A strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James WendlingerA strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James Wendlinger
A strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James Wendlinger

How a village pond became a quirky tourist attraction in Indonesia in the social media age

  • Villagers sank their money into a pond, and made it Insta-famous. In the process, they enriched themselves, wiped out unemployment, and became a model village
  • Visitors flock to Umbul Ponggok in Central Java every weekend to take tongue-in-cheek underwater selfies, feed its fish, and buy food and souvenirs

Topic |   Asia travel
A strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James WendlingerA strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James Wendlinger
A strategically placed motorcycle is perfect for underwater poses at Umbul Ponggok, Indonesia. Photo: James Wendlinger
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