A Voyage of Learning: UIII Students' Journey to Taman Mini

March 10, 2023

Contributor: Magello Fenis & Safiullah Junejo  |  Editor: Supriyono

As international students at UIII, we eagerly awaited the recent trip organized by the International Students Association (ISA-UIII) to Taman Mini Indonesia. We had heard a lot about the park and were thrilled to experience it for ourselves. This trip became one of the most memorable experiences of our UIII student life.

The trip was not just for international students but also the first time most local students would visit Taman Mini. This cultural trip served as both an educational tour and an opportunity for all students to socialize and create bonds outside the campus walls.

On the day of the trip, we gathered at the meeting point, excited to embark on this cultural adventure. The bus ride was filled with chatter and laughter as we shared our expectations for the day ahead.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the park's vibrant atmosphere that immediately sparked our curiosity. We were eager to explore the pavilions, which offered a unique opportunity to learn about Indonesia's different provinces, their cultural traditions, and history. Friendly locals welcomed us, eager to share their knowledge and experiences. It was truly an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of our time at UIII.

The pavilions at Taman Mini Indonesia were absolutely breathtaking, each showcasing the unique cultural heritage of its respective province. We were awestruck by the intricate details and vibrant colors of the traditional costumes, artifacts, and architectural designs. The experience was immersive and allowed us to gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural traditions of Indonesia.

In addition to the pavilions, we were treated to cultural shows featuring traditional music, dance, and theater, which were simply mesmerizing. The colorful costumes, lively music, and energetic performances left us captivated. It was an unforgettable experience that allowed us to experience Indonesian culture in a dynamic and engaging way.

However, the highlight of the trip was undoubtedly the food. The park's food court offered a wide variety of Indonesian cuisine, from traditional snacks and street food to more upscale restaurant meals. We eagerly tried everything and were not disappointed. The flavors were bold and diverse, and each dish was a unique reflection of Indonesia's rich culinary traditions.

As the day came to an end, we boarded the bus feeling exhausted but content. The trip exceeded all our expectations, and we gained a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures that make up Indonesia. It was a reminder of the importance of cultural exchange and the value of international education.

The trip to Taman Mini Indonesia organized by ISA-UIII was an incredible experience that allowed us to embrace cultural diversity, broaden our horizons, and deepen our understanding of the world around us. It was an adventure that we will never forget, and we encourage other international students to follow our lead and explore this incredible cultural park.

As we toured the park, we felt as though we had traveled through the entirety of Indonesia. From the majestic mosques to the astonishing temples and churches, it was as if we had opened a portal in Aceh leading us to Papua. At some point, we even felt transported to 1945, right after Sukarno's powerful anti-imperialist speech.

However, our time was limited, and as the tour guide pointed to the next landmark, we were reminded that we couldn't experience everything in just one day.