Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a recreational facility found in East Jakarta. Also called Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park, the facility is spread over an area of 250 acres. The park is simply a smaller version of Indonesia. It features replicas of all the best of the land from the 26 provinces of the country (Indonesia at present is divided into 33 provinces), with each province having its own pavilion in the park. The pavilions include an assortment of clothes, architecture, and other materials of cultural significance. Traditional dances and other performing arts are also depicted.
The park’s concept originated from former first lady Tien Suharto, whose idea was inspired by President Suharto’s speech. The plan was conceived after a board meeting that took place on March 13, 1970. By building the park, Tien Suharto hoped to promote stronger nationalism among the Indonesians and instill in them a greater appreciation of their homeland and their culture. [Read more…]