Ku ambil buluh sebatang, ku potong sama panjang..
Ku raut dan ku timbang dengan benang, ku jadikan layang-layang..
The two lines above are a short quote from an Indonesian kids song about making and playing with kites. While tablets, computers and Playstation’s have caught the attention of a lot of children, playing with kites is still a popular past time for Indonesian kids living in the countryside. Twenty years ago when I was a child though there were none of these distractions, so I spent many happy days playing with kites.
Even though I’m now an adult and have yet to master playing with them I still love kites. So when I accidentally found out about the existence of Musium Layang Layang Indonesia, or Jakarta’s Kite Museum, I knew I had to go.
The Museum is a private museum far away from boring formal ambiance of most of the places you will find in Jakarta. The Kite museum is more hommy, cozy, colourful and a simply fascinating. I read in a brochure that the founder of this place is Mrs. Endang W. Puspoyo. Due to her very deep passion for kites, she decided to open a museum on March 21, 2003. It has been 10 years now, but I’m sure that most people who live in Jakarta don’t know about this place.
The Indonesian Kite Museum was founded with the goal of becoming the center of kite education. It is also involved in organising kite festivals, exhibitions and kite decorating events. For a privately owned museum, the collection is quite impressive. The collection ranges from the miniature piece measuring just 2 centimeters to the ‘Megaray’ kite, which is 9 x 26 meters.
When you enter the museum, the museum assistant will bring you to a small theater to enjoy a movie about the history of kites in Indonesia and the kite festivals that are held in the country. After watching the movie you can tour the museum, which in fact is relatively small in size. While you’re there you can also do fun things like kite making, kite painting, making ceramics, umbrella painting, doing batik for ceramics, t-shirts and many more. For less than $2, you can enjoy all the collection and have a far more interesting day than you would have at the mall.
My final thoughts: well the kites were beautiful and the people there were amazingly friendly. In short, this place is definitely a must if you visit Jakarta.
Curious about the mini and mega kites? You should visit the place and see it by yourself. It was so much fun. The Kite Museum is located in Pondok Labu, an area in South Jakarta. It might take quite a long time to find the museum, because it is not near a main road and the signs pointing towards it are tiny.
The sign is that tiny!