Jelajah Heritage is an event held by Ikatan Mahasiswa Arsitektur-Gunadharma Institut Teknologi Bandung. In the time of Dies 61 celeberation, this is one of the Pre-Events of GAUNG BANDUNG which this year gather on the issue of heritage. Why? Because, formerly Bandung was the breathe of people in the West were talking about. Named as “Parijs van Java”, heard like it was something to be proud of because Bandung has the identity as Paris-wannabe, yes, it is is innuendo. Why not Bandung has something peculiar as its characteristic, rathet than the Western typical of Post-Modern architectural design. Yep, that’s the question what I am concern about this “heritage” issue. Where was the Sundanese people? They were threatened as slave by the Colonial of the Netherland.
Let’s just proceed to the event. In the morning we all -the participants- gathered in Amphitheater Arsitektur ITB, met with the partner of the team which we’re gonna take steps altogether in this City tour. By angkot we touchdowned at Masjid Agung Provinsi Jawa Barat first. There is a tale behind the ‘new’ buliding we’ve seen usually, that is the former bulding, which was the truly Masjid Agung as its name wasn’t the building we saw in front of where we stood right that time. Behind this sacred building, there is a street and across the street there was a bulding standing innocently and it’s all gone being demolished. The new bulding has three parts, the centre part has a different dome than the two other parts. It also has one pillar where we can hear a ‘Call’ when shalat time has came around.
In front of Masjid Agung, there is Alun -Alun Kota Bandung, if you come up there, you would find an unknown-of-disfunctionally built in the centre of this place, colored grey. The tourguide of my team -whom the lecturer at my campus- told us that that was a magnificent fountain which the only thing she wanted to see while she hung-up with her family when she was a kid. Alun-Alun has times, tough times I thought, of image-changing. From a family vacation spot, a place for sale, and even as prtostitutes’ favorite spot. Although Masjid Agung is right in front of it.
Let’s move aside, there is grey-slices-shaped-building, named “SWARHA”. Since it’s been built, the function is still being a place for trading. Then we acrossed the street by the pedestrian-crossover-bridge, and there’s Kantor Pos Bandung 40000. Beforehands, let me tell you that the street which we crossed was the axis of Kota Bandung, the project of H.W.Daendels (general governer of Hindia Belanda) “Grotie Postweg”. Kantor Pos Bandung 40000 has an unknown architectural design, rather it’s post-modern or not, but it has started using the art-deco. Like the other Kantor Pos building in Indonesia, orange is the common color of the buildings, but the unique part was I found a rectengular hole on the wall which use to put your letter into the office. And my other tourguide -whom also the lecturer at my campus, too- said that the design inside of this building was so luxurious and spacious.
Back to the axis street, actually this street name is Jalan Asia Afrika, next to Kantor Pos Bandung there’s a smaller street cutting Jalan Asia Afrika, named Jalan Banceuy. In this street you will actually find stores of ligthenings and you will meet Jalan ABC. The stores of lightenings were actually used as jail, and there is a jail of our former very first President ‘Bung Karno’. It was such a weird what our government doing when the sacred place-jail- is all plain and there is a monument in front of it and actually more eye-catching than the object of this place. It is laso fenced all around with nobody’s around. And you could find the warden post near Jalan ABC, as smelly as hell. As the quote sayings, “The Good Guy Goes to Heaven, The Bad Guy Goes to Jail”. The Heaven is Masjid Agung and the jail was located in Jalan Banceuy.
The way we get back to our former track has met us to Masjid Al-Imtizaj, chinese architectural design of masjid, and a street with second-hand-book-sellers on th pavement.
The journey continued yet we still on the same street, Jalan Asia Afrika. There are four historical building in the instersection, Gedung Merdeka, Kimia Farma, OCBC Niaga, and Hotel Savoy-Homann. Gedung Merdeka was the building where Non-Bloc Movement was confronted, the leader of the country member was met in this building. That was Cold War and the countries were not choosing any of the both side, East or West, they were neutral as Asia-Africa, as the name of the street. There is a museum inside,let us know about the Movement history. The meeting room is prohibitted to entry. But, I have been there, when I was eleventh grader. I was a participant of ASEAN Model competition, that was the Grand Final session of Provinsi Jawa Barat. My school-team got Juara Bina IV, and we were in the member of Parlemen Remaja DPR RI 2009. What a shame. Majectic is a bar next to it, it used to be a part of Gedung Merdeka before it torn to be a bar.
