Bali Museum

On May 12, 2008, I went to Bali Museum in Denpasar City, Province of Bali, Indonesia. Bali Museum is located at Mayor Wisnu Street, Denpasar. You can easily reach the museum since it is located in the center of the city of Denpasar.

Bali Museum has several buildings:

  • Tabanan Building.

Tabanan Building was a contribution from the royal family of Tabanan Kingdom. Its architecture is of Tabanan style representing that of south Bali in general. In former time such building was used to store the wealth and valuable properties of the king in the form of art objects as well as sacred equipments and tools.

The width of Tabanan Building is 155 meter square meters with two roofs, one under the other like meru shrine. Its original form is : a two-roof building, with one elevated room at the center surrounded by a solid wall (now only a glass bar), and equipped with a door in front and two small windows on the right and left hand sides of the wall. The surrounding and lower leveled veranda is equipped with a number of poles at its edge to support its roof. The space between the two roofs is solidly blocked to keep safe all objects stored inside.

  • Karangasem Building.

The name of this building is taken from the name of Karangasem regency of east Bali who has built this building in year 1925 for the Bali Museum. This building is in the form of the Balai Penangkilan (a meeting place) in the king’s palace of Karangasem with architecture of east part of Bali which has combined with the temple style and modified in accordance to museum’s need.

The Karangasem Building collects many items such as Wuku Calendar, Palelintangan (Bali Astrological Calendar), and Lontar Manuscripts (Manuscripts written at palm leaf cut into length about 20-40 cm).

  • Buleleng Building.

The name of this building is taken from the name of the Buleleng Regency of the north part of Bali who has presented this building to the Bali Museum in year 1932. The building is represents the style of a temple pagoda ( meru ) with the architecture of north part of Bali style which is normally built in the temple and has modified in accordance to the museum’s need.

The Buleleng Building displays traditional spinning wheel and loom. On Balinese loom, the warp is stretched between a heavy wooden structure and a sort of yoke shaped like a bow held by woman’s back.

  • Beji.
  • Resting Pavilion.
  • Split Gate.
  • Covered Gate.
  • The Wooden Bell Tower.
  • East Building.

The East Building of Bali Museum is built in 1969 by Pelita Project held by the Government of Indonesia during Suharto era. This two-stories building displays various pre-historical and historical collection of Bali, and also the development of art painting and sculpture in Bali since 16th century until present time.

What’s inside the East Building of Bali Museum ? Here you can find Stone Throne, Sarcophagus, Site Map of Bali Pre-historical Period, Hunting and Cutting Things of The Paleolithicum Period, Stone Tools of The Neolithicum Period, Sharp Weapons of The Paleomethalic Period and Traditional Weapons of The Modern Period.

The East Building of Bali Museum is also collecting Stone and Bronze Statues of The Ancient Period.

The Twin Lingga, Sandstone Statue, Priest Statue, Bronze Light, Jars and some types of ceramic of The Middle Period are also displayed at The East Building of Bali Museum.

  • Library Building.
  • Tickets Counter.
  • Security.
  • Conservation Lab.
  • Auditorium.
  • Administration Building.
  • Entrance Gate.

This is an interesting museum to visit. Do not forget to visit Bali Museum.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

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Le Mayeur Museum

This article describes about a painting museum in memory of Le Mayeur’s work. The museum is located in Sanur Beach Bali near the Grand Bali Beach Hotel. It was built on August 28, 1957 with balinese style architecture.

A. J. Le Mayeur De Merpres was born on February 9, 1990 in Bruxelles, Belgium. He arrived in Bali in year 1932 and died in piece on May 31, 1958 in Bruxelles, Belgium. Meanwhile, his wife, Ni Nyoman Pollok, was born on March 3, 1917 in Kelandis Village, and died in piece on July 21, 1985 in Kelandis Village, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia.

At the end of Jalan Hang Tuang in Sanur beach, there is a walking track to the Le Mayeur Museum. The entry ticket price is Rp 4000 for adult and Rp 2000 for child. The museum is managed by the Provincial Government of Bali.

