President Jokowi Expects TMII to Be Indonesia’s Tourism Icon
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Friday (09/01) inaugurated the revitalization of Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII), a miniature park that exhibits the country’s cultural heritage.
The President expressed hope that with its new appearance, TMII can be an icon of Indonesia’s tourism.
“I am sure that with its new appearance, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah will be a great tourism icon in Jakarta and certainly in Indonesia,” he said, adding that the revitalization uses the concept of green open space.
“In the afternoon, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah can be cooler because the concept has been restored in accordance with its initial masterplan, consisting of 70 percent of green open space and 30 percent of building,” he said.
Furthermore, the President pointed out that all museum buildings and pavilions in TMII have been improved and revitalized with an inclusive and smart building concept and by emphasizing culture.
“The public can now visit and enjoy the new Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that is more neatly arranged, greener, more beautiful, and more comfortable,” he remarked.
On that occasion, Minister of State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Erick Thohir in his remarks stated that the revitalization of TMII is a collaboration of three ministries, namely Ministry of State Secretariat, Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, and Ministry of SOE.
“Minister of State Secretary, Mr. Pratikno, at that time assigned us both, Mr. Basuki, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, and me, Minister of SOE, to renovate Taman Mini Indonesia Indah that has historical meaning to Indonesia,” he said.
Erick pointed out that the renovation has been carried out since January 2022 and used a budget of approximately Rp1.070 billion from Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing and a budget of Rp200 billion from state-owned aviation industry and tourism holding company Injourney for beautification and other purposes.
On a separate occasion, Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno stated that TMII is prepared as one of the locations of the 43rd ASEAN Summit meeting series.
“There will be a spouse program for spouses of heads of states or governments, which will be held in the afternoon of September 6,” he said on Tuesday (08/29) in Jakarta, adding that the spouse program is slated to take place at the cultural stage facing TMII’s Lake Archipelago where the delegates and tourists can see miniatures of islands in the country, from Sumatra to Papua.
For the record, the lake lights up at night, reflecting light from red-white lamps. The attraction is enlivened with a dancing fountain that presents an advanced light show, which takes place every night near the lake and island miniature.
In addition, TMII also provides various facilities and entertainment services such as cable cars, a bird park, a museum of Indonesia, a contemporary museum, and pavilions of all provinces in Indonesia. (FID/UN) (DH/LW)