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Alun-Alun Kidul (Southern Square of the Sultan’s Palace)

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The Alun-Alun Kidul (Southern Square of the Sultan’s Palace) abounds with myth and folklore. One story is that the two large and ancient banyan trees in the middle of the square have protective powers, guarding the Kraton from those with impure intention. This belief has morphed into a popular game. Every night the Alun-Alun Kidul abounds with folk taking a stab at the challenge of walking between the trees blindfolded.

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It’s not as easy as it looks, however if you do make it, it’s said to prove the purity of your heart and your wishes will be granted. The practice has become so popular in recent years that other entertainments have taken advantage of the swelling crowds and set up shop. As well as stalls selling glow sticks and flashing light novelties and a plethora of food carts, a convoy of pedal-powered mobile karaoke machines (disguised as peddle cars) adorned with multicoloured flashing lights whirl around the square, jostling for space on the road amid the regular cars and motorbikes. It’s chaotic, ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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