There are several buildings in Le Mayeur museum area such as Bale Bengong (Open Building), The Bali Night Cafe, Exhibition Hall, Pengijeng (Balinese Hindu Shrine) , Shrine for The Ocean God, and Exhibition Room.

The Bale Bengong (Open Building) at Le Mayeur Museum is used for a relaxation while enjoying the scenery of Sanur Beach. Le Mayeur himself often got inspirations at this place which he then poured onto canvas using his wife, Ni Nyoman Pollok as model.

Ni Nyoman Pollok built a cafe named The Bali Night Cafe. This is an open building erected by Ni Nyoman Pollok in 1970 to accommodate requests from the visitors who wanted to meet Ni Nyoman Pollok while having dinner together. This effort was successful at the beginning, but later on due to emergence of some competitors that cafe was then closed. The Provincial Government of Bali has now erected a similar open building at the ex-location of the cafe for the ticket and information counter and a place for relaxation as well at Le Mayeur Museum.

There is also an art shop beside the museum managed by Ni Nyoman Pollok’s family. The art shop is selling postcards of Le Mayeur’s painting. Come to Le Mayeur Museum and enjoy the paintings. Le Mayeur Museum is a nice place to visit in Sanur Beach.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net

The Surabaya Zoo

This is an interesting place in Surabaya City, East Java Province, Indonesia. The Surabaya Zoo is located at Jalan Setail No. 1 Surabaya. You can find it easily on the map, near the Wonokromo Station. In front of its entry gate, there is a statue of the symbol of Surabaya, the Sura (Fish) and Baya (Crocodile).

I bought an entry ticket. It cost Rp 10.000 for adult to enter the zoo. Let’s go inside …..

There is a Map of Surabaya Zoo near the entry gate. I took a photograph of it. This map can help us to find our location as well as the animal location. Here is the map in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language). The title is Kebun Binatang Surabaya, means Surabaya Zoo.

The Zoo has rich vegetation and thousands of animals. The class consists of Mammal, Reptile, Aves and Pisces.

The mammals class consists of :

  • Tapir
  • Ceetah
  • Baboon
  • Camel

Camel (Camelus Dromedarius) is able to live in temperature up to 41°C (106 °F) at day. Camel can run up to 65 km/h (40 mph) in short range and able to maintain speed of up to 40 km/h (25mph). Because of its ability, military used camel as cavalry in past century.

  • Zebra
  • Capybara
  • Sambar Deer
  • Black Bear

Black bear ( Ursus americanus ) eats both meat and plant such as salmon, crayfish, nuts and berries. It also feed on bee larvae as a protein source. Black bear can stand and walk while it look at something since it hind legs are slightly longer than forelegs. It’s native habitat is in North America.

Giraffe (Giraffa Camelopardalis) is the tallest of land-living animal. Giraffe has a long neck to reach the leaves of trees. Giraffe can reach up to 5.5 metres (18 feet) tall for male and slightly shorter for female. Giraffe lives in savanna, open woodland or grassland.

  • Llama
  • Bison
  • Elephant

  • Anoa
  • Hippopotamus
  • Sumatran Tiger
  • Lion
  • Horse
  • Chimpanzee

The Reptile at Surabaya Zoo consists of Snakes, Komodo Dragon, and Crocodile. In my opinion, The Komodo Dragon are very interesting. They fed every 5th and 20th day month at 12:30 pm. These are the biggest lizards in the world. They can grow to a length of 3.63 meter and weight of 150 kg.

The Aves class consists of:

  • Green Peafowl

Green Peafowl ( Pavo Muticus ) usually spend time on the ground but roost in trees at a height of 10-15 m. Green Peafowl is only found in the forest or scrubland in Java Island. The male Green Peafowl has a slight crook in its neck and long iridescent upper tail feathers. According to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Green Peafowl is evaluated as vulnerable.

  • Cockatoo
  • Jalak Bali ( Leucopsar Rothschildi )
  • Pelican
  • Ostrich

The Surabaya Zoo is a very nice place to visit. I will come to this zoo next time.

By Sapteka, http://www.sapteka.net