture series, hold study groups on selected topics and sponsor study tours to various regions of Indonesia. Volunteers also run an extensive reference library in South Jakarta that is open to members of the Heritage Society.


Aspects of Indonesian Culture is on sale at the Indonesian Heritage Society library, on the 17th floor, Sentral Senayan 1, (adjacent to Plaza Senayan) Jl Asia Afrika 8, Jakarta Pusat 10270. As Library hours vary throughout the week, it's best to call in advance to make sure the library is open (572-5870). The book can also be purchased from the organisation's office at the National Museum, Jl. Merdeka Barat 12, Jakarta Pusat (9:30-13:00 Tuesday through Friday, phone 381-1551, ext. 46). Again, call first to be sure the offices are open. The book is also available at most expat community bazaars, gift shops and Heritage Society events.

For information on other Indonesian Heritage Society Publications.

For more information, contact: the Library on 572-5870 (see hours above).

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