HomeBlogs Kailasa Museum: Tracing The Ancient Javanese Civilization
If you like religious objects, you should visit the Kailasa Dieng
Museum. In this museum, you could trace the ancient Javanese Hindu
civilization of the 7th and 8th centuries.
Kailasa Museum is situated in Gedung Arca Compound and belongs to the
Central Java Conservation Agency in Dieng, Batur sub-district,
Banjarnegara district, Central Java.
Since it is situated within
the Dieng area, you could also see a beautiful and cold environment
because the Dieng highlands is not only famous for its ancient
civilization but also its beautiful and natural scenery.
was a volcano, which erupted and destroyed its peak. This highland was
made of dead cauldrons which filled with water to become a lake. The
lake dried and was used for Hindu religious activities.
Dieng was a ritual site for Hindu followers. Up to the present, 22
ancient Javanese epigraphs tell about Dieng as a center for religious
activities. Here, you will be astonished by temples near the Museum.
say, the names of these temples were taken from the names of players in
Mahabrata stories such as Arjuna, Bima, Setyaki, Gatot Kaca, Dwarawati,
Sembadra, Kunti, and Srikandi. In addition to these temples, you could
also find loose sculptures near the Dieng temple compound such as Arca
Nandi ( a bull), a symbol of Siva and Mahaguru.
the museum, you will see Dieng’s antique sculptures. After that, you
could climb steps to an information room where you could get as much
information as possible, such as the history of Dieng highland and its
Several panels provide information about the life of
local inhabitants in the highlands. Some panels also tell about their
lifestyle and agriculture, and information about local Mosques and
Mushallas, arts, and the Myth of Anak Bajang. Other panels provide more
information about the Dieng highlands as a center for Hindu ritual
activities and about its temples. Dieng is taken from the word "Di"
which means mountain, and "Hyang" which means God. Thus, Dieng means a
mountain where Gods live.
The Kailasa Museum is taken from a
epigraph. It means a holy mountain. This Museum was officially
inaugurated by the Minister of Tourism, Jero Wacik, in 2008. It was
built to provide information about the Dieng highlands.
easiest way is to go to Jogjakarta and arrange a trip by car to Dieng.
There are direct flights to Jogjakarta from Jakarta or Bali.