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Jalur Rempah: The Untold Story


18 Oct



30 Oct



National Museum, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat No.12, Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10110, Indonesia

What is the difference between the Spice Trail and the Silk Road? The world knows of the Silk Road, but was silk the only commodity traded on this legendary network of trade routes that spanned from Europe to Africa and back? Did ancient traders traveling from the scorching Gobi Desert to the fierce Sahara bring with them only silk and Chinese ceramics? The Holy Scriptures are filled with the descriptions of spices used in various rituals. But how did these spices reach the birthplace of these scriptures—far from where these spices first came? Which road did they take? And who were these traders?

Questions behind the beauty and the sanctity of the myths revolving around spices cannot be answered only by the historical record. Is there evidence to give us a better glimpse of the storied and mysterious past of the spice trade?

For a week, MUSEUMweek is bringing back the lost and often forgotten spice trails through an exhibition and cultural windows, walking you back to the bewildering yet factual findings about the spice trail, and see how spice and spice trades in the past build and at times destroyed civilizations. See how spice transformed the world of inter-cultural wisdoms and thinking. See how this was possible thousands of years before the beginning of the Common Era.

Culinary activities include a series of dining event under Jamuan Negeri Rempah:

Bedulang from Bangka-Belitung

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

19.00 until finish

at Taman Sanken, Museum Nasional, Jakarta


Horja Mangupa-ngupa from Tapanuli

Saturday, 24 October 2015

19:00 until finish

at Taman Sanken, Museum Nasional


Bajamba from West Sumatra

Sunday, 25 October 2015

19:00 until finish

at Museum Nasional, Jakarta


...and many more. For detailed programs, please follow MUSEUMweek in Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and the Jalur Rempah site.


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