Around the Archipelago in a Few Hours

Kid's Fun | Written By, NOW! BALI | March 5th, 2014

“Recently, my mother told me that her friend visited Taman Nusa and came back with some great photos of traditional houses. I had never heard of the place and wondered where it was and what it was all about. Curious to find out more, I visited their website to discover that Taman Nusa is a cultural park featuring traditional houses from all over the Indonesian Archipelago, spread over 15 hectares in Tulikup, Gianyar Regency. My interest was sparked and my 5th grade cousin was intrigued as well.

TEXT by kartika d. suardana photos by kartika & amandra

“Recently, my mother told me that her friend visited Taman Nusa and came back with some great photos of traditional houses. I had never heard of the place and wondered where it was and what it was all about. Curious to find out more, I visited their website to discover that Taman Nusa is a cultural park featuring traditional houses from all over the Indonesian Archipelago, spread over 15 hectares in Tulikup, Gianyar Regency. My interest was sparked and my 5th grade cousin was intrigued as well. So, one sunny day I took my little cousin for a tour.”

Setting off from our home in the Seminyak area, we left at 10am and arrived an hour later. The long queue at reception was quite surprising since it was Friday. Most of the guests were family with kids. At the entrance, bags and so on are checked to make sure visitors don’t sneak any food and beverages into the park. Even though there are two restaurants and seven cafeterias inside the park, I think it would be better if guests were allowed to at least carry a water bottle into the park.
After the entrance, we walked down a path to an auditorium showcasing precious ethnic objects from all over the archipelago. A staircase connected us to a long cave-like tunnel –indicating the prehistoric era. The path continued to the Bronze Age – indicated by the ancient bronze collection displayed. Finally we arrived at the signature Kingdom era complete with a mini Borobudur temple.

It was a hot and sunny day and it became clear that the best time to visit the park is after 3pm. Keep in mind that the ticketing is open until 5pm but the park closes at 7pm. The scorching heat didn’t stop my cousin sprinting down the path toward the village area. First is the Papuan village which comprises several authentic Papuan huts, with a Papuan working on handicrafts inside one of the huts. Around 60 traditional houses are displayed in the area – not miniature but original size – some of them are as old as 100 years. This village compound is a great opportunity for both children and adults to learn about the cultural diversity of Indonesia.

In one afternoon at Taman Nusa you can travel from Papua to Lombok and jump to Minahasa where the musicians are ready with the calming sound of Kolintang. Stroll over to Padang where the dancers perform the Plate Dance, or marvel at the eccentric Tongkonan (Torajan ancestral house). One of the highlights of the Torajan Village is a miniature of one of the famous cliff cemeteries of the region. Still eager for more, my cousin learned the art of batik printing from a Javanese lady in one of the Joglo houses.
Taman Nusa is definitely worth a visit, not only because you can capture some great images of the kids with traditional Indonesian backdrops but also because they will leave with a bit of extra knowledge about Indonesia.!

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