The Jakarta Post
Siak Palace in Siak regency, Riau. (dispar.siakkab.go.id/File)
Following a fire on Monday, historical attraction Siak Palace in Siak regency, Riau, reopened to the public on Wednesday.
As reported by Antara news agency, on Monday afternoon a fire damaged several parts of the palace, including drapes and clothes worn by statues.
According to Riau administration's media center, the arsonist allegedly ignited the fire using fuel stored inside a water bottle.
After the incident, Siak Regent Syamsuar asked the administration to start operating a ticketing gate starting Wednesday. He also urged the palace staff to tighten security by adding more hidden cameras and replacing the damaged ones.
The palace is a cultural heritage site from the sultanate of Siak Sri Inderapura that was built in 1889. It also houses a komet musical instrument, which was reportedly brought back by the sultan of Siak XI, Sultan Assyaidis Syarif Hasyim Abdul Jalil Syaifuddin, from Germany. (wir/kes)