Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Taman Mini Indonesia Indah

Catch a quick glimpse of the 27 provinces of Indonesia by visiting this beautiful "Indonesian in Miniature" Park. Open in 1975, this unique park was the creation of the late Ibu Tien, the former President Soeharto's wife. A man made lake representing a miniature version of the major islands of the archipelago is placed as the major attraction of the park. Thus, around the lake area, 27 traditional-style houses from each respective province serve as a background to the displays of traditional music, dance and ethnic costumes and customs.

The park also feature an Imax theatre, Keong Mas (golden snail), which shows films on Indonesia's islands and diverse culture. There are also several museums worth visiting covering contemporary arts and crafts, philately, transportation, the Asmat culture and many more. In 1998, the paerk opened an opera house named Teater Tanah Airku. The latest addition to the park is an aviary, hosting more than 160 species of Indonesia's rarest birds.