Established in 1778 the National Museum of Jakarta, Indonesia is a treasure trove of archaeological, historical, geographical and ethnological record of Indonesia’s colourful past. The museum preserves the country’s heritage over the last two centuries and is indeed a treat to explore. Staying at a Jakarta City Hotel is your best bet for exploring this vibrant city. Offering a touch of urban chic is the Alila Jakarta, a hotel located within sight of the museum.
Catering to the modern business and leisure traveller the hotel is well equipped to cater to the many demands of the stylish leisure seeker. Boasting a state-of-the-art business centre the hotel comprises of 246 rooms, suites and apartments epitomising elegance and comfort.
Just a walk across is the National Museum of Jakarta, lovingly referred to as the ‘elephant building’ the museum was first set-up in 1778 by a group of Dutch entrepreneurs. The museum proper was opened in 1868.
Discover 61,600 pre-historic and anthropological treasures, over 5000 archaeological artefacts and one of the greatest collections of Hindu – Buddhist art. The Hindu – Buddhist artefacts comprise of inscriptions, sculptures and relics from Borneo, Java, Sumatra and Bali.
Truly a treat to be enjoyed by the whole family the museum features 2 rooms dedicated to breath-taking treasures. Feast your eyes on archaeological and ethnology treasures. Ancient gold and magnificent relics mainly from Java together with golden statues, jewellery and gold encrusted dining equipment make-up the archaeological collection while the ethnology treasure room comprises of royal jewellery and weapons.
The fine collection of porcelain-ware from China, Japan, Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam will take you back centuries. Fossil skulls, traditional artefacts, ancient talismans, stone tools, magnificent costumes and more objects from the bronze and Stone Age are yours to discover at the wondrous Jakarta National Museum.
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.