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    Museum Sonobudoyo, The Archive of Indonesia

    In Jogjakarta, north of Alun-alun Lor, there's a place where you can read about Indonesian history, 43,000 items are collected in that place (but all items aren't display yet), a long history of human who live in Java Island displayed there. It's Museum Sonobudoyo, built in 1931 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII, Ir. Th. Karsten, P.H.W. Sitsen and Koperberg. The museum was opened to public in 1935, named as Java Instituut. At the front gate, you can see the plaque of ceremonial written in Nederlands.

    There're 10 big collections, separated in each room exhibition, such as geological, etnography, biology, archeology, history, numismathic, filologhy, ceramics and visual art. It's a huge collection. As I said, you can explore technology in etnography, archeology and ceramic; most of them are household item, such as rock knife, bowl, clay jar, etc., from pre-history until Hinduism Mataram era. Some of them are made from gold, perhaps made for some ritual or sacred offering.

    One kind wonderful collection that you may not miss is keris, an ancient sacred weapon. It used to weapon, but now on being statue or collection. Sonobudoyo Museum has thousands of keris. Some my
    friends said that the cheapest keris reach 2-3 billions rupiahs, so you can figure out how much the collection are cost. The oldest keris is made in Hinduism Mataram era, perhaps 700 masehi, named as wesi budha.

    Biological collection is displayed on the middle of the museum, contained human bones, animals and plants, all are exhibited as their original. One last room is displayed wayang, puppet shadow play. If you guess wayang is come from Java culture, you will see wayang in another figure came from Sunda, Madura, Kediri, China, etc. Sometimes, a political situation pushes out creativity of the wayang's artist, such as colonial wayang and revolution wayang, both were created in colonial and war era.

    At the yard, you can see some ancient sculptures and weapons. The heritage is lined up behind the Balinese style wall. A replica of little pura, hindunese house of worship, is set up at the backyard. It's quiet and peaceful there. You can sit while reflection how the civilization has been built for thousands years in the region called Java.

    Jalan Trikora 6 Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
    Phone. +62 274 376775

    Opening Hours.
    Tuesday - Thursday at 8.00 am - 2.00 pm.
    Friday at 8.00 am - 11.00 am.
    Saturday 8.00 am - 1.00 pm.
    Daily 8.00 pm - 10.00 pm (Leather Puppet Show)

    Entrance Ticket.
    Domestic, IDR 3.000
    International, IDR 5.000
    Daily Laether Puppet ShowIDR 20.000

    Source: tourjogja.com

    photo: andikaawan.blogspot.com

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