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Museum Wayang, Jakarta

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Discover the ancient art of Javanese wayang puppet theater at Museum Wayang. Wayang theater has explored moral, aesthetic, and philosophical values since at least 930 CE. The museum houses one the best collections of wayang puppets in the world, including flat leather shadow puppets (wayang kulit) and three-dimensional wooden puppets (wayang golek). Alongside traditional Javanese characters, the displays include puppets and dolls from Malaysia, Thailand, Suriname, China, Vietnam, France, India, and Cambodia. Wayang props and sets, musical instruments, costumes, sculptures, and paintings round out the collection. Beware of scam artists offering "freelance tours" as they may try to fleece you for large sums. Make Museum Wayang a part of your Jakarta vacation plans using our Jakarta online travel route builder .
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  • Located at Kota Dua, the colonial square in Jakarta, this is a great museum to visit to see art and culture of the country. However not all sections were open  more »
  • I wrote average because the building and displays are in a bad state and there are almost no display texts in English. Luckily we've been able to see a live wayang performance with music at the end wh...  more »
  • It was a museum understand that puppet is one of the most important traditions of Indonesia. It was obvious that blend of various cultures, such as two-dimensional and Balinese-style dolls, dolls of Western-style.
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  • The historical building and the museum of Jakarta, have great building architecture. This museum is the great indonesian legacy. This place is the education tourism destination in Jakarta
  • A little bit creepy to wander around. But there're guides to help you. So don't worry. (not sure about the fee though)
  • Nice historical place, but not attractive. Need improvement, the lighting is not too good. It look spooky inside. Minus there is not guide inside.
  • Baru pertama kali ke museum wayang, seneng bisa belajar dan tau banyak. Saran saya pencahayaan untuk wayang lebih merata dan ditingkatkan. karena tidak semua mendapat pencahayaan yang baik.
  • I like the collections of different wayang / puppets. There was also a puppet show when I was there.

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