In front of Batik museum just few meters to the end of the road,
you will find a small monument on your right side that look like
a mail post with a sign ‘Mylpaal’.
It is a mark of the central axis of Java island.
Mylpaal means ‘0 Km’, it was built as the start of Daendels road,
which is pantura track 1.100 km length initiated by H.W. Daendels
in 1808. [Pantura = Pantai Utara = North coast]
This time we went to Pekalongan to see the city of batik. We’re driving from Jakarta on a beautiful sunny day.
We stopped for lunch at Cirebon at a small humble food stand to try Nasi Jamblang bu Kesi. Jamblang rice is a typical food of Cirebon, West Java. ‘Jamblang’ comes from the name of a region in Cirebon, home of the food vendors. Characteristic of nasi jamblang is serves on a teak leave before the plate. The dishes is serve like a buffet. After having a delicious lunch, we continued the journey.
Arrived in Pekalongan, we went directly to the hotel, so we could had some rest. If you love antique buildings then you will love traveling in Java, where you could find a colonial houses or building easily. And Pekalongan is one of them.
We chose The Sidji hotel, just because it is an antique house that got restored and turned into a very lovely hotel.
We drove around to alun-alun just to see where to have dinner, we saw this huge signage about lamb rice, a middle-eastern food. We follow the address and led us to the Arab quarter not far from alun-alun. The restaurant is also an antique house that serves delicious food.
Pekalongan is one city that produce batik beside Yogyakarta, Surakarta and other places in Indonesia. Because of its colorful and motifs, batik from Pekalongan is very recognizable. In Dec 1st, 2014, city of Pekalongan was inscribed as a UNESCO World’s Creative City for craft and folk art category. You can find batik workshop or shops in several areas such as: Kampung batik Kauman, Kampung batik Pesindon, Pasar Sentono, and you will find batik clothes in more fine design in boutiques in Arab quarter.
I just love this particular boutique in Arab quarter, just because they preserves the origin architecture.
Near alun-alun there is Batik museum that gives so much information about batik and the philosophy behind every motif. The museum is a Dutch heritage building which has stood since 1906. This Art Deco building was changing function from time to time, from an administration office of a sugar factory until city hall, and finally at present time as Batik Museum.
Divided into 3 display rooms, the first room explain batik motifs and its philosophy in the life cycle of human, from birth to death.
Here are some batik motifs in our life cycle with philosophy behind it :
In one of two other display rooms, you can find batik of Eliza van Zuylen. A Dutch, and one of batik maestro who lived in 1863 – 1947. Her design mostly were flower bouquet or well known as buketan (how Indonesian pronounce it).
Here are some pictures of peaceful and serene Pekalongan..
There is an old lemonade soda drink factory by the name ‘Oriental Cap Nyonya’ near alun-alun that was started in 1910-ish and still operating until this day. Even they weren’t as popular as in 1970s, but you can see that they still producing.
The factory is just located behind the Pekalongan jail that also still got the original architecture in one angle.
I must say, Pekalongan is a very nice, laid-back city, where you can enjoy the slow pace and the colonial architecture. Especially a place that has character in their culture, adds its own charm. -SK-
At the time when Jakarta was known as Batavia, Menteng area was designed to be the first garden city (tuinstad) in Indonesia. Menteng is a residential area (from back then and up until now). The early design for the lay out of houses in Menteng area was each of every house built in a middle of spacious garden that planted with shade trees and various flowers to create a fresh atmosphere. The terrace was the favorite place of the house to lounged where you can enjoy your cup of tea in the afternoon accompanied by bitterballen or croquette (a savoury Dutch snack) or simple banana fritter after a day activity. While enjoying the breeze, you can hear the shout out of street vendor passing by selling bakso or semprong or serabi (Indonesian traditional food). Nowadays, a house such as described above is only left a few.
Bouwmaatschappij N.V. de Bouwploeg together with P.A.J. Moojen (1879-1955) were the initiator in designing road pattern and built Nieuw-Gondangdia, the former name of Menteng. Moojen designed Indische Woonhuizen or Tropical Classicism, where the particular elements had been faded and soften the typical European classicism.
They built an office building, Bouwploeg building (gedung Boplo) in 1912 which is now turned into a mosque of Cut Meutia. If you see the pictures below, you’ll notice there is a discontinuation of the big staircase from the second floor. The staircase didn’t end up on the first (ground) floor, where it was in the middle of the entrance hall. It was remodeled to have more space for people to pray.
Moojen designed and built Bataviasche Kunstkring (1913) on the entree of Gondangdia, which was used as the Immigration office in 1997. Kunstkring is an art gallery and a technical bureau (Kunst = art; Kring = circle). Now, in the present time, Kunstkring turned back into an art gallery which also a restaurant.
Kunstkring is located in jalan Teuku Umar. Just opposite the street, there is this old house that attract my attention. This house was built around 1910 and from the black and white picture that was taken in 1939, there was a kiosk just in front of the house. Back then, you can found a kiosk such as this one in every intersection in Menteng.
