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Jakarta Post

Taman Mini turns 36

  • Joo Hyung-lee

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 19 2011   /  08:00 am

Mini archipelago: Visitors can catch the cable car to get a bird’s eye view of Taman Mini Indonesia. JP/PJ LeoThe ambitious brainchild of former first lady Tien Soeharto, the gargantuan Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is celebrating its 36th anniversary this month.

An immense park spread across roughly 250 acres of carefully sculpted terrain in East Jakarta, TMII was first officially opened to the public by former president Soeharto. It has, without doubt, grown to become one of the most popular and loved tourist destinations of the country.

One of the most well-known and prominent parts of TMII that should be mentioned is the miniature model of the Indonesian Archipelago, which sits impressively on a massive lake at the center of the park.

Indeed, TMII conspicuously sets itself apart from most recreational parks not just through its size, but also through its ...