Benteng Heritage Museum

It has been there since 2011 and I just knew it this year. So I decided to make a time to visit it , mostly coz I always love museum and everything that ‘smell’ ancient fragrant. No one would believe that the museum is located inside a local traditional market, where if you go there in mornings, you have to pass by the fresh fish, meat, fruits , vegetables and spices area. You have to squeeze yourself among other buyers and walk-side seller in the market. But it was fun as I also love going to local market , a place where you can truly see the real market of a town. If you wonder why a museum is located in such a place, it’s because it was originally a house and was believed to be built around 17th. In 2009, an Indonesian Chinese named Udaya, bought the house and made a thoroughly restoration . Since then he collected and was given artifacts that some Chinese family had to be put in the house . We can still have some glimpse of the ancient architecture of the house such as the door, the inside railings , the window and amazingly there is a beautiful sculpture on the ceiling bean made of pieces of ancient Chinese plate. The sculpture told the story of Three Kingdoms, part historical, part legend, part myth from Han dynasty . A story about the famous general , Guan Yu who was known to always carry the green dragon crescent blade. The story is well known among the Chinese people in Indonesia.

The museum itself describes a part of how Chinese entered Indonesia via Tangerang, West Java in the era where admiral  Cheng Ho embarked on his mission to find new lands and people outside China.

I admired most of the architecture and the sculpture that is stated as the most fine ceiling beam’s sculpture in South East Asia where we still can find the old Chinese houses with their handmade sculpture .

the location of the museum

the location of the museum

the front door

the front door

details on every doors in the house

details on every doors in the house

a part in the museum. the floor is originated from the first time the house was built in 17century

a part in the museum. the floor is originated from the first time the house was built in 17century

things that considered have high art value

things that considered have high art value

Ash table

Ash table

old cabinet

old cabinet

washstand usually used by a newly bride

washstand usually used by a newly bride

an ancient safety box

an ancient safety box

Erhu, the chinese traditional music instrument

Erhu, the chinese traditional music instrument

Shoes that used for foot binding ( Lotus fee ) in old traditional Chinese culture . It was said that the smaller the feet, the prettier the girl would become . The feet did not grow larger than 7inch

Shoes that used for foot binding ( Lotus fee ) in old traditional Chinese culture . It was said that the smaller the feet, the prettier the girl would become . The feet did not grow larger than 7inch

These are the sculpture on the ceiling beam in the house. It tells the story of General Guan Yu, who rescued his sister-in-law and fought the enemy through five gates in the legend of Three Kingdoms.

General Guan Yu, the man on the horse at the left side, carried the famous green crescent blade. Far left was his sister-in-law ( the woman on the cart )

General Guan Yu, the man on the horse at the left side, carried the famous green crescent blade.
Far left was his sister-in-law ( the woman on the cart )

The second and third gate he had to go through

The second and third gate he had to go through

The fourth gate

The fourth gate

The final gate

The final gate

 

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