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Che Guevara And Indonesian Legacy

I was in Bangkok having my breakfast when I meet group of young tourists from Argentina. I didn’t notice them until they jumped from their chairs, cheered, and started to make noises,  in their Argentinian Spanish, which I didn’t understand at all. I turned around to see what happened, and those youngsters were busy watching the movie played on TV. It was about the young Che Guevara, traveling across South America.

Che, an Argentinian-born legend,  undoubtedly is one of the most inspiring person in the world, well… especially in South America. His image decorates walls everywhere, even in the US, a country he was against. In Indonesia, Che is not only popular, it’s like spirit here among young people. You can easily find Che’s photo everywhere, even in football matches. Che is family, here.

Che with Soekarno

Guess Who (source: KOMPAS)

But I am pretty sure, only few people knew that Che once visited Indonesia in 1959 and he was so amazed by Borobudur temple. He took many many pictures during the visit and looked so serious. Most probably he was surprised by the rich heritage of Indonesia. A year later, Soekarno made a historic visit to Cuba and greeted by Che and Fidel Castro at the airport.

Seven years after that Che was  captured in the deep jungle of Bolivia and then executed.

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5 Responses to “Che Guevara And Indonesian Legacy”

  1. Bonek says:

    Both, they are legendary gentlemen..
    Hugo Chavez of Venezuela also is one of the Soekarno’s ideas follower…(“follower”?..kek twitter aja..)

  2. Multibrand says:

    It’s good to know that Che Guevara had visited Indonesia.
    You are right even now he is quite popular here. I remember
    seeing a man wearing t-shirt which has a picture of the late
    comedian Benyamin S. wearing a beret and looked like Che.
    Underneath the picture are words: Che Gueparah, Sundanese:
    Ceu, gue parah (sister I am very bad).

  3. Isana says:

    Che does photography? Now that’s cool

  4. [H] says:

    he used canon 7D with EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM =D


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