Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or TMII for short is like the Disney land of Indonesia but unique in a certain way. I say unique because this recreational site presents the diversity of arts, culture and customs of all the provinces in Indonesia. Opens: Everyday 8am-5pm
The most convenient way to get here is to take a cab. TMII is about 25km from Central Jakarta. An entrance fee at the main gate has to be paid depending in the vehicle you’re riding- if you get here by a taxi, you should pay IDR 10,000 (per head). You cannot get out of the vehicle then walk. The main gate is too far from the main attractions. Some places of interest have a separate admission fee.
I was very excited to come and visit the park since I read a lot of good reviews that this is one of the must see places in Jakarta so I have high expectations. However, at first glance, I was not fascinated by the place since some of the gardens were not well maintained like the fallen leaves were not swept since the park was already opened and few garbage were also visible along the area but as we walk through the vicinity and explored more… my excitement was back again.
The park has about 10 gardens spread within the complex, with 14 museums and offers fun exciting rides. What I admire here is that TMII is really unique to have 3 religious buildings located very near to each other- Protestant church, Gereja Katolik church and a Mosque. I really like how the Indonesian people respond to this condition. They are very open-minded to accept each other’s differences in the act of faith.
My favorite places here are the:
Castle Children Indonesia- admission fee IDR 5,000. My friend and I didn’t mind the extra fee to pay since we really want to take a picture with the castle! Haha! The castle is soOo cool! I like the color and the elephant statues! At the back of the castle is a swimming pool and a lot of children are going in there for a swim. There are also bunny mascots in the entrance and if you decide to have a picture with them.. you have to pay another fee, haha! I think it’s IDR 10,000.
Sky Lift Indonesia- admission fee: IDR 20,000 Open at 10am
This lift rocks! It’s a cable car ride which my friend and I really enjoyed! Up in the air, TMII is really amazing! The ride will make you realize how wide and awesome the park is! The feeling is just like I’m in a fairytale fantasy! Haha!
Provinces of Indonesia- these places are enclosed with gates and present variety of arts and cultures. Free admission. I loveeeee those houses with long and big roofs! very amazing!!!!
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is park showcasing the architecture and culture of each of the Indonesian provinces. You can spend an entire day here just roaming around and relishing Indonesian dances and art. The pavilions were wonderful! You can see houses whose wall panels were carved from wood; other houses are on top of the trees!
Make sure that you arrive here early. Before the sun sets, the pavilions already close. Note that this is quite far from the city center--about an hour or more depending on the traffic.
Minaret of Mosque, as viewed from the sky ride.
The waiting line for the sky ride was as long as any I've seen at Disneyland. Most ot the people in-line with us were Indonesians from various areas and it was interesting to see such a variety in one small space. If you're a 'people-watching' person, you'd really enjoy the time spent waiting here. The view from above was worth the wait.
Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country, but the mix of traditional culture with Islam was one of the most fascinating aspects to me.
It seemed important to the people I met in Jakarta that they point out how tolerant Indonesians were of religions other than Islam. Each time we passed a Christian Church, a Buddhist Temple or a Hindu Temple the statement was reiterated. At first, I didn't appreciate the significance.
However, after several conversations, I realized that an evolution was in motion. Much like the social effort in the USA to eradicate racial bias, The people of Indonesia struggled to overcome religious intolerance. They seemed quite proud that on the same street that a Mosque was located, it was possible to see a Christian Church, or a Hindu or Buddist Temple.
In Taman Mini, several buildings magnificantly represented other major religions practiced in Indonesia.
Taman Mini is much like Disneyland, especially the attention to detail made in recreating the landscape and buildings of the many islands and cultures.
Jakarta is a large metropolitan city surrounded by primative areas that harken back to the time before the Dutch colonized this land. Taman Mini Indonesia Indah celebrates the many cultural facets of it's people from that past and surprisingly, much of it still exists today.
However, if you haven't the time or the nerve to travel through the Islands of Indonesia to experience such things as the Badui community, a small group of people living Kendent mountain, who are reclusive and resist moving into the modern world, Taman Mini is a solution.
