Panjat Pinang (Climbing nut) is one of the popular traditional race on the Indonesian Independence Daycelebration.

Indonesian Celebrationsa - A high nut tree has been smeared with lubricant. At the top of the tree, are prizes. The participants compete to get these gifts by climbing a tree trunk.

Suradita Village, West Java, Indonesia. Children playing with their roosters, via TBP

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Papancakan is a traditional Sundanese take on bowling, played with towering stones and a rattan ball. You can see this and other traditional games at Bandung's Komunitas Hong. The community was founded around 2008 by Mohammad Zaini Alif, to preserve traditional Indonesian children's games and toys. The community has found and documented about 890 toys and games throughout the Indonesian archipelago. (Photo by Icha Rahmanti)

Papancakan is a traditional Sundanese take on bowling, played with towering stones and a rattan ball.

Indonesian children's games

Traditional toys and games commonly seen being played by Indonesian children.

Panjat Pinang. Climb a greased bamboo pole to get prizes hung from the top. It's a traditional games festival to celebrate Indonesia's independence day in Jakarta.

Panjat Pinang, a very unique way of celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day; photo by Lessy Sebastian on

Sundanese People Traditional Toys And Indonesian Folk Games

Sundanese People Traditional Toys And Indonesian Folk Games coconut shells

Congklak one of Indonesia’s most popular traditional games. Do you know where it originates from and how it came to be found in Indonesia? Congklak may be one of the oldest board games in the world. Evidence of the game has been found dating back to 7,000 BC, originating in either Africa or the Arab …

Congklak one of Indonesia’s most popular traditional games. Do you know where it originates from and how it came to be found in Indonesia? Congklak may be one of the oldest board games in the world. Evidence of the game has been found dating back to 7,000 BC, originating in either Africa or the Arab …

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Hide and seek.hours and hours of street-wide hide and seek. We would also play at night and hide from car lights.

Serious work: Children play dakon at the Festival of Children’s Games in Taman Sriwedari, Surakarta, Central Java.

Serious work: Children play dakon at the Festival of Children’s Games in Taman Sriwedari, Surakarta, Central Java.

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