Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world. In Sanskrit in old times, Sumatra was often called Suwarnadwipa, which means the land of gold. Why is that so? it’s because Sumatra is a gold producer in Indonesia.  An ancient Jewish manuscript says the source of gold for the city state of Kingdom of Prophet Sulaiman came from an ancient kingdom in the Far East.  The Kingdom was called Ophir. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, there is a mountain in West Sumatra called Mt. Ophir, which is also known as Mt. Talamau (the highest mountain in West Sumatra). So could the kingdom mentioned in the Jewish manuscript be in Sumatra? Have a guess.

In addition to its Sanskrit’s names, Sumatra is also known with many other names, like Andalas island, Percha Island and Barus Island. Sumatra wealth now comes mainly from minerals, aside from gold, it’s also produces coal and lead.

In term of the tourism industry, Sumatra has many tourist attractions to visit. There is Weh Island, where the Sea Garden is situated, and in the east or west coast, or whether it is in the Bukit Barisan mountain range on the land, numerous tourist attraction are presented like string of beads.

Text: Wonderful Indonesia

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