Tm. Mini

This 120-hectare (300-acre) open-air cultural/amusement park, 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) south of Jakarta, is a window on the cultural and environmental complexity of Indonesia. Pavilions built in traditional style exhibit artifacts, customs and lifestyles of the peoples of each of Indonesia's provinces. You could spend half a day in the Riau pavilion alone, and it would take a week to see everything. In fact, Indonesians will proudly tell you that there will be no need to see the rest of Indonesia if you visit the park, which they compare to Disneyland. Constructed after a 1971 visit to Disneyland by Madame Suharto, the sprawling complex is an instant, Albert superficial, introduction to Indonesia. A number of souvenir stalls and Indonesian-style restaurants dot the grounds, and there is a friendly warung complex. On Sundays there are free traditional dance performances, films and cultural shows. A calendar of events can bee picked up at hotels of from any Garuda or VIC office. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, but most of the pavilions close at 4 pm. They close the gates at around 10 pm. To get to Taman Mini, take a bus marked 'Mini Indonesia' from Terminal Kampung Rambutan.


WHERE TO EAT IN JAKARTA
Jakarta offers a glorious melange of cuisine. Settlers and visitors through the centuries have left a culinary legacy of astounding variety; a delicate blending of Chinese, Arabic, Dutch and native Javanese cooking. Dining experiences range from hearty plantation feasts in recreated colonial splendour to simple, delicious snacks in roadside stalls. All five-star hotels offer top-quality continental or oriental food in their grill rooms. More local flavour is available at the Caf้ Batavia, a recreated 1930s caf้, or the Oasis Restaurant, which serves a modern version of the 20-course rijsttafel banquets beloved by Dutch colonials. Chinese restaurants such as the Nyun Yen and Ratu Bahari serve superb seafood dishes in cavernous dining rooms. For authentic Indonesian food, the Sarinah Food Court consists of two dozen-food stalls serving local cuisine in air-conditioned comfort.

 AMERICAN CUISINE
 Clipper’s American
 Seafood
 Wisma Kyoei lt. 26
 Jl. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 3
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: (021) 5723288
 Country Kitchen
 JL. Arteri Pondok
 Indah
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 7397086
 B.A.T.S
 Shangri- La Jakarta
 Kota BNI
 Jl. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 1
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: 557007440
 Ext.6400
 CARL’S Jr Restaurant
 Jakarta Stock
 Exchange Building
 1st Floor
 Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
 Kav 52-53
 Jakarta 12910
 Phone: 5151675,
 5153172, 5151674
 Mario's Place
 Ground Floor,Menteng
 Plaza
 Phone: 3917301
 CHINESE CUISINE
 Forum Shark's Fin &
 Seafood
 Mulia Tower Lt-03
 JL. Gatot Subroto
 Kav. 9-11 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 5257310
 Golden Island Bird's
 Nest Chiu-Chau
 BRI Center Park
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav 44-46 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 5713388
 Ming Seafood
 Gedung Setiabudi I,
 Lt. I Blok B1-8
 JL. Rasuna Said
 Kav.62 Jakarta
 Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5210505
 Summer Palace
 Gedung Tedja Buana
 Lt. 7
 Jl. Menteng Raya
 No.29 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 3142970
 Mangkok Putih
 JL. Lamandau 18
 Kebayoran Baru
 Phone: (021) 7237948
 CONTINENTAL CUISINE
Marquee Menara BNI Lt. 32
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.1
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 5701813
Red Lobster
Wisma Metropolitan II, Lt.16
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav.31
Jakarta Pusat 12929
Phone: (021) 5711659
 
Pete's Tavern
Plaza ATD, Basement
JL. M.H. Thamrin Kav.3
Jakarta Pusat
Phone: (021) 6012944
Oasis
JL. Raden Saleh No.47
Jakarta 10330
Phone: (021) 3150646
 
