If you go to Malang, you might want to visit Batu, a small town located around 15 km west of Malang city centre. The town lies on the slopes of a mountain, Mount Welirang, thus has beautiful views and cool mountain air.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Batu. We didn’t have enough time, though, so we only went to Museum Angkut, Pasar Apung and D’Topeng Kingdom Museum, all located in the same area.
After buying our tickets at the counter, we went to the main building. On the first level, there is a big collection of vintage cars, vintage motorbikes and horse carriages.
This car belonged to Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia.
There is a vintage racing car, and a lot of other vintage cars….
And a collection of horse-drawn carriages.
We then went to level 2. We saw a collection of traditional vehicles there.
This is cikar, a cow-drawn cart. I used to see cikar going around the city when I was small, but I haven’t seen one for more than 25 years.
Carla and Renan played a bit. Renan was trying to match vehicles and their sounds.
We went out of the main building and we thought there was nothing else to see. We were wrong! The museum has a huge outdoor area designed to look like small cities, based loosely on places around the world, from Asia, to America and Europe.
This is Batavia, or Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, in the olden days.
This is “Gangster Town and Broadway Street”, inspired by American gangster movies I guess.
Museum Angkut provides plenty of interesting spots to take pictures. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
We had so much fun in Museum Angkut…..
Next we went to Pasar Apung or floating market. Too bad it was raining that day, so we couldn’t go on a boat ride. We bought some snacks and drinks from some stalls, and then we went straight to D’Topeng Kingdom Museum, since it started to rain harder.
This is D’Topeng Kingdom Museum. Topeng means a mask, but the museum doesn’t just showcase masks. They do have a big collection of traditional masks, but you can also see traditional textiles, decorative items, sculptures and other traditional art from all over Indonesia.
We went around the museum to look at the art collection. It was interesting, and we learned a lot about Indonesian art that day, since the friendly museum staff was more than happy to explain and answer our questions about the museum’s collection.
Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung no. 2
Opening hours: 12 noon-8 pm
Museum Angkut only:
Rp. 60,000 (Monday-Thursday), Rp. 80,000 (Friday-Sunday)
Museum Angkut and D’Topeng Kingdom:
Rp. 70,000 (Monday-Thursday), Rp. 90,000 (Friday-Sunday)
Additional charge: Rp. 30,000 per camera