While Australia is famous for its Sydney Opera House, it has not stopped the country’s tourism sector from including a touch of Indonesia as part of its tourism attractions.
A TikTok video uploaded by user Sheila Pranoto (@rapuncila) on October 12 showed an Indonesian village replica right at the heart of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo.
Food pushcarts labeled with Indonesian classic dishes in the range of Indonesian Chicken Noodles and Kupat Tahu (Rice Cake and Tofu in Peanut Sauce) can be seen in the video.
Replicas of other sites commonly found in Indonesian villages such as a car repair shop and convenience stores are part of the exhibit at Taronga Zoo.
“Guess if this is Indonesia or not???” wrote Sheila in her TikTok video.
At the start of the video, Sheila is seen playfully running towards a convenience store synonymous with Indonesia where she later knocked on the door and pretended to purchase an item.
The camera then shifts to show a food pushcart selling Indonesian Chicken Noodles and Kupat Tahu further accentuating the feeling of being in Indonesia at the Taronga Zoo.
“It’s exactly like in Indonesia, right? There is Indonesian Chicken Noodles and Kupat Tahu,” the TikTok user stated.
Tourists are seen crowding the zoo as it was recorded before the coronavirus pandemic happened.
Several foreigners are seen with gleeful expressions as they find amazement in the Indonesia-inspired exhibit.
The zoo’s Indonesia village exhibit even includes an arch marked with “Way Kambas National Park” which Sheila confirmed looked exactly like the original found in the park in Lampung, Southern Sumatra.
“This is in Sydney, Australia and yet they somehow made it look exactly like the real Way Kambas National Park,” said Sheila.