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Indonesia Pavilion


Indonesia Pavilion

THEME: Indonesia: Bio-DiverCity

PAVILION: The exterior of the Pavilion is covered with greenish bamboo sticks and some bamboo grows out of the ceiling of the Pavilion. With a special fiber that is strong and breathes well, bamboo has long been a favored construction material. The use of bamboo for the Indonesian Pavilion symbolizes the synergy between the traditional and contemporary lifestyles of Indonesia.

Indonesia Pavilion Interior

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion represents a diversified but growing and creative nation. Housed in the four-story Pavilion are, among other things, a performance stage, an auditorium and a multi-media theater which will collectively facilitate a lively presentation covering nature, the daily life of the Indonesian people, its rich land and resources as well as its diverse cultural heritage. A 600-meter passageway runs through the entire Pavilion.

Indonesia Pavilion Entrance

Visitors pass through the entrance, which in typical Indonesian style has no doors to bar access. Traditional Indonesian music and performance welcomes visitors as they pass through an amphitheatre on the way to the passageway. They pass a map of Indonesia covered by a waterfall, which also serves to assist in cooling the ground floor of the Pavilion. Displays of traditional Asmat boats are along the passageway; in the pool at the foot of the waterfall map float a trio of Papua boats. Visitors then pass by the 17 meter high Mask Manifest wall, an exhibit of traditional masks from various Indonesian ethnic groups. A lighted display panel highlighting Indonesia’s biodiversity marks the entrance to the ramp ascending into the first Bio-Zone gallery. The entrance also contains a display of the Bajaus people, also known as the sea-gypsies. The first Bio-Zone is the ocean tunnel. The ocean is critical to the ecosystem of Indonesia, which is made up of more than 17,000 islands. Displays in the tunnel show the diversity of sea creatures in the waters of Indonesia, as well as show traditional means of seafaring. The second Bio-Zone is the coastal tunnel, which focuses on mangrove forests as a crucial element of Indonesia’s biodiversity. Simulated coastal flora hang from the ceilings and are displayed on the walls of the tunnel. The third Bio-Zone is displayed in the Forest tunnel. This attention-grabbing display highlights Indonesia’s efforts to preserve rainforest and contribute to the overall health and well-being of the planet’s circulatory system. The fourth and final Bio-Zone is about the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest lizard which is found only in Indonesia. Visitors can sign a petition to designate the dragon one of the seven new natural wonders of the world, as well as designate one of their habitats – the Komodo National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Indonesia Pavilion Diverse Zone

Visitors will then arrive on level two and the five Diverse Zones. The first Diverse Zone displays the ani ani, a cutting tool used by Javanese women that is now considered a work of art. Diverse Zone 2 focuses on the marvelous Indonesian cuisine and the influences from various cultures that came into contact with Indonesia during various times in her history. The third Diverse Zone takes a look at Indonesian coffee. Indonesia is the third largest coffee producer in the world, and is the only place which makes Luwak coffee, the most expensive in the world. Samples of Indonesian coffee are available here. Diverse Zone 4 concentrates on Indonesia’s location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, and how volcanic activity not only positively affects the ecosystem of Indonesia, but provides a unique source of geothermal energy as well. The fifth and final Diverse Zone focuses on the Keris, a ceremonial Indonesian dagger that has become something of a national symbol. A multi-media presentation is given here before visitors pause to enter the third level, City Zone.

Indonesia Pavilion City Zone

The first of the four City Zones pays tribute to Zheng He, the Chinese explorer who made seven voyages to the Western Ocean, initiated the bilateral diplomatic relations between China and Indonesia. To commemorate this event, the Pavilion recreates the scene of “The Great Voyages of Zheng He” by erecting a three-meter sculpture of Zheng He. City Zone 2 celebrates the shadow puppetry of Wayang Kulit, which retells the moral wisdom of the varied religions of Indonesia. City Zone 3 examines the artistry of weaving and batik, often with Indonesian artisans displaying their techniques for interested visitors. The final City Zone brings all the ecology, biodiversity and cultural heritage seen in previous exhibits together in a magnificent display entitled “Doing It Our Way.”

Indonesia Pavilion Music Tunnel

This also marks the entrance to the music tunnel, also entitled “Rhythm of the Nation” which begins the visitor’s downward descent. The audio exhibition displays seven musical instruments, including the Chinese Er-Hu, guitar, and traditional Indonesian percussion instruments. Visitors will have the opportunity to play some of these instruments and make their own music, as well as listen to professional performances.

Indonesia Pavilion Yesterday Today

As the Visitors return to the ground floor, they will be greeted by the final Exhibit, Yesterday Today which profiles Brobudur Temple, one of the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temples in the world before providing information to visitors about Indonesia, the third largest democracy in the world and displaying pictures of her people.

CUISINE: There is a restaurant on the first floor where traditional Indonesian dishes, such as Satay, Nasi Kuning and yellow rice, can be purchased. Elsewhere in the Pavilion visitors may sample authentic Indonesian coffee.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed in the Pavilion.

Indonesia Pavilion Interior

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One Response

  1. Great site, though I would love to see some more media! – Great post anyway, Cheers!

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