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Bandung’s precious Tropical Art-Deco Heritage


heritage 1In the 1920’s when the Dutch decided to gradually move its colonial capital to Bandung, it was the heyday of Art Deco.  That is the reason why until today Bandung still holds some of the best examples of Tropical Art Deco architecture in the world. Bandung then prospered with more and more large plantations and large companies headquartered here. By 1939 Bandung’s cinchona plantations produced 90% of the world’s quinine, while Dutch coffers were filled with the sale of coffee grown around the city. As the new town became the home of the Dutch wealthy elite, Bandung came to be known as “Parijs van Java” – the Paris of Java.

As your train arrives at the Bandung station, you are already greeted by a fine example of Dutch architecture.  When you disembark from the train, turn right and you will find an authentic interior of an Art Deco building. Constructed in 1884, Bandung’s train station still maintains its authenticity and originality up to this day.

The Savoy Homann Hotel as well as the Grand Hotel Preanger are both prominent examples of well-preserved Art Deco architecture. The Preanger Hotel was built in 1929 by a Java-born Dutch architect, Charles Prosper Wolff Schoemaker, who previously worked for a famed American Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Schoemaker, who was then lecturer at the Bandoengsche Technische Hoogeschool, now the Bandung Institute of Technology , hired Soekarno,  a draftsman who was also his student. History has it that this student draftsman would ultimately become the founding father and the first President of the Republic of Indonesia.  The Grand Hotel Preanger has been modernized, but its original sections are maintained.

There are other buildings associated with Schoemaker’s name. On Braga Street, his creations include Majestic Cinema, now the First Asian-African Conference Museum, and the adjoining Societeit Concordia Club House, currently Gedung Merdeka. The neo-gothic, Art Deco Catholic Cathedral of St. Petrus splendidly stands on Merdeka Street, a block from Braga Street. Schoemaker’s masterpiece is Villa Isola on Dr. Setiabudhi Street, built in 1933 as a residence of a millionaire, D.W. Beretty. The house later turned into a hotel and is now used as the main office of a nationally-renowned university. This architectural jewel is considered as “Indonesia’s greatest contribution to the world of art-deco”, boasting curvaceous shapes that blend beautifully with the terraced garden landscape.

Another prominent name that is also equally renowned for  Bandung’s Art Deco architecture is Albert Frederick Aalbers. Born in Rotterdam, the Dutch architect moved to Bandung in 1928 to try his luck in the Dutch East Indies. The architect’s signature style, ‘Streamlined Deco’ on the façade, and ‘Tropical Deco’ inside, can be seen on Denis Bank, now Bank Jabar on Braga Street, and the nearby Savoy Homann Hotel.

Perhaps the most well-known art deco building stands precisely in the center of the city. The Gedung Sate, the building that is now the governor’s office, was completed in 1920, and designed by J. Gerber. Famous for its skewer-like antenna - Satay or Sate - which gives the building its popular name, it combines neo-classical style with native elements and creates grandeur and a unique mixture of Western and Eastern atmosphere.

The Dutch East Indies architectural trails can still be seen in Bandung. The high concrete walls and decorated windows structure still stand silently today as a reminder of a bygone era, within which different cultures were assimilated. So, what are you waiting for? Pay a visit to the past. Be the one to witness, that there is still a little bit of ‘Europe’ in Bandung.

Source: http://indonesia.travel/en/destination/529/bandung-s-precious-tropical-art-deco-heritage

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Yogyakarta hotels see year-end reservations soar

A number of hotels in Yogyakarta have started to receive bookings as many tourists chose to spend New Year eve in the cultural city.

“Tourists have started to make reservations because Yogyakarta hotels tend to be fully booked during the year-end holiday seasons,” Yogyakarta Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairman Istidjab M Danunagoro said on Thursday.

“Most tourists want to celebrate New Year's in Yogyakarta,” he added.

Istidjab said that Yogyakarta hotels’ managements had also prepared special events on the New Year eve.

Istidjab also said that 23 new hotels would be built in Yogyakarta within the next two years, kompas.com reported.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/08/yogyakarta-hotels-see-year-end-reservations-soar.html

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Air Travel to Grow By 13% Next Year, Industry Says

 

Govt. to develop 50 tourist destinations

The government says it will develop 50 national tourism destinations before 2025.

“This was established on Dec. 2 through a government regulation,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

She said the government had formulated a national tourism plan that contained a framework and systemic approach to develop the 50 tourism destinations.

Mari added that the plan would task local governments to take short-term, medium-term and long-term measures to develop the tourism destinations in their regions.

The tourism destinations include Nias and Simeluen in Aceh, Medan and Lake Toba in North Sumatera, Lombok and Moyo in West Nusa Tenggara and Komodo, Ruteng and Kelimutu in East Nusa Tenggara.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/05/govt-develop-50-tourist-destinations.html

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Indonesia AirAsia eyes 6.2m customers next year

Budget airline Indonesia AirAsia (IAA) aims to increase its customers to 6.2 million passengers in 2012, a 24-percent increase from this year’s 5 million passengers, a top official says.

“Seventy-five percent will be coming from regional routes, while the other 25 percent will be from domestic routes,” IAA president director Dharmadi said on Tuesday at AirAsia’s new product launch in South Jakarta.

He said the company would organize more flights from five existing hubs in Jakarta, Denpasar, Bandung, Medan and Surabaya to other countries such as seven flights to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, also two flights to Bangkok, Thailand, and Penang, Malaysia.

“We have connected to almost all ASEAN countries,” he said.

Dharmadi said IAA would add five new Airbus A320s in 2012 and would add five more new Airbus aircraft per year until 2016.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/12/06/indonesia-airasia-eyes-62m-customers-next-year.html

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