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Endless Treasure Along the Alley [amazing “walkabout” to National Museum of Indonesia]

This post is dedicated to Jakarta, since I’ll soon be gone to Semarang. I’ve lived many years in this super busy city, but I don’t know what kind of dullness settled in my mind so that I frequently postponed my plan to visit this holly molly valuable place in this country : National Museum of Indonesia. So this is my post, specially dedicated for my hangout-mate (Mr. Dimas -my lovely hubby- and Miss Okti Dian) and for you.

National Museum of Indonesia is located in Central Jakarta. It was built in 1862 and was openned for public since 1868. It is welknown as Museum Gajah, the originate cognomen. This museum become one of the tremendous source for archeological, historical, ethnological, and geographical heritage. A rumor said that the place was a bit desolate of visitors. So, I decided to do some sort of “walkabout”. I did my “walkabout” during weekend. So there’s a bit of reliefing that there were some crowds lining up ticket in front of it’s entrance. Yes, there were few groups of many elementary school visited this place, altough it still felt not as busy as a shopping center or box office movie premiere (like I had expected before). Indeed, the assumption of choosing a local museum as one of hangout spot is totaly unrecomended (or else you’ll be considered old fashion, obsolete, geek, or weird) is still exist.

This place has two main building: Gajah (South Building –the old building-) and Arca (North Building – extension- ). Its architecture was affected by classic Europan style. Big poles are lining up along it’s corridors, makes us feel like we’re on transjectory of ancient time. Fabulous amount of collection, ranging from ethnography, archeology , prehistoric, ceramics, textiles, numismatic, historical relics, and treasures are available. Yet the documents and metals that can bring us closer to our antecedent period.

Ira Febriana and the museum

“What’s in the End of the Corridor?”
archaic statue and poles lining along the corridor

Few children were huddling. Their eyebrows were bent for their eyes got magnetized by those bizarre archaic object. There are a lot of magnificent relics. Let say Bhairawa/ Adityawarman (the embodiment of God Lokeswara), a stone sculptured as a man standing upon dead bodies and skeleton holding a skeleton bowls. We can find thousands statues excavated from prehistoric sites as manifestation of Hindu and Budha’s God or Goddess like Bathara Kala, Ganesha, Bathari Durga, and more. We can also find abundance of epigraph there, for example: epigraph of Mulawarman which is originated from a kingdom in Kutai -East Borneo- on 5 A.D. (Anno Domini). There’s also a big chamber that especially preserve a jewelery, old armament, documents, and antiquities from gold (but unfortunately taking photo is prohibited in this chamber).

Lord Bhawara above skeletons -@bohemira-

Lord Bhairawa above the skeletons

Ira Febriana and the museum 5

one of the statue, Kala

Ira Febriana and the museum 3

chamber of epigraph

This place in my opinion is fantastic. Either by means of the rumors or the fact that I experienced, there’s a dot of woeful that my national museum have nearly fallen into oblivion by their own youth. By the generation where there are other countries which success in making their national museum as a part of pride or one of national symbol being loved by it’s youth. As my eyes gazed at Bhairawa, deep down in my mind there is a chimera that Museum Gajah will become one of world’s travelling destination like Louvre. I have such a strong faith that my beloved government will always take action to continuously manage and promote this beautiful place seriously. And I believe that more parents will introduce this place with it’s affluency to their children.Well, who knows?
Don’t have to spent a night at the museum. Spent a little time and you’ll understand how fabulous our past were.

Ira Febriana and the museum 4

dimmering light at one of the chamber of ethnography

Ira Febriana and the museum 2

Ancient canoe from papua made of bark

-Mbokdhe Ira Febriana Sari-


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