When friends asked me what would I recommend to see if they visit Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) is undeniably on my top list. Why? TMII is like ‘Indonesia in a small scale’, with each and every famous tourist attractions in Jakarta and all over the country represented; the beaches exempted.So when you visit the place, it’s like you’ve explored the whole of Indonesia already.
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) or Beautiful Indonesia Miniature Park (when translated in English) is one of the most popular destinations in Jakarta. Located in East Jakarta, this recreational park is 150 acres, so huge and wide, that it would take you a day or two to enjoy everything this park has to offer.
The park has a replica of the iconic Monas, the National Monument and also real-life sizes of traditional houses (pavilions) of the different provinces in Indonesia, among others.
This culture-based recreational park also features several museums with various collections of Indonesian arts, dances, clothing, and architecture. By visiting TMII, you will get a glimpse of how other races and ethnic group live and how they deal with their daily lives.
Moreover, they also have other numerous recreational facilities like 4D Theatre, Imax Theatre Keong Mas, Train Aeromovel, Science and Technology Center, Cactus Garden, Jasmine Gardens, Orchid Gardens, Bird parks, and even different houses of worship – temples, churches, and mosques- for the five official religions found in Indonesia. If you’re travelling with kids, you can visit the Children’s Castle, Snow Bay Waterpark, Fishing Ponds Mina, and a lot more.
Another great place to visit in the park is the iconic miniature lake archipelago of Indonesia. You can sit by the lakeside and just enjoy the view or you can take the sky lift so you can have an aerial view of the lake and the whole of TMII.
As I’ve said, TMII is huge! Wandering around on foot can be very tiring although this is also the best way to check out each and every attraction. There are bicycles for rent but they can be very expensive, you have to rent per hour. Not worth it. For those who wanted to stay for the night, there are restaurants and hotels nearby.
The entrance fee to Taman Mini is only IDR 10,000 per person. However, most of the attractions such as museums and parks have entrance fees as well. Ooops! Don’t fret! If you’re on a budget, a lot of attractions are free!
How to get there: You can use the Transjakarta Bus but it can be difficult as you have to endure the many stopovers. If you want a more comfortable, fast, just opt for Grab Car, Uber, or Taxi (which is more expensive) or you can rent a car to take you there.