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Museum ABRI Satria Mandala

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On the way to Citos (Cilandak Town Square) we made a stop at Satria Mandala (Armed Forces) museum, located at Jl. Gatot Subroto 14-16, Jakarta. It was Sunday, February 18, 2007, around 10 a.m. We were not sure actually whether it was open, but we found out later that it opens daily for public, starting from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., except on Monday.

The Museum displays diorama on the development of the Indonesian Armed Forces, depicted its role in the struggle for Indonesia’s independence, as well as displays of various old weapons, artillery, armors, aircraft, uniform, military flags and military vehicles
It was only a few weeks back that I had a thought to visit the museum, and it would be the first time since I started living in Jakarta for about 22 years now. Thanks to bleu who made a comment in Soekarno - Hatta Monument that made the visit could be materialized sooner. Comments from bung Joni, bung alexandrite, bung yodee, ime', jeng kenny, bung hidayat, and amethys (who is on pulang kampung) are also encouraging.
Not knowing where the entrance was, instead of going to the front door we went straight to the back area, where we found displays of armored military vehicle and tanks. Even though it looked outdated, it still showed its power.
After that we entered a building where we found statues of the late military generals made from bronze, including the Great General Sudirman, the most respected person in the armed forces.
Right after the building, there were rocket and anti-aircraft artillery displayed elegantly.
Then there were displayed of various military aircraft that had been used in many military campaigns across the country.
Only after that we finally entered the museum from the proper entrance door. The picture was actually taken when we're leaving through the entrance.
The chair below was used to transport General Sudirman because of his lung illness during the legendary long-march to fight Dutch colonialism.
There were actually various collection of pistols, rifles and other weapons in the museum other than diorama, uniforms and flags.
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