Introduction to Indonesian Folklore

Indonesian Folklore were told orally through many generations. The stories has not been proven to be real or not. These tales are part of their background and their daily lives.

We can find moral of the story of Bawang Merah and Bawang Putih. We can also learn about the name of Cianjur City come from Ci means water and anjur from the word anjuran. It means suggestion.

By keeping these old folklores alive, the next generations will know the stories and learn the wonderful meanings behind them.



Animal Stories

Kancil or Mouse Deer is one of the most popular animal story in Indonesian Folklore. Mouse deer usually portrayed as a clever animal that tricked other animals to fulfill its needs.

Other famous tale is Keong Mas or Golden Snail, The Golden Snail theatre at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is one of the best theatre in Indonesia.

The mythical animal such as Dragon and Garuda. Garuda is the national symbol of Indonesia.

Other animal originally from this country such as Komodo Dragon and Javanese Tiger also part of Indonesian Folklore. Read More>>

The Legend of Ruai Bird

Keong Emas Imax Theatre, TMII (photo source:

Sun and Moon

Jangga Hatuen Bulan

The Curse of Joko Bandung



The Legend of Lotus


City, Kingdoms and Temples

The Legend of Jambi Kingdom

A Test for the King

Princess Tandampalik

The Story of Pari Temple

Cianjur The origin of Cianjur City

The Legend of Surabaya The origin of Surabaya City

Prince Pade Gelang and Princess Candasari The origin of Pandeglang


Islands, Mountains, Rocks and Caves

The Legend of Senua Island

The Legend of Nusa Island

The Legend of Kemaro Island

The Legend of Pinang Mountain

Ki Semar and Slamet Mountain

Rivers, Lakes and Ponds

The Legend of Laut Tawar Lake

Telaga Warna means colorful lake.

Lau Kawar

The Legend of Blue Pond


Folklore from Indonesia

Folklore from Bali

Folklore from Bangka Belitung

Folklore from Banten

Folklore from Batam

Folklore from Bengkulu

Folklore from Nangroe Aceh Darussalam