Museum Sisa Hartaku
Desa Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Museum Sisa Hartaku Yogyakarta Reviews
A great tale of survival Jun 07, 2013
Yogyakarta was a famous city, noted for cultural and historical tourism in Indonesia. The phenomenal volcano nature tours now are the newest attraction in Yogyakarta.Petung Village, Cangkringan is the area affected by the eruption of Mount Merapi on 2010 ago. In this village is left the debris of abandoned buildings because people have left the village and their homes. In this place we can see and feel the powerful brunt of the hot clouds of Mount Merapi, three years ago.
The Museum Sisa Hartaku is a small building affected by the eruption of Merapi Mount in Kopeng Village. The museum is a bit dilapidated, by design. The owner Ibu Wati developed his ex's house into a small museum for tourists. The building has long been uninhabited since the incident three years ago. The building and museum collections are very different from the other museums . This museum collected all the belongings of her family and other people around his village. Actually she created the museum only known by those closest not for public . But some visitor visited, took photographs and shared the stories, in the media. So this museum is now open to tourists.
The museum located about 1 hour from Centre of city Yogyakarta. Tourists who visit this museum usually they take Mount Merapi package tours by jeep or motorcycle . However you can take your own vehicle. Only one building, it is easy to find the museum. On the front of the building one can see the sign "Museum Sisa Hartaku" and some cow skeletons. This is a “No Charge” admission museum. They provide a donation box.
We really met the owner Ibu Wati. We walked around the museum, and she was really friendly and shared a story about her life before and after Merapi Mount eruption. Various collections are on display. Some collections of the museum are motorcycle skeletons, melted bottles, documents, clothing, housewares, glassware, plates, melted coins, spoons, cassette collections and clothes. They have hundreds of pieces , but the best is a clock that shows the numbers at 12.04.42 , Friday 5 November 2010. The clock was melted and the needle-pointer became a mark of the eruption . The clock is a witness to the history of Merapi Mount especially in his house.
This is not a magnificent museum, but for me , for people to collect their goods to be a museum is a worthy tribute.This museum reminds us that not all the eruptions make losses. The Mount Merapi eruption also has positive benefits. The volcanic dusts comes created a fertile land and fields around the mountain. Million cubic feet of sand created jobs for miners from surrounding villages. One thoroughly appreciates how the locals attempted to show how the eruption damaged their surrounding and livelihood.
Now after 3 years, this area starts to turn green again. The pine trees start to grow and back to where people can look at the beauty of Mount Merapi and also be a witness.It is very interesting to see the people rebuild their houses, and lives, knowing that within a few years everything can be destroyed again. It is scary to know that this is a living and active volcano, and we know the disaster can come anytime. Hopefully with the tourists' visits, they will be able to gain back what they've lost from earnings from the tourists.
These special pictures are in black and white to feel their soul and bleak power. When words become unclear, I want you see the pictures. I want these pictures to capture a moment and make it real. I want these pictures to do more than make you look, I want you to reflect.I want you to feel the way they do when they want to survive and live. I wish my pictures to capture for eternity the idea that we should never cease looking back to our life. When we discover ourselves, we discover the world around us.
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