Written by Kenji San (GNFI contributor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Indonesians around Europe (or wherever they are) must be proud of their beloved homeland. The first Indonesian Park in Europe has been built, located at Parc Paradisio Conservation Park, Brugelette – Belgium.
Opening ceremony by Indonesia's Cultural and Tourism Ministry and CEO of Parc Paradisio. Photo by detik.com.
Miniature of Prambanan and Borobudur Temple, exactly-same-sized Balinese castle Puri Agung Shanti Buwana, traditional houses of Indonesia’s Provinces, and all other Indonesia’s cultures, sculptures, some fossils, and traditional buildings placed on five hectares area. Still can’t imagine that? Just remember a famous park at Eastern Jakarta, Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). But the whole thing is now moved to Belgium (and of course not exactly the same with the original one).
Also, they imported 320 of containers of original stones from the most active volcano in the world, Merapi, to keep the mystic and magical environment there. And sooner, Sumatran Elephant originally from Sumatra will join this park.
Just imagine. The Europeans will first visit this park, then they fall in love, and visit the real Indonesia afterward. But don’t only imagine this sentence: Indonesians, are you ready for more European guests?