The Jakarta Post
The Prince Diponegoro chamber display at the Jakarta History Museum in Kota Tua, West Jakarta. The display was unveiled on April 1 to attract more visitors to the museum. (JP/Dames Alexander Sinaga)
Travel company Klook presents a selection of museum experiences to mark International Museum Day on May 18. The platform, known for offering travel activities and services, shares its top five picks around Indonesia to immerse in the archipelago´s history.
Jakarta Kota Tua walking tour
By visiting historical sites in Jakarta´s Kota Tua, history and art lovers can explore the “Queen of the East’s” colonial past. With a first stop at the old train station, which is still in use, the tour continues to the Jakarta History Museum and the Puppet Museum. Paintings, sculptures and ceramics from Indonesia´s famous artists can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics.
Bandung Geology Museum and angklung performance tour
Anyone interested in geology and astronomy should not miss the Geology Museum in Bandung while immersing themselves in the city´s culture and history. Exhibitions range from meteorites from all over Java to minerals filled with gems like amethyst and quartz. A musical performance from the children´s angklung ensemble completes the tour.
Mojokerto temples and stone carving private day tour
People can explore famous temples, ornate stone carvings and the rich history of Mojokerto in East Java. Historians will enjoy the Majapahit Empire´s relics site with brick temples built in 1293-1500 AD. Further must-sees are the Trowulan Museum, stone carving village and the reclining Buddha statue.
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Bali Denpasar city, traditional market, museum and landmark private day tour
Bali has a lot more to offer than the usual tourist attractions. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich history in Denpasar by visiting its best landmarks. The Bajra Sandhi Monument and museum pays homage to the struggles of Balinese people throughout history, and how the struggle influenced its culture. Traditional Balinese cuisine can be experienced at Sukawati Market and Kreneng Food Market.
Surabaya private day tour
The House of Sampoerna Tobacco Museum in Surabaya, the capital of East Java, is a great start to get to know the country´s history and culture. Next on the tour´s agenda is a visit to the 41.15-meter tall Heroes Monument honoring Indonesian heroes who risk their lives in the Battle of Surabaya. The program ends with a delicious Indonesian meal and time for shopping at the local mall. (sop/mut)