Leaves of Life

Cigar factory PD Taru Martani is one of the many surviving historical icons in tradition-steeped Yogyakarta.

In a place known better for its cigarettes, PD Taru Martani is the country’s oldest and the largest cigar maker. Built in 1918 under the name N.V. Negresco by a Dutch company Mignot & De Block Cigar Company. After World War II, the factory was taken over by the late Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX and renamed Taru Martani, a Javanese term for the leaves of life. Continue reading

Advertisements

Technology and Community

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X wants Yogyakarta’s residents to all benefit from its development as a cyber-province.

Yogyakarta is one of the special regions in the country besides Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. It is the second smallest province in Indonesia after Jakarta in terms of area, with just 3,185 square kilometers. The region is led by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, 66, the Sultan and governor of Yogyakarta, which is the name of both the province and its famous city. For many, Jogja, the nickname of its capital city, represents the heart of Javanese culture, championed and safeguarded by the Sultan. The city is known for the Sultan’s Javanese palace, the Kraton, and wonderful Javanese cuisine. Some associate Jogja with a sleepy pace, but the Sultan vows to transform the province into something more modern and tech-savvy. In 1998, he announced his vision for the region to develop its tech industry as a way to raise living standards and incomes in the province. He met Forbes Indonesia in the private residential area of the Kraton, tastefully decorated with family portraits, mementos and antique furniture. Continue reading