East Jakarta, Jakarta, Museum, TMII

Indonesian Chinese Museum

The location of Indonesian Chinese Museum [Museum Tionghoa Indonesia] is somewhat hidden within Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park) area, but it's not the last museum I visited in this huge art and cultural tourism complex. There were still many other museums that I had yet to visit, although I passed rather often in front of them.

The museum is on the second floor of a Tulou (earthen house) style building which also houses the Indonesian Hakka Museum, at the back end of the pretty Indonesian Chinese Cultural Park. The museum building overlooks a large lake, surrounded by gardens with installations of lovely statues and small but elegant gazebos at several spots.


There's an access on the right side of the Chinese cultural park where visitors arriving by vehicle can drive backwards and park right in front of the museum. If you walk, even though it's a bit far to the location of the Chinese Indonesian Museum through the cultural park, it will still fine since in the park there are so many things to see and enjoy. Children will also enjoy walking there, with a number of playground areas, as well as large zodiac statues that they will love.

Indonesian Chinese Museum

A view on the first floor of the building where the Indonesian Chinese Museum is located, when a man was explaining something in front of a row of photos of the reception to two of his guests who might be a bride and groom. The first floor of the museum was indeed rented out as a place to hold a wedding reception.

Seen in the upper left corner of the photo was a museum landmark located on the second floor, which could be reached by climbing stairs or by taking an elevator. For older visitors, wheelchairs were provided, but in limited numbers so it's better to bring your own from home. If you are with your parents, you should bring your car into the parking area right in front of the museum.


The museum collection can be considered to be rather complete, starting from the demographic map of the tribes in Southern China, paintings of ancient Chinese sailing ships, ceramics from the Ching - Yuan - Ming - Tang - North Sung era, paintings of figures - ships - and the story of Admiral Zheng He's (Cheng Ho) journey, antique scales and other traditional equipment, and much more.

Indonesian Chinese Museum

A barber and earcleaner of Chinese descent in action serving customers was one of the many interesting repro-photos on display at the Chinese Indonesian Museum. During my life I just found out that there were ear cleaner services that I didn't even think about asking people to do it. Much of the documentation showed the hard struggle of Chinese descendants to survive.

Most photos sourced from KITLV (Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land-en Volkenkunde), Leiden, Netherlands. KITLV is the Institute for Language, State and Anthropology of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which was founded in 1851 for research on anthropological, language, social and historical sciences in Dutch colonies and former colonies, especially Indonesia, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles, and Aruba. The KITLV library has a complete collection of books, manuscripts, photographs and other documentation.

One part of the Indonesian Chinese Museum was devoted to displaying black and white photographs of faces of Chinese descent who were considered to have contributed to various areas of life for the people and the homeland where they live. On the red and white background was written "Indonesia To You We Are Devoted", with the golden Garuda Pancasila symbol, and the beautiful Javanese Gunungan puppet in the middle.

There were many well-known names emblazoned on the walls, and many more that were not so well known but that could make a visitor's mouth pop and make an "Ooooooh ..." sound, because they just found out about the persons' origin there. Knowing that the person's actually of Chinese descent, and knowing the contribution they have made to the country. I'm sure you'll be impressed.

The stage for the Wayang Potehi performance with four puppets were displayed at the end of the Indonesian Chinese Museum. This section contains a collection of cultural objects, customs, arts, and culinary delights of citizens of Chinese descent. This type of traditional puppet, which is almost extinct, usually features classical Chinese stories such as Sie Jin Kwi Ceng Tang and Sie Jin Kwe Ceng See, as well as See Yu and Sam Pek Eng Tay, and is sometimes inserted with rhymes in Javanese.

On a wall the names of around 60 Chinese figures who had received awards from the state were attached, and at least nine people had their bodies buried in the Heroes Cemetery. On another wall were displayed the names of Chinese figures who were involved in the resistance against the Dutch East Indies Government, then those who took part in the Youth Pledge event on October 28, 1928, as independence pioneers, members of the BPU-PKI, PPKI, veterans of the War of Independence.
There were also names who sat in the cabinet from the 3rd Sjahrir Cabinet to the Second United Indonesia Cabinet. The names of Thomas Lembong and Ignasius Jonan who were in the Working Cabinet have not been added there, although their photos had been displayed on the red and white walls.

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One of the highlights in the cultural section was a beautiful display of six Chinese-Javanese leather puppets and a gunungan in the middle, created by Gan Thwan Sing in 1925 in Yogyakarta. This Chinese-Javanese cross-cultural product brought the plays of Sie Jin Kwi Ceng Tang and Sie Teng San Ceng See. Apparently the artist was born in Jatinom in 1895, the town of kawedanan where our family lived for about six years in early 60's. An impressive museum.


The address of the Indonesian Chinese Museum is within Indonesian Chinese Cultural Park, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Complex, Ceger, Cipayung, Jakarta Timur. Phone 021-92363682, 0816 728846, 0813 80331338. GPS Location : -6.3051466, 106.9039786, Waze. Open : 09.00 - 16.00. Monday and holidays are CLOSED. Tickets : Free. TMII Entrance (3 years and above) Rp10,000, car Rp10,000, Bus Rp30,000, motorcycle Rp6.000, bicycle Rp1,000.

, seorang pejalan musiman dan penyuka sejarah yang lahir di Desa Mersi - Purwokerto, dan sekarang tinggal di Jakarta. Diperbarui: January 25, 2021.

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