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Indonesia’s royalty a cultural heritage

Festival of regal houses, indigenous groups showcases Indonesia's rich cultural heritage

More than 20 girls, each decked out in a colourful outfit of yellow, green, red and white, danced gracefully on a sunny day on a street in front of the majestic 255-year-old Great Mosque in Sumenep, a laid-back town on the island of Madura in north-eastern Java.

They gyrated slowly to the shimmering, pulsating sound of gamelan music unique to Sumenep Palace, with the dance signifying hope for good times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 13, 2018, with the headline 'Indonesia’s royalty a cultural heritage'. Print Edition | Subscribe