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Wayang Golek – Traditional Show of West Java



Indonesia has a lot of traditional performances. One of them is Wayang Golek. The term refers to the wooden puppets with human body figure. The Wayang Golek show is popular in West Java. There are various stories to be told during the show, usually from the Ramayana and Mahabarata legends of Hinduism. The Wayang Golek performance consists of a dalang or puppeter, gamelan music players, interprenter, and the wayang golek itself. It has become one of the main tourist attractions in West Java, Indonesia.

Wayang golek (Puppet Show)

Wayang golek (Puppet Show)

Basically, you can watch Wayang Golek anywhere in West Java region. Unfortunately, this traditional art is only performed in certain theaters. One of the cities to watch Wayang Golek is Bandung, the capital city of West Java province. Bandung has a few Wayang Golek theaters. Lingkung Seni Daya Sunda is one of them. But you have to go directly to the venue and ask for the schedule for the performances. It is located in Bandung Zoo area, near the famous Bandung Institute of Technology. To get here, you can use a public transportation called angkot and head to Ganesha street. The entrance fee is free, but you may donate some money to help them improving their show.

Wayang Golek Performance

Wayang Golek Performance

Usually, Wayang Golek show is held on the evening until dawn, from 10 PM to 4 PM. But this depends on the theater and the occasion itself. Therefore, before deciding to watch Wayang Golek, make sure to fully get the details of the performance schedule and the address of the show.


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