Cappellini Cafe & Pub Gedung BRI Center Park Lt.9
JL Jend. Sudirman Kav.44-46
Jakarta Selatan
Phone: (021) 5713411
 
 JAPANESE CUISINE
 Bushido
 Hotel Sahid Jaya &
 Tower Ground Floor
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 5700723
 Shima
 The Aryaduta Jakarta
 Main Lobby Floor
 JL. Prapatan 44 48,
 Jakarta Pusat
 Phone: (021) 3844825
 Le Matsuzaka Grilled
 Steak House
 Gedung BRI II Center
 Park Lt.9
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.44-46
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5713295
 Restaurant Suntory
 BCD Tower Lt, 20
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.26
 Jakarta 12920
 Phone: (021) 2506201
 Kirishfina Atria Square
 Standard Chartered
 Bank
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav. 33A LT.25,
 Jakarta 10220
 Phone: (021) 5704851
 ITALIAN CUISINE

 Zigolini Italian
 Mandarin Oriental
 JL. M.H. Thamrin
 Jakarta 10310
 Phone: (021) 3141307

 Va Bene
 Mulia Tower
 JL. Jend. Gatot
 Subroto Kav.9-11
 Lower Ground 9
 Jakarta 12930
 Phone: (021) 5222550

 Cafe Mareo
 Wisma Metropolitan I
 Top Floor
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.29
 Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 5254736

 II Punto
 Lobby World Trade
 Centre
 JL. Jend. Sudirman
 Kav.29-31
 Jakarta 12920
 Phone: (021) 5211818

 Italianni's
 Taman Ria Senayan,
 Jalan Gerbang
 Pemuda
 Phone (021) 251 1990
 

 INDONESIAN CUISINE

 Anai Restuarant
 Jalan Letjen
 S,Parman  Kav. 93-94
 Slipi, Jakarta 11420
 Phone: (021) 5696
 0888

 Waroeng Kemang
 Jalan Kemang Raya,
 No. 12-16A
 Phone (021) 719
 0371-74

 Bumbu
 GF Landmark Centre,
 Jalan Sudirman no.1
 Phone (021) 574 9025

 Bebek Bali
 Taman Ria Senayan
 Jalan Gerbang
 Pemuda
 Phone (021) 574 7224

 Rasso
 Jalan Kemang Raya 9i
 Phone (021) 7193826


GETTING AROUND IN JAKARTA
By Air:
Flights between Jakarta and all major towns are frequent, departing at least once a day. However, flights between two provincial destinations can be infrequent or non-existent. All flight services in Java are made by late-model jet or turbo-prop.

Air Travel

 Thai Airways
 Phone (021) 330 943

 Singapore Airlines Phone
 (021)520 6933

 Garuda Airlines
 Phone (021)2300925
 2311801

 Cathay Pacific
 Phone (021) 5151747

By Rail:
Train services are available throughout Java, a more scenic alternative to flying. Fast, comfortable trains run from Jakarta through Yogyakarta to Surabaya and along the northern route through Semarang to Surabaya. Most trains between major destination offer first or executive class service, which includes air-conditioning, airline-style seats and complimentary beverage and meal service. Contact your nearest station for travel details.

By Buses and Other Public Transport:
A dense network of bus routes serves Jakarta. Air-conditioned express buses link all major cities. Several tour operators offer all-inclusive overland excursions to all major tourist destinations in Java. Jakarta’s public transport systems are over-loaded and often uncomfortable. Air-conditioned Patas buses offer an express service with no standing passengers allowed. Otherwise buses are better avoided. The Bajaj is an orange coloured, three-wheeled vehicle, which serves short distance runs within limited areas. Fares are negotiated before the journey.

