About Indonesia

People
The people in Indonesia, coming form very diverse ethnic backgrounds are, generally outspoken friendly and easy to get along with. You will find most of them are nice and relatively tolerant of other cultures.

Religion
Five religions are recognized by the Indonesian government: Islam, Protestant, Catholic, Buddhist and Hindu. Mosques, churches, temples are found throughout the country. Although Indonesia has a predominantly Moslem population, some religious holidays of other religions are also celebrated as national holidays.

Climate
Indonesia has a fairly even climate all year round. Bandung’s climate is quite cold and humid. The average temperatures range from 23º Celcius at night and early morning to up to 26º Celcius at noon. The rainy season is usually from November to April, with some regional variations. Bandung has the heaviest rainfall from January to February.

Business Hours

Embassies : Mon-Fri
8am-4pm
Banks : Mon-Fri
8am-3pm & Sat 8am-1pm
Malls/shopping
centers
: Mon-Sun
10am-10pm
Post
offices
: Mon-Thur 8 am -2 pm
Fri 8-11 am
Sat 8 am – 12.30 pm
Airline Offices : Mon-Fri
8 am – 4 pm & Sat 8 am – noon

Other celebration affecting the business hours

(Government) offices close at 11.30 am – 1 pm on Fridays (Moslem mass prayer)

Ramadan (the ninth Moslem month or October 2004) is a month of fasting for Moslems. Food counters and restaurants are generally closed during daylights, while discotheques are totally closed. The starting of the business hours delays half an hour and close one hour earlier.

Time Zone

Indonesia is divided into three time zones: WIB/Western Indonesia Time (Sumatra, Java, West and Central Kalimantan) is seven hours ahead of GMT. Central Indonesia Time (Bali, South and East Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara) is eight hours ahead of GMT. Eastern Indonesia Time (Maluku, Irian Jaya) is nine hours ahead of GMT.

(http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.org)