West Papua Mansinam island

West Papua Mansinam island

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Mansinam is famous for its status as the island of Papuan Christian civilization. This was where European evangelists landed for the first time in Papua or formerly known as the Netherlands Nieuw Guinea to preach Gospel to the indigenous people. They were Otto (and his wife) and Geisler. They landed on the island on 5 February 1855. Two years later, a famous British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, visited them during his expedition to the Netherlands New Guinea in search of paradise birds or burung Cendrawasih. Every tens of thousands of Christians come to this island to celebrate the Gospel Preaching Day. Pilgrims from every corner of Papua and other islands in Indonesia, as well as from Europe and the Pacific gather in Mansinam island and Manokwari city for a week long celebration. watercolor-cendrawasih.jpg Mansinam is only a small island located in the middle of Manokwari bay. It is a very calm island and suitable for tourists who like to relax and stay away for a while from the hectic life of big cities. There are no motorcycles or cars. Most of the inhabitants of Mansinam island come from Numfor island. The surrounding scenery from Mansinam is very beautiful. From the island you can see Arfak mountain, the town of Manokwari and another nearby island called Lemon which is only several hundred meters away from Mansinam. mansinam-island-2.jpg The natural beauty of the island is balanced by the natural beauty of the underwater coral reef environment. Eastward or at the back of the island there is colorful coral reef inhabited by hundreds of marine species. During World War II, Papua was the battlefield between the Japanese and the US forces. Japanese troops built bomb shelters along the island trying to defend Manokwari against the allied forces led by the United States, the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. Many ships were attacked or sunk by both parties. Therefore, scuba divers who like to explore shipwrecks can dive around the island to explore them. There are no inn or lodging in this island. If you come to Manokwari, you can stay in Kagum inn. The rate per night is between 150,000 and 180,000 rupiahs (or between 15 and 18 US dollars depending on the size of the room). You can contact the manager, Ivanna Roring , if you want to stay in Kagum inn. It is run by my family and is located on Jalan Brawijaya. Her mobile phone number is +62 81 283 07 331 or you can contact me via my mobile phone: +6281332245180. The inn is behind Xavier bookstore. Email: peace4wp@gmail.com Also read: Traveling around Manokwari, Traveling to Islands in the Dorey Bay of Manokwari Posted by Charles Roring at Monday, April 06, 2009

East Papua, Museum of Culture and Progress, Agats, Asmat

East Papua, Museum of Culture and Progress, Agats, Asmat

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Museum Kebudayaan and Kemajuan (Museum of Culture and Progress) Address: Agats, Asmat, Papua, Indonesia, ID Known locally as the Museum Kebudayaan and Kemajuan, the Museum of Culture and Progress resides within Eastern Papua, in the small town of Agats (Asmat region), where it stands just a stone’s throw to the south of the local mosque. The displays here are quite varied and cultural, with some basic signs and explanations to enhance your visit. You will definitely enjoy your time more if you can manage to find an English-speaking guide. Open: Monday to Saturday – 08:00 to 13:00 Admission: charge

East Papua, Taman Budaya (Cultural Park), Wamena

East Papua, Taman Budaya (Cultural Park), Wamena

Taman Budaya (Cultural Park) Address: Jalan Abepura, Waena, Papua, Indonesia, ID Wamena Cultural Park contains a series of traditional houses, with each of these representing an actual district. Although the condition of the Cultural Park itself is not great, the house exhibits themselves are well laid out, and the admission is completely free of charge. Open: Tuesday to Saturday – 08:00 to 16:00, Sunday – 10:00 to 16:00 Admission: free

East Papua, Museum Negeri (State Museum) Wamena

East Papua, Museum Negeri (State Museum) Wamena

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Museum Negeri (State Museum) Address: Waena, Papua, Indonesia, ID Sited in the small town of Waena and close to the Taman Budaya (Cultural Park), the Museum Negeri contains a very reasonable collection of artefacts, which originate from throughout Papua and include both present day and historical items, from periods such as Dutch colonial times. Expect to find wooden carvings and sculptures, traditional Indonesian costumes, boats and regional handicrafts. An onsite souvenir shop completes the main attractions here. Open: Tuesday to Saturday – 08:00 to 16:00, Sunday – 11:00 to 16:00 Admission: charge

East Papua, Museum Loka Budaya (Cultural Museum) Abepura

East Papua, Museum Loka Budaya (Cultural Museum)  Abepura

Museum Loka Budaya (Cultural Museum) Address: Jalan Abepura, Abepura, Papua, Indonesia, ID The Museum Loka Budaya resides in the Jayapura / Sentani area of Eastern Papua and stands within the town of Abepura. Many wonderful Papuan artefacts are housed here, with the Asmat carvings being quite splendid and amongst the best of their kind in Indonesia, outside of the Agats region. Open: Monday to Friday – 07:30 to 16:00 Admission: donations suggested

East Papua, Wamena, Baliem Valley, Palimo Adat

East Papua, Wamena, Baliem Valley, Palimo Adat

Palimo Adat Museum Address: Jalan Musium, Wesaput, Baliem Valley, Papua, Indonesia, ID Situated close to Wamena and within the acclaimed Baliem Valley, the Palimo Adat Museum is the only museum within the whole region, and so does tend to draw the visitors. The exhibits are based around the Dani tribe from Irian Jaya, who are known for their strong religious beliefs and eccentric traditions, which strangely include actually cutting fingers off women when their family members die. Highlights include various items of clothing, musical instruments and carvings. Open: Monday to Saturday – 08:00 to 16:00 Admission: charge

Museum Cenderawasih Biak Papua

Museum Cenderawasih Biak Papua

Cenderawasih Museum Address: Jalan Sisingamangaraja, Kota Biak, Pulau Biak, Papua, Indonesia, ID The Cenderawasih Museum is located within the popular resort of Kota Biak, on the island of Pulau Biak, where it is widely advertised by the local tourist office as one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions. Whilst that title may well be debatable, the Cenderawasih Museum is certainly worthy of a visit and contains a rather diverse and eclectic collection of war-related artefacts, which range from Second World War military memorabilia and weaponry, to war relics from Japan, which are displayed in the gardens. Open: hours vary / by arrangement Admission: charge