Old Bandung: An Art-Deco Charm

Hello, bananians!

We’re still reporting from Bandung, Indonesia with great news: San will be moving to this beautiful city! Expect more exciting stories to come, but worry not because we’ll continue reporting from other corners of the world 🙂

Our visit today was to the heart of old-town Bandung. We’ll take you on a walk with us as we show you the charm of this area.

Map

We started our journey from the left side of Jalan Asia Afrika, passing by Jalan Cikapundung Timur. At the end of Jalan Cikapundung Timur (a camera sign in the map), there are cut-out figures of some of the most famous persons of Bandung, including Ridwan Kamil (current mayor), Soekarno (first president of Indonesia), and Muhammad Hatta (first vice-president of Indonesia), as well as presidents of the Non-Block Movement countries.

As you might have known, the first Asian-African conference was held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955. The venue of the event was Gedung Merdeka. Gedung Merdeka is divided into two parts: the Gedung Merdeka itself and the Asian-African Conference museum. Both house collections and information regarding the conference and are both open to public. The Asian-African Conference museum also houses a public library.

Gedung Merdeka
Gedung Merdeka
Asian-African Conference Museum
Asian-African Conference Museum

We then turned left to Jalan Braga, a hustling road with a vintage charm, filled with offices, restaurants, and shops. We especially love the street lamps here, decorated with delicate ornaments while featuring a lion on top.

Usually, there'd be flags on the flagpoles.
Usually, there’d be flags on the flagpoles.
Stone balls lining the pavement.
Stone balls lining the pavement.

We went to eat delicious meatballs located at the right end tip of Jalan Braga. If you walk there, you’ll find a building called Gedung YPK. The meatballs are located behind the building, under a tent. Don’t confuse with Canary, which is a famous bakery.

I had meatballs with noodles and Es Campur
I had meatballs with noodles and Es Campur

We returned to Jalan Asia Afrika through the same Jalan Braga, and passed by the Braga sign. There were a lot of tourists there and we were on a hurry, so we didn’t take a photo of it.

But the building behind the sign is a streamline design you can't miss!
But the building behind the sign is a streamline design you can’t miss!

As we reached Jalan Asia Afrika, we saw two very attractive buildings. One is the Savoy Homann Hotel, a streamline beauty. The other is the OCBC NISP bank building, which was used as a warehouse in the Dutch colonial period.

Savoy Homann Hotel.
Savoy Homann Hotel.
OCBC NISP Bank
OCBC NISP Bank

As we made our way back to where we started, we can’t help but notice stone balls lining up the pavement. If you look close enough, you’ll see the name of a country and their flag on the ball. These were the countries that participated in the 1955 Asian-African Conference. Look out for your country 😉

This one is Indonesia
This one is Indonesia

Love,

San

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