 Bus Services

 Lorena - Karina
 JL. K.H. Hasyim Ashari
 No. 15C Jakarta 10130
 Phone (021) 634-1166;
 633-8866

 PT Suryaputra Adipradana
 Pusat Niaga Roxy Mas
 Blok C3/No. 1-2-3 Jakarta
 Phone: (021) 633-0161

 Kramatdjati
 JL. Letjen. T.B. Simatupang
 Stadion Sanggraha Pelita
 Jaya, Jakarta Selatan
 Phone: (021) 750-8323

 Continental
 JL. Raya Pondok Kelapa
 No. 86 Jakarta Timur
 Phone: (021)864-9846

Car Rental:
Chauffeur-driven rented cars are available in all large towns. Self-driven vehicles are also available, though not recommended, for intricate travel. Established taxi services and car rental companies offer fixed rates for hourly or specific routes. If you choose to drive your self, a valid International Driving License is required. Most International road conventions are observed in Jakarta, although right-of-way tends to go to the larger vehicle and turns are not always signalled. Remember to drive on the left and overtake only on the right. Turning left at a red light is allowed only when indicated. Do not expect other drivers to obey traffic laws or conventions, including traffic lights.

Taxis

Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap in Jakarta. Most are air-conditioned. Make sure the driver is willing to use the metre. If not, get out and find another taxi. Blue bird Taxi Company also offers a superior taxi service called Silverbird, and the Golden Bird limousine service.

 Taxi Companies

 Silver Bird
 Phone (021) 794234
 7981001

 Blue Bird Phone
 (021) 7941234
 798 1234

 Golden Bird
 Phone (021)794 444

 Citra
 Phone (021) 845 9797

FROM THE AIRPORT
Most large hotels operate free shuttles from Soekarno – Hatta airport. Buses and Taxis are also available. Bluebird and Silverbird have a Taxi reservation stand inside the international arrival hall. Otherwise take a metre taxi from the stand outside. An airport surcharge, plus toll road fees will be added to the metre fare.


WHERE TO STAY IN JAKARTA
Jakarta is a modern city with facilities for travellers of every budget and preference. Top-of-the-market Jakarta hotels are managed by the standard international chains including Hilton, Regent and Hyatt, or by regional and local chains such as Sahid, Shangri-La, Hotel Indonesia International and Mandarin Oriental. Mid-market chain such as Ibis and Holiday Inn, and local private hotels like the Kartika Plaza or Hotel Sabang offer good value for money. Large residences converted into European-style mansions, which go by the name of guesthouses in Jakarta, can be a pleasant and much cheaper alternative to standard hotels.


ACTIVITIES
Taman Mini is full of strange and wonderful experiences for the whole family; playgrounds and museums litter the park, with something for all members of your group. Pick up a brochure from your hotel for the latest and most up-to-date activities!


ATTRACTIONS

  • Teatre Imax Keong Emas (Golden Snail Theatre)
    Located in the Taman Mini is the Imax theatre which present "Beautiful Indonesia" on a gigantic screen using the latest Imax system. Open from 11.00 hrs - 17.00 hrs.

  • Keong Emas Flower Garden
    Located behind the Keong Emas Theatre, this beautiful garden is said to be inspired by the usual garden facilities, it has a library and its own nursery.

  • Pancasila Flame Monument
    At the entrance gate stands the Pancasila Flame Monument, 45 meters high. It symbolizes the five principle of the Indonesian State philosophy.

  • Pendopo Agung Sasana Utomo
    Not far from the monument is a grand pavilion in the shape of a Javanese hall, called the Pendopo Agung Sasana Utomo. At the back of this pavillion is a hall for art performances, named Sasono Langen Budoyo.

  • The Main gate
    The main Gate into the park is shaped like a typical Javanese split gate, and bears a chronogram indicating the year of the park's opening.

  • Main Hall
    The main hall is located behind the Pancasila Monument, and is shaped like a grand Javanese pavilion, known as joglo. It is receiving visiting foreign dignitaries. The four main pillars in the center of the hall called Soko Guru symbolize the four according to the ancient Javanese concept: earth, water, fire and air. Th pillars and panels in this hall are richly embellished with relief's, carved in teakwood, depicting scenes from the epics Ramayana, Parikesit and Pandawa Lima. Behind the main hall, is the Langen Budoyo Hall, which is used for the staging of art performances and for receptions. The gallery behind it, called pringgitan, can seat 1,000 guests.

