State Museum of Bengkulu Province


Like every provincial capital in Sumatra, Bengkulu has a museum covering the local traditional culture, with exhibits including Arabic-influenced lettered Besurek batik, traditional architecture, cooking utensils, weaponry, manuscripts and displays on British rule. There are no English captions.

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