If we go straight in jalan Teuku Umar away from Kunstkring, we will find Taman (park) Suropati that was once named Burgemeester Bisschopplein after the first Batavia mayor's name, G.J. Bisshop (1916-1920). There is a turn to the left before Taman Suropati, that will lead you to Taman Situ lembang an artificial lake. The park is quite nice suitable for children to take a stroll in the afternoon or morning.
Address: Jl. Taman Suropati
Suropati park is the meeting point of three main road; jalan Teuku Umar, jalan Diponegoro, and jalan Imam Bonjol. Perfect for jogging, walking your dog, or simply to read a book. If you are lucky, in Sunday morning you will find a small orchestra played by children. Their name is Taman Suropati Chamber. Have a look on the video below, I shared from youtube account: Kristin Dameria.
A government office building that used to be a Vrijmetselarij Loge or the place where freemason member gather. Built in 1925 by Dutch architect F.J.L. Ghijsels born in Tulung Agung, East Java, in 1882.
Museum Perumusan Naskah Proklamasi
Address: Jl. Imam Bonjol No.1
An Art Deco styled architecture, built in 1920s by Dutch architect J.F.L. Blankenberg. Owned by Nillmij insurance which is the forerunner of Jiwasraya insurance company. Aside of being a home of so many hosts, the most important point in our fight for freedom history, this house was the place where our first president, Soekarno, along with Hatta and Ahmad Soebardjo gathered to formulate our proclamation text that was read by Soekarno the next morning, August 17th 1945, in front of his house. The day that became Indonesia’s Independence day.
There are a lot of places that is interesting in Menteng district. I shall try to review most of it (one by one), but surely not in one article. Please follow our twitter @shrayakulture to find out an up date when we post the part 2 of this "The Menteng District" article. -SK-
I never knew that there was an old cemetery in Tanah Abang area until back in year 2008, when I had to go to government office in Tanah Abang area. When I parked my car, I saw a cemetery with antique gravestone design through the fence. It was right next to the government office. And it was slip from my mind until a couple of months ago, I remembered and I just had to come by and see it. The name at the front gate is Museum Taman Prasasti. Yes, it is a museum, all the human remains were already relocated. They preserved the gravestone, most of them are made from excellent marble quality.
Got myself a ticket and a tour guide to explain the history of this quiet and peaceful place.
Taman Prasasti Museum was built from an old cemetery that operated since 1795, known as Kebon Jahe Kober. It was meant for noble/aristocratic Dutchman and high rank officials back in VOC period in Dutch East Indies (later became Batavia). But eventually, it was open for public Christian.
In 1975, it was closed and renovated, turned it into Taman Prasasti Museum by governor Ali Sadikin.
Most of the museum is an open area to display the beautiful sculptures and inscriptions or tomb stones in lovely garden.
Deep respect for the notable demonstrator from University of Indonesia back in 1966. He was one of young Indonesian intellectual. Soe Hok Gie (1942-1969).
[Above] Olivia Raffles was buried next to her close friend, John Casper Leyden.
This carriage is to transport of remains from sungai Krukut and kali Ciliwung to the cemetery (Kerkhoflaan in Dutch). The number of the horses to pull the carriage depends on the levels of nobility or officials rank. The greater number of horses the higher the rank of the deceased.
When the carriage arrived in Kerkhoflaan, the family of the deceased can wait and sit on the lobby where there were long concrete bench (Left picture). As you can see, in present time the bench already being re-designed in order to avoid beggars sleep on it, but we can still see the subtle curve that used to be a bench. The deceased will enter the gate (middle picture) and enter a room for burial preparation through the green door (Right picture) on the left or right after the gate depend on the gender male or female.
Adami Caroli Claessens, who renovated Cathedral church in 1890-1901 that got ruined in May 1890. Calessens died in the middle of renovation process in 1893.
Founder of STOVIA, School tot Opleiding van Indische Artsen. A medical school for the training of native physicians that was become Medical faculty, University of Indonesia.
The unfinished tomb, the truncated-column appearance, was to express the deceased dream that has not been achieved in his/her past life (First & second pictures from left). The picture on the right is the perfect column expressed the deceased has achieved what had been her goal in her life.
[Above] My tour guide explained the symbols that were grafted in gravestones when I asked what were the meanings of each symbol. The symbols in the upper section of the tomb is a Heraldic symbol, a family crest. And if you look down, after the family crest, there is a Skull and bones is a freemason symbol. So the deceased was a freemason member. Below 'HK No. 28' is the short of Hollandsche Kerk No.28. This was a grave that was moved from Dutch cemetery (Hollandsche Kerk) that was beside a church Nieuw Hollandsche Kerk (Kerk = church) in 1795, that is now a Museum Wayang (Puppet Museum) in Fatahilah Museum complex.
[Below] Some symbols that I noticed that represent Freemason also.
As I was explained by my tour guide, I understand that this cemetery (Kerkhoflaan) is a replacement of an old Dutch cemetery in Neuw Hollandsche Kerk (in the present known as Museum Wayang in Kota Tua next to Museum Fatahilah). So there is a link between Museum Taman Prasasti and Museum Wayang. Below are images of Museum Wayang's evolution from time to time, from a church until what it has become now. -SK-
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