"The museum" Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung Things to Do Tip by Assenczo

The local museum is an eye opener into the current situation. First it presents an interesting exercise in dealing with the red tape. The museum has funny work hours and it is easy to miss but if you are inquisitive enough this might be appreciated by the employees, considering that you are white, and they will open the museum just for you for mere 50000 rupees. This is probably ten times the amount that the mortals pay but hey, it is a special service with fancy booklets in Indonesian (useless) and a guide who?s English is rather basic (hardly useful) included. Once inside one can see what has disappeared from the everyday life of Bandar despite the continuous isolation. There is a little prelude to the ?megalithic? stone site located outside of town. It becomes clear that the learned people of Bandar who are involved in tourism promotion as well, do not understand the meaning of megaliths (from Greek: mega-large, lith ? stone) and thus may mislead you into going to a site some 50km away for nothing. The statues referred to are less than human size with Buddhist overtones and consequently having nothing to do with the megalithic age of the Earth as the name suggests. Furthermore, one gets to understand where the symbol of the city comes from (essential since practically every building is adorned with it) but it is still difficult to understand the choice ? the crown-like ornament is part of the headdress of a local bride. Also one discovers that the region has its own alphabet but unfortunately it has been confined to the museum ? the rest of Indonesia uses Latin most probably because of its unifying characteristics since the Roman world.

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2011
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