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A Village Below A 60 Million Year Old Volcano

 

“Nglanggeran” comes from the word “Planggaran”, which means “every evil deed has its punishment”. It is also derived from the word “Langgeng”, which means peace and serenity. The tales of Nglanggeran people is kept alive by a Wayang puppet character named Ongkowijowo. When the people hold a Wayang theatre, the performance has to absolutely face the mountain, and cannot tell the early struggles and trials of Ongkowijoyo.

The rural character of Ngelanggeran Village stands strong. Mutual cooperation system, mutual respect & courtesy, and simple lifestyle are among the social patterns that the locals hold dear. Located around Gunungkidul, this Tourism Village has a lot of cultural uniqueness and local wisdom, such as traditional farming techniques and local food processing.

The government also recognize Nglanggeran’s local wisdom, winning them several village awards inluding the ASEAN’s Community Based Tourism 2017.

Nglanggeran’s uniqueness also comes from a 48-hectare mountain with an astonishing natural panorama: Mt. Api Purba, or “ancient volcano”. Being inactive since 60 million years ago, Mt. Api Purba also possess numerous wisdom such as geological, forestry, agriculture, and tradition. An hour walk through its 5 posts and you will get yourself a front seat to a magnificent sunrise view, a beautiful view of Nglanggeran reservoir, and a public camping ground. Mt. Api Purba is also recognized by UNESCO as one of Mt. Sewu’s Global Geopark sites.

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