Contoh Descriptive Text tentang National Park – Tanjung Puting National Park adalah tujuan ekowisata yang terkenal di kanca internasional yang berlokasi di semenanjung barat daya Kalimantan Tengah.


Tanjung Puting National Park is an internationally famous ecotourism destination, which is located in the southwest of Central Kalimantan peninsula. Visitors from foreign countries come to this park because of its amazing nature. This is called a park, but unlike any park that you have seen in your city, this is a jungle! It is a real jungle, which is home to the most interesting animal in the world: orangutans.

Though the park is home to many animals, seeing orangutans is usually the visitors’ main reason to visit the park. Orangutans, which literally mean the man of the forest, are the largest arboreal animal on the planet. Most of their lives are spent in trees where orangutans travel from branch to branch by climbing or swinging with their long arms.

To see orangutans, we should go to Camp Leakey, which is located in the heart of Tanjung Puting National Park. Camp Leakey is a rehabilitation place for ex-captive orang utans and also a preservation site. It is also a famous center for research about orangutans which has been conducted by the famous primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas since 1971. Here visitors can see daily feedings to orangutans at jungle platforms as part of the rehabilitation process to their natural habitat. This event gives them opportunity to see orangutans up close.

To reach the place, we should take a boat down Sekonyer river. The boat is popularly called perahu klotok which is a boathouse that can accommodate four people. The trip by the boat to Camp Leakey takes three days and two nights. You sleep, cook, and eat in that klotok, night and day during your journey into the jungle.

The traveling in the boat offers an unforgettable experience. In daylight, on your way to Camp Leakey, you can see trees filled with proboscis monkeys, monkeys that have enormous snout which can only be found in Kalimantan. The monkeys anxiously await klotok arrivals. A troop of 30 light-brown monkeys may plunge from branches 10 meters or higher into the river and cross directly in front of the boat. These monkeys know that the boat’s engine noise and the threat of its propeller scare crocodiles, which find these chubby monkeys delicious. At night, you can enjoy the clear sky and the amazingly bright stars as the only lights for the night.

With such exotic nature, no wonder many tourists from foreign countries who love ecotourism frequently visit Tanjung Puting National Park. What about you? (Baca juga: Penjelasan Lengkap Materi Text Memo Bahasa Inggris)

Answer the following questions briefly.

  1. Based on the text, can you guess what ecotourism is? Give some examples of other ecotourism destinations.
  2. As one of ecotourism destinations, what does Tanjung Putting National Park offer to tourists?
  3. How is the park different from the parks in cities?
  4. How is Camp Leakey related to Tanjung Puting National Park?
  5. What does the word ex-captive tell you about the orangutans in Camp Leakey, which is a rehabilitation site for orangutans?
  6. How can people reach Camp Leakey?
  7. What is special about the means of transportation to Camp Leakey.
  8. What can tourists enjoy during their trip to Camp Leakey?
  9. What do you think is the most interesting scene in Tanjung Puting National Park?
  10. How important is the research by Dr. Birute Galdikas?
  11. What is the author’s purpose in writing this text?
  12. How is each paragraph related to each other?
  13. What is the most dominant tense used in this text?

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, an epitome of love, is actually a mausoleum. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. Taj Mahal was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife and queen. The name “Taj Mahal” was derived from the name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, which means crown of palaces.

Taj Mahal represents the finest architectural and artistic achievement. The mausoleum was constructed of pure white marble. The white marble is inlaid with semi-precious stones (including jade, crystal, lapis lazuli, amethyst and turquoise) that form the intricate designs. Its central dome reaches a height of 240 feet (73 meters). The dome is surrounded by four smaller domes. Four slender towers, or minarets, stand

at the corners. Inside the mausoleum, an octagonal marble chamber adorned with carvings and semi-precious stones house the false tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. Her actual remains lie below, at garden level.

Taj Mahal shows shades of magnificent beauty at different time during the day. At dawn when the first rays of the sun hits the dome of this epic monument, it radiates like a heavenly pinkish palace. At daytime, when the sky is bright and clear, the Taj looks milky white. At a moonlit night when the full moon rays fall on the glistening white marble, the cool moon rays reflect back from the white marble and give the Taj Mahal a tinge of blue color. It’s simply breathtaking! With such beauty, no wonder that Taj Mahal becomes one of the the Seven Wonders of the World.

Answer the following questions briefly.

  1. What is Taj Mahal actually?
  2. What impression do you get when you read the word majestically?
  3. Why did the king construct Taj Mahal?
  4. What does the phrase ‘the crown of the palace’ imply?
  5. Read the third line of paragraph two. What impression did you get after reading the description?
  6. How are the materials and architectural design of Taj Mahal?
  7. What do all the materials and the architecture indicate?
  8. Where was the queen actually buried?
  9. When do you think is the best time to see Taj Mahal? Why do think so?
  10. What do you think about the inclusion of Taj Mahal as one of the Seven Wonders of the World?
  11. What is the writer’s purpose in writing the essay?
  12. How does the writer organize his idea?
  13. What reaction from readers does the writer expect?
  14. Read text 1 again. Find out the similarities between text 1 (Tanjung Puting National Park} and text 2 (Taj Mahal).