Carved and decorated: The Benteng Heritage Museum features a gorgeous central courtyard, an original element of the building. JP/Deanna RamsayThe bustling lanes of Tangerang’s Pasar Lama yield many joys — the fruits and vegetables for sale piled high on sidewalk stands, the wafting scent of incense from the 18th-century Boen Tek Bio Temple and the many crumbling, antiquated buildings lining the market’s snaking alleys.
Yet amid the flurry of activity in the area sits another treasure, the still-in-the-making Benteng Heritage Museum.
The brainchild of Udaya Halim, a Tangerang local who grew up right across the street, the museum lies in a restored 19th-century structure that was likely home to both a Chinese association and generations of families.
Now, the building has been painstakingly and beautifully restored and filled with antiques Udaya has collected over...