Five Architectural Jewels of Bandung, Indonesia
Indonesia is popular for so many things such as islands, volcanoes, great food, warm local, and affordable activities to do. Bali and Jakarta are the two most popular destinations here, what many travellers miss the hidden gem called Badung. While many tourists visit Indonesia for different reasons such as surfing, hiking and diving, speaking of diving, if this is on your list, check this diving in Indonesia article to give you more idea about this fun water activity. If you enjoy visiting an architectural site, Badung is just for you.
Bandung is nicknamed Paris of Java because of its European atmosphere and resemblance to Paris, it is definitely one of the places in Indonesia that you should not miss. As the city used to have a lot of flowers, it is also referred to as the Flower City. Located at an altitude and surrounded by the lush green Parahyangan mountains, the climate of Bandung is very pleasant, and this is a great city for gastronomic adventure. The city is also famous for its unique architecture. Look for budget-friendly and cheap hotel deals in the city and a good name to start with is Bukit Dago Hotel known for its great services, great accommodations at a competitive price.
Bandung architecture carries a Dutch colonial style that comes from the 18th and early 19th century. You will come across various fine examples of these architectural styles, and most of the historical buildings are very well preserved. Make sure you see explore the buildings and the stunning architecture when travelling to Bandung.
This was built in 1932, the Villa Isola lies in the northern part of Bandung and was made for an Italian millionaire. The villa overlooks the city to the south. Its magnificent gardens are simply eye-catching. You will find a unique blend of Indo-European architectural style.
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It was built in 1921, Gedung Sate was used as the head of the Dutch Indies Government Companies, The decoration of a popular satay food on the roof is now as famous as the name. The complex houses the office of West Java governor and local, provincial house representatives. Italian Renaissance can be seen all over the building, and your wall loves the Spanish-Moorish style for the windows. The building is open to the public, and one can enter the facade that faces the Mt. Tangkubanperahu directly.
The architect C.P.W built Cipaganti Mosque. Schoemaker in 1933. This is the only mosque built in the European residential style and the central facade still carries the original design. The mosque has been grown and expanded to both of its sides. Popularly known as the Masjid Cipaganti, the mosque was the only one to be built in the European residential neighbourhood. The elements of European architecture, ethnic Javanese bad Arabic influence can be seen in the mosque.
ITB West and East Hall
This is the oldest institute of technology in Indonesia and was built by the architect Maclaine Pont in 1918. It is known for the most noticeable Dutch East Indian construction as well as the Sumatran style of architecture. Located in a prime zone of Bandung, the campus of the University is completely green and has gigantic trees. There are massive grass yards, gardens, and flowers around the building.
Van Gallen built Gedung Merdeka in 1895, and the clubhouse was meant for rich people. The building became the first Asian-African conference venue and is named the Concordia Society. Today, it is a well-known museum for that conference. The simple building covers a massive area of 7500 square. The modern “super club” meeting hall was the most luxurious, exclusive and well facilitated and carries an international style architecture.
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