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Jakarta to revamp Maritime Museum, allocates Rp 48b

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 20, 2019   /   01:52 pm
Jakarta to revamp Maritime Museum, allocates Rp 48b Debris inside the 17th-century Dutch colonial building that houses the Maritime Museum in Penjaringan, North Jakarta on Jan.16. The city administration is planning to reconstruct the burnt parts of the museum this year. (JP/Jerry Adiguna)

The Jakarta administration is planning to revamp the Maritime Museum in North Jakarta, which was partly destroyed in a fire in January last year.

Jakarta Tourism Agency head Asiantoro said up to Rp 48 billion (US$3.38 million) had been allocated from the city budget to renovate the museum.

"The revamp will begin this year," Asiantoro told kompas.com on Saturday.

Asiantoro said the building’s demolition and plans for the new structure would be completed this year, followed by reconstruction.

He further explained that it was necessary to demolish the burnt wing of the Bahari Museum as it had become a safety hazard. It will be reconstructed to match the building’s original design.

A fire gutted the Bahari Museum on Jan. 16 last year, damaging buildings A and C.

The damages included a collapsed ceiling and destroyed windows in sections 4 and 5 on the second floor of C building, where the International Sea Legend and the Archipelago Sea Legend rooms were located.

The fire also gutted section 3 on the first floor of C building where the ship miniatures room and the warehouse were located. More damages could also be seen in the navigation machines and traditional boat room as well as the Java Sea War room in sections 2 and 3 on the second floor of C building.

Dozens of collections were also destroyed in the fire. (ars)