Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (Beautiful Indonesia in Miniature Theme Park)


Many observers regard Taman Mini, established in the early 1970s, not just as a place of recreation but as a symbolic gathering to Jakarta of the nation's cultural symbols. The central feature of the park is an artificial lake containing a miniature Indonesian archipelago. Surrounding the lake are pavilions representing the characteristic architectural styles of each province. Indonesia's five recognized religions were also represented.


Further reading

Bruner, Edward M., ‘Taman Mini : self-constructions in an ethnic theme park in Indonesia', in  Edward M. Bruner, ed., Culture on tour: ethnographies of travel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005, pp. 211-230.

Chandraputera, Charles, 'Collecting the perfect nation: miniature Indonesia in display', Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture 9 (2006), pp. 65-85.

Errington, Shelly, 'The cosmic theme park of the Javanese', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian affairs 31 no 1 (1997), pp. 7-36.

Hellman, JoĢˆrgen, 'The use of "cultures" in official representations of Indonesia : the fiftieth anniversay of independence', Indonesia and the Malay world 26 (1998), pp. 1-12.

Hitchcock, Michael, 'Tourism, Taman Mini, and national identities', Indonesia and the Malay World 26, no.75 (Jun 1998), pp. 124-135.

Street Directory Jakarta. Hamburg etc.: Falk, 1981.

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)


Year span

1981 - 1981