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Indonesia Kite Museum
Jl. Haji Kamang No. 38 Pondok Labu South Jakarta
Phone: (62 21) 765-8075
Fax. (62 21) 750-5112
Historically, kites were first known in human civilization around 3,000 years ago in China. From there, kites began to spread to the other Asian regions like Korea, Japan, the Malay archipelago and India. In Europe, the ancient Greeks were the first to develop the airborne toys.
Kite enthusiast Zaenal Effendi, claims that the history of kites began in Indonesia. The man, now in his sixties, who once entered national and international kite festivals, said Indonesia's ancient men used kites extensively. "In the interior of Sulawesi, primitive paintings depicting people playing with airborne puppets were discovered on cave walls. They are estimated to date from over 3,000 years ago - before China's kites," he indicated.
The function of kites has also developed in several areas in the country. In Javanese villages, kites are employed to drive away insects and wild birds in paddy fields. More uniquely, fishermen in Lampung use traditional kites for fishing. The flaying of kites as a spiritual gesture has become a custom of Bali's predominantly Hindu people to express gratitude to God for soil fertility.
Meanwhile, in order to maintain kite development as a leisure activity, a center for the safekeeping and display of a wide range of kites from all over the country has been established. Named the Indonesian Museum of Kites, it is the only museum of its the kind ever set up in Indonesia, which has been open to the public since March 21, 2003.
So far it has collected more than 350 kites from different parts of this country, as well as other countries. Its founder, art patron Endang W. Puspoyo, also known as a beautician, has been active in the kite-loving community since 1989.
An Array of kites in a variety of forms and designs are neatly arranged in one of South Jakarta's tourist spot. Its rare collection includes the smallest kite, whole-leaf kites and decades-old, yet well preserved ones. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except on Fridays, the museum has a collection from virtually the entire country, besides some foreign items. Visitors need only pay Rp 5,000 per person for entry.
Its popularity among educational circles has prompted some local and foreign schools to make the museum a place of study, creativity, practice and recreation. Its hundreds of daily visitors include students from several international schools like the Jakarta International School, British International School and Australian International School, which have sought to learn how to build Indonesia kites, knowledge that was in danger of being lost forever.
The Museum is open for public every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.