Monuments & Statues

Purwa Aswa Purba Monument

When you arrive at Bandung train station and get out via the Jl. Stasiun Barat main gate, you will see this ancient locomotive statue, named Monumen Purwa Aswa Purba. This monument was built by Hartmann and inaugurated on 28 September 1992 by Mr. Anwar Suprijadi, the Head of Perumka, now PT. Kereta Api, the Indonesian Railway Company. The number “TC.10.08” as it written on the monument has its own meaning. T stands for tramlok (non standard gauge), C means its driving wheel has diameter of 600 mm. In the old days, this locomotive used to be deployed between Cikampek and Karawang, West Java.

Location : Jl. Stasiun Barat
Nearby facilities : ATMs, hospital, shopping centers
Nearby attractions : Galeri Cupumanik
How to get there : located exactly in front of Bandung main train station.

Monumen Bandung Lautan Api

The tallest monument in Bandung in remembrance of the battle between Dutch troops and Indonesians on 25 March 1946. The Indonesians burnt down and destroyed the southern part of Bandung as a strategy to fight against their aggressor. It is located inside the Cikuntra Memorial Park, just across from Sri Baduga Museum.

There are plenty of trees planted around Monument Bandung Lautan Api by the local government and they also provide information on kind of trees available there. Monument Bandung Lautan Api has a big open space, therefore local residents usually do exercises around this monument, especially on weekends.

Location : Jl. Otto Iskandardinata, Tegalega - click here for location map
Operating hours : daily, 6am-6pm
Admission charges : Rp. 1,000/person (sometimes it can be free admission)
Facilities : toilets, football field
Nearby facilities : ATMs, pharmacies, money changer, mini markets
Nearby attractions : Sri Baduga Museum, the Elizabeth bag maker
How to get there : From Bandung train station, take an angkot that goes to Cibaduyut and stop at the junction of Jl. Otto Iskandardinata and Jl. Ibu Inggit Ganarsih (fare: Rp. 3,000, about 20 minutes journey). From there continue by short walking distance approx. 400 meters to Tegalega City Park
From Kebon Kalapa terminal, take an angkot that goes to Dayeuhkolot and get off at Tegalega City Park (fare: Rp. 2,000, about 5 minutes away)
Remarks : dogs are not allowed. Street hawkers available here. On Sunday, usually Monument Bandung Lautan Api becomes crowded and dirty (trashes almost every where). Beware of pickpockets around Tegalega City Park.

Monumen KM BDG 0+00

This ancient roller monument symbolizes a moment where H.W. Daendels, the Governor General of Dutch East Indies, stuck a wooden rod into the ground in 1810, where the roller is currently standing, after completion of part of the "Groote Postweg" (Great Post Road) work. He then said "make sure that when I return, I see a new city is built right here".

Location : Jl. Asia Afrika
Nearby facilities : hotels, mini markets, ATMs,pharmacy
Nearby attractions : Alun-alun/City Square, Grand Mosque of Bandung, Savoy Homann Hotel
How to get there : it is located in Bandung's Public Utility (Infrastructure) Department, near Hotel Savoy Homann from Jl. Merdeka, take angkot that goes to Kelapa Terminal and get off at the intersectionjunction of Jl. Asia Afrika and walk approx. 0.06 miles or 100 meters to the monument.

Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat Jabar

Built in 1990, this 14-meter (46 feet) tall monument is meant to commemorate a battle in West Java called the "Bojong Kokosan war" during Indonesia's early independence days.

There is a little museum built inside Monument Perjuangan Rakyat Jabar, which was opened in 2010. The museum displays historical pictures of Bandung, replica of primordial man in Pawon Cave, reliefs of the battle of “Bojong Kokosan”, and it has also a diorama room. Unfortunately all information is written or explained in either Bahasa Indonesia or local dialect.

