Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum

East Jakarta, Jakarta, Museum
Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum [Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi] is another valuable legacy from the late President Soeharto, with precious collections mostly are gifts from high-ranking state officials, politicians and business people, when he was still in power and a strong person in this country. Maybe there will be no president who can match him, with the exception of Jokowi.

The idea of establishing the Purna Bhakti Museum came from the late Mrs. Tien Soeharto so that people had the opportunity to see these very valuable objects and things that they'd never dreamed of let alone having them. People could enjoy this extraordinary collection without having to spend lots money to buy and then having head ache to store and protect them.


Although location of the museum is a bit far from parking lot, free shuttles to get to the museum were available. The cone-shaped museum building, resembling tumpeng rice in the Javanese tradition, was built on an area of 19.7 hectares with a building area of 25,095 m2.

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Upon entering the main area of the museum, you could immediately see two statues of Balinese dancers made of Uang Kepeng on either side of the path, and a statue of Ibu Tien Soeharto in the fore front. The Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum was inaugurated by Soeharto on August 23, 1993, to coincide with the anniversary of Tien Soeharto's 70th birthday, 3 years before her death in 1996.

A fine carving depicting forest dwellers on large wood can be seen standing upright in the main room of the museum. During the New Order era, it was not difficult to obtain high-quality, large-sized timber, because during that era there was massive forest exploitation. In general, teak traders can make huge profits, especially when building houses for very extremly rich officials.


Also very beautiful was a statue depicting deadly battle between Rahwana and Jatayu Bird in the story of Ramayana, by I Ketut Modern, Bali, made of a 3.45 meter high Johar tree, gifted by the Sudwikatmono family. Still from Bali, there's the work of Dewa Made Windia (Peliatan, Ubud) in the form of a group of beautiful statues made of Uang Kepeng.

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Elsewhere there is a bowl with a lid made of silver and a wooden elephant statue covered in silver with a miniature of real ivory. Lots of valuables made of silver and ivory could be found at the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum. There's also a collection of silver statues of Malay dancers, given by economic advisors from Malaysia, and a royal carriage made of silver named "Kanjeng Kyai garuda Yaksa" Yogyakarta Palace, which was given by Imam Sapardi's family, on 23 August 1983.

A statue of a farmer with gilded buffalo at the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum reminds me of the peaceful atmosphere in the village. There's also a horse statue from China, a copper horse statue from Juana, and a miniature of the Nine Dragon Ship of the Chinese Empire made of Nephrite jade from Xinjiang province, China.

Also interesting is the statue by Agung Bunakur Partawijaya from Central Java, made in 1992, with 2.15 meters high, which depicts a fragment of the Mahabharata story about the birth of Parikesit, Abhimanyu's son. Abhimanyu is Arjuna's son, the most handsome man and most dangerous playboy on earth. Parikesit is a great king who led Astina after the completion of Bharatayudha. Next up is Langlang Buana, by I Wayan Asin from Bali, using the roots of a 100 year old rubber tree that took 16 months to make.

Kepeng is an ancient coin currency that is still used in religious rituals in Bali. Furthermore, there is a carving of the story of Nawa Sanga, or the Nine Protecting Gods in Hinduism who guard the 9 cardinal directions. They are Brahma (South), Wisnu (North), Shiva (Center), Iswara (East), Mahadeva (West), Sambhu (Northeast), Maheswara (Southeast), Rudra (Northwest) and Sangkara (Southwest).

Furthermore, there are carvings of very beautiful wooden roots and a collection of ivory carved with the story of the Ramayana. Next to it is a row of display rooms with various collections of ivory carved in intricate details, as well as a collection of dancers made of Uang Kepeng, and other valuable collections. There are also porcelain birds from Herend - Hungary, Bohemia - Czechoslovakia, Guiseppe Cherato and Capodimonte - Italy, Kaiser - Germany, and BNR - Spain.

There were still many other treasured collections of the Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum, such as elaborate and beautiful ship miniatures made of silver, the collection of Chinese anchors and sculptures, as well as various precious objects made of crystal that were really alluring and of high value. Even people with unlimited money might never think of owning it. On the second floor of the museum, you could find a collection of Rangda, a symbol of the evil forces, Barong Ket (Keket), a symbol of the power of good, and Celuluk, a symbol of evil forces, which is the work of I Wayan Raka from Bali. There are not as many collections on the second floor as compared to the ones on the first floor.


A message from the late President Soeharto at Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum written on a rock in the shape of a mountain, reads "Only a grain of sand can we give to strengthen the foundations of the Republic of Indonesia", signed on 23 August 1993.

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Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum is a very interesting tourist place to visit, especially since its location is very close to TMII. So many collections of very valuable objects were stored there, that it would be very difficult, almost impossible, for other people to collect them in one place, let alone own them.


The address of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum is at Jl. Jalan Raya Taman Mini Pintu 1. Kel. Ceger, Kec. Cipayung, East Jakarta. Phone 021-8401604, Fax. 021-8411464. GPS Location : -6.300682, 106.886644, Waze. Ticket : Rp2,000, and Rp 1,000 for children. Open : Monday to Saturday 09.00 - 16.00, Sunday 09.00 - 18.00.

, Seorang pejalan musiman. Updated: January 23, 2021.