Interesting Collection at Museum Angkut Batu, Malang

Museum Angkut is an interesting and informative education park/museum at Batu Malang with huge collection of old cars, trucks and any other means of transportation ever existed, starting from the traditional one until the modern transportation like electric cars.
Besides being able to see various collections of vehicles from different parts of the world, visitors will also see a typical building of a country as the background of vehicles produced by that country.
Set up in March 2014 and occupy 3.8 hectare of lands, Museum Angkut houses close to 500 exhibits representing any modes of transportation ever used in the world.
Most of the automobiles featured in museum are classic cars and if the museum can’t find the real one, they will put the replicas inside the museum.
Admission price:
Weekdays (Mon-Fri) – IDR 70,000
Weekends (Sat-Sun) – IDR 85,000
Free admission for chidlren below 85 cm height.
If you bring digital camera (except handphone), you need to pay additional IDR 30,000 for the camera.
Museum Angkut is divided into several zones:
-Zone Sunda Kelapa and Batavia
This zone bring back old memories of Sunda Kelapa port area, complete with old cars and bicycles.
The museum has about 100 bicycles and some of them are from well known brands like Gazelle, Simplex, Raleigh and Fongers.
There are also the chainless Beveltech bicycles made in Japan in the 1900s
-Zone Gangster Town & Broadway Street
In this zone, visitors enter a Broadway area and visitors can take photo with Ford cars made in 1970s. The cars are parked along the road known for its gangsters. This zone is also designed like gangsters town.
-Zone Europe
Visitors will find Italian, French and German cars collection which makes visitors feel like they are on world tour.
-Zone Buckingham Palace
England as the famous kingdom in the world is proven as producer of world class transportation like Blackburn, Mini Cooper, Rolls Royce, Raligh and also LandRover cars. Visitors can also take photo with the replica of the famous England double decker bus.
-Zone Las Vegas & Hollywood
In this zone, visitors will able to find cars produced in America and cars used in Hollywood movie.

After finished exploring the museum, we visited Floating Market outside the museum. We hired a boat to go one circle around Floating Market.

At Floating market, you can find a lot of stalls selling traditional Indonesian foods and cheap toys for children.

If you visit Batu Malang, Museum Angkut is definitely a must visit place at least for half day. However, it’s better not to visit Museum Angkut during Indonesian School Holiday else you will see a lot of people in this museum and you will have difficulty to take photo of the old cars.

The address of Museum Angkut:

Jl. Terusan Sultan Agung Atas no 2, Kota Wisata Batu 65314, Malang, Indonesia.

Fun day at Batu Secret Zoo

Batu City is a city located in East Java Province of Indonesia. Batu City is situated about 20 km to the northwest of Malang and lies on the southern slopes of Welirang mountain. Since its location is on the mountain, the weather in Batu City is very cool and average temperature in Batu City is about 17-18 degree Celcius.

There is large zoo in Batu City called Batu Secret Zoo, The zoo is very large and it could be one of the biggest recreation park in Indonesia. In my opinion, visiting Batu Secret Zoo is a well spend holiday and I find the zoo is very interesting. If you happen to visit Batu City, you should spend at least half day to visit Batu Secret Zoo.

Batu secret zoo is fairly clean and inside the zoo, visitors can see a wide range of animals from around the world. All animals look so healthy and very well treated.

Below shows the map of Batu Secret Zoo:

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Since Batu Secret Zoo is called a family recreation park, visitors can also find a small theme park and small water play area. There are also various food court available inside Batu Secret Zoo and believe me, the food price is cheap and the taste is good.

When you visit Batu Secret Zoo, please do not forget to visit their Safari Farm. Inside the Safari Farm, visitors will need to sit on small train and along the journey, visitors can feed various animals like camel, pony horse, deer etc which are divided into several zone. Before the safari farm starts, please do not forget to buy enough carrot to feed the animals and there will be a lot of fun and laughter throughout the safari farm.

Overall, I can say that Batu Secret Zoo is very well maintained and the animals are very well treated. I am sure you will have fun visiting this zoo especially Family Farm attraction which suitable for adults and kids as well.

