Batam Miniature House

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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,315 contributions
A display of Indonesian traditional architectural replicas
Jan 2020
I was in Batam for 2 days. On the second day of our itinerary, we visited the Batam Layer Cake factory, the Cheng Ho Mosque and this Miniature House before proceeding for our seafood lunch at Golden Prawn Seafood Restaurant.

All these attractions are located within the Golden City of Bengkong. a suburban town from Nagoya. Nagoya is the Orchard Road of Batam while Bengkong is probably the Toa Payoh of Batam. The tour guide told us that if you ride a motorcycle with more than one pillion rider in Nagoya, you will be caught and summoned by the Batam Police but in Bengkong, the enforcement is more lax here than in Nagoya. The motorcyclist can can have more than 5 pillion riders with him on a motorcycle and no one would bother to take a second look at him.

This miniature house is just located opposite the Golden View Hotel and beside the Golden Go Kart. The various miniature houses are replicas of the traditional Indonesian houses that are found in various parts of Indonesia. Admission is free. The guide gave us 20 mins to explore the attraction. He warned that there are mosquitoes and suggested those not visiting the attraction can stay in an air-conditioned shop nearby or ride the gold kart in the circuit nearby. The weather was hot and I rather visit the miniature house than to suffer sunburn riding the gold kart.

There are not many miniature houses. One website indicated that there are 30 of them in 2015 but it seem the number is dwindling. Nevertheless, the replicas are impressive and demonstrated the unique traditional architectural genius of the Indonesian people. The locations where the actual cultural houses were found.

The place is a bit of a run down but for something without admission fee, this is not a bad attraction to visit.

The drains surrounding this attraction were filled with smelly debris and stagnant water. Many are terribly choked and probably formed breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In order to attract more people to visit the Golden City, efforts must be made to clear up all these choked drains. They are unsightly and are environmental hazards.

We understand the ambition of the owner to make this Golden City in Bengkong a one stop tourist center with seafood restaurant, hotels, shops and entertainment outlets all focused in one area for the convenience of the tourists. But the threats of Zikar virus and dengue may dissuade visitors if the surrounding environment is not properly maintained.
Written 8 January 2020
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Steven R
Kingaroy, Australia1,705 contributions
Tour group
Nov 2019 • Couples
Small garden area with miniature models of traditional Indonesian houses. Good for a quick look around. No admission charges.
Written 8 November 2019
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Scott G
Washington DC, DC251 contributions
A quiet place
Aug 2019
It's a bit away from the malls of Batam, although for us, that was one of the attractions -- to see something besides a shopping center. We were on a day trip to Batam from Singapore. The area is sort of isolated and lonely, however, the houses are cute and strolling around them is free. Adjacent to them is a little park of animal statues.
Written 8 September 2019
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blessed116
London, UK118 contributions
Great for the kids history trip
Jul 2019 • Business
Interesting exhibition in a park. More suited for younger children, but gives adults an eye-opener to the past.
Written 13 July 2019
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Yew Mun L
Singapore, Singapore116 contributions
Nothing much to see
Dec 2018 • Family
There wasn't much things to see there and taking photos with te Hello Kitty mascots there have to pay but fortunately it is not expensive but still we were caught by surprise. Not really wortht the trip to go there but it is near the Golden City area.
Written 1 January 2019
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izza
Miri, Malaysia12 contributions
Free Tour to See Few Attractions in Indonesia
Dec 2018 • Friends
This place give us a glimpse of few places in other part of Indonesia. It is clean but not well maintain.
Written 25 December 2018
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Peter Leong
Singapore, Singapore151 contributions
Batam break
Dec 2018 • Couples
There are many different styles from different parts of Indonesia. A great place to take some photos with friends. You can easily spend an hour or two here looking at the different houses from the different islands of Indonesian archipelago. There is eateries nearby as well as a go kart place across the road from the miniature park. The batik outlet is also in its vicinity.
Written 19 December 2018
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OnAJoliday
Singapore383 contributions
Not recommended
Nov 2018 • Friends
It’s a small park with mini houses, FOC entry. Quite interesting to see initially, the miniatures replicates were not really intricate, just passable. There was no English write up so we didn’t know what the respective buildings were. We went on a rainy day and the path was wet and flooded, the mud and grass surrounding the miniature houses were also flooded. The whole area was abit rundown, local children were climbing all over the miniature houses, area was infested with mosquitoes.

Warning of a “Hello Kitty” mascot. He is walking around the area and will approach and be friendly and nice to you and ask you to take photo with him and then demand IDR10k from you! So when your Parents says beware of strangers, strange cats included!

The experience is not enjoyable. Will not recommend visiting if you have better things to spend your time on.
Written 18 November 2018
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EdwardLSL
Singapore, Singapore187 contributions
It is what it is
Nov 2018 • Family
Yeap, it's a mini park filled with tiny replicas of various buildings. If you happen to be in the area, it'll be fine to visit. If not, don't bother going.
Written 11 November 2018
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constanttraveler2014
Lammi, Finland297 contributions
Small, unmaintained and not very interesting
Sep 2018 • Couples
I recommend to visit The Illusion instead, but you can mention Miniature House as your destination to the taxi driver as they are more familiar with this place. Outlet stores and Go-kart track are here as well.

It's just a bunch of few small miniatures and lots of mosquitoes. Takes you less than 15 minutes to see. A local cat happened to be sleeping under one of the miniatures and came to greet us.

There is no admission fee.
Written 3 October 2018
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