The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Maritime Museum in North Jakarta is one of the museums which are offering virtual tours. (JP/P.J.Leo)
With health protocols requiring people to stay at home and practice physical distancing, virtual tours have flourished. With the help of a computer or a gadget and an internet connection, those itching to travel may find a soothing solution, however brief, in these tours.
Below is a list of online platforms and trip organizers that provide virtual trips:
Jakarta Art Museum Management Unit
The Culture and Tourism Agency’s Art Museum management unit, which manages West Jakarta’s Shadow Puppet Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics and the Jakarta Textile Museum, has organized Live Tours of the aforementioned museums via Instagram Live.
During the Jakarta Textile Museum’s Live Tour on Wednesday, for instance, the guide explained about the museum’s batik collection, its oldest collection, some items more than a century old, and how to care for batik fabrics, among other things. The viewers were also invited to ask questions through the comment section.
Visit the Instagram account to find out about the Live Tour’s schedule and recorded tours.
Located in North Jakarta, the Maritime Museum is said to be the oldest building still standing in the capital as it was built in three phases from 1652 to 1771. The museum houses the archipelago’s maritime history collection, ranging from ancient boats to pictures of the country’s maritime heroes.
Since mid-May, the museum has held virtual tours via Instagram Live. In its pilot episode, viewers were able to digitally explore the country’s traditional boats and other collections. They could also view recorded tours on the account.
Jakarta Historic Museum Management Unit
In commemoration of International Museum Day, which falls on May 18, four museums under the Jakarta Historic Museum Management Unit organized virtual tours using Instagram Live.
The four museums were the Jakarta History Museum (Fatahillah Museum) in West Jakarta, the Joang ’45 Museum in Central Jakarta, Taman Prasasti Museum in Central Jakarta and MH Thamrin Museum in Central Jakarta.
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For those who missed the event, recordings of the virtual tours are still available on Instagram.
Museum of the House of Representatives
Ever heard about the museum of the House of Representatives?
Located in the Nusantara I Building within the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta, the museum explores the history, background, members and performances of each period. The public can also find documents relating to the House by joining its virtual tour on Google’s Poly website, which aims to enhance the public’s access to 3D objects.
Wisata Kreatif Jakarta
Tour operator Wisata Kreatif Jakarta has held 90-minute virtual trips via video conference app Zoom since early May. Hosted by licensed guides, the virtual trips consist of regular routes from Mondays to Thursdays, special routes on Fridays and international routes on the weekends.
*Yuk Eksplor dan Kenali Lebih Dekat Kota Madinah. * Kota Mekah dan Madinah di Arab Saudi dikenal sebagai dua kota suci bagi umat Muslim, dan tujuan untuk Ibadah Haji dan Umroh. Masih dalam suasana Idul Fitri, kali ini saya akan mengajak Anda berkunjung secara virtual di Kota Madinah, dan mengenal lebih dekat kota ini selain sebagai kota tujuan ibadah, tapi juga punya banyak tempat menarik untuk berwisata. Wisata Virtual bersama Wisata Kreatif Jakarta ini menggunakan app Zoom Meeting dengan durasi Tur sekitar 90 menit dengan biaya Rp 50.000. Pendaftaran silahkan langsung klik disini. *https://bit.ly/RegWisataKreatifJKT* . Jadwal akan diupdate tiap minggu di website www.wisatakreatifjakarta.com atau IG Wisata Kreatif Jakarta
The regular routes usually allow participants to explore various locations in greater Jakarta, while the special routes are based on a certain theme. Its international routes include Bangkok and Brussels. Prices for the virtual trips start at Rp 25,000 (US$1.69) for regular routes.
One-stop tourism service Atourin is providing various virtual trips across Indonesia and each trip is usually hosted by local guides. The service is also holding the Libur Lebaran Festival (Idul Fitri Vacation Festival) until June 7.
Among the available destinations are Natuna Island in Riau on May 31, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara on June 2, Tanjung Puting in Central Kalimantan on June 3, Baduy Cultural Village on June 6 and Raja Ampat in Papua on June 7. Prices for the virtual tour start at Rp 50,000 for one destination. The tour is free for medical workers in Indonesia.
Tour organizer Bersukaria Tour is also offering the Bersukaria Open Trip program that allows participants to explore certain locations with unique themes. On the program’s virtual version on Zoom, the trip organizer has provided different tours, such as 1000 Candi (1,000 Temples), where participants were taken to a temple complex on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java, The Lost City of Majapahit and the Napoelon War in Java.
Prices for the virtual tour range between Rp 30,000 and Rp 35,000 and those who are interested can register on Instagram. (wir/wng)
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