Gedung Sate has now become one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Bandung. Many visitors from abroad visit Bandung because of their historic relation with this building and the city as well. The historic feeling of this building can best be absorbed when climbing the wooden stairs towards the tower of the building. There are six stairs which have to be ascended before you reach the top.
The beauty of Gedung Sate is completed by the decorative and lush gardens that surround the building and are well cared for. Because of its beauty, the gardens are regularly used for shooting family pictures, music clips for local or national artists or love couples.
The architecture of Gedung Sate is a work of Ir. J. Gerber and his group which had in mind to make a design that closely resembled the works of famous Dutch architect Dr. Hendrik Petrus, which used many traditional features from all over Indonesia in his designs. Many architects and structural designers say that Gedung Sate is a monumental building that expresses an unique architectural design, which is known as Indo-European architecture.
A few of the people that praise the building are Cor Pashier and Jan Wittenberg, both architects from the Netherlands. They say the “architecture of the building is the result of an experiment which pushes the looks of the building towards Indo-European.” D. Ruhl mentioned Gedung Sate as the “most beautiful building in Indonesia” in the book Bandoeng en haar Hoogvlakte from 1952.
It can be said that Gedung Sate Building is the "White House" of Bandung.
Gedung Sate, is a neo-classical building mixed with native elements. Once the seat of the Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, it now serves as the governor's office of the West Java province in Indonesia. Located in Bandung, it was built in 1920 after a design by Dutch architect J. Gerber.
Its common name, Gedung sate, is a nickname that translates literally from Indonesian to 'satay building', which is a reference to the shape of the building's central pinnacle – which resemble the shape of one of the Indonesian traditional dish called satay.
Around 2.000 people were involved in the construction of the building. 150 of them were highly skilled stone and wood workers from the Chinese regions of Konghu and Kanton. They received help from other stone-workers, coolies and other workers which lived in the villages of Kampung Sekeloa,Kampung Coblong Dago, Kampung Gandok and Kampung Cibarengkok. Earlier they worked on the Gedong Sirap building at the campus of the Technische Hoogeschool Bandoeng (nowadays Institut Teknologi Bandung and Gedong Papak, the city hall of Bandung.
After four years of construction, in September 1924, the main building for the Gouvernements Bedrijvenwas finished, as well as the main office for the PTT (Post, Telefoon en Telegraaf, Mail, Telephone and Telegraph) and a library.
Every Sunday, the area around Gedung Sate is opened for public, so they can spend their free day of the week here enjoying the gardens and fresh air of the city or to do some light sporting activity.
If you are in Bandung on Sundays, it is well worth a visit, to see the activities there, ranging from merely participate get together, to enjoy food that is sold there, also to shop for fashion at a low prices that is sold by street vendors, if you are lucky enjoy a variety of musical activities for free.
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