Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park), or just Taman Mini, is designed as a mini-Indonesia.
It is meant to show the incredible ethnic, cultural, religious, and biodiversity of Indonesia, as well as highlight Indonesia’s economic, technological, and scientific strengths – all the while being a fun place to go and hang out.
To accomplish all that for a country the size of Indonesia – about the size of Japan, U.K., Germany, Spain, Italy, and Greece combined – is quite a feat, and something I feel they accomplished quite well.
Even a miniature version of a country this size is huge. For a visit to Taman Mini, you’ll need your walking shoes, sun block, and a lot of energy. There’s a lot to see and do. I just spent one day there, but to see everything, in detail, one would need three or four days.
Getting around the park is fairly easy. There is a cable car that crosses the park, a monorail, a small train, and several ojeks (motorbike taxis) that you can use when you get tired of walking.
A good place to begin is at the information office near the front gate. Mr. (pak) Muhiddin Syachruddin is a wealth of information, and always happy to talk about Indonesia. You can reach him on 085 692 182242 if you would like to make arrangements ahead of time. He is especially happy to facilitate group tours. He took time out to take me around on his motorbike while I was there, and gave me passes to a special dance performance on Saturday. His English is quite good.
In the center of Taman Mini is a lake that has scale models of Indonesia’s main islands. It’s best viewed from the air, while riding the cable car that goes from one end of the park to the other. Around the lake are the 26 pavilions that feature the home building styles of 26 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces. Only 26 provinces are represented because, at the time Taman Mini was built, Indonesia had just 26. The houses are furnished with traditional furniture and appliances, giving visitors a good sense of the lifestyles in that province.
The park also includes two churches (Catholic & Protestant), three temples (Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian), and two mosques, to emphasize religious diversity and tolerance. Indonesia has five official religions (Islam, Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhism, and Hinduism), and has national holidays to honor each.
The gardens and parks represent biodiversity. There is the Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Herb Garden, Jasmine Garden, Flower Park, as well as several others. Some of the parks have stages where music performances are held. On the day I was there, I enjoyed relaxing in the shade with a fresh coconut, while listening to local musicians play traditional music in an impromptu concert in a grassy area near the Science and Technology center.
The Oil and Gas Museum, Stamp Museum, and Sport Museum are among the several museums in Taman Mini.
For recreation, the Snow Bay Water Park, Imax Theater,4D theater, fishing pond, and the children’s castle are the main attractions, but there are a few others scattered about as well.
You’re going to get hungry and thirsty – don’t worry; there is a wide variety of traditional foods as well as fresh tropical fruit juices available.
Of course it’s far better to travel Indonesia to get the first hand experience, but some people don’t have to time or money to do that. For those folks, a visit to Taman Mini will let them experience some of what traveling Indonesia would be like.
I throughly enjoyed the day I spent there – it’s a place certainly worth a day of your time when passing through Jakarta.
Taman Mini is located in East Jakarta. It’s easiest to get there by taxi. It will cost roughly Rp. 70,000 in a Blue Bird taxi or about Rp. 50,000 in an Express taxi, if you’re going from Central Jakarta. The driver will ask if you want to use the toll road, which will cost an additional Rp. 8,500 in tolls but it’s well worth the time savings.
Operating hours – The park is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Admission fees – At the main gate (built in the traditional style of a Javanese split gate), visitors are charged Rp. 9,000. There is no charge for those attending religious services. With the exception of the pavilions, most of the attractions charge extra.
- The museums charge from Rp. 1000 to Rp.7,500.
- Snow Bay Water Park charges Rp. 120,000 weekends, Rp. 100,000 weekdays.
- The Imax Theater is Rp. 30,000 for standard seating, and Rp. 50,000 for VIP.
- The cable car is Rp. 20,000, monorail is Rp. 10,000.
Taman Mini Indonesia Map