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Pegadaian (Pawn Shop)

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Throughout Indonesia there are approximately 1,125 government “pawn shops” (pegadaian). The central office is in Jakarta, and below that office are several area offices. The area offices then manage the many branches that are spread throughout the country.

These signs are an extremely common sight throughout Indonesian.

From movies, Americans have the perception of pawn shops as being operated by ruthless and cruel private owners who are frequently caught up in organized crime—purchasing stolen goods. The Indonesian “pawn shops” don’t resemble that at all. These offices would more rightly be described as being small lending banks.

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Beggars in Indonesia

Government announcement in a Jambi newspaper informing people that it’s forbidden to give to beggars, and that financial gifts for the poor should be given to social organizations or places of worship.

In the large U.S. cities it’s not uncommon to have people accost you for a dollar or for whatever spare change you may have. It’s actually a common thing to see in any major city of the world. In Indonesia, as in many countries, begging is illegal or restricted, though it can be seen taking place at almost all busy intersections, as well as outside the doors of many large stores. It’s not uncommon to see crippled people sitting on the roads, very near the traffic, and the blind being led by another person through long rows of traffic stopped at traffic lights. Children are also used in the collection of money. It’s very sad to see children, some as young as 3 years old, sent out into busy traffic by their parent to beg.

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100,000 rupiah (front & back). As of today’s date, it’s worth: $10.61 US dollars.

Below are listed some of the common jobs in Indonesia. The respective salaries for these jobs are also listed.

The amounts are in US dollars, with the exchange rate of 9,020 rupiah per 1 US dollar. It must be remembered that these salaries are always changing and are dependent on many variables.

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Indonesian Currency

The paper currency of Indonesia is in rupiah, and it comes in denominations of 1,000;  2,000;  5,000;  10,000;  20,000;  50,000 and  100,000 bills (there are also an assortment of coins).

100,000 rupiah (front & back)

The 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (front side)

On the front side of the 100,000 rupiah banknote is a picture of Sukarno (alt. spelling, “Soekarno.” He only had one name, like many Indonesians), and Mohammad Hatta. Sukarno became the first President of Indonesia, and Hatta the first Vice President.

The 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (back side)

On the back side of the 100,000 rupiah banknote is a picture of the DPR/MPR Building. It is the seat of government for the Indonesian legislative, which comprises the People’s Consultative Assembly (Majelis Permusyaratan Rakyat, MPR) the People’s Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, DPR)  and the Regional Representatives Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah, DPD).

Today, February 6, 2011, this Rp. 100,000 bill is worth $11.12 US dollars.

Today, February 6, 2011, 1 United States dollars =  8,990 Indonesian rupiah.

Indonesian Currency

The paper currency of Indonesia is in rupiah, and it comes in denominations of 1,000;  2,000;  5,000;  10,000;  20,000;  50,000 and  100,000 bills (there are also an assortment of coins).

50,000 rupiah (front & back)

The 50,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (front side)

The front side of the 50,000 rupiah banknote shows a picture of “I Gusti Ngurah Rai.” He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indonesian armed forces and was designated as an Indonesian National Hero because of his courage while leading the military in Bali against the Dutch during the War of Independence. Born on January 30, 1917, and died in battle on November 20, 1946.

The 50,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (back side)

The back side of the 50,000 rupiah banknote has a picture of “Bratan Lake,” which is located on the island of Bali.

Today, February 5, 2011, this Rp. 50,000 bill is worth $5.56 US dollars.

Today, February 5, 2011, 1 United States dollars =  8,990 Indonesian Rupiah.

Indonesian Currency

The paper currency of Indonesia is in rupiah, and it comes in denominations of 1,000;  2,000;  5,000;  10,000;  20,000;  50,000 and  100,000 bills (there are also an assortment of coins).

20,000 rupiah (front and back)

The 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (front side)

On the front side of the 20,000 rupiah banknote you will see a picture of Otto Iskandar Di Nata. He was born in Bandung, March 31, 1897. He led “Pagoejoeban Pasoendan” from 1929-1942. This organization founded many schools, banks, and provided legal aid and rehabilitation of former prisoners. From 1931-1941 he was a member of the Volksraad, which became the forerunner of the future parliament.

In 1945 he became a member of BPUPKI (Japanese sponsored effort to lead toward Indonesia’s independence) and sat on PPKI (A committee preparing for the independence of Indonesia). Otto Iskandar was also involved with the creation of the 1945 Constitution. On August 19, 1945 Otto Iskandar made a proposal for the election of Sukarno and Hatta as President and Vice President. The members of the council approved the proposal by acclamation.

The 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (back side)

The backside of the 20.000 rupiah banknote reflects a tea plantation in West Java.

Today, February 4, 2011, this Rp. 20,000 bill is worth $2.23 United States dollars .

Today, February 4, 2011, 1 United States dollars =  9,020 Indonesian Rupiah.

Indonesian Currency

The paper currency of Indonesia is in rupiah, and it comes in denominations of 1,000;  2,000;  5,000;  10,000;  20,000;  50,000 and  100,000 bills (there are also an assortment of coins).

10,000 rupiah (front & back)

The 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (front side)

The front side of the 10.000 rupiah banknote has a picture of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, a leader from the city of Palembang, on the island of Sumatra. He was specifically known for his resistance to English and Dutch colonialism. On 14 July, 1827 Sultan M.B was captured and exiled to the island of Ternate, where he died in 1852.

The international airport in the city of Palembang is named after Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II.

The 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah Banknote (back side)

The back side of the 10.000 rupiah banknote shows a traditional Rumah Limas from the city of Palembang, South Sumatra.

Today, February 3, 2011, this Rp. 10,000 bill is worth $1.10 US .

Today, February 3, 2011, 1 United States Dollars =  9,020 Indonesian Rupiah.

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