A view of the sunset on (Ng)ISIS Hill near Nglinggo tourism village in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta. (Photo courtesy of the Tourism Ministry)

Watch the Sunrise While Sipping Locally Produced Tea on '(Ng)ISIS Hill' in Yogyakarta


JUNE 05, 2017

Jakarta. The people of Yogyakarta, known for their creativity, have come up with an interesting play on the acronym of the Islamic State extremist group, by naming a popular lookout in the area (Ng)ISIS Hill.

The word ngisis means "to find a cool breeze" in the Javanese language.

Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has praised their creativity and the idea to promote the destination, which is famous on social media platform Instagram.

The venue, located 900 meters above sea level on top of the Nglinggo tea garden in Kulonprogo, Yogyakarta, provides scenic views of Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, Mount Sumbing and Mount Sindoro.

Tourists usually visit the area to watch sunsets and sunrises, while sipping warm tea or coffee on the hilltop.

Tourist planning to watch the sunrise can overnight at homestays in Nglinggo tourism village, from where they will be guided to the location at around 4.30 a.m.

"Waiting for the sunrise while sipping warm tea and munching fried yams. The tea is produced in this garden, as well as the yams," said Melkey Binaro, head of the Nglinggo tourism village creative team.

The location is equipped with facilities such as gazebos, wooden chairs, bonfire spots, a viewing tower and toilets. Villagers are also preparing a building that will house a telescope, which can be used to view Borobudur Temple, located 15 kilometers away.

Guests staying in the village can enjoy tea, coffee, snacks and grilled corn while watching cultural performances.

The village has 18 jeeps used to transport guests on short adventure trips to the tea garden, pine forest and Watu Jonggol waterfall.

"If more are needed, we can ask other villages to help out. We have up to 70 jeeps available for off-road adventures in the area," Melkey said.

There are at least 50 homestays in the village, with accommodation packages starting from Rp 2.5 million ($190) per day for 10 people. The package includes three rooms in Rimbono, a homestay in Nglinggo tourism village, with a bonfire gathering, three off-road jeeps and three meals per day.

Nglinggo tourism village is 40 kilometers from the Yogyakarta city center.

Tourists who choose not to stay in the village may access the hilltop, tea garden and waterfall for a fee of only Rp 5,000 per person. There is also a special photo spot on (Ng)ISIS Hill, which is available for Rp 3,000 per person.