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Javanese Shadow Puppets at Jogjakarta’s Sonobudoyo Museum

Written By: herbrunbridge - May• 27•10

Maker or shodow puppets at Sonobudoyo Museum

Traditional shadow puppet theatre is an art form that attracts many to the island of Java, and one of the finest Javanese troupes we’ve seen performs nightly from 8 pm to 10 pm at Jogjakarta’s Sonobudoyo Museum. In this Ramayana show, the Walang Kulit Performance, you’ll see master puppeteers play out an elaborate story, accompanied by a phenomenal gamelan orchestra. 

During the day, you can visit the museum and see the extensive collection of historical shadow puppets, and visit the puppet-makers’ workshop, where you can see shadow puppets being made, and buy a contemporary masterpiece if you choose.  The museum, located in central Jogjakarta, is easily accessible by a sort walk from the walled city, or by becak.

Sonobudoyo Museum
Jalan Tikora #6, Jogjakarta
Tel: (0274) 385664
Museum open Tues-Sat: 8 am – 2:30 pm; Friday 8 am – 11 am; Sat-Sun 8 am – 1 pm
Shows nightly (except Monday) at 8 pm

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