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Hello and welcome to Indonesian Survival Phrases, brought to you by IndonesianPod101.com This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Indonesia. You'll be surprised at how far a little Indonesian will go. Now before we jump in, remember to stop by IndonesianPod101.com. And there you’ll find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Indonesian Survival Phrases Lesson 20. Currency
In today’s lesson, we’re going to talk about not so much about the language, but about another practical part of traveling to Indonesia, it’s currency.
In Indonesia the currency is the rupiah, with denominations consisting of 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000. As of August 2008 the exchange rate is roughly Rp 9.300 to one US dollar and roughly Rp 8.400 to 100 Japanese Yen. The currency in present circulation includes Rp. 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, and 100,000 bills and Rp. 50, 100, and 500 coins which are called mata uang, literally meaning "money eye."
In Indonesia, not only the coins, but the paper bank note also come in different sizes. Additionally, the Rp 100,000 notes are made of the polymer which makes the notes last longer in the uniformly hot and humid climate of Indonesia, which wears down paper notes rather quickly. At the same time, they are pretty difficult to fold up nicely and put it in your pocket. When you travel around in Indonesia, it’s really wise to carry small denominations with you. Especially 1000 rupiah and 5000 rupiah bills, if you are planning to travel around the more isolated parts of the country. You’ll often hear these denominations refer to as uang kecil or “small money”. It can even be difficult to break a ten thousand rupiah note in these isolated parts let alone a 20,000 note or larger. On the other hand, remember that most international airports required that you pay an airport departure tax of around 150,000 rupiah. So be sure to keep a couple of bills with the larger denominations with you before you leave the country
Alright, that's going to do it for today!
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