Playing the Angklung in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

In this video we play the angklung at Alam Bahasa in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The angklung is a musical instrument made of two bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. It originated in what is now Indonesia and has been played by the Sundanese of West Java for many centuries. Today in Yogyakarta you can find several street corners where teenagers play the angklung in simi-traditional bands. The angklung is popular throughout Southeast Asia, but the largest group of people to ever gather together to play it was in the West. On July 9, 2011 5,182 people from many nations played the angklung together in Washington DC. This event was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest angklung ensemble.

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As a follow up to my market video I want to share with you three of the worst food practices in Indonesia that I have heard about. I have no personal knowledge of these actually happening but multiple people have told me that they do happen.

  1. Serving chicken that died from disease
  2. Fish treated with formaldehyde
  3. Food fried in cooking oil mixed with plastic

We do out best to avoid extremely unhealthy food but you never know what you are really eating when you eat on the street.

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Five times a day the call to prayer is blasted from powerful load speakers mounted on the minarets of mosques all over Indonesia. I can hear many of them from my house here in Yogyakarta. The purpose of this is to call Muslims to mandatory worship. It could be compared to church bells in the olden days.

The first one goes off around 4:30 AM thankfully that is just about the time we want to wake up anyway.

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