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'''Papua''' is an [[Indonesia]]n province occupying the western half of the island of [[New Guinea]] (the independent nation of [[Papua New Guinea]] occupies the eastern half). The province used to be known as ''Irian Jaya''.
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'''Papua''' is an [[Indonesia]]n province occupying the western half of the island of [[New Guinea]] (the independent nation of [[Papua New Guinea]] occupies the eastern half).
  
 
==Regions==
 
==Regions==
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==Cities==
 
==Cities==
 
*[[Biak (city)|Biak]]
 
*[[Biak (city)|Biak]]
*[[Jayapura]]
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*[[Fakfak]]
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*[[Jayapura]] — the capital and largest city
 
*[[Manokwari]]
 
*[[Manokwari]]
 
*[[Merauke]]
 
*[[Merauke]]
 
*[[Sorong]]
 
*[[Sorong]]
*[[Wamena]]
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*[[Timika]] — staging post for one of the world's largest mines
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*[[Wamena]] — gateway to the Baliem Valley
  
 
==Other destinations==
 
==Other destinations==
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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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===History===
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Originally a Dutch colony like the rest of Indonesia, '''West Papua''' held elections in 1959 and the elected council took office in 1961, in preparation for full independence.  However, the Dutch handed the area over to a UN temporary administration, who in turned gave it over to Indonesia in 1963.  The controversial plebiscite known as the '''Act of Free Choice''' , held in 1969, resulted in an improbable 100% vote in favor of joining Indonesia.  The region, renamed first as '''Irian Barat''' (West Irian) and then '''Irian Jaya''' (Glorious Irian) has been under heavy Indonesian military control ever since, with the outgunned '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') fighting for independence.
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The name Papua was restored in 2000 in a sop to the nationalists.  A controversial decision to divide the province into three parts was met with violent riots and remains stalled in legal confusion.
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===Culture===
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Papua is incredibly diverse and different from the rest of Indonesia (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world).  Despite of a population of under three million, Papua is home to over 800 languages and has cultures that are technologically still in the Stone Age.  Cannibalism was practiced until the 1970s and there are still whispered rumors of the practice continuing.
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
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===By plane===
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Nearly all travellers arrive by plane.  The main gateways are [[Biak]], [[Manokwari]] and [[Jayapura]], although there are also limited flights to [[Fakfak]] and [[Sorong]].  Only Garuda has direct flights from [[Jakarta]] to capital [[Jayapura]]; all other carriers, including Air Efata, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like [[Makassar]] (Ujung Panjang).
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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The '''Free Papua Movement''' (''Operasi Papua Merdeka'' or ''OPM'') continues to operate throughout Papua and all of Papua's major cities have seen violently suppressed riots.  The OPM has also kidnapped Western hostages on two occasions, although their targets are mining company employees and Indonesian security personnel, not tourists.  Travel permits (''surat jalan'') are required for travel beyond the major cities; they can be obtained at [[Jayapura]] and [[Biak]].  Some parts are off-limits to all visitors and journalists of any stripe are not welcome.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 14:20, 9 August 2006

Papua is an Indonesian province occupying the western half of the island of New Guinea (the independent nation of Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern half).

Contents

Regions

Cities

Other destinations

  • Baliem Valley — the home of the famous penis-gourded Dani warriors

Understand

History

Originally a Dutch colony like the rest of Indonesia, West Papua held elections in 1959 and the elected council took office in 1961, in preparation for full independence. However, the Dutch handed the area over to a UN temporary administration, who in turned gave it over to Indonesia in 1963. The controversial plebiscite known as the Act of Free Choice , held in 1969, resulted in an improbable 100% vote in favor of joining Indonesia. The region, renamed first as Irian Barat (West Irian) and then Irian Jaya (Glorious Irian) has been under heavy Indonesian military control ever since, with the outgunned Free Papua Movement (Operasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) fighting for independence.

The name Papua was restored in 2000 in a sop to the nationalists. A controversial decision to divide the province into three parts was met with violent riots and remains stalled in legal confusion.

Culture

Papua is incredibly diverse and different from the rest of Indonesia (or, for that matter, anywhere else in the world). Despite of a population of under three million, Papua is home to over 800 languages and has cultures that are technologically still in the Stone Age. Cannibalism was practiced until the 1970s and there are still whispered rumors of the practice continuing.

Talk

Get in

By plane

Nearly all travellers arrive by plane. The main gateways are Biak, Manokwari and Jayapura, although there are also limited flights to Fakfak and Sorong. Only Garuda has direct flights from Jakarta to capital Jayapura; all other carriers, including Air Efata, Batavia Air and Lion Air, fly circuitous routes with stops at intermediate cities like Makassar (Ujung Panjang).

Get around

See

Itineraries

Do

Eat

Drink

Stay safe

The Free Papua Movement (Operasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) continues to operate throughout Papua and all of Papua's major cities have seen violently suppressed riots. The OPM has also kidnapped Western hostages on two occasions, although their targets are mining company employees and Indonesian security personnel, not tourists. Travel permits (surat jalan) are required for travel beyond the major cities; they can be obtained at Jayapura and Biak. Some parts are off-limits to all visitors and journalists of any stripe are not welcome.

Get out



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