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Museum Taman Prasasti in Jakarta, Indonesia

Museum Taman Prasasti in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (B)

Museum Taman Prasasti or Inscription Museum, formerly known as Kebon Jahe Kober, was the first modern public cemetery in the world built in 1795 in Tanah Abang district, Central Jakarta, Indonesia. The land belonged to Halventinus van Riemsdijk, a landlord and a businessman, before he inherited it to the Dutch colonial government.

It provided a new burial site to replace that in Hollandsche Nieuw Kerk (Dutch New Church), now Museum Wayang or Wayang Puppet Museum, since the cemetery was already full. The cemetery area was once 5.5 hectares, but now it’s only 1.5 hectares left due to the city expansion.

Known for the terrible traffic jam and the biggest textile market in Southeast Asia so-called Pasar Tanah Abang (Tanah Abang Market), Museum Taman Prasasti delivers the tranquil side of Tanah Abang district situated just 7 minutes drive from the hectic area, free from honks and overcrowded street vendors.

But nothing eerie and haunted about this place. The cemetery operated until 1974 and closed a year later. Before turning into a museum on July 9, 1977, the remaining bodies were brought back to their families and some others are cremated. In other words, no bodies under the tombstones ever since. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Museum Taman Prasasti in Jakarta, Indonesia
Guide Location: Indonesia » Jakarta
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Nydia Susanto
Read it on Author's Website: https://galontrip.com/2019/07/18/museum-taman-prasasti-first-public-cemetery-turned-into-a-museum/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum Taman Prasasti
  • Marius Hulswit’s tomb
  • Olivia Mariamne Raffles’ tomb
  • Dr. Jan Laurens Andries Brandes’ tomb
  • Major General JJ Perrie monument
  • Kapitein Jas
  • housing caskets of Indonesia’s first president
  • The Crying Lady
  • Pieter Erberveld monument
  • Japanese troops memorial
  • Soe Hok Gie
  • intentional broken hand

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