indonesia chronicles: museum nasional

the hotel i stayed in at jakarta was a few minutes away from some interesting places to visit within the city.  spending a minimum fare of idr15 by taxi, i went to check museum nasional, jakarta’s national museum.

it is also known as the elephant house due to the bronze elephant statue that is found infront of the main building which was donated by a king from thailand,  chulalongkorn in late 1800’s.

it is also called as the house of statues because of the number of statues exhibited inside the museum.

the lobby, central and atrium hall has a collection of hindu-buddhist art of ancient indonesia. these sculptures, relics and inscriptions was collected from dfferent parts of the country.

i spent some time in fascination of the intricate details of most of these statues.  i ‘ve always had this interest on archaeology.

a hindu royalty and his wife.

there were a lot of stones like these with inscriptions.

this is one of the levels which is part of the museum’s new wing.

inscriptions, footprints, drawing of insects carved on a rock.

a collection of some stone age artifacts such as fossilized skull and skeleton of homo species are found in the prehistoric collection

bracelets can be this difficult to make.

i noticed the asmat canoe which is a long carved narrow boat used as transportation by the asmat people, an ethnic group in papua province in indonesia.  the body is made of either mangrove or coconut wood carved by hollowing out the mid-section of the log lengthwise.

here’s a desperate attempt to take a picture of myself, lol.

there was a group of elementary students who just arrived when i was to leave the building for their educational field trip.

entrance fee is idr 10.00 for foreign nationals and the museum is open from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm  on tuesday, wednesday, thursday and sunday; from 8.30  am to 11.30 am on friday; and from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm  on saturday. closed on mondays.

6 responses to “indonesia chronicles: museum nasional

    • .. they do resemble the baybayin, max. i am not sure if any of these inscriptions have mentioned anything about us. have you heard of the laguna copperplate inscription? i wonder if it is displayed in the our national museum.

  1. ang saya ko nang binabasa ko ito. alam mo kung bakit?
    kasi nagpunta ka sa museo!

    i think it’s a must for travlers to go to museums, public markets, churches and local area that would introduce the place’s culture, heritage and whatnot. (akala mo naman eksperto kung maka-comment! hahaha).

    so pag uwi mo sa pinas, i suggest, kung gusto mo lang naman, kuya, bisitahin mo naman ang pambansang museo sa may kalaw.

    i seriously miss juan luna’s spolarium there.
    have you seen it? been there 3x ata & the experience has always been incredibly gripping! that masterpiece is so dramatic it will take you to its time and elements.

    • .. naisip ko nga rin yun doc. ang huli ko na punta sa museo natin e elementary pa, the last time i saw it was when you blogged about it. sana ng madayo man lang ako dun sa sunod na uwi ko.

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