I went on a four week trip to Indonesia and took the opportunity to visit the national museum in Jakarta.
It turns out (like i expected) that Indonesia has a very rich and interesting culture. Indonesia is now the country with the biggest Muslim population in the world but it hasn’t always been like that.
In the museum there are a lot of old Buddhist and Hindu relics, even more than Muslim relics which surprised me. Another unexpected thing I noticed was they had many similarities with the Indians in North America, like for instance totem poles.
The most interesting or rather pleasant thing at the museum was however not very old, it was school children. I met several school classes with a bunch of wonderful kids that were simply amazing.
Above is a picture of the biggest class I met, it was buzzing around them and I had a great time there. I’m 190cm tall and come from Europe so I guess they found me interesting as well. I can count to more than 30 kids in the picture but it was more because I could not get all of them in the viewfinder.
So when you go to the Jakarta National Museum you should be prepared not only to see some old stuff but also meet the younger generation. It was great fun.