The people of Jombang no longer need to go to Trowulan, Mojokerto to see firsthand the various relics of the Majapahit Kingdom. Now, the City of Santri has the Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum which stores dozens of collections of artifacts.
The Cultural Heritage Museum is located in the heart of Jombang. To be precise, in Building B, the Jombang Regency Education and Culture Office, Jalan Regent R Sudirman.
Since its inauguration on January 27, 2022, the Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum has immediately been opened to all circles. Tourists can visit during working hours Monday-Friday, starting at 07.00-15.00 WIB.
“It can be visited by all people without an entrance ticket or free. We hope that it can be a means of recreation and education,” said the Cultural Pamong, Sub-Coordination of Cultural Conservation and Museum of the Education and Culture Office of Jombang, Iswahyudi Hidayat at the location.
Even though it has just opened to the public, the Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum has a collection of 60 archaeological objects. Dozens of artifacts were the result of the excavation of several relics of the Majapahit Kingdom in Jombang.
Namely, the Sumberbeji Site, the holy Majapahit sanctuary in Sumberbeji Hamlet, Kesamben Village, Ngoro District which was excavated since September 2019 and the Pandegong Site, a Shiva Hindu temple in Kwasen Hamlet, Menganto Village, Mojowarno District which was excavated in November 2021.
“We took the ancient bricks from the Kedaton Site (in Kedaton Hamlet, Bulurejo Village, Diwek District) and the Sugihwaras Site (in Sugihwaras Village, Ngoro District,” said Iswahyudi.
The people of Jombang now no longer need to go to Trowulan, Mojokerto to see firsthand the various relics of the Majapahit Kingdom. Because in the City of Santri there is already a Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum which has dozens of collections of artifacts. (Enggran Eko Budianto/detikcom)
Dozens of artifacts are neatly displayed in the 6×7 square meter museum complete with historical information and origins. Like jaladwara, a fountain found at the Sumberbeji Site. This cultural heritage object made of andesite stone is shaped like a fish.
Two ancient statues found at the Pandegong Site are also in the collection of this museum. Namely, the Mahakala statue in the form of a fat human figure with his right hand holding a club weapon. The statue measuring 60 cm high, 30 cm wide and 12 cm thick actually occupies the left niche of the temple entrance.
Then the statue of Nandiswara in the form of a man wearing a head covering with the body decorated with shoulder straps and necklaces. This statue usually occupies the right niche of the temple entrance. Then there are also fragments of the Brahma head statue with the shape of 4 faces. This fragment of the statue of Lord Brahma was found in 2017.
Not only that, the cultural heritage museum also has a collection of ancient ceramics from various dynasties in China in the past.
“The collection of ceramics borrowed from PIM (Majapahit Information Center or Trowulan Museum) was the result of the excavation of the East Java BPCB in Jombang Regency,” said Iswahyudi.
Even though it has just opened to the public, the Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum is already busy with local visitors. They are curious about various artifacts that cannot be found anywhere else.
The Jombang Cultural Heritage Museum has a collection of dozens of artifacts. (Enggran Eko Budianto/detikcom)
As stated by May Aini (25), a visitor from Peterongan, Jombang. According to him, the existence of this cultural heritage museum is an alternative to historical tourism in the City of Santri.
“This can be an educational tour for children, as a forum for knowledge about the history of the Jombang people and cultural preservation,” he said.
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