November 28, 2008

Candra Naya Rise From Apparent Death?

Translated from, an article written by Pradaningrum Mijarto

Remember Candra Naya building? An old building was built in 1807 that 'forced' to stick out between semi finished buildings—hotel, apartment, and shopping center—though its unclear fate. More than a decade the building as if old piles and in apparent death.

In about 2003 there was a strong rumor said that the elder building will be move to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII). Many people refused that plan. Sutiyoso, the former Governor of Jakarta at that time, decided that the building shalt not be move. Although at the last Candra Naya was not move, its condition still not changed.

Sin Ming Hui a.k.a. Candra Naya is the last building of three large ancient chinese architectural buildings at Gajah Mada street, West Jakarta. The others two buildings were Ex-Tiong Hoa Siang Hwee (Chinese Chamber of Commerse) building which is now become a SMAN 2 (public highschool building); and ex-China Embassy. They were stand close together.

In 1992, by descent of Khouw Kim An—grandson of Candra Naya founder, Khouw Teng Sek—that building complex were sold to developer who want to built apartment on that land. Two years later, the new owner of the building, Modern Group, bringdown all buildings around the main building and left it alone. Then they begin to develop a modern concrete building.

Suddenly monetary crisis strike Indonesia very hard in 1997. The development stopped. Modern Grup tycoon, Samadikun Hartono, getting mixed up with Bantuan Likuiditas Bank Indonesia (BLBI) corruption case. Consequently the old chinese architectural building of Chandra Naya getting more misery.

After fell to apparent death for a long time, now that building complex looks cheerful again. The unfinished project now being continued by PT Wismatama Propertindo. One hotel and two StarCity apartment buildings ready to standing around Candra Naya building.

A couple times ago CEO of PT Wismatama Propertindo, Herbert Ie, promised that the project will always considering the genuineness conservation and existence of that heritage building. Just for information, Candra Naya guarded by several regulations and laws. Like Monumenten Ordonnatie Staatsblad Number 238/1931; UU (decree) Number 5/1974; UU Number 4/1982; Keppres (presidential decree) Number 44/1974; and Educational and Cultural Minister Decree Number 0128/M/1998. In Governor Decree Number 475/1993 also stated clearly that all heritage, including historical building must be protected.

From Warta Kota observation, Candra Naya building now looks more clean and more dressed up, ready coming to life, as a restaurant or anything. Although the access door locked and signed "No Entrance", the building looks un-depressed anymore

According to marketing & promotion dept. of PT Wismatama Propertindo, the entire original Candra Naya building, either in the middle or on its two sides—which is parted off in teens years ago—will be restore to its previous and properly condition. ”We will make several restaurants in there,” says Danu from promotion dept. Well, we just wait and hope that Jakarta Government will not cheated again like before.

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Sunken Boat Cargo Exhibition

Kompas Images by Kristianto Purnomo

JAKARTA, TUESDAY — Visitors bear witness to buli-buli (gourd for storing liquids) that showed in Pameran Benda Muatan Kapal Tenggelam (Sunken Boat Cargo Exhibition) at Fine Arts & Ceramics Museum, Jakarta, Tuesday (Nov 18). The exhibition well on into Friday (Nov 28). It is a historical proof about trade chain in ninth century to tenth century at this Indonesia Archipelago.

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From Kunstkring to Buddha Bar - by Pradaningrum Mijarto

This Ex-Immigration building at the corner of Cut Nyak Dien street and Teuku Umar street, Menteng, Central Jakarta, will become Buddha Bar, a concept of restaurant which is brought by Raymond Visan from France.

Translated from, Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dastin Hillery, Suci Mayang Sari, and Agus Surja Sadana, noted as the top three winner of the contest of the usage and management of heritage building concept, in this case the ex-immigration building or known as Kunstkring Building at the corner of Cut Nyak Dien street and Teuku Umar street. That was year 2003. Now that name maybe has forgotten.

Dastin, the first winner, suggest to use the building as a Jakarta art union, suit as its function at the past. The ground floor of this 2 floors building was suggested to use as a main showroom. While the 2nd floor was suggested to use as a public lecture room, talk show, discussion forum, including art book and architecture store.

Mayang Sari, the second winner, suggest to use the building as a Jakarta architecture art community. While Agus Sadana, the third winner, suggest to use the building as a past nