Karangsambung fieldtrip: Natural Geology Laboratory

Karangsambung area located 19 km north of town Kebumen, Central Java, Indonesia. An area of about 300 km2, developed as a Reserve National Geological Sciences Karangsambung (“National Geological Park Nature Karangsambung”), because of its distinctive appearance during evolution of the earth’s geology, ranging Cretaceous (about 120 million) years ago until now, and recorded as an interesting and special geological monument

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Young people who are behind Khong Hwie Kiong temple, calling themselves by the name PASKOPEM, or Pasarpari Youth Complex. As the edge of the river, all young men like bathing, fishing and playing in the river. Since 2008, they held a fishing competition at the Luk Ulo River at the end of the dry season.
In 2011, fishing competition organized on October 2.


The competition was the grand prize of electronic products: color TV, DVD Player and a number of fishing equipment. According to the Chairman Paskopem, Suryanto, 2011 fishing competition attended by 153 participants who were all local anglers in Kebumen, Central Java. In addition to managing the temple, there are those who support the activities of a shop / dealer of motorcycles, fishing equipment stores and other local businesses.
Competition begins at 9 am, officiated by the Chief District in Kebumen, Mrs. Retno and ends at 13:30 pm

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It’s a dream, it might be true

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Luk Ulo River, as its name, twisting like a python which was walking from upstream to downstream. This river upstream is in a gap at hills The Thousand Mountains in the North. The flow of the river route to the South until downstream and into the Indian Ocean. Near the upstream, there is a very unique geological sites, Sites of Geological Karangsambung. From downtown, it’s about 15 kilometers.

On the site of geology Karangsambung, there are various kinds of stones: agate, suiseki, biseki, coal and great pride for residents of Kebumen Central Java, Indonesia, is the uniqueness of agate which there was no counter entire Asia region. Perhaps also in the whole world. Therefore, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) set up a special research site and make it as a scientific tourism.


Subowo (42 years old) an onyx craftsman in the edge of River Luk Ulo ata Pasarpari

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The most completely Geopark which lack of facilities


A man wearing a field cap, escorted motorcycle, arrived at our Technical Unit and Conservation Earth Information Center (BIKK) LIPI Karangsambung.

He immediately walked to the hall and dormitory rooms, which are located at the top of the office complex.When he ran into a research associate, Ir Chusni Anshori MT, he was immediately greeted, “I  came from the field (field research site). It’s going to the dorm, “said the man who named Joko Susilo, ITB Geology graduate and post graduate students are conducting field research in Karangsambung.

In the meantime, though it was close at 16.00, its staff and employees in BIKK Karangsambung not moved home. It appeared in the the road Kebumen – Karangsambung, approaching downtown districts, there are three groups with 180 students take the tour bus Environmental Health Program, State University of Semarang was headed for the geological heritage.

That is activities in the geological nature Karangsambung campus, which is managed directly Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Yes, it’s nature campus frequently visited by college students, or students, whether they intend to do research or just a sightseeing.

According to Chusni, the amount of visitors from college students, researchers, and students, each year on average could reached 10,000 people. They are  _ stay, live in dorms or just come listen to the explanation of BIKK Karangsambung guide, and go home.

When you want to stay, the have prepared a package BIKK Karangsambung field trips, accompanied by an explanation of the researchers or staff BIKK. “Depending on their application, not just come here or want to pitch, we are ready to serve and give an explanation,” researcher in geology, a post graduate degree from the University of Gadjahmada, Yogyakarta. He suggested that the number of visits from students and students  tend increasing, the potential for the development of geo-tourism or nature tourism activities related to the earth.

During this time, the existing facilities at the site of geological tourism is still minimal. For example, inadequate road access. Although the road Mertokondo – Karangsambung smooth now, but from the office BIKK – Sadang, road was still very broken. Other supporting facilities are also not available, such as food stalls and souvenir vendors / crafts. Of course it requires a good cooperation between local communities and government Kebumen, in this case the Department of Tourism and Culture.


