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Indonesia’s Wondrous ‘Intangible’ Cultural Treasures

Angklung players perform. (Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia)
Angklung players perform. (Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia)

Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country in the world, is made up of 13,466 islands, big and small. Since they are separated by the sea, there...




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(OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • This Dec. 17, 2015 photo shows an old-fashioned candy shop in the neighborhood around the Kiyosumi-Shirakawa metro station in Tokyo. (Linda Lombardi via AP)

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(Photos by Wibke Carter)

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