A day off is all about relaxation and wishing the time stops for a moment for us to enjoy the moment to the fullest. But for quite a few of us, a bit of exploring and adventure then coming home with fascinating stores is very much needed. The historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city and Bandung has a lot of historical sites to visit. To narrow it down, we’ve put together 10 of the most famous historical sites in Bandung.
1. Gedung Sate
The building, which is now the office of the Governor of West Java, was originally named the Verkeer en WaterstaatDepartment building or the Department of Transportation, Public Works and Water Management which was built in 1920. It was designed according to a neoclassical design incorporating native Indonesian elements by Dutch architect J. Gerber. This building was built in line with the colonial government’s plan to make Bandung the capital city. When you have a chance to visit the Gedung Sate Museum, you can find out more about the history inside.
2. Gedung Merdeka
Before being renamed by President Soekarno, this building was known as Sociëteit Concordia were Dutch citizens during the colonial period gathered in Bandung. After Indonesia’s independence, this building witnessed the history of the Asia-Africa Conference in 1955. Today, this art-deco building serves as a museum displaying collections and photographs of the Asian-African Conference.
3. Hotel Savoy Homann
This Art Deco-style hotel has been around since 1871 and is arguably the first hotel in Bandung. The name Savoy itself means luxury, while the name Homann is taken from the German family name of the hotel owner. In 1955 this hotel had an important role as a place to stay for the leaders of Asian and African countries. If you want to trace back history, you can try staying in a room that was used by Soekarno, Jawaharlal Nehru (PM India), to Zhou Enlai (President of China).
4. Gedung Pensil
As the name implies, this building has a pencil-shaped conical roof. This building has been established in 1918 and has always had a function as a place of business from Handel MijGroote & Scholtz, Dunlop, and Shell even though it has changed ownership several times until now. This one building also became an icon for the “Simpang Lima” in the 1930s
5. De Majestic
De Majestic is one of the first movie theaters in Bandung. This building was designed by a renowned artist in Bandung at the time, Wolff Schoemaker. De Majestic was indeed built to support increased economic activity in the Braga area at that time. This building also witnessed the screening of the first film in Indonesia entitled Loetoeng Kasaroeng in 1926. Currently, De Majestic has changed its function from a movie theater to a performing arts building.