The address of Batu Secret Zoo:
Jl. Raya Oro-Oro Ombo No.9, Batu Malang.

Food review: Palsaik Samgyupsal Sinchon

In Korea, there are many Korean bbq restaurant available but we find Palsaik Samgyupsal is quite unique. Instead of one flavor, they served 8 different flavours of bbq pork. We visited this bbq restaurant in Sinchon after visiting Gyeongbokgung palace.

How to go there:
Visitors need to take the train to Sinchon Station and take exit 6. Continue to walk straight until you see 7-11 and turn left. Please look out for KIA Motors building on your right side and you will see Palsaik at the right bottom corner of the opposite building.

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Since we arrived around 2pm, there was not many visitors inside the restaurant. On one corner, there is also a counter showing how many days this restaurant had opened. Palsaik Samgyupsal also provided photo property like funny hat, funny headband, funny glasses etc for visitors to take photo. Our daughters really liked it and they straight away using it and asking us to take their picture.

We ordered set of 8 flavors bbq pork for out lunch.  8 flavors of bbq pork are: Ginseng, Wine, Pine leaves, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste and Spicy flavor. Besides 8 flavors bbq pork, Palsaik Samgyupsal also provided a lot of side dish (banchan) and soup stew.

In Palsaik Syamgupsal, there will be a server who will help you to prepare the meat. At the same time, he will also turn on the fire below the soup stew. When the meat is fully cooked, the soup stew will also be ready as well. The server will cook the pork meat in 2 batches – 4 flavors at one go. After visitors finished eating the first batch, the server will clean the pan and cook the remaining 4 flavors.

The pork meat is so tender and since most of the flavor are not spicy, my daughters can eat the pork meat except the Hot/spicy one. Every flavor has unique taste and you need to eat it wrapped inside perilla leaves together with rice, chili and rice.

Overall, the bbq is very nice and the price is also cheap (30,000 KRW per set). Side dish and rice are provided for free. You just need to tell the server if you need to top up the rice or the side dish. We will definitely come back to this restaurant when we visit Seoul next time.

 

 

South Korea Day 14: Namdaemun and Dongdaemun Market

We woke up quite late today. After went around South Korea for 13 days, we agreed to have relax day for shopping. We visited Namdaemun market, Shinsegae department store and Dongdaemun market at relax pace.

Namdaemun market is the largest market in Korea selling various goods. Our focus this time is only visiting shops selling girl clothes and Alpha stationery store. Most of sellers selling made in Korea clothes although some of them also selling made in China clothes.

The made in Korea clothes quality are superb although the price is also expensive, almost the same with Singapore price.

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We also stopped by at Shinsegae department store. We bought 3 packages of Tteokbokki (2 spicy, 1 medium spicy) and Bibimbap spicy sauce.

At Dongdaemun market, we bought mainly souvenirs and T-shirts. Here we met very nice Ahjumma at souvenirs shop. My daughter talk to her a lot while we chose the souvenirs and T-shirts.

At 6pm, we went back to Loft hotel to pack our stuff and ready to go to Incheon airport tonorrow morning.

South Korea Day 13 (part 2): Insadong, Ssamziegil and Cheonggyecheon stream

After exploring Gyeongbokgung palace, we went to bbq restaurant near Insadong area for lunch. It’s called Palsaek Samgyeopsal (팔색삼겹살). I will post detail review on Palsaek Samgyeopsal in the next post.

Next, we visited Bukchon Hanok Village, a Korean traditional village which has a lot of alleys and hanok (Korean traditional houses). This area is preserved to show a 600-year old urban environment. Traditionally, Bukchon Hanok village is an area where Joseon dynasty high officials and nobles lived.

Make sure to grab a map of this area and the map shows eight photo spot in order to get nice spot within Bukchon Hanok village area. Bukchon Hanok village has extremely beautiful traditional architecture and it’s well spent afternoon to experience one of Joseon historic site during our holiday.

After exploring Bukchon Hanok village, our leg is getting tired. It’s time for relaxing and strolling around Insadong. We visited Ssamziegil which houses a lof ot fashion, galleries, craft, artwork, restaurant and snack stores.

