For anyone interested in getting to know the richness and diversity of Indonesia’s culture a visit to the 250 acre Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta, a park showcasing the history, arts, crafts and traditions of the country’s provinces will be an eye opening experience. The park was conceptualized and built in the 1970s as a place for people to take pride and experience the country’s cultural diversity in a recreational setting. The rich culture and traditions of Indonesia’s provinces are displayed in 26 pavilions built according to regional architectural styles. The naturally hilly terrain of the site allowed designers to successfully replicate the diverse landscapes of the country. Apart from its cultural importance it is also a place to have fun. Cable car access to islands in the shape of the archipelago in the middle of a lake, the Keong Ema I Max cinema, the Theater of My Homeland, a 4D Theater and several other interesting recreational facilities make this one of the most popular destinations in the city.
Everyday wear, wedding and dance costumes, traditional weapons, tools used in daily life are some of the artifacts displayed against the backdrop of beautiful traditional architecture. Each pavilion is also equipped with a stage or amphitheater in which dance performances and traditional plays are held on Sundays. Restaurants and souvenirs shops showcase traditional food and handicrafts. An Indonesian Chinese pavilion, a Confucian temple and other religious buildings of faiths practiced by the people of Indonesia are given places of honour. Orchid, medicinal herb, cactus and jasmine gardens add colour and beauty to the space and the bird and reptile parks are popular venues. Those who dare get to pet Bima the Komodo dragon and pose with it for pictures. Fourteen museums devoted to natural science, philately, history, transportation, sports, science, oil and gas, research and technology, energy and art among others seek to inform and educate. A series of rides for the whole family, monuments, several interesting open air exhibits, recreational facilities among which is a water park, restaurants and even places to stay make visiting this facility easy. The park is constantly upgraded and interesting new features added to keep it relevant to modern visitors.
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Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.