In East Kalimantan tribes that are collectively called Dayak, historically live in Long Houses. These long houses, called Lamin or Umaq Daru, are built on wooden piles, sometimes as high as eight feet, to protect the tribe from floods and wild animals. Long Houses are divided into sperate family sections and have a common area for communal meetings or ceremonies. It could be the whole extended family and in some cases the whole village living in one of these long houses.
Guardian statues are placed in front of the Long House to ward off evil spirits. As time marches on, Long Houses are diminishing. However, some are converted into town halls or stages for dance and musical entertainment can be seen today in places outside of Taman Mini as well as in.
Theater Imax Keopng Emas, Golden Snail Theater, is also located in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. The usual presentation, "Beautiful Indonesia" unfortunately was not showing the day I went. I saw previews and would have liked to see beautiful Indonesia on a gigantic screen using the latest Imax system. However, the movie I saw was "To The Limit" which was perfect for me in my condition, full of inspiring feats accomplished by humans with determination.
Treat yourself to a refreshing pause in the air conditioned Imax theater and enjoy the show, which ever happens to be playing the day you arrive.
Sri had a gathering of her Haj members one morning. They were rather strict--maybe not tolerant of this Western Christian woman--and they didn't speak "Inggerish." So, I went with Sri’s cousin to Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi, the President’s Museum.
My favorite aspect of visiting this museum was the "air-con!" That is not to say that it was the only aspect worth taking a tour of this interesting place. Many rooms were filled with displays of marvelous and sometimes fantastically unique gifts given to the President from world dignitaries as well as humble visitors to and from Indonesia.
This is the only museum of the several that are house at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that I went to, but it was well worth the trip.
The statue standing guard at the entrance to the New President's Museum (Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum ) set the mood for my tour. Unfamiliar and exotic.
The President's Museum was truly an international display of art and beauty—the usual, clothes, dishes, pottery, anything you might think of had been given to the President. Of course, it would be expected to see items made of gold or adorned with precious stones, but at every turn I saw something unique to marvel at. Things that I had never even thought of were displayed here and that might account for my enthusiasm.
Of all the gifts given to the new President, the most impressive and exotic was a sculpture carved from the root of a Bodhi tree. Can't remember who gave this gift, but it may have come from Bali.
At the junction of the root's huge arteries Hindu gods were beautifully carved in exquisite detail. The surrounding smaller veins served as a background which created a sense that the gods were floating.
This fascinating work of art took sixteen months to make and was the most elegant and majestic gift of all, IMHO.
Apologies for the brochure photo, I think the reason I didn't have my own photos, was that cameras were not allowed inside the museum.
At the time of my visit The President's Museum is what I was told the name was.
Of course, a few years later there was a new president of Indonesia. The proper name is now, "Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum." A repository for the many gifts given over 32 years of Suharto's rule as president of Indonesia. Most of the gifts were displayed behind illuminated glass cases. One of the most beautiful and impressive items at the museum was a ship carved completely out of jade. It wasn’t 'life' sized, but seemed to stand at least ten feet high and twenty feet long! The sailing ship took up a large section in the center of the room and the intricate sculpture offered amazing details.
BEAUTIFUL MINI INDONESIAN GARDEN An amusement park with sky ride and one of the largest IMAX screens in the world. Many of the largest Islands of Indonesia were created in a huge pond and served as a living map. Each of the 27 provinces of Indonesia were represented here. It was amazing to see the diversity of this country and especially lovely when viewed from the sky ride!
This was a fascinating place. The line to the sky ride was as long as any I've ever seen in Disneyland and the various sites of the country represented the many aspects of Indonesia's history. After the sky ride you can wander through the many town/village representations. I was especially impressed with the islands in the pond.
even it is only a small part of mini indonesia..it is real worth to visit the smal reptil zoo where you find a lot of exotic endangered animals among else the komodo..if you were lucky you are allowed to touch him or the poisonous snake
one of most beautiful sightseeing is mini indonesia..you can see all culture houses of the different indonesian island, places in a beautiful green park with lake...also a lot of entertainment..you just pay what you use
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.