Natural History Museum Bandung

Bandung ahead of the two centuries since 25 September 2008 is he was even 198 years. Is Bandung residents can know with certainty what the foundation will serve as the date of the anniversary of Bandung? Is there a sign on the corners of the city that reminded it? Kilometer Zero in Jalan Asia-Africa was just telling me why at that point determined initial measurement of the distance from the city of Bandung, not as a reminder of the birth of a city.

Nearly 200 years of Bandung grow. His memory seems lost eroded from the minds of the citizens, such as basalt in Curug Dago eroded Cikapundung flow.

1972, Situ Aksan, the only remaining lakes in Bandung at that time, still crowded as a favorite recreation spot. That is the final reminder that Bandung was once a vast lake in ancient times before there was diuruk into housing in the early 1980s. They also show the height of Bandung Square (which is really the main square with a large field) by the explosion of firecrackers during Ramadan. I can still ride the wagon family fun visiting grandma’s house on Jalan Pasundan to Jalan Garuda (now Jalan Nurtanio) during Lebaran arrived. That piece of wonderful memories of the townsfolk will travel the city. These memories will be etched longer for senior citizens first born or resided.

Memories of city residents as it will disappear on their own over the death of the townspeople if not preserved, for example in the form of books like Bandoeng Old Days by (deceased) Haryato Kunto. The deceased was indeed great services that make this city trip enshrined to be remembered by a generation to the next.

The city museum

Outside Bandung, the memories will be etched into a city of Niigata. Japanese society is a society that is always appreciated ancestors, including “natural ancestor”. For them, all beings have a soul memorable. The award was one of them realized in the form of a museum.

In Japan, the museum is not only a building. The memory of the history of a bridge across the Shinano River in Niigata, for example, simply manifested in the panels in the corner side of the bridge. Construction of tunnels that penetrate Shimizu Japanese Alps connecting Tokyo-Niigata immortalized on building a small museum in a rest area on the highway before the driver enters the 11 kilometer-long tunnel that.

Thematic museums in the corners of the city and then compiled at the city museum. Its content is a long journey since the beginning of natural history geological epochs when the city was still a wild nature with the occupants before humans. In fact, the level of small towns districts did not want to lose to display the natural history of his city. There are of course people who visit the city museum just to look pensive heritage of fossils, artifacts, photos, mock-ups, or anything that characterizes the city’s development over time.

For tourists, the city museum is a tourist information center of the city. In a brief visit tourists who happened to come to a city is not in a tour package, they can specify destinations in the city you want to visit from the information obtained at the city museum. Bandung city with a long history deserves to have the city’s natural history museum. The museum collection and information can be extended from a city located in Bandung Basin is still a sea of ​​up to four million years ago, to the mainland since two million years ago, into the lake since 125,000 years ago, until dry since 16,000 years ago.

Traces of ancient settlements with the data found abundant in the hills of Dago Pakar. Stone tools made from obsidian scattered scattered around geodetic points KQ380 show how high the ancestral culture of ancient Bandung society about 6,000 years ago. They even have good at making settlements with the trenches. Unfortunately, the evidence is now being crushed and flattened bulldozer engines for luxury housing and villas! Fortunately, evidence of the existence of the ancient architects found as skeletons huddled largest Pawon Goa.

natural Museum

With an abundance of relics of ancient artifacts in the northern Bandung, in 1917 ever sparked an idea from Dr W Docters van Leeuwen to establish the Museum of Natural Open Sunda (Soenda Openlucht Museum). However, World War II buried the ideals of the Dutch doctor, especially now when the mainstream of urban development is directed to the economic benefits quickly. One example is the pathetic pile of sandstone Panyandaan sites in the North Terminal Cicaheum, which oddly enough, the soil around controlled as private property.

List the contents of the museum will be long after the formal city was founded by the Regent Wiranatakusumah II under the administration of Governor-General Daendels in 1810. Along with the 200 anniversary of the Post Road Anyer-Panarukan in 2008, Bandung listed himself as an important part of the history of the times misery colonialism.

Information will be more complete history of the city of Bandung the collected when entering the 20th century. Perhaps among them starting from Curug Dago site that gives us proud of being citizens of the city for ever visited the great king of Thailand, King Rama V, when in 1902 make the inscription slate. The second slate made his grandson in 1927. Then of course when Bandung was in its golden age in 1920-1930.

The city is also noted that the history of fragrance when the proclaimer Bung Karno stay and fight in Bandung for independence. Home Moms Inggit in Ciateul, ITB, Banceuy prison in Jalan Banceuy are now only leaving the cell and Gardunya, Indonesia Sues Building, Sukamiskin prison, and architectural works Ir Soekarno an artifact of this city trip. After the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, Bandung recorded history with fragrant. We certainly will never forget the events of Bandung Lautan Api 1946 and 1955 Asian-African Conference.

Of course, the mayor of Bandung (Bandung and the regents before becoming the city) should be recorded in the memory of the Natural History Museum of Bandung. In their hands, Bandung developed, whether positive or negative towards the growth of a city.

Ahead of Bandung two centuries, a golden opportunity to record history in golden letters for the city of Bandung. Green open spaces that already exist, such as Babakan Siliwangi, not again evicted for concrete construction. Build for the City Museum.

Dr.Ir. BUDI Brahmantyo Head of Planning and Promotion of Tourism Bandung Institute of Technology, Lecturer in Geology Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology Institute of Technology Bandung

Source ( the Sept. 25, 2008)

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