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.
The plan was presented to the public by the first lady herself on January 30, 1971 at the end of the Working Conference of the Governors, Regents and Mayors, which was then held in Istana Negara. As she explained the project’s purpose, Tien Suharto received support and suggestions from various communites. She ordered the drafting of the master plan for the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah on August 11, 1971, which was successfully completed after about 3 months.
When it began in 1972, the project was referred to as Indonesian Miniature Project. It was initiated by the Harapan Kita Foundation, of which the former first lady was the chairperson. The project was envisioned to feature traditional houses, unique flora and fauna, and cultural performances from each region of Indonesia.
The chosen location for the park was initially in Cempaka Putih, which had an area of 14 hectares, but a larger place was chosen – an area in Pondok Gede with the size of 100 hectares. Construction of the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah began on June 30, 1972. Famous Indonesian landmarks, such as the Pancasila Flame Monument, were reproduced. On April 20, 1975, President Suharto officially opened the park.
There are a lot of interesting attractions in the park, including museums, religious buildings, gardens and parks, rides, and recreational facilities. There are 14 museums featured in the park. These include Indonesia Museum, Komodo Zoological Museum and Reptile Park, Telecommunication Museum, Transportation Museum, Oil & Gas Museum, Museum of Electricity and Energy, Sports Museum, East Timor Museum, and Pusaka Museum. Famous religious buildings that can be found in the park are Pangeran Diponegoro Mosque, Kong Miao Confucian Temple, Haleluya Protestant Church, Arya Dwipa Arama Buddhist Temple, and Santa Catharina Catholic Church.
Replicas of different gardens and parks from various places in Indonesia include Bird Park, Orchid Garden, Bekisar Garden, Jasmine Garden, and Taman Ria Atmaja Park. Rides include the Skylift Indonesia Cable Car, boat ride going to Indonesian archipelago lake, and train ride that takes you around the park. Some of the recreational facilities that you can enjoy in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah are the Snow Bay Waterpark, the Istana Anak-Anak Indonesia, and the Telaga Mina fishing pond.