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Museum Negeri Sri Baduga

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Museum Negeri Sri Baduga is West Java’s provincial museum, and like many of its kind in Indonesia ticks the boxes of dusty (check) with dated displays (check), yet full of fascinating curiosities worthy of your time and effort to see (check) (although to be fair it is far less dusty than some we have seen).

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The museum lays three kilometres due south of Bandung Railway Station, a little off the main tourist drag, in a building that references a traditional Sundanese (the main ethic group in West Java) stilted house and is named for the King of Pajajaran, a 15th-16th century Hindu Sundanese kingdom, whose capital corresponds to modern-day Bogor.

Curious. Photo taken in or around Museum Negeri Sri Baduga, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Curious. Photo: Sally Arnold

Legend tells that this king, Sri Baduga Maharaja (Prabu Siliwangi) was killed in battle defending the kingdom’s honour against the Majahpahit Kingdom in Trowulan, East Java when what was supposed to have been a wedding ceremony for his daughter to King Hayam Wuruk turned to violence (turns out she was to be a mere concubine and not the Queen). To this day the Sundanese are some of the few Indonesians who do not revere the Majahpahit Kingdom as one of Indonesia’s greatest.

The museum itself showcases Sundanese history and culture beginning with early archeological remains. Most of the signage is in Indonesian, but enough of the descriptions are in both Indonesian and English to gain a good overview. The initial exhibition displays replicas of early inscribed stones along with some very interesting crude stone carvings of Ganesh and ancestor spirits.

Some things have barely changed. Photo taken in or around Museum Negeri Sri Baduga, Bandung, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Some things have barely changed. Photo: Sally Arnold

A replica of Pawon cave (Gua Pawon), an archaeological site at Gunung Masigit, west of Bandung is complete with skeletal remains of early Homo sapiens and other details and information of early man in the region include a replica of a jar burial. Other showcases include a few sad stuffed examples of West Javanese fauna and geology displays (although if you are really interested in rocks, visits the Museum ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Museum Negeri Sri Baduga
185 Jalan BKR, Bandung
Tu–Fr: 08:00–16:00 Sa–Su: 08:00–14:00
T: (0225) 210 976 F: (0225) 223 214;
Admission: 3,000 rupiah

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