Thursday, October 10, 2013

Museum Fatahillah (Jakarta History Museum)

Museum Fatahillah is the first museum that I had visited in Jakarta. It is located in Old Town (Kota Tua) and opened in 1974. The building of this museum is the former city hall of Batavia, the administrative headquarters of VoC and latter, the Dutch colonialist goverment in Indonesia.

In this museum there are thousands object from the prehistory period of Jakarta (in the past known as Jayakarta or Batavia), the founding of Jayakarta in 1527, and through the Dutch colonization period from the 16th century until Indonesia’s Independence. Here are some pictures that I ever took there:

An inscription

Another inscription

Ganesha statue

Indonesia ancestor are sailor. It's no surprise we have a lot of beautiful ship

Hermes statue at the other side of the Museum
I was surprised that there are cells beneath the front portico which were used as dungeons and Pangeran Diponegoro was imprisoned there before being banished to Manado.

By the way, there was an interesting thing that happened when I was there. A group of junior high schooler approached me to take photo with them because they though I was a tourist from Japan. A ha ha ha.... Am I really look like Japanese people? After they discovered that I'm actually an Indonesian people too, they still insist to take picture with me :D. But it was fun.

I came to this museum in 2011 and at that time this museum is a little bit dirty. I heard our government is doing conservation activities for this museum and it expected to reopen in 2014. I promise to go there again after it reopen and hope that the museum will become cleaner and better. Have you ever go to this museum?


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