  • The Museum of Indonesia
    Located near the Pancasila monument, it is a three-storey building, the structure and ornamental details of which symbolize the relationship between God and man, between men and fellow men, and between man and the environment, based on the doctrine of Tri Hita Karana. The museum is built in Balinese style. On the first floor, a variety of Indonesia traditional costume is exhibited. On the second floor are samples of the arts and crafts from all the provinces of Indonesia. There is also a stage for lather puppet shows. On the third floor stands a huge tree of life symbol, made of copper.

  • 3-D Cinema Building
    There is a movie theatre playing three dimensional films. Open daily from 13 to 16 p.m. On Sunday and holidays, it is open from 10.00 - 17 p.m.

  • Ambar Tirta Swimming Park
    Located near the movie house, the park's swimming pool complex includes a stage for shows and a playground for children.

  • The Skylift
    The skylift terminal is near the Museum of Indonesia. From the coaches one can see a model of the Indonesian Archipelago, its islands and straits, in the pool below. The whole park, in fact, is visible in a bird's eye view.

  • House of Worship
    Near the shops and the Jakarta, Lampung, West Java pavilions is a complex of houses of worship of various religions. There is a mosque, a Protestant and a Roman Catholic church, Buddhist and a Hindu Balinese temple, and also a meditation hall and a model of the Borobudur shrine. They are located also to each other, to symbolize religious harmony.

  • Mini Railway Station
    Near the skylift terminal is a mini railway station, with mini trains to take visitors on a ride through the park for a modest fee.

  • Atmaja Recreation Park
    The Atmaja Recreation Park is Taman Mini's former jogging arena. A malay orchestra performs there on Sunday mornings at around 11 am.

  • The Orchid Garden
    Located in the eastern part of the park. The orchid garden contains, species from all over Indonesia and other countries.

  • The Bird Park
    The Bird Park is located near the Irian Jaya and Central Sulawesi pavilion. Various rare species can be found living under the huge dome, including Cendrawasih Birds of Paradise from Irian Jaya.

  • The Komodo Museum
    So called because the building assembles a giant Komodo lizard, the rare prehistoric reptile found only on the island of Komodo and a few other islands in East Nusa Tenggara. Inside are preserved specimens of rare Indonesian animals.

  • The Cactus Garden
    Located next to the Philatelic Museum. Various kinds of cactus garden, contains stamps from both Indonesia and abroad. Also shown is the process of making stamps. A statue of Hanoman, the monkey god from the epic Ramayana, embodies the first postman.

  • Children's Palace.
    The Children's Palace is located next to the Irian Jaya and East Timor pavilions, not far from the waterfall and pond, Sendang Sejodo. This medieval castle is the center of children's activities, from playing to learning and sports.

  • The Asmat Museum
    Samples of the famed Asmat and Dani statues and carvings can be seen in this museum.

  • Culture & Tourist Information Center
    A helpful staff is always on standby in this center to help visitors obtain information on various aspects of life in Indonesia. A library is also available.

  • Among Putra Park
    This is a playground for children with all sorts of facilities for play and entertainment.

  • The ABRI Military Museum
    This Museum is located in front of the Bali pavilion, in the eastern part of the park, and exhibits displays related to the role and history of the Indonesia armed forces (ABRI). Access is gained by crossing an artificial lake, but it is also possible to walk through a yardside.

  • The Tourist Village
    The Tourist Village, or cottages, is located behind the philatelic Museum and the Komodo Museum. There are 11 cottages available.

  • The Living Apothecary
    This is a garden of medicinal plants. The making of traditional Indonesian herbal medicines is demonstrated in a pavilion

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