Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Indonesia - Java Island


From: Shinta - Postcrossing - RR#4 Cards with thematic stamps
Subject: Java (Indonesian: Jawa) is an island of Indonesia and the site of its capital city, Jakarta. Once the center of powerful Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms, Islamic sultanates, and the core of the colonial Dutch East Indies, Java now plays a dominant role in the economic and political life of Indonesia. Home to a population of 130 million in 2006[1], it is the most populous island in the world, ahead of Honshū, the main island of Japan. Java is also one of the most densely populated regions on Earth. Formed mostly as the result of volcanic events, Java is the 13th largest island in the world and the fifth largest island in Indonesia. A chain of volcanic mountains forms an east-west spine along the island. It has three main languages, though Javanese is dominant and is the native language of 60 million people in Indonesia, most of whom live on Java. Most residents are bilingual, with Indonesian as their second language. While the majority of Javanese are Muslim, Java has a diverse mixture of religious beliefs and cultures.

There are two amazing UNESCO - World Heritage Sites on the island.  Borobudur & Prambanan.

Stamps:  Lunar - Year of the Tiger.  Even two different styles.  Thanks Shinta! :)


  1. Hey Dana,

    you received soooo beautiful postcards... I love this cards and the stamps.

    Your postcard is on the way ;-) Surprise, surprise...


  2. Julia,
    I still need to look up info on Java Island and post it. I love learning about the places on the cards. :)

    I will be patiently waiting by my mailbox for your card :)

    Take care,