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Museum Bank Indonesia

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Museum Bank Indonesia offers a well–presented and revealing history of Indonesia (with a focus on economics)‚ in a beautifully restored colonial building in Jakarta’s historic Kota Tua (old city), easily the best museum in this area.

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Even if the financial industry is of little interest (don’t be turned off by the word “Bank”), the history is engaging and the architecture alone is well worth a look. The imposing edifice was built for De Javasche Bank in the early 20th century, designed by Dutch architect Eduard Cuypers who was known for incorporating local elements into his design—if you look carefully you will see Kala heads in the pediments of the inner courtyard, an element common in Hindu temples in Java. He later went on to build branches of the bank in Bandung, Medan, Surabaya and Makassar. Post independence the bank was nationalised and Bank Indonesia went on to build new headquarters in central Jakarta in the 1960s when this grand complex was left to deteriorate until restoration began in 2006, opening as a museum three ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)

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