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Taman Mini Indonesia Indah - TMII

Sabtu, 13 Februari 2010 13:17:26
photo: centhini/indoplaces

One of spectacular Jakarta's recreation and educational place is Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park (literally translated) or popular as Indonesia in a miniature. So the park is an ideal spot for week-end family outing and also international tourist who did not have enough time to explore Indonesia.

Located in Pondok Gede village, East Jakarta municipality, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah covers 120 hectares and have play a role as a synopsis of Indonesian culture, with virtually all aspects of daily life in Indonesia's 26 (in 1975) provinces encapsulated in separate pavilions with the collections of architecture, clothing, dances and traditions are all depicted impeccably.

Apart from that, there is a lake with a miniature of the archipelago in the middle of it, cable cars, museums, a theater called the Theatre of My Homeland (Theater Tanah Airku) and other recreational facilities which make TMII one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city.

Late Indonesia First Lady, Siti Hartinah Soeharto (best known as Tien Sohearto), originally, was the first person who has idea to build the smaller scale of Indonesia. The idea came out at a convention on 8 Cendana Street at March 13, 1970. Through this recreational site, she hoped more Indonesian people will have more national pride than before.

The project called Indonesian Miniature Project was started by Harapan Kita Foundation in 1972. The concept of this culture-based recreational area was taken from the fact that Indonesia has unparalled richness and diversity from many different aspects.

Since each Indonesian province maintains its own unique and distinct cultures, shelters, attire and dialects, TMII built a model of each of the houses from Indonesian provinces. TMII attempted not only to reconstruct the homes of the various provinces, called anjungan but also to create a realistic model of the environment and shelters of the various people of Indonesia.

The venues, which are situated around the main lake in a similar fashion to the different islands of the Indonesian archipelago, are thematically divided into six areas in respect to the main islands of Indonesia; Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi, the Lesser Sunda Islands, Maluku and Papua.

Peta & Citra Satelit

Museum of East Timor

Since 1975 until 2000s, the original design of TMII consist of a model of the houses from the 27 provinces of Indonesia, including East Timor. But after the secession of East Timor from Indonesia in 2002, the East Timor pavilion changed its status to become the Museum of East Timor. Also since Indonesia now consist of 33 provinces, currently the new province pavilions of Bangka Belitung, Banten, West Sulawesi, North Maluku, Gorontalo, and West Papua is being built in northeast part of the park.

After the recognition of Indonesian Chinese culture as the integral part of Indonesian culture in 2000. the new Indonesian Chinese pavilion and a Confucian temple is currently being built within the park.

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah open daily, seven days in a week from 8 am - 5 pm. The park can easily reach by public or private transport. For example, from Central Jakarta, TMII is about 25 kilometers away, five kilometers, if you're in Halim Perdana Kusuma airport (local airport). In this park, visitors have many choices of various type transportaion for sightseeing. There are bus, bicycle, mini-train, sky lift, and aeromovel.