Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his family are holidaying in Indonesia, where Obama spent four years of his youth.
The holiday is being closely tracked and some of the places he visited and his engagements, such as water rafting in Bali and visiting temples on Java, have gone viral.
Obama was six when he moved to Jakarta after his American mother, Ann Dunham, married an Indonesian man following the end of her marriage to Obama’s Kenyan father.
The Obamas at a Java temple
Obama remains popular in the world’s most populous Muslim nation and his trip has been splashed across the media during an extended public holiday to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Rakyat Merdeka newspaper carried a headline “Obama loves Indonesia”.
Obama returned for an official visit as president in 2010 with his wife, Michelle, but this time has brought ughters Malia and Sasha as well.
Indonesians are avid social media users and snaps of the former U.S. president walking with his family in rice fields and rafting on Bali’s Ayung River have gone viral.
Obama kicked off the holiday on the island of Bali, where he stayed at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bali near the cultural center of Ubud.
On Wednesday, Obama and his family arrived in the city of Yogyakarta on Java island, and visited the ancient temple of Borobudur.
According to CNN Indonesia, Central Java police deployed 700 officers to secure his visit to Borobudur, a Buddhist temple dating from the 8th and 9th centuries.
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