Sights & Landmarks

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Braga Street

Braga Street or Jalan Braga is a small street in the center of Bandung, which was famous in the 1920s as a promenade street. Chic cafes, boutiques and restaurants with European ambiance along the street had made the city to attain the Paris of Java nickname. The street starts from a T-junction with the Asia-Afrika (or De Groote Postweg during the colonial time) to the north until the city council (balaikota), which was formerly a coffee warehouse.

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Gedung Sate

Gedung Sate is a public building in Bandung. It was designed by Dutch architect J. Gerber to be the seat of the Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works & Water Management; the building was completed in 1920. Today, the building serves as the seat of the governor of the province of West Java. 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.

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Alun-Alun Bandung

Alun-alun Bandung or city square of Bandung. Alun-alun is the classical central core of the democratic city in Indonesia, since the 15th century. It is typically a square of grass field with 4 sides are the city major residence, pendopo (a place to meet between citizens and the government), a mosque and a prison. In Alun-alun Bandung, The Grand Mosque is still visible, though it has been renovated 7 times. Now, it has undergone a major renovation and expansion with two 81 m high minarets and a Taj Mahal interior design. The Pendopo is also still there, behind a high wall. The prison has been transformed into a mall with one block is preserved as a museum, a cell block where Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, spent some time in there. The major transition is that now alun-alun serves as an entertainment park, where shopping mall buildings are surrounding the square.

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