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Radya Pustaka Museum

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Dusty and poorly lit, the Radya Pustaka Museum is your classic old school Indonesian museum, yet as is often the case, it is home to some fascinating items bordering on the bizarre—if you’re in the area do drop in as admission is free.

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Set just off of Jl Slamet Riyadi, the museum has a typical collection of stone with ancient inscriptions, weapons to deliver ghastly wounds (do keep your eyes open for the almost gecko-shaped one), including a large collection of krises, which is interesting, though not as comprehensive as the vast collection at the Kris Nusantara Museum.

Unpleasant. Photo taken in or around Radya Pustaka Museum, Solo, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

Unpleasant. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Look out for the “Kris chart” which illustrates a blade with 33 important points (unfortunately not in English, just ancient Sundanese). Unlike at the Kris Museum, there is thankfully some captioning here in English, though not for all the exhibits and the language can be a bit ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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