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Ragunan Zoo Jakarta

Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta is a welcome relief from the chaos of Jakarta. Strolling among the 50,000 trees in the 147 hectare (363 acre) park caused me to forget I was in the middle of one of the most densely populated cities on Earth.

Ragunan Zoo Jakarta

The zoo is home to over 3,000 animals. While Ragunan Zoo is not the best zoo in the world, it is certainly worth a visit. Much of it is not too unique – it has a lot of animals like zebras, elephants, giraffes, and deer that can be seen at pretty much any zoo.

The unfortunate thing about it is the very few people who go to tease and harass the animals. I have seen people giving ice cream to elephants, cigarette butts to orangutans, and throwing trash at Komodo dragons. There doesn’t seem to be any security on hand to prevent it – such a shame! They could really do with a strong educational campaign, and a bit stronger parental supervision.

Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Giraffe Kisses Anyone?



The things that make Ragunan special are the Komodo Dragons, Sumatran Tigers, Orangutans, and the Schmutzer Primate Center – a zoo within a zoo.


Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Komodo Dragon



Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Komodo Dragon



Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Orangutan



Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Sumatran Tiger



The Schmutzer Primate center is a privately funded facility that is far superior to Ragunan Zoo itself. Built from a grant from a private party, the Schmutzer Primate Center is intended to be a research, education, and recreational facility. It has a theater, library, exhibits, as well as a vast tropical rain forest that provides an artificial environment for the gorillas, chimpanzees, gibbons, grizzled leaf monkeys, orangutans, and other primates that live there.


Ragunan Zoo Schmutzer Primate Center Jakarta
Schmutzer Primate Center



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Kumbo



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
The Schmutzer Primate Center has a well designed, tropical rain forest.



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
The Schmutzer Primate Center is much cleaner, and less crowded than the main zoo.



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Unhappy captive chimpanzees - the sad reality of zoos.



The Gibbon is one of the most endangered animals in Indonesia and there is a dire need for funding to feed those in rescue centers like this one, and the Cikananga Rescue Center in Malang, Java. The International Primate Protection League (IPPL) has a program to helps abandoned silvery gibbons in Indonesia.


Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Rare Silvery Gibbon



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Crested Black Macaques



Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Schmutzer Primate Center includes a walk-thru tunnel that makes it easier to see the animals. Unfortunately, they cage some of them in small enclosures so people can see them. This Orangutan definitely wants to get out into the jungle.



If at all possible, go to Ragunan Zoo during the week. Weekends are very crowded with Indonesian families having a well deserved day out with the kids.


Ragunan Zoo Jakarta
Weekends are busy!

Ragunan is a great day out with friends and family. You can relax and stroll quietly through the gardens, or if you have children, there are a lot of things they’ll like. There’s a circus, boat rides, children’s zoo, and playground. Don’t worry about taking anything to eat or drink – there is an abundance of traditional foods and refreshments available. You might want an umbrella though – depending on the time of year, a afternoon downpour might be possible.

For more information about Ragunan Zoo, check their website, and map.

Taxi fare from Central Jakarta is around Rp.60,000. Admission is Rp.4,000, plus an additional Rp.5,000 for the Schmutzer Primate Center.

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!

Fatahillah Square – Jakarta

Fatahillah Square (Taman Fatahillah) was the town square of the Dutch settlement of Batavia, and is where the most well preserved buildings from that era are located in Jakarta. Today, Fatahillah square is a busy place – it has a constant carnival atmosphere created by the Jakartans who gather there to hang out with friends and enjoy the variety of traditional food available. Three of Jakarta’s best Museums are located here.

The Wayang (Puppet) Museum is on the west side of Fatahillah Square has an excellent collection of leather and wooden Indonesian puppets from all over the country. Wayang theater is an inherent aspect of Indonesian culture. There is a regular Wayang performance on Sunday mornings. . It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Jakarta Historical Museum - Fatahillah Square - Jakarta
Jakarta Historical Museum

The Jakarta Historical Museum is on the north side of the square. Completed in the early 1700’s, it is in the former City Hall of Batavia. It has 37 rooms plus some dungeons below. Furniture, artwork, maps, memorabilia,and other artifacts are on display that document the evolution of Jakarta. . It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Si Jagur – a Portuguese cannon sits in front of the Historical Museum. It was believed to bring fertility, so women hoping for a child would sit on its barrel.

The Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics - Jakarta
The Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics

The Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics is on the east side of the square. It has over 400 exhibits of rare paintings, sculpture, Batik paintings, and ceramics. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

The Great Canal is a couple of blocks west of Fatahillah Square.

Kali Besar - The Great Canal - Jakarta
Kali Besar - The Great Canal



Dutch Architecture - Jakarta
Dutch Architecture along The Great Canal



Dutch Architecture along The Great Canal - Jakarta
Dutch Architecture along The Great Canal



Batavia Hotel - Jakarta
Batavia Hotel


Old Dutch Mercantile Houses along The Great Canal - Jakarta
Old Dutch Mercantile Houses along The Great Canal

Fatahillah Square is located in North Jakarta (Kota). It’s easiest to get there by taxi – cost about Rp.40,000 from Central Jakarta.

Sunda Kelapa Harbor – Jakarta

Phinisi Schooner - Sunda Kelapa Harbor Jakarta
Phinisi Schooner

Sunda Kelapa was a major sea port for hundreds of years, dating back to the Sunda Kingdom. It eventually became the gateway to Batavia – the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company.

Today, it is a minor port used by Phinisi – traditional wooden schooners that transport freight throughout Indonesia. Wondering around Sunda Kelapa, watching the sailors walking on and off the ships via very narrow planks, as they manually load and unload cargo, is a bit like stepping back in time.

Near the entrance you’ll find the Maritime Museum. The museum is in a former Dutch East India Company warehouse that was built over 300 years ago. It houses a collection of traditional boats, antique maritime equipment, old weapons, photographs, a variety of scale models, and other objects that reflect Indonesia’s maritime heritage. It’s open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

The watchtower is near the museum. It was built around 200 years ago to direct traffic in the busy harbor. There are no posted opening hours, but it is open from time to time.

A little farther on is an old shack with a hand painted sign reading, “Tourist Information.” The only information available is from the proprietor who takes tourists on guided tours. There really isn’t much you need a guide for – you’re free to walk around all you want to. Just looking at the schooners, and watching the activity is the most interesting thing.

I did talk one guy up on his offer to take me out on his small boat for a tour, which was worth doing to get a different view. I also had several invitations from sailors to board their ships, which was great fun. The sailors seemed to like hosting visitors, and talking about their schooners.

Sunda Kelapa is located at 1 Jalan Pasar Ikan, North Jakarta (Kota)