If Jakarta has Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Indonesia in Miniature Park), Bali Island has Taman Nusa Indonesian Cultural Heritage Center. Conceptually, Taman Nusa is also a theme park that displays the various cultures of Indonesia. With plenty of native ethnics in this country, this tourism object surely has a lot to show. This beautiful theme park is located in Gianyar, Bali. Opened in 2013, Taman Nusa became the new popular tourism destination amongst tourists in Bali.
How to Get There
Taman Nusa Park is located on Jalan Taman Bali, Banjarangka, Banjar Blahpane Kelod, Sidan Village, Gianyar District, Bali. From Denpasar, Sanur, or Ubud, this place could be reach only by driving for 30 minutes. From Kuta, the drive would be about an hour. If you are from Nusa Dua or Jimbaran, it could be 1.5 hours away.
Where to Stay
This cultural theme park is situated on the district of Gianyar, Bali. At this district, you will easily find various choices of accommodation; from exclusive resort to budget inns. But we would recommend booking your stay at Celuk Village.
Celuk Village is very unique for having several old temples and ancient archaeological remains which are contrast with their terraced paddy fields. There are a lot of resorts and homestays that offer such scenery in this village. Besides that, the village is also famous for the local production of traditional wood carvings arts.
Taman Nusa Bali showcases the life of Indonesia throughout the ages. Therefore, you can examine the development and evolution through a series of progress from time to time. There are seven venues that represent each era of Indonesia; the Prehistoric Era, the Bronze Age, the Kingdom Age, the Cultural Village, the Early Indonesia era, Indonesian Independence era, Present Day of Indonesia, and last, the Future of Indonesia.
- Prehistoric Era
At this venue, you will see a replica of the first dwelling cave estimated to be 1.5 million years old. You can also see a replica of prehistoric animals estimated to be living on this era.
- Bronze Age
Bronze Age of Indonesia was marked with the spread of Dong Son culture. At this venue you could see the ancient artifacts such as Nekara and other bronze crafts. You could also find several cultural practices form Bronze Age that still remains until today such as Samarinda’s tenun ikat.
- Kingdom Age
Kingdom age displays the Indonesia history when the civilization started to develop and Empire started to be built. There were many kingdoms ever existed in Indonesia at those time. They rose and fell at their moment. The main attraction of this venue is the replica of Borobudur, the most famous temple in Indonesia.
- Cultural Village
With civilization started to develop, culture developed as well. There are so many ethnics and tribes in Indonesia. Thus, there are plenty of cultures in Indonesia as well. In Taman Nusa, each culture is accommodated in a traditional house. There are more than 60 traditional houses in Taman Nusa.
- Early Indonesia
The early age of Indonesia was marked with the rise of Majapahit Kingdom. At this venue, ou can see the statue of Gadjah Mada, the Prime Minister of Majapahit who succeeded in uniting Indonesia. You can also see the replica of Trowulan Temple as well as the Gate of Sumpah Pemuda.
- Indonesian Independence
After more than 300 years of being colonialized by the Dutch government and about three years being colonialized by Japanese government, Indonesia finally earned their Independence on August 17th, 1945. This venue was built to embrace that moment where you can see the statue of Soekarno and Hatta, two people who read the Proclamation of Indonesia. They were also the first President and Vice President of Indonesia.
- Present Day of Indonesia
The present day of Indonesia is displayed on a miniature train diorama. It is set with the cities and villages of Indonesia on the background. With 200 square meters wide of area, this venue can occupy up to 50 locomotives and 300 people on board.
- Future of Indonesia
On the last venue, you will see collections of cultural heritages and legacies of Indonesia. These items are precious in the future if the people of Indonesia know well how to preserve it.
Places to Eat
Walking around the 1.5 hectares of a theme park would be tiring. At the end of the journey, you will need something delicious to help you regain your energy. Having a good meal would also complete your experience. So when you visit Taman Nusa Indonesia Cultural Heritage Center, make sure you have a nice dine at least one of these places:
- Dapur Nusa Restaurant
Dapur Nusa serves the local cuisine from many places in Indonesia. This place is the best option to conclude your cultural journey in Taman Nusa.
- Royal Sidan Restaurant
Royal Sidan restaurant offers more varied cuisines as they serve international food.
- Seven Cafeterias
Seven Cafeterias is the option if you want a cheaper meal, yet still tasty and enjoyable.
A theme park would not be an interesting object without complete facilities to support it. In Taman Nusa, you would not have to worry about that. Here are some useful facilities that you might need:
- Bima Theater
Bima Theater is an auditorium to hold unique performance.
- Exhibition Space
Interested in using Taman Nusa for your own event? You can use their exhibition space for that. Simply contact the marketing team for detailed information.
- Souvenir Shop
Learning about diverse culture of Indonesia throughout the ages would not feel complete before you buy souvenirs to remember. Therefore, they have prepared one souvenir shop where you buy interesting crafts and items that represent your experience in Taman Nusa.
- Performance Stages
As a place that displays diverse culture of Indonesia, it would not be right if Taman Nusa does not display the traditional art performance of each culture. To accommodate that purpose, there are two performance stages at Taman Nusa. Each stage has its own schedule of performance ever single day.
Tickets and Packages
Taman Nusa Indonesian Cultural Heritage Center opens everyday at 09.00 to 17.00. The entrance tickets are available in three different packages, such as:
- Culture Package
- Package includes Explore Indonesia, visit more than 60 traditional houses, visit the replica of Borobudur Temple, and visit the museum.
- Price is US$ 39 for adults and US$ 29 for children between 2-12 years old.
- Java Package
- Package includes Explore Indonesia, visit more than 60 traditional houses, visit the replica of Borobudur Temple, visit the museum, and a chance to be photographed in traditional costumes.
- Price is US$ 49 for adults and US$ 39 for children between 2-12 years old.
- Barong Package
- Package includes Explore Indonesia, visit more than 60 traditional houses, visit the replica of Borobudur Temple, visit the museum, and a chance to see the Barong Dance Performance at 10.30 if there are at least 30 people interested in watching the show.
- Price is US$ 49 for adults and US$ 39 for children between 2-12 years old.
Children below 2 years old are free of charge. Domestic and KITAS Holder rates apply. For further information, please contact them on telephone number +62 361 952952 or fax to +62 361 953005. You can also gain more info through their website on www.taman-nusa.com or email to [email protected]. For visitors, downloadable app is also available for your smartphone. It is available on Apple Store, Google Play, and Blackberry World.
While visiting Bali, people love to learn and experience the local culture of Bali. But why discover only one culture if you can explore all the culture in Indonesia? With Taman Nusa, this experience is possible to be done in one day.