Jakarta Indonesia’s Metropolis – Indonesia in Miniature

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The idea behind Taman Mini, the “beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park,”

Is to compres the entire archipelago into a single attraction. While this is surely an impossible feat, the park does at least permit you to see something of the thousands of Indonesian island you will not visit.

Located about 10 kms (6 miles) south of Jakarta and encompassing nearly 100 hectares (247 acres), Taman Mini has 27 main pavillions – one for each of Indonesia’s provinces. There are clustered around a lake countaining a three – dimensional relief map of the Indonesian archipelago. The pavillions have been constructed using authentic materials and workmanship to exhibit a traditional style of architecture from each provinces. Inside are displays of handicrafts, traditional costumes, musical instruments and other artifacts for which the region is known. Many items are sold as souvenirs.

In addition, there are at least 30 other attractions, including a Tropical Bird Park, an Orchid Garden, a mosck – up of Borobudur (one – quarter scale), a swimming pool, and the splendid new Museum Indonesia – a three storey ariconditioned Balinese palace filled with traditional textiles, house, boats, puppets, jewellery and wedding costumes.

On Sundays, many of the pavilions schedule dance and theatrical performances, and the crowds are correspondingly large. During the week. Taman Mini is cerily deserted, and many pavilions are closed. Whenever you go, be sure to bring along your swimming gear for a cool dip in the new pool behind the museum – wonderfully refreshing after a hot day of sight- seeing. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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