A Window To The Culture Of The Acehnese People

Trip Start Mar 22, 2012
Trip End Mar 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hermes Palace Hotel Banda Aceh
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Indonesia  , Sumatra,
Saturday, March 24, 2012

By the time we had finished with the previous temple, it was around 1 pm and our stomachs were already giving us various sounds and indications. Hence, the driver brought us to another lovely restaurant in the middle of the city.

This restaurant seems like it is used to catering large group of crowd as they had various dining halls and from my brief observation, they could easily accommodate at least 300 people at any one time. There was also a VIP room which was air conditioned and that was where we were seated. 

After some time of being in this room, we truly regretted as the air cond was really bad and we were sweating. In fact, if we had sat outside, it would have been much better I guess. As for the food, it was really good. I have no complains and it was really great.

From here, we headed to the Aceh Museum, which hosted a collection of historical and cultural artifacts here. I found the main building, that is the museum to have a unique architecture, somehow as you can see from the photos here, the roof was also part of the wall, giving it a double insulation from the heat and that made the interiors of the museum pretty cool. An interesting and practical design. However, the collections here were quite basic. It was simply a small building which was a two story structure and only the ground floor was used for display and the first floor was merely the administration office.



The more interesting here was the traditional Aceh house. I spent more time here looking at the design and the way it was built along with the items at display. The house simply was divided into three sections, the outer common hall, The family area and the Womens area which had the womens rooms and the kitchen.

Seems pretty traditional, more like an Indian setting of the yesteryears. Not only that, they also used brass oil lamps, similar to that used for centuries over in India, only that here in Aceh, they claimed it to be Acehnese tradition when for a fact I knew that it was not. 



Another interesting observation, which may not seem obvious by design at first is that the doors to the house is located at the bottom of the house. Well, these houses as you can see from the photos, are elevated. It was interesting to see for the very first time in my life where the main door to a house is located literally at the bottom of the house. The explanation they gave was that it was more secure and break proof compared to the presently used designs. That also makes quite a sense as it is more difficult to push force especially when you are opposing gravity. 




By the time we were done with this Museum, it was three in the afternoon and the weather, gosh.....extremely hot. We insisted on heading back to the hotel to continue the rest of the activities planned for the day much later around six pm. The driver was hoping for us to say that too and I could see a great relief on his face when we both indicated that we should head back to the hotel due to the heat. 

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Jay on

I enjoyed viewing the Aceh traditional house. Its very unique!

venoth on

Truly a very unique design Jay, agreed with you.

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