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Gedung Sate have become Bandung's number one landmark for decades, which means it's one attraction in Bandung you shouldn't miss. Europe's (particularly Dutch's) architecture style dominate almost the entire part of the building, although some native elements are also added. The result is an impressive Indo-European architecture style that have awed hundreds of people coming to the site every year. Some people even claimed that Gedung Sate's importance is as important as The White House in America.
Things to Know About Bandung's Iconic Landmark: Gedung Sate
Gedung Sate's significance for Bandung's government have started back then during Dutch colonials occupied the city. The building was constructed in 1920 and completed four years later. The impressive architecture style that combine neo-classical and Indonesia's styles was designed by J. Gerber, a Dutch architect assisted by several other skillful architects. The new building was called Gouvernements Bedrijven and functioned as an office for Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works, and Water Managemenet. The construction itself costed around 60 million guilders. Years after Indonesia's independence, Gouvernements Bedrijven was renamed to Gedung Sate and served as the government office of West Java Province.
If you can understand Indonesian, you probably have noticed that Gedung Sate means “Satay Building” in Indonesia. Despite any first impressions you had after you heard its name, the building itself have little relation with the local delicacy. It was nicknamed after the building's central pinnacle that consisted of round objects being pierced by a pole. Although the “satay” interpretation is embraced by many people, some argues that the shape holds more resemblance to guava or even jasmine flower. Looking up at Gedung Sate's pinnacle, what does it resemble to you?
Each building might have their own stories, and sometimes, mysteries shrouded them. Gedung Sate is no exception. Some people claimed that there was an underground passage that connect Gedung Sate and Pakuan Building. The passage was said to be built by the Dutch to make them travelling from one place to another much easier. It remains mystery until today, since the majority chose to ignore the rumor.
Located behind the main Gedung Sate building is Gedung Sate Museum. Gedung Sate Museum is a very impressive museum displaying artifacts, old photos, and documents that reveal the history of Indonesia's government, particularly after the country seized its freedom. The museum adopted adopted advanced technologies such as interactive theatre, Augmented Reality, and 4-D Projection that make the entire exhibits become more immersive.
While in the beginning we've mentioned that the Gedung Sate gained its name from its towering pinnacle, it doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a plate of delicious satay nearby the place. Gedung Sate is literally surrounded with stalls selling delicious satay dishes, especially in the afternoon. That's not all! You can also shop for knick-knacks, bags, shoes, fancy T-Shirts, and even some electronic goods. Always remember the main rule when you're shopping in these stalls, always use your haggling skills!
A mile away from Gedung Sate is the Geology Museum Bandung with its immersive collections. The museum was established in 1850 by the Dutch colonials, it was called 'Geologisch Laboratorium' during the era. The building's function is to store some important minerals and fossils found from various places. Today it house hundreds artifacts, minerals, maps, and fossils from Indonesia archipelago. Geology Museum Bandung is divided into three areas: 'The Geology of Indonesia' where you can observe various minerals collected from various places in Indonesia, most of them are volcanic stones. In 'History of Life' exhibit, you 'll get to see fossils of prehistoric animals who have walked on the Earth since the beginning of the world.Some fossils were the remaining of prehistoric humans found in Indonesia.The last exhibit is“ Geological Resources, Benefits, and Disasters Gallery, where various geological resources are put on display along with explanations about their benefits for humanity. Visitors also can enjoy interactive videos showing the birth of a volcano and what happened deep inside the earth core before the volcano erupts.
How to Get Tickets?
To access the Gedung Sate building, you don't need to pay for admission fee. However, you do have to ask to the security officer for an entry visit. The visits to Gedung Sate Museum and Geology Museum Bandung are also free of charge.
How To Get Around?
You literally don't need to use any public transportations to go around from Gedung Sate to other nearby attractions, since they are located just a stone's throw away from the building.
Best Time to Visit
Gedung Sate is open for tourists only in weekends, while in weekdays it is used for government office.
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Will I Need a Guide?
All informations you need about Gedung Sate and nearby attractions can be easily found in this website. So a guide isn't quite necessary
How To Get There?
Reaching Gedung Sate is a piece of cake since the attraction is highly accessible by any public transportations. You can catch an “angkot” from Sulanjana Street to Cicaheum, or you can ride on a taxi instead for the most convenient way (but you will have to prepare enough money).