3 Historical Landmarks In Bandung

September 26, 2018

A group of archeologist made a shocking discovery about the first possible civilization in Bandung. After conducting a through examinations, they believed that a type of Homo Erectus species had lived on the banks of Cikapundung River around 1,5 million years ago. But of course, back in the pre-historic era the city we’ve come to know and love was not yet being addressed as Bandung, as the earliest reference of this area dates back to the 1488.
Since its first official recognition nearly 500 years ago and after numerous of historical moments later, Bandung has become the second largest metropolitan area in Indonesia with over 2,5 million inhabitants. The Paris Van Java that used to be (filled) with classic European style buildings has now been transformed into a modern city due to its rapid development. But, don’t worry, if you are planning on paying Bandung a visit, you are still able to see some famous historical landmarks that have shaped this city throughout the century.
Domei News Agency
Domei Tsushin was the official news agency of the Empire of Japan which was formed through a merger of two major Japan agencies at the time, Nihon Shimbun Rengosha and Nehon Dempo Tsushinsha in 1935. During the Japanese occupation in Indonesia, the Japanese military press association also known as Hobokan, had decided to ban various Indonesia’s news agencies in order to limit their movements. Thus, one of the most well-known national agency Antara was forced to change its name to Domei or they wouldn’t get the permit to continue their business.
Located in 25th Braga Street, travelers can catch a glimpse of what used to be the location where a Domei telegraphist named Syahrudin received the news that Soekarno had proclaimed the independence of Indonesia. He then decided to wrote down this message and send it to Adam Malik. Even though you can no longer see the authentic ‘Domei’ sign on top of this building, but its long history will definitely worth the trip.
Denis Bank
Surrounded by numerous hotel in Bandung and other modern sites is De Eerste Nederlands-Indische Spaarkas en Hypotheek Bank or also known as DENIS Bank. Built in June 1936, author Her Suganda stated that Denis used to be one of the biggest bank and insurance company in Bandung. This art deco style building was designed by Albert Frederik Aalbers, a Dutch architect who created some of the most well-known villas, hotels, and office buildings in Bandung during the colonial era.
Denis bank became a famous historical landmark in Bandung after one heroic incident in October 1945. Indonesian youth felt that enough is enough – the ‘Red White Blue’ flag that must be get rid out of the city. Several men tried to climb Denis bank’s tower, but only two men who were finally able to get to the top. Those men were Mohammad Endang Karmas and Mulyono. They managed to tear the blue bits out of the flag, so that ‘Red White’ can flies.
Indonesia Menggugat
Located 4 km from House Sangkuriang in Dago, Indonesia Menggugat building is a historical site which initially used as a courthouse during colonial era. Built in 1907, Indonesia Menggugat (also known as Landraad) was the very place where Ir. Soekarno read his plea entitled ‘Indonesia Menggugat.’ In 1930, along with his colleagues, Soekarno was accused of attempting to overthrow the Dutch East India Company or VOC. ‘Indonesia Menggugat’ was then written by him to tell the story on how colonialism and imperialism must end.
Nearly a century after it was build, Gedung Indonesia Menggugat has been through many changes especially on its function. In 2002, the building located on Perintis Kemerdekaan street is now officially use as a museum. Travelers from across the nation can witness pieces of history left by our founding fathers – invaluable treasures that will remind us on how Indonesia was born as a nation.