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Puyang Gadis Theater at Taman Mini Jakarta

Puyang Gadis Stage Taman Mini Jakarta


Saturday night was an interesting evening at Taman Mini, or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, in Jakarta. The South Sumatra pavilion hosted a special performance of Puyang Gadis Theater – a theater performance about a legend in South Sumatra in which a girl whom has the favor of a powerful Sultan, chooses to marry her brother instead; ultimately losing her life.

Taman Mini has 26 pavilions that culturally represent much of the diversity of Indonesia. They hold regular performances of traditional theater, music, and dance from all around Indonesia – highly recommended!

The evening began with delicious dinner of traditional South Sumatran food like Beef Randang – a very unique and delicious curried beef, and Sumatra Chicken Curry. Yep, Sumatran food is very spicy. If you like curry, chili, ginger, coriander, and lots of garlic, you’ll be right at home in Sumatra.

Following a few opening songs from some very talented singers…

The story begins…

Once upon a time in the small South Sumatran village of Kupang Lama, there lived a beautiful girl named Siti Lam Jenah. Siti was from a very poor family, so she had to live with her oldest brother Bujang Juaro, who was very famous.

One day Siti, and the other girls from the village went to the river to bathe and to wash clothes. The traditional bathing bowls are called Takuk Labu. Siti was not very attentive, and she allowed her Takuk Labu to float out into the river where it was picked up by a passing merchant ship.

It was a very fine Takuk Labu, so when the merchant ship reached port, the sailors turned it over to the boat’s owner, the Sultan of Palembang. The Sultan asked his Shaman to examine the Takuk Labu, and the Shaman said the bowl had been owned by the most beautiful girl in all of Sumatra.

Intrigued, the Sultan decided to visit Kupang Lama to find the girl and marry her. The villagers were quite surprised the day the Sultan arrived in his fine boat. The Shaman demanded to know where the owner of the Takuk Labu was, but they would not tell him. The Sultan said he would return in three days, and the girl must be handed over him then.

Fearful that the Sultan would not marry her, but make her a concubine, she decided to marry her brother, Bujang Juaro, who loved her very much. But there was the problem of the Sultan coming back. They hatched a plan – they would bury Siti alive so the Sultan could not find her.

When he arrived three days later, the Sultan was furious the villagers would not tell him where Siti was. He ordered his men to search the village, but to no avail. Ultimately he challenged Bujang Juaro to a fight to secure the whereabouts of Siti. Unfortunately for the Sultan, Bujang Juaro defeated him.

But, tragically for Bujang Juaro, after he defeated the Sultan, he remembered he had forgotten to give Siti a flute to breath through. Frantically, he dug where they had buried her, but could just find clothes, and jewelry.

The entire village was grief stricken. Then they heard Siti’s voice, “In the future there will be other beautiful women from Kupang Lama, but their years will never be long in order to prevent this from happening again.”

To this day, the villagers of Kupang Lama believe that beautiful young girls will die young, before they have a chance to marry.



Puyang Gadis Stage Taman Mini Jakarta


Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta


Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta


Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta


Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta


Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
Siti bathing by the river.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The Sultan and his Shaman arrive by boat, to look for Siti, the most beautiful woman.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The Shaman examines Siti's Takuk Labu.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The Shaman wants to know where Siti is.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The Sultan departs, and will return in three days.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The villagers bury Siti alive to hide her from the Sultan.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
Bujang Juaro, Siti's brother, fights the Sultan and defeats him.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
All Bujang Juaro can find is Siti's clothes, and some jewelry. Then he remembered he forgot to give her a flute to breathe through and realizes Siti has died.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
There is much grief.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
Much grief....



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
Siti descending from heaven with the words - In the future there will be other beautiful women from Kupang Lama, but their years will never be long in order to prevent this from happening again.



Puyang Gadis Theater Taman Mini Jakarta
The Final Dance



Puyang Gadis Cast
Me With the Puyang Gadis Cast



Taman Mini is a nice place to go to get a glimpse of what Indonesia is all about. For some more information, my previous posts, Taman Mini Indonesia, and Yogyakarta Classical Dance Performance at Taman Mini, are interesting. Also, we have a full page on Taman Mini on our website – GoTravelIndonesia.com.


Getting There

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.

Enjoy Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park – Taman Mini!

Taman Mini Lake

Taman Mini Indonesia

South Sumatera Architecture
South Sumatera Architecture

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.

Getting There

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