Tourism Guide: The WayangKulit in Java


Wayangkulit in java (Javanese puppets) is such one of o many awesome traditional cultures that you can find every time you visit Java, Indonesia. These wonderful puppets can be a very unique and different entertainment that you have to enjoy whenever you visit the Java Island especially East Java, Center Java, Jogjakarta, and so on. By doing so, you will definitely find something that can make you know a bit more about the great values of Indonesia so well. Perhaps, it can also be the reason why you can fall in love to the country instantly somehow.

Then, there are several things about the Wayangkulit in javathat you have to know before you see the show live during your vacation in Java, which can be like:

  • Facts about wayangkulit show

Wayangkulit show is actually performed by a puppeteer that is commonly known well as “dalang”. He will start to be the narrator of the story of the show, and then at the same time there will be some female singers(called “sinden”) and the traditional music from the “gamelan” (traditional Javanese music instruments) all night long. All of them will be combined as well as possible in order to make the show become so much more interesting and entertaining at once. Moreover, in many years ago, a wayangkulit show would only show you the shadows of the puppets on a wide screen that is called “kelir”. Fortunately, you can now enjoy the wayang shows from the same view that the puppeteer has. It makes the people can also see the colorful and unique look every time they watch the puppets.

  • The various stories of wayangkulit show

Furthermore, there are actually so many various stories offered by the Wayangkulit in java. All of them are basically taken from the Mahabharata or Ramayana stories which had come from India to Indonesia since so many years ago. Many believe that those stories are very valuable as it can make you learn more life. On the simple words, the stories will tells you about the good against the bad, and then the good side will always conquer the victory after it rises up especially in the of the story. This part of the story is like reminding the viewers of the show that positivity is what you need to live your life well.

Additionally, in case you want to watch the show of the wayangkulit show live, it will usually be held when the people have special events to celebrate like wedding event, the anniversary events, and so on. This specific fact can make the puppet show is kind of hard to find. However, it is so much recommended for you to visit the Wayang Museum which is located in Kota Tua, Jakarta (on PintuBesar Utara Street 27, West Jakarta). This museum will give you the chance to watch stunning puppet show every Sunday morning from about 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM.

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