Trip IV: Borobudur Ship Museum

Borobudur Ship Museum
Untold Story


Here I'm going to share about museums in area of Borobudur which is defined into two, Borobudur Museum and Borobudur Ship Museum. I never expect before to trace the story that fascinates me immediately. As usual, museum is not popular venue for most Indonesian, I don't know the reason exactly yet it keeps untold remarkable story. The only thing to get access more into past and really experiencing how it was.

I slip into elementary school students group who make trip to Borobudur, definitely they put priority for museum. Little relieved getting real circumstance how the pupils are curious about, at least they will keep trip in mind how important to figure history out among modernization.

Well, Borobudur Museum collects stuffs dealing with temple property such as stupa, relief figures, and even micro-scale 3D appearance of the temple itself. Guess, almost none of visitor going by to these three part buildings, except foreign tourists and officer. I just whisper how they lost very useful information about relief in which telling us about the story. You may find out on internet but I swear you'll never feel the sense.

The second one, Borobudur Ship Museum. A place I visit by losing exit. I never imagine to go inside since I don't really know its existence. A fortune driven by this student group bringing me inside. At first time I pass the gate, I just see an old ordinary ship. But see what going on is actually. Herewith I quote information as printed on mini flyer:

Samuderaraksa-Borobudur Ship Museum

The making of the ship was based on the idea of Philip Beale, a former British Navy who was charmed b the beaut of the ship engraved on the wall of Borobudur Temple when he visited the temple 20 years ago. He was stunned and had thought that if the builder of the temple itself had already crafted the relief of the ship on the wall of Borobudur a century ago, then there must be the Indonesian ancestor having capability to sailing the ocean and made the wooden ship as well. After carrying out the expedition of Cinnamon Route to Africa in 2003 successfully, the ship was sent backto Indonesia in the condition of pieces in order to easier in transportation. When it arrived in Indonesia, the pieces of the ship would be rebuilt and set up in Ship Museum in Borobudur, which its name Samuderaraksa.

Samuderaraksa expedition is not ordinary yet challenging and priceful of value. The aim of expedition is to trace Indonesian ancestor route in the past glory which well known as Cinamon Route inspired by ship on the relief of the temple. Started from 15th August 2003 till 23th February 2004 thee route as following:

Borobudur (Java) - Benoa Port (Bali) - Seychelles - Madagascar - Cape Town (S.Africa) - St.Helena - Accra (Ghana)

If most of Story class discuss about Silk Route, Indonesian has to be more aware for the past as Cinamon Route also played significant role to connect the east to west which upheld the spreading of culture. It can be understood some Indonesia culture also influenced Madagascar and its race classification is close, Melanesia.

Completely these museums are really inspiring particularly to those whose passion in History, Cultural concern, Anthropogenic Studies and even any thing related. Last not least we could find the real sensation by visiting it directly not only fun but historical value.

Today trip is almost done, please enjoy following dish:

LOTEK (not Low Technology)
A Javanese traditional food in Jogja


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