Taman Mini Indonesia Indah or Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Park is an extensive culture-based park, the prime showcase of Indonesia’s rich cultural and natural diversity located in East Jakarta.
Popularly known as Taman Mini, the core of the Park are 26 exclusive replicas of traditional houses of chieftains found throughout the Indonesian archipelago from Aceh to Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Java and Papua. These are pavilions displaying the history, arts and crafts and traditions of each of the provinces. Built for education and family fun, Taman Mini has large areas for family recreation, a number of flora and fauna parks, various museums, performing theatres, an Imax theatre and accommodation facilities.
To further express Indonesia’s tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the different religions in the archipelago here stand in a row the different houses of worship that are still actively used: a Mosque, a Hindu temple, a Buddhist temple, a Catholic church and a Protestant church.
Nearby is a large lake with islands in the shapes of the original Indonesian archipelago. From the sky lift that passes over the lake visitors can see clearly the entire map of Indonesia in the lake.
Taman Mini is the brainchild of the late Ibu Tien Soeharto, former Indonesian First Lady. Construction of Taman Mini began in 1971 and it was officially inaugurated on April 20, 1975.
The Park has as chief mission the preservation and development of the various Indonesian cultures as a media to strengthen the nation’s unity and integrity and to instill these values especially in the young generation.
For visitors who have little time to explore the Indonesian islands, Taman Mini is a good introduction to what this country has to offer in diversity and culture. During weekends and holidays Taman Mini is an ideal theme park for families to become more acquainted with other regional cultures.
Try Restoran Caping Gunung. Its natural lighting (no light bulbs, light is provided with roof made of clear materials) and tasty food will provide a unique dining experience.
Pasar Tiban (Tiban Market). Here food vendors sell a variety of meals among the many stalls.
There are also small restaurants scattered around Taman Mini.
TMII sells many small souvenirs to remember your trip by. Various shirts, hats, postcards are widely available.
Within the Taman Mini complex itself is the Desa Wisata, or Tourist village. Here are meeting facilities, rooms and cottages for better privacy.
A youth hostel called Graha Wisata Remaja is ideal young people and backpackers. It is within walking distance to small restaurants, cable car station, pool, and several museums. The bus terminal is nearby from where shuttle cars buses will take you to other attraction within the park.
Of course you can stay anywhere at any of Jakarta’s many hotels, since Taman Mini is only within one hour from the city.
The larger part of the Park is taken up by the more twenty six pavilions, representative of the architecture of each of Indonesia’s provinces at the time. (Indonesia now has 34 provinces). Here visitors can at a glance view the exceptional breadth and full range of regional architecture in the Indonesian archipelago, where pavilion presents at least three typical examples of each regional style.
Other interesting attractions in the Park include:
For toddlers and the little kids is the Istana Anak-anak, or the Indonesian Children’s Castle, featuring fairy tales from various parts of Indonesia as well as other tales known universally, there is an amusement park for kids and Swan boats to explore the Indonesian Archipelago on the lake. While for older children and adults are the Imax Theatre at Keong Emas, a stage for musical performances, and the Snowy Bay, the latest water recreation park.
Here are also museums dedicated to rare animals in the Komodo museum, the Asmat museum, a Sports museum, and a museum displaying gifts received by President Soeharto during his thirty years leadership.
For nature lovers, there are the orchid gardens, cacti, herbs, and flower gardens, and there is also a Birds Park.
The “Teater Tanah Airku” is the first theatre in Indonesia equipped with state-of-the art technology. The “Teater Tanah Airku” is a blend between the typical Indonesian and international aesthetics. Indonesian ornaments include the ‘gunungan’ (mountains), elements from Javanese puppet shows, the roof shapes of Sumatra and Sulawesi, with a touch of Kalimantan Dayak style, all harmoniously arranged. Combine this with modern sound and lighting effects and the complete stage equipment of a state of the-art theatre and you have a dramatic experience that will be long remembered.
Taman Mini has various types of transportation to take you through and around these extensive grounds. They include the Aeromovel fast train, a Sky lift, and shuttle buses.
Taman Mini is about 25 kilometers from Central Jakarta or some five kilometers from the Halim Perdana Kusuma airport reachable via the Jakarta toll road. It is reachable by public transportation or taxi. Rent a car for a more comfortable journey.
By public transportation:
Metro Mini T. 45 (Pulogadung – PT.II TMII)
Angkot KWK S. 15 A (Ragunan – PT. II TMII)
Angkot KWK T. 01 (Cililitan – Bambu Apus)
Angkot KWK T. 02 (Cililitan – Cipayung)
Angkot KWK T. 05 (Cililitan – Setu)
Angkot KWK P. 15 (Cililitan – Cilangkap)
Angkot KWK K. 40 (Bekasi – Kmp. Rambutan)
Angkot KWK S. 19 (Depok – Pinang Ranti)
Bus Gandeng PPD BT. 03 (Grogol – TMII)
Trans Jakarta Busway
• Taman Mini is huge, consisting of more than 100 hectares of land. If you don’t have much time, join a tour. That way, you’ll save money and time. (You’ll get a discount if you travel in a group).
• If you want to explore this site fully, it is best that you spend the night within this huge complex.