Karst Indonesia Museum in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province
People who live near Wonogiri Regency may have heard about Wayang Kulit Museum. Actually, another famous museum resides there and the name is Karst Indonesia Museum. The location is in Gebangharjo Village and it belongs to Pracimantoro Sub-District. As the name suggests, the museum stores information related to karst and many miniatures or replicas. That means visitors can take advantage of the museum to teach their kids about the world’s karst map, the formation of karst, and numerous phenomenon related to it. Not only the museum is known among the locals, but it has attracted many foreigners too!
The Karst Museum has the shape of a pyramid. Somehow, the shape looks like a mountain! The next impressive fact is that the building is located in Sewu Mountains and it is surrounded by limestone hills. In terms of size, in fact, the museum is considered the biggest in Southeast Asia! The overall complex has the total size of about 25 hectares. As for the building area, the size is 300 meters per square. It also consists of 3 floors! Thus, tourists must explore all parts of the museum if they want to get the best experiences.
Exploring Karst Museum
Once arriving at Karst Museum, visitors may see the miniatures of stalagmites and stalactites right away in the lobby. Here is the thing. Everyone should sign the guestbook first before exploring the museum. The adventure starts on the first floor where many dioramas and information related to the worlds’ karst map reside. Even some replicas of dwarfs can be seen there! In a nutshell, the first floor has the theme of the Knowledge of Karst.
The next destination is the base floor where tourists can find several prehistoric human fossils and cultural tools. The theme of this floor is Karst for Living. What about the second floor? Well, tourists can find an auditorium up there. Usually, the management conducts a presentation, meeting, or even plays some movies in that place. Tourists would be lucky if they come at the right time. Another thing that they can do on the second floor is to watch the scenery outside. The karst hills can be seen clearly from that spot!
One of the most favorite spots in Karst Museum is the prehistoric room. Tourists can even take photos and selfies with any available objects there, including the prehistoric human statues. As long as they don’t cause any damages, they are good to go. Another important rule is that everyone should avoid littering at all cost!
- Goa Sodong
- Pucak Temple
- Goa Tembus
How to Get There
A trip to Wonogiri Regency may take about 3 hours and 47 minutes if tourists come from Semarang City. It is because the distance is 176 km. Once they arrive at Wonogiri, their next destination is Gebangharjo Village at Pracimantoro Sub-District. This one may take about 1 hour and 38 minutes, as the distance is 57.5 km. As for the best route, it is recommended to take Pracimantoro – Wonogiri Street.
Where to Stay
- Aji Mantoro Hotel
- Green Hotel