The top floor of Ssamziegil is a place where couple should visit. It’s called “Wall of Love”, similar to “Love Lock” area in Namsan Tower. Couples can post their love message on the wall.

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One unique store that you should visit in Ssamziegil is a poop bread. It’s located nearby the entrance on the ground floor. We chose chocolate filling for the poop bread…We also visited Poop cafe or Ddong cafe at the top floor of Ssamziegil. The food and drinks here are served in cute toilet shaped mugs and plates. Some of the food also resembled poop in iconic form hahaha. What a creativity from the shop owner!

After Insadong, we went to Cheonggyecheon stream. Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisure stroll along the stream.

For dinner, we eat pizza at nearby Mr. Pizza outlet before heading back to Loft hotel.

South Korea Day 13 (Part 1): Gwanghwamun Square and Gyeongbokgung

Our first stop for the day is Gwanghwamun Square. This area is very popular for tourist and also Koreans. Beside as tourist attractions, Gwanghwamun is also the center of business in Korea. There are a lot of offices around Gwanghwamun square.

There are two statues on Gwanghwamun square. The first statue belong to King Sejong. King Sejong considers as one of influential Korean King during Joseon dynasty. King Sejong is best remembered as the inventor of Hangeul, the Korean alphabet. During his reign, he consolidated the basis for ruling the Joseon Dynasty by incorporating Confucian philosophy of politics. Furthermore, he led the nation’s great strides in agriculture, literature, science and technology.

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The second statue belong to Admiral Yi Shun-sin. Admiral Yi Shun-sin was a Korean naval commander, famed for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty, and is well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield not only by Koreans, but by Japanese admirals as well.

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Not far from King Sejong statue, there was a stall for people to wear Hanbok, a traditional Korean dress. It’s free of charge and visitors just need to write their name and their origin country.

Gyeongbokgung is one of five Korean palaces which is located nearby Gwanghwamun Square. For me, Gyeongbokgung is the most beautiful and the largest among all five Korean palaces.

If you visit Gyeongbokgung, please also consider to see their Royal Guard changing ceremony. It’s an opportunity to see a rare traditional scene in Korea. Make sure to prepare your camera and take a lot of photos. The guard colorful uniform and the ceremony are really unique and pleasure to see.

 

South Korea Day 12 (part 2): Myeongdong and Seoul Namsan Tower

After short rest at Loft hotel, we continue our journey to Myeongdong. Myeongdong is one of famous shopping district in Seoul. In Myeongdong, visitors can find a lot of products for sale includes shoes, accessories, clothes and cosmetics.

Myeong-dong also has family restaurants, fast food, plus Korean, Western and Japanese dining options as well as Korean street food. Many restaurants in Myeong-dong specialize in dongaseu (pork cutlet) and kalguksu (noodle soup). Other businesses in the area include hair salons, banks, money changer and theaters.Based on our experience, money changer in Myeongdong has the best exchange rate in Korea. When you visit Myeongdong, you can also get a lot of cosmetics freebies like face mask, face serum etc.

Our dinner in Myeongdong was at Myeongdong Kyoja, kalguksu restaurant that already in business for 40 years. Although their menu choice is only 4 dishes, but a lot of people visiting Myeongdong Kyoja and the seats are always full.

With full tummy, we went to Seoul Namsan Tower by foot from Myeongdong. The walk takes about 15 minutes in slightly uphill street. The effort are fully justified when we reached Namsan Tower.

It’s a must see landmark of Seoul. The top of tower is almost 480m above sea level and you can see the whole Seoul from tower observation deck. The Seoul night view from Namsan Tower is very beautiful and awesome. At that time, there was not so many visitors so we can took a lot of pictures with unobstructed view.

Before we headed back to our hotel, we visited the “Love lock” and everyone of us (including our children) wrote our love message on the lock and lock it on “Love Lock” area.

In our opinion, Namsan Tower was cool and pretty. The view was amazing and the cable car ride was fun. Visitors will like the “Lock Love” area a lot because they can write love message to their loved one.