In view of UPT BIKK Karangsambung Chairman, Yugo Kumoro, actually save the region’s potential as completely geo-park. Therefore, the potential for rock outcrop were there are very significant and complete. More complete than in the Langkawi Geopark, Malaysia. However, in Langkawi, could have a sale value as an international tourist destination due to the excellent support.


LukFest12: A Riverbanks Festival at Luk Ulo River Kebumen

Lukulo Festival is an our dream _, the people who live on the edge of River Luk Ulo Kebumen, Central Java, Indonesia. We want to restore this river as a safe and comfortable environment for our lives. Hopefully.

Kebumen is one of the southern coastal areas in Central Java that has many potential natural and human resources is quite a lot of variety and quality. But less developed following the dynamic development in the surrounding community. Natural wealth in the North side of the rolling hills along the Thousand Mountains and flanked by two large reservoirs, and Wadaslintang Sempor and one of the sites are very unique geogologi Karangsambung not seem to be optimized as a prime tourist destination. The great potential of the creative economy while the other is still in the shadow of Tasikmalaya and Yogyakarta is woven pandanus household industries.

Meanwhile, on the South side is dominated by lowland, which extends along the coast and 78 km Kars unique sites around the District’s father has not been developed as a potential creative economy is tremendous benefit to the community, government and the surrounding natural environment. Almost all the coast has indeed been attempted by local people and the Government Kebumen as interesting attractions. Likewise, in the form of Kars cave sites such as Gua Petruk and Jatijajar as well as several other objects have been widely known by the general public both nationally and internationally.

Creative economy is essentially based on the idea as the greatest potential of human resources. Communities in Kebumen figure may be less familiar with two creative women, Irma Suryani and Ngatini.The results of both creativity has worldwide. Irma Suryani, creative women who wrestle Buayan manufacturing cloth shirts remaining ingredients into a variety of craft products kesed and other scraps.He has appeared as a prominent figure in Can She Tupperware TV program as lightening, educators and empowerment for the disabled like him. Meanwhile, yet sesohor Ngatini Irma, was a formidable woman in industrial woven pandanus. Both are a handful of the creative potential of human resources among the hundreds or thousands of “creative people Kebumen”.

Hanito Kreasindo Luk Ulo initiated the festival as motivated by these two great women. Luk Ulo Festival is an idea of people livingon the edge of Luk Ulo time to develop the activities of Luk UloFishing Competition organized by Paskopem (Pasarpari YouthComplex) and has been for four times since 2008. In theimplementation of the last (4th) dated October 2, 2011, at the instigation of the partners in an effort to stir motorcycle dealers whoare willing to reward a winner of the first motorcycle to the samefishing competition in 2012, came the idea of developing it into afestival of activities Luk Ulo.

The festival is featuring festive activities, can be filled with different types, scale and nature of interrelated activities. Luk Ulo KaliFestival 2012 is a blend of sports activities, entertainment, tourism, environmental education and entrepreneurship.

Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia has made 15 categories for creative of economic activities. The last creative business sectors included in category that is the culinary business. Culinary business is no longer just the standard menu offerings to meet the physical needs. Currently, the factors taste and appearance of culinary products are made more varied and deliberately created by the perpetrators to attract the attention of consumers. This can be proved from the TV news shows or even slip a small portion is dominated by a variety of news about the culinary tastes and uniqueness.

Hanito Kreasindo who initiated the Festival Luk Ulo motivated by two great women, Irma Suryani and Ngatini. Irma has been known as a patchwork craft businesses that have very high concern for people with disabilities. Meanwhile, Ngatini , the artisan woven pandanus handicraft may have persistent upholding the dignity of her colleagues. Luk Ulo Festival is an idea of people living in River Luk Ulo banks to develop the activities of Luk Ulo Fishing Competition organized by Paskopem (Pasarpari Youth Complex) and it has been for four times since 2008.