Location : Jl. Dipatiukur No. 48 (about 900 meters north of Gedung Sate) - click here for location map
Telephone : +62 22 2506771
Fax : +62 22 2506723
Operating hours : daily, 8am-3pm, but the museum opens only during weekdays
Admission charges : free
Nearby attractions : Gedung Sate
Nearby facilities : ATM, café, minimarket
How to get there : By angkot: Kalapa-Dago line, take the one that goes to Dago and get off at the junction of Jalan Sulanjana and Jalan Ir. H. Juanda (Jalan Dago). It takes about 5 minutes from around Jalan Merdeka (fare: Rp. 1,500 to Rp. 2,000). From this junction, take another angkot heading to Cicaheum terminal (Ledeng-Cicaheum line). Stop right in front of Gedung Sate (fare: Rp. 2,000 for about 5 minute ride). Continue on foot to the monument. From Jalan R. E. Martadinata, take an angkot that goes to Dago (Riung Bandung-Dago line). After 8 minute journey, you will stop next to the monument (fare: Rp. 2,000)
By taxi: from around Jalan Asia Afrika it should cost you about Rp. 30,000
Remarks : Entrance is through the back entrance (the main entrance is open only on certain occations).

Sister City Monument

A small sister city monument between Bandung and Suwon in South Korea, built in 1997. This monument was inaugurated by Dada Rosada, Bandung City Major, on 1 January 2006.

Location : Jl. Merdeka
Nearby facilities : ATMs, money changer, hotel, shopping center, restaurants, Kedai Soes Miniku
Nearby attractions : Bank Indonesia Building, Museum Mandala Wangsit
How to get there : walk towards the south along Jalan Merdeka, next to Bandung's main cathedral.


There are many statues in Bandung and presented below are a few of them:

Statue of Milking Cow

This is to strengthen Lembang's image of a town of fresh milk production.

Location : Jl. Raya Lembang
How to get there : driving from Bandung, you will see this statue on your way to Tangkuban Perahu.

Statue of Football Player

A 2.5m high statue picturing a football player of a big local team, Persib, built by a sculpture Bandung artist, Nuarta. It is made of copper & brass and was erected in 1990. This statue resembles a figure a well known local football player in the 1980s Ajat Sudrajat, because of his skills and achievements. In 1986, Ajat successfully led his club Persib to won the President Trophy in Indonesian football league.

Location : Jl. Lembong
Nearby facilities : ATMs, hotels, hospital, restaurants
Nearby attractions : the Military Museum, Jl. Asia Afrika, Jl. Braga, Monument of Sister City
How to get there : if you are walking from Jalan Merdeka towards Jalan Asia Afrika, you can see this statue just after Mandala Wangsit Military Museum, to the right side after going out of the museum. From Jalan Sumatra, walk for a short distance to the statue (approx.0.15 miles or about 200 meters).

Statue of Pasteur Verbraak

Pasteur Henricus Christianus Verbraak (1835-1918) was an army chaplain of the KNIL (The Dutch East Indies Army) when he was on a duty to Aceh (northern part of Sumatra) from 1874 to 1907. He died on 1 June 1918 in Magelang because of debilitating eye disease.

This bronze statue was made by a Dutch sculptress, Gerharda Johanna Wilhelmina Rueb and located in the lush gardens of the Taman Maluku. Visitors can see the statue of Pasteur H.C. Verbraak holding a book with a brief explanation just below the statue.

Location : Jl. Ternate, within the Taman (park) Maluku
Nearby facilities : ATMs, post office, restaurants, hotels, supermarket
Nearby attractions : factory outlets along Jl. R. E. Martadinata
How to get there : from The Secret factory outlet, walk approx. 0.26 miles or 400 meters to the statue

Statues of Student Soldier and Women Soldier

Two statues in commemoration of Indonesian students and women soldier whose also fought against the Dutch together with the Indonesian arm forces. These statues were built by Sunaryo (the founder Selasar Sunaryo Art Space) The women soldiers statue itself was inaugurated by the former major of Bandung, Husein Wangsaatmaja on 10 November 1981. Unfortunately, no further information describes about these statues.

Location : Jl. Kebon Jukut (Viaduct)
Nearby facilities : ATMs, minimarkets, hotel, restaurants
Nearby attractions : Aroma Factory and Coffee Shop
How to get there : about 500 meters [0.31 miles] to the east of Bandung main train station. Other option is: from Jalan Merdeka, take an angkot that goes to St. Hall and get off right in front of the statues (fare: Rp. 2,000 for a 5 minute journey)
Remarks : visitors will see graffiti and other vandalism on the statues.

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