Across of Gedung Merdeka, there’s OCBC Niaga, it is no longer use as grocery. But I really like the style of this bulding, it’s wide, has so many windows, monocrhomic-post-Modernism colored. Magnificent! Next, the Kimia Farma store, it is pharmachy shop since it’s stood. This shop’s window is fenced by steel alloy, I overheard other team’s tourguide said that it’s to prevent of drunker deeds. Acrossed the street, we had Hotel Savoy-Homann, this hotel is phenomenon. The owner of this hotel now was the servant of Savoy-Homan’s family in the former. What a surprising coincidence that a servant could have been in capable of taking care a Hotel. This hotel is no longer in the shape from the first time built, it has been through of times of renovated.
We continue our footsteps to Hotel Grand Preanger. Between the steps, we found Pikiran Rakyat publisher office, we could see the first typing-machine they had. And we found the Bandung zero km point, where H.W. Daendels knocked his cane when he touchdowned Bandung said that he wanted there to be a street, and also his vehicle, I don’t know wether that is car or something else it could be call. Hotel Grand Preanger is a big heritage hotel as historical as Hotel Savoy-Homann, but I don’t know the tale behind of it, as I know, so many celebrity and well-known people from all over the world has slept in. And we had such a unexpecting moment that we might to enter the Bar of this Hotel, named “Grotie Postweg”. And what kind of interior design that was! Amazing! With wooden furnitures all covered it. There are stage, chairs, tables, bar, and wall of famous people pictures all hang-up on it.
and finally, we put our footsteps on the place of people of the West talked about, a street where the socialite of Hindia Belanda spent their money, the spotlight of this magnificent city, and the Paris of Java. This street covered with no asphalt like other streets, it covered with stone. This street is full with shops, bars, restaurants, bakery, and such cruel I found high-level bulding like hotel, and there are two hotel standing innocently between the low-key European-style buldings. Our destination here was Gedung Perusahaan Gas Negara which would be use as our place of the Dies 61 celeberation later. We got inside, it was so big, still dusty, monochromic. And I caught myself unbelievably found picture of Soherto and Tri Sutrisno as our former country leaders still hang-up on the wall in one of the rooms. There was also a room fulled with birds’ nests and feces, awfully smelly. But if you could go further to the other side of the room, you could standing on the terrace, and you could see how adorable Braga is from above. Some times I found people tried to sketch a scheme. We took pictures, of course!
Just enjoy this journey and let’s continue to next building still in Braga is LANDMARK. I have no ide of any tales of this building, but now it’s just like JCC in Jakarta for the function. At the end of the street, we stepped into the front of Bank Jabar, it seems like the smaller size of SWARHA, a grey-slices-shaped bulding. The layers on the top of the ground floor were made in order to try the former architect’s dream to build high-level bulding, which in that time they were no capable of it. It successfully makes us think that it has many level, but it’s not, It has only two levels above the ground floor.
We has touchdowned the last area of our destinations. After the railway, we sneaked into Gereja Katedral St. Petrus, waited my lecturer was making a sketch and there was when everyone’s left us. So there were no more tale I got, besides the chance to get into the yard of Gereja Katedral St. Petrus and the slow-viewing of seeing Bank Indonesia. The journey has to end. The checkpoint was Balai Kota Bandung. This bulding formerly used as coffee warehouse. It has three parts, the two parts at the side of the centre part were twins. It has spacious yard with fishpond and sculptures.
This is the story of “Jelajah Heritage” which brought you to the other side of Kota Bandung. The heritage, the styles, the architecture, the design, which the Netherland built up and made Bandung as one of the hottest issue of the former world.
We can let the world elaborate as its gracefully attached later.