Thursday, August 18, 2011


Enkhuizen is an old port city in North Holland which was used to be based for the Dutch Indies Trading Company (VOC). More info on the city : (they have English version, too). But what I like when I visit a place is the street furniture. Here I took some pictures from Enkhuizen.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Menyambung diskusi tentang ruh bangunan bersejarah dengan menghidupkan berbagai aktivitas, prinsip yang sama juga berlaku untuk revitalisasi obyek-obyek bersejarah lain.

Bangunan atau bentuk fisik lain semata-mata adalah wadah. Yang kita ingin perkenalkan pada masyarakat adalah nilai-nilai sejarahnya. Caranya? Dengan melakukan aktivitas, bisa berupa simulasi aktivitas pada masa lalu atau aktivitas edukatif lain. Aktivitas ini semakin penting lagi jika kita memberi fungsi baru berupa museum pada bangunan bersejarah. Museum tanpa aktivitas adalah museum yang pasif dan bagi anak-anak cenderung tidak menarik.

Di bawah ini beberapa contoh aktivitas yang dilakukan di atas tram dan gerbong antik antara Hoorn dan Medemblik dan aktivitas yang dilakukan di Museum Bakeri di Medemblik.

Anak-anak khususnya melakukan simulasi kegiatan bagaimana pengangkutan barang di masa lalu dengan menggunakan gerbong kereta api.

Sukarelawan dengan kostum petugas pos giro yang melayani anak-anak di kantor pos di atas kereta api. Anak-anak dapat mengirim kartu pos dari sini.

Kotak surat di atas kereta api untuk pengiriman pos sungguhan bekerjasama dengan perusahaan pos dan giro.

Di Museum Bakeri anak-anak melihat demonstrasi pembuatan roti tradisional dan diperbolehkan membantu.

Anak-anak diberi kuis yang jawabannya mendorong mereka untuk melihat koleksi museum lebih detail dan membaca keterangannya.

Anak-anak juga dipersilakan mengikuti workshop mendekorasi kue.

Thursday, August 04, 2011


As an Indonesian who lives in the Netherlands, sometimes I am amazed how much related these two countries until now. I can find a glimpse of it very often and everywhere like this poster in Utrecht. It is summarized as "Inspiring exhibition of paintings and painted porceleins in Zeist by two Dutch artists."



When foreigners come to the Netherlands for the first time, they want to see icons of the country. Famous icons like,


Clogs and how to make them by a Dutch young boy in a traditional custom....

....or a Dutch girl with a touch of traditionality.......

When millions of people want to do it then this need should be accomodated in an organized way. The Dutch know how to this. They lead the tourists to flow to Zaanse Schaan, a village about 20 kilometer outside Amsterdam, just 20 minutes by car without traffic jam. In this village, the tourists can see most of Dutch icons in one go: windmills, clogs making, cheese making by girls in traditional dresses, taking a short boat trip along canals, visiting museums, tasting the Dutch pancakes and don't forget, buying souvenirs, from diamonds to keyrings. There is one more specific about Zaanse Schaan, the tourists will smell chocolate all over the place (except inside the windmills and other buildings) because a chocolate factory is close to the village.

Buses by buses 'invade' this village especially in summer. But this village is practically open all seasons the whole year around as the man who operated the boat told me.

The tourists do not need to buy tickets. The only thing they pay is parking fee if they come by cars or buses. This is a smart approach in my opinion. It shows hospitality but also practically attract a lot of visitors and they will somehow spend money anyway, an indirect way to generate income for the village.

Massa tourism? Touristic? It is not for a tourist who look for something deeper. It is for a tourist who want to have a taste of Dutch icons in few hours. Wrong? Who are we to judge that massa tourism is wrong? There is a demand, there is a supply. It is not a place to discuss authenticity, it is a practical reason to welcome guests who come from all over the world and they don't bother about authenticity. Not everyone can afford authenticity.