The Jakarta Post
Congklak, a traditional Indonesian game known as mancala in many parts of the West, is played in other countries and originates from Central Africa. (Shutterstock/File)
An ongoing interactive exhibition on traditional games at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, will last until Sept. 15.
The exhibition, which began on Monday after being initiated by the Education and Culture Ministry and state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), features several interactive traditional games including congklak (shell game), bola bekel (knucklebones), sepatu bola pantul, taplak gunung (hopscotch), lompat karet (jump rope) and gasing (spinning top). Information on the games' origins and cultural significance are also provided at the location.
"We're thankful that AP II has provided a space to preserve culture, particularly traditional games. Hopefully we can collaborate again in the future for other art activities. This is a good beginning," said the ministry's director general of culture, Hilmar Farid, in a statement as quoted by kompas.com.
According to Farid, nowadays, traditional games are starting to die out because fewer children are playing them.
"Here we have a space to play that can be used for visitors, especially those with children, while the parents can enjoy some nostalgic moments," he added.
The exhibition is said to be the operator's way of celebrating the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games. (kes)