Culture Appreciation @ National Museum
As part of my cultural appreciation program which I just created this year, I went to visit National Museum yesterday – alone. This is part of my strategy for not wasting too much, well… kind like not too much money. The feeling is different from the feeling of visiting malls. No pressure, I just relax because at the end of the day I know I get knowledge (yes…..erm kind of!)
It’s been like 20 years since my last visit this museum (I am not old!) and I am so surprised it changed like 400%. The space seems bigger and the artifact/exhibit kind like double in quantity. I am trying to catch my breath to visit all the galleries and other museum. FYI in the compound they have about 3 museum- national, Malay World and Orang Asli (indigenous).Plus the café and shop and flea markets- It’s the most exciting part, tell you later!
If you think this is an old museum with old boring thing, well you are only half correct. Most of the exhibits are old but not really boring if you know how to appreciate it- like I did, YES. To add to the excitement, the facilities is modern and interactive.
Here some of the snaps from the CULTURAL APPRECIATION @ MUSEUM.
Now the best part. Apart from my cultural appreciation, I also did a session called cultural shopping. It is a lot of things to buy here. My first impression is museum is only to see skulls and rocks but the best thing is we not only see but we can buy it! There are like a row of shops and a Museum Shop! If you are looking something to put in your living room, you can buy like unique and exotic items here. Just take your time to enjoy the galleries, eat something at the café and shop, just like me.
In the end, I bought 17 documentaries:-
i. Muslim Shrines in South Africa
ii. Malay Sea Seafarers
iii. Pandak Mat
iv. Minangkabau Malay
v. Malaysia the Missing Puzzle
vi. Malay Custom (that include circumcise- I’ve experienced it, so I know how it feels)
vii. Aborigines Wood Carving
viii. Chinese Nine Kings Celebration
ix. Sabah Bisaya Community
x. Perak River Heritage (my hometown-can’t wait to watch it)
xi. Kampung Air Labuan Community
xiii. The Art and Custom of Hut Tribe Circumcision (I’ve been circumcise, but not under this custom)
xiv. Sarawak Malay Wedding Custom
xv. Indochina Malay Champa Community
Also two books
i. A stroll through Borneo by James Barclay
ii. Expedition to Borneo by David Macdonald
Wow… I felt so in culture! The point when I am at the cashier, I can feel the proud aura, it’s like everyone at the counter looking at me with amazement. I bet they will think me as a very cultured young guy who really interested in his own history and custom. I knew it. BTW, I spend like almost RM400 (about USD100).
P/s: I really hope they museum staff could smile and greet the visitors. This is one of the most visited for foreign tourists. PLEASE show the BEAUTIFUL MALAYSIAN CULTURE.
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