When I first came to Indonesia, I had no idea that I’d be traveling as many places as I have. I certainly did not anticipate the opportunity to leave the country and travel to China.
Nah, I’m just messing with you. This is a Confucius temple in Taman Mini.
December 3, 2015
In Jakarta, there is a place/park called Taman Mini. It is filled with representations of Indonesia. They have architecture from every region of Indonesia. It’s cool to compare the various cultures in this incredibly diverse country.
The school holiday had begun, so I went to Taman Mini with my Bunda and Sabrina. After we visited Taman Burung (see the post before this), we went and visited a Confucius temple in the park.
Indonesians are acceptant of any religion someone decides to be a part of. There are six main religions one can declare themselves to be in Indonesia: Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Protestant, Catholic, and Confucius. Consequently, religious buildings for each were in Taman Mini:
After we went to the Confucius temple, we went on a gondola ride across the park. Although the gondola part was rather uneventful (as most gondola parts of the ride are), the views were great.
They had a lake with manmade islands on it in the shape of the islands of Indonesia.
In Taman Mini, they have representational villages for each region of Indonesia. We drove past most of them on the way in. After we walked out of the gondola ride, the entrance to the West Papua village was across the street. Since it was so close, we decided to check it out.
Going to Taman Mini was a cool experience. I went there at the beginning of the year for the AFS Arrival Orientation, but I didn’t really understand or appreciate what the park offered. I’m glad that I got another chance to check it out.