Banyuwangi constitutes an eastest regency of East Java. In the north part, Situbondo regency is situated. Jember and Bondowoso regencies are the neighbor regencies in the West part. In the East part, Bali is stretched, while in the South part, the Indonesian Ocean is located. Banyuwangi is situated in the coordinate between 70 45’ 15” of South Latitude and 113’ 38.2” of East Longitude. Because of this position, Banyuwangi has various natural scenery, richness of art and culture, customs and traditions.
The beauty of nature is spread out Banyuwangi, from west part to east. Mountains, forest and beaches sculpt the Land Mark of each region. For instance; Ijen Creater, in the west part of Banyuwangi is famous for its beautiful creater lake, traditional sulfur miners who amazingly climb up and down the slope of Mount Merapi, the plantations the hampers the slope where the Ijen Creater crowned. In the National Park of Meru Betiri with its Java Tiger, the turtles, that sign the land of Banyuwangi. The places constitutes the center of Tourism Developed area which is called Diamond Triangle, which connect among one Tourism Object to others
Banyuwangi also has the various art and culture, custom and tradition. One of the typical arts of Banyuwangi is Gandrung a welcomingdance for distinguised guests. The dance is typical, then becomes a Tourism Mascot of Banyuwangi. Beside Gandrung, Seblang, Kuntulan, Damarwulan, angklung, Ketoprak, Barong, Kendang Kempul, Jaranan and so on, constitute typical arts that can be seen here, a typical custom and tradition such as sea offering, metik (celebration before paddy and coffe harvesting), Rebo Wekasan, Kebo visit Banyuwangi the Real Tropical Country keboan, ruwatan, tumplek punjen, gredoan, endog-endogan, etc. performed every year and package in the Calender of Events of Banyuwangi.
The typical handicraft and traditional food as the product of home industries are spread out of Banyuwangi. The products and places that should be visited are batik tulis at Temenggungan and Tempo, Bamboo handicraft at Kecamatan Rogojampi and Kalipuro, ets. Banyuwangi also has typical food products; such as bagiak, selai pisang (banana jam) etc.
There are some local ethnics that live in Banyuwangi. Using is actually as the native of Banyuwanginese. They have their own languange constitute the mixing language of Javanese and Balinese. Javanese is the people of Banyuwangi. Besides, Madurese, Balinese and Banjar also it Banyuwangi.
The various natural sceneries, the rich art and culture and customs and traditions, contitute the worthy treasures that must be taken are introduced to all people, so that they can support the life of the people and also the government, especially to increase income of the people and the local goverment. The income is the capital to develop Banyuwangi especially in the tourism sector that must be risen nationally and internationally.
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