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Indonesian Atsiri House Spreads Spicy Fragrances Thanks to Sukarno’s Ideas

Karanganyar

The fragrance is immediately felt when you set foot at Rumah Atsiri Indonesia, Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central Java. Could be an option for the weekend, here.

The smell became very common in Atsiri House. There is indeed a place for making essential oils or more popularly known as essential oils.

Not only that, Rumah Atsiri Indonesia is also an educational tour to get to know aromatic plants and their uses.

Quoted from Between, The history of Rumah Atsiri began with a collaboration between the Indonesian and Bulgarian governments to process essential oils with the basic ingredients of citronella or citronella in 1963.

In the same year, the Cittronella Factory was officially established, which was the wish of the first President of the Republic of Indonesia Soekarno for Indonesia to have the largest Cittronella factory in ASEAN.

Indonesian Essentials House in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central Java Photo: Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Antara

After being a place for research on essential oils in the era of President Soeharto, the Cittronella Factory experienced ups and downs. Among them, the ownership changed several times and was closed in 2015.

The Cittronella factory only resumed operations under the name Rumah Atsiri Indonesia in 2018 after being acquired by PT Rumah Atsiri Indonesia.

Interestingly, Rumah Atsiri Indonesia does not change the structure of the old building, so it still feels the feel of the 1960s building. Only the function has changed, such as the workshop is now a restaurant, the boiler room is a museum, and the distillation room is a merchandise shop.

The uniqueness of the Indonesian Atsiri House also attracted the attention of Wamenparekraf Angela Tanoesudibyo.

Indonesian Essentials House in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central JavaIndonesian Essentials House in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central Java Photo: Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Antara

“This museum also exhibits original tools and equipment for making essential oils. The delivery of historical information is also in an interesting way,” said Wamenparekraf Angela Tanoesudibyo while visiting the Indonesian Atsiri House.

Rumah Atsiri Indonesia was built to introduce the heritage of Indonesia’s essential oil industry through educational recreation equipped with various interesting facilities.

There are three buildings in Rumah Atsiri Indonesia which have their respective functions. Namely, the workshop room, garden collection of essential plants, and a museum.

In its garden, Rumah Atsiri Indonesia now has more than 90 types of essential plants out of a total of 400 types of plants. Some of them are clove, sandalwood, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, vetiver, and other volatile plants.

Indonesian Essentials House in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central JavaIndonesian Essentials House in Tawangmangu, Karanganyar, Central Java Photo: Akbar Nugroho Gumay/Antara

Meanwhile, in the museum, tourists can also learn about the history of essential oils in the world and Indonesia and learn about the process of making essential oils.

Rumah Atsiri Indonesia also provides workshops that can be done by children and adults to introduce more about aromatic plants.

Now, Rumah Atsiri Indonesia has become a space for tourism and history of the distinctive fragrance of essential plants which is often visited by local and foreign tourists.

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