Obama Family Holiday in Yogyakarta

  • Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta | Photo: Heri Purwata

The Former President of the United States, Barack Obama, arrived with his family for holiday in Yogyakarta, Indonesia between June 28-30. Yogyakarta was home to Obama during his childhood with his mother, Ann Dunham, and stepfather, Lolo Soetoro Martodihardjo.

Obama once lived in a residential compound at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Bulaksumur. He lived there especially during the holidays between 1967-1971. Now, the classic house has been converted into UGM museum.

The first day in Yogyakarta, Obama and family visited Borobudur Temple in the Magelang District in Central Java. During the second and third days, the presidential family were scheduled to visit Prambanan Temple and the Sultan Palace.

According to the President Director of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan, and Ratu Boko, Edy Setijono, Obama was amazed by the existence of this Buddhist temple. Borobudur is within the Muslim community and it is still well maintained. Borobudur Temple is a symbol of harmony and tolerance for religious people.

“Obama was very impressed, this is his second visit. The first visit when he was a child and now he comes back with his family, this is very beautiful and a symbol of tolerance,” Setijono said.

The week before this, Obama and his family vacationed on the island of Bali for six days. While on the Island of the Gods, Obama visited Arma Museum, Pura Tirta Empul, and Pura Gunung Kawih, as well as the rice fields and going rafting on Ayung River.