The Jambi Pavilion presents the traditional Malayan house, “rumah betiang” or “rumah sepucuk jambi sembilan lurah” started to build in April 1974 and officially opened a year afterwards. The stage was built in 1979, in the form of a swan boat, the traditional boat of the Jambi region, named ”Kajang Lako”. Behind the house is a barn (blubur), a place to store agricultural products and tools. Next to the barn is a hall used as a management office and an exhibition room for various natural products, industrial products, and wooden handicraft from 10 regencies/municipalities.
The “Rumah Betiang” is made of ebony (bulian) wood adapted to the house in the region of origin. The staircase is located in the front section, back or side section of the house. After the uppermost step is a broader section called “jogan” to put the shoes or sandals.
The house has three main rooms; an open foyer (pelancaan), an inner foyer (serambi gedang) and a main hall. Each room has its function such as a place for male activities, a family bedroom and a traditional male elderly leader forum (tuo tuo tengganai).
The house is decorated with carvings I a floral design – like leaves, flowers and climbing plants with a pattern such as “tampuk” (mangosteen flowers), cloves flowers, sun flowers, lotus buds, “relung kangkung” and “jeruk purut” (kind of lime) flowers. Besides as a decoration, in general the carvings also symbolize fertility, peace and life. Other patterns like “arorebah” wood, “belang mato ayam gelang sempuru” and “gelang kepalo naga” are also often used.
At the Jambi Pavilion the “rumah betiang” is used to display various cultural aspects, tradition and custom, “sekapur sirih” dance and “tangguk” dance. The main hall is used as a show room to exhibit traditional costumes for elderly leaders from each regency; a nobility dais (putri ratno), the original one has seven steps but the one at the pavilion has only three steps; and a commoner wedding dais (amben melintang). The peculiarity of the “amben melintang” at the pavilion is that the original paint has not faded yet although it is more than 100 years of age.
In the corner of the room are also exhibited traditional handicraft and equipment, and a mannequin depicting a person busy weaving.
The space underneath the house is used to practice dancing in the “Selaras Pinang Masak” dancing studio and also a place for receptions.
The portray the Jambi region natural environment, sculptures of wild animals such as an elephant, a tiger and a bear are put on display at the surrounding yard of the pavilion, complete with a river pond to visualize the “Batanghari” river.
The performance stage in the form of a swan boat is used to present various traditional arts such as the “rangguk dance”, “selampit dance”, “kelik elang dance” and “nelayan” (fisherman) dance especially on Sundays and holidays. The tradition and customs still preserved in the Jambi community such as the traditional ceremony of the human life cycle often are performed in the Special Package Program. Usually, a fashion show, regional songs and a food exhibition of typical traditional Jambi dishes are also performed during this activity.
The Srilangka Prime Minister Premadhasa and his spouse have visited the Jambi pavilion on May 5, 1981. During his visit, he had planted a banyan tree in the pavilion yard.
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