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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 part of your personalized Jakarta itinerary using our Jakarta travel itinerary planner.
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  • Aircon is not working. Old building with contain cultural puppet collection & attraction from whole around Indonesia province. Area surounding is very dirty with trash. Many bum.  more »
  • Facing the Japanese Plaza. Staff tour was coming many local students who are cheaper. Lots of dolls on display.
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  • These puppets are special to Indonesia, and the detail and craftsmanship that goes into the making of them is outstanding. The museum has a great collection and our guide told us a lot about their his...  more »
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  • Cheap price; only 3k for students hahaha A lot of unique & cool wayang(s) you can see, there's also the description for each wayang 😀 they also has dolls from other country 😊 and after we walk around the museum, there's sinden performance you can watch, so cool 😍
  • Recomend at sunday due to free puppet show must bring ur student card b4 buy ticket.employee in front desk never ask,just show it 2 get lowwer price Go upstair 2 read some book in library (small room at left) Ask guide 2 tell everything at there
  • One of must see places in the old town. Spent sometimes with my family when we were in the area. Just lovely
  • Very nice. Great variety of puppets on display, some with detailed explanations.
  • Very old building. Spooky. Many different kind of wayang (puppet) doll and music traditional. But nice to visit this place with friends too. Note for the staff, please add more jakarta city map.

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