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"Wonderful summary" Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Tip by Assenczo

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta: 31 reviews and 63 photos

Mini Indonesia park is a skansen type creature with the major difference that instead of putting together an ensemble of old buildings relocated from their original place for the sake of preservation, these houses are newly build in old styles respective to specific Indonesian islands or parts of them. With this fact in mind one can understand the phony nature of the people who “populate” them and try to sell you souvenirs under the disguise of “indigenous” outfits. Nevertheless, the park is a wonderful introduction to Indonesia, as it was some time ago and might still exist in the depth of its jungles, centered on a lake with man-made islands in it representing the real ones quite accurately as seen from the cable car. Special attraction in my case was the exhibition on the island of Papua since originally I was planning on visiting the real one. It became quite clear that the red tape and malaria conditions would require more sacrifices than I was willing to give so the existence of this little artificial Papua away from Papua was no less than a gift sent from God. Here, in the museum, amongst other artefacts, one can see “koteka” or *** decoration and even buy one at the neighbouring pavilion but preliminary knowledge is indispensible to make you ask the right questions because naturally the guides are not advertising it front and center due to its “cultural” sensitivity. Once they recognise your genuine interest in Papua culture though, they are very exhaustive in their help and you end up with as many kotekas as you want for the joy of your friends far and wide.

Phone: +62 21 8401687

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  • Written Sep 14, 2011
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