Taman Nusa Cultural Park  offering an inspiring and educational day out for the whole family throughout its 15-hectare site in Gianyar filled with Indonesia heritage. The park’s vast grounds are filled with enclosed and open-air displays, comprising a collection of 60 authentic traditional houses in their recreated compound settings, together with a variety of exhibits from islands across the Indonesian archipelago.

Not only will visitors get a broader sense of the nation’s history, they will also get a fascinating glimpse into the way of lives on the many disparate islands that is nowadays collectively called Indonesia. Taman Nusa Cultural Park is located within the local community of Banjar Blahpane Kelod in Gianyar’s Sidan village

Your journey at Taman Nusa Cultural Park starts at an introduction room called Pesona Indonesia, filled with photo prints and artifacts detailing the extraordinary diversity found on Indonesia’s many islands. Nearby is an auditorium where Bali’s famous Barong dance performances are held.

An Indonesia historical tour up next lets you explore Indonesia through the ages, from Bronze Age to kingdom era as depicted by an impressive scaled-down replica of Borobudur Temple. After learning about the history of this sprawling region, the Cultural Village awaits where visitors can explore a collection of traditional houses to get an insight into the day-to-day lives of local people through the ages.

Some of the houses in the cultural park’s collection are centuries-old, transported and rebuilt onsite. Next to the ‘honai’ houses of Papua, witness an Amarasi sculptor from Timor carefully beating his chisel for the finishing touches of an intricate wooden house ornament, or enter the traditional Lio house of Flores Island and learn the ancient techniques from an expert weaver. Taman Nusa also has a collection of Sumba Island with their high-rising roofs, and a compound depicting Bali’s own traditional layout.

Houses from the Minahasa highlands, Mamasa and Sulawesi are next, with live music performances from a ‘kolintang’ group on their wooden xylophones making a great entertaining stop. From Sumatera, Kalimantan, Java and Indonesia’s remote east, you will be astonished by the diversity of architectural features from each of these regions. Arriving at the intricately carved wooden house of Yogyakarta, you will have the chance to don a traditional costume and have your photo taken for an extra fee.

The park offers three different types of visitor packages, with the most complete experience available through its Royal Package at USD 79 for adults and USD 59 for children, which covers the Barong show, costume photos, Indonesian lunch at the Royal Sidan Restaurant, the main site tour, a heritage textile museum, and hotel transfer services. A basic Explorer package at USD 39 for adults and USD 29 for children is minus lunch, the Barong show and transport.

A visit to the Taman Nusa Cultural Park lets you experience all of Indonesia’s cultural diversity in one fun-filled site. It also serves as a great addition to tour itineraries around the Ubud area, the likes of the Goa Gajah ‘elephant cave’, the Ubud Monkey Forest, or shopping at the Sukawati Art Market. However, a single dedicated day trip to the park is well worth it due to the large number of exhibits in its collection.