A Visit to Historical Gedung Pancasila, Jakarta

Welcome to Gedung Pancasila

Have you visited Gedung Pancasila or Pancasila building before?

To those who occasionally drive around Gambir or Pejambon, the area where my office is located, you probably have seen this majestic building on the left side. Easily recognized from its columns, Gedung Pancasila is truly a beautiful architecture.

Located at Jl. Taman Pejambon no. 6, Central Jakarta, this historical building is situated inside of the building complex of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.

I have to say this building is o
ne of the beautiful, well-preserved historical buildings in Jakarta.

Gedung Pancasila, as the name suggested, is the very place where Pancasila, the Indonesian State philosophy consisting of 5 principles, was born and inaugurated by our first President, Soekarno. Panca means 5 in Sanskrit, while Sila means pillars. Pancasila itself has a long, interesting story. I guess I can share that later.

Built in the beginning of 1830s, this neoclassic building is famous for its 8 columns and used to serve as the residence of the Royal Dutch Army General, Mr. Hertog Bernhard. Considering how wonderful this building is, we can imagine how rich and powerful the army general at that time. As suggested by various literatures, the surrounding areas near Pejambon used to be filled with Dutch - Indie governmental offices. Later, the building was sold (please correct me if I'm wrong as some open sources indicated that) and it functioned as Volkstraad gebouw or Volkstraad building. Volkstraad itself is like representative council where, for the first time, Indonesian representatives were included.

Fast forward, when the Dutch lost the war to Japan, this building was turned into the headquarters of Badan Penyelidik Usaha - usaha Persiapan Kemerdekaan (BPUPKI) or literally translated as Investigating Committee for Preparatory Works for Independence. These important people discussed at length all the necessary groundworks for Indonesia's Independence. 

Members of BPUPKI

This historical building is listed as one of the national ‘cagar budaya’ or cultural heritage and well-maintained by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

It is still actively used for formal occasions and sometimes opened for public on special event, like during the annual press statement of the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the beginning of the year.

Inside is beautiful and has lovely settings for meetings and/or dining. If you asked, one of my favorite spots here is  the President Soekarno’s painting inside.

I was lucky to join a mini tour of this building.
Check out my YouTube video for that.

So, what do you thing?
Do you want to know more about this historical building?
I will share more here so stick around!

One thing for sure, this building is indeed worth a visit!

Wonderful Wednesday with My Purple World, Oh My Heartsie Girls and Friends

Cheers from all of us!
Here comes another week full of fun!

My kids went back to school and it was sort of a mixed feeling of excitement, craving for more holidays and happy to meet friends and teachers. We had everything ready, including the books, bags, uniforms and more.

Luckily, we managed to go back to Lampung and as promised, we took the kids to the beach and met  their cousins. We spent some time at Sari Ringgung Beach and gathered at my mom's house. It's good to meet my big family, including my cousins, nieces and nephews. It was great as we didn't plan that yet we all met at the beach! 

Before hitting the beach
I had diving trip as well and happily met the giant stingray or manta!
Watch it on my video in YouTube for my last diving trip.
You can see the huge puffer fish and giant manta there!
I was super happy as this dive showed more spots and underwater creatures that I loved so much.

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WW: Last Days of Holiday at Sari Ringgung Beach, Lampung

Cheers from Sari Ringgung
How is your summer break?

Here in Indonesia, the kids only enjoy 2 weeks of holidays or summer break.
The new class starts on July 15th, 2019.
It seems so short a break but the kids actually enjoyed a long break, around 3 weeks, during Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitri, prior to the summer break.
So all in all, they have enjoyed 5 weeks off, which is not that bad at all.

the gate..

Again, we went back to my hometown to meet our parents and say hi to the beach again.
We went to Sari Ringgung Beach a bit late so we didn't go to one of the islands surrounding it. But we managed to have a little reunion with our extended families here on the beach. Two huts, tons of delicious food, and endless photo sessions, that's what we had. Moreover, the kids enhoyed their swimming and canoeing sessions at the beach.

It took around 1 hour 15 minutes from down town Bandar Lampung to reach this beach. it takes a while mostly becuase we only have one busy road leading to the area. 

The entry ticket is Rp 20.000,- (or less than USD 2) per person, including kids, with car (including driver) for Rp 20.000,-. You can rent the big hut for Rp 100.000,- for 5 hours and rent floats fro Rp 10.000,- or canoe fro Rp 25.000,-. They also have Banana Boat package for 1 - 5 persons for Rp 150.000,-.

It was a beautiful weekend celebrating the last days of our kids' holiday.
Happy to see all those smiles!

Here are some pictures from our last days of holiday at Sari Ringgung Beach, Lampung.

Selamat datang

the playground

Bo..enjoying the sun!

Obi and I..super hot day..

Love the swing..

They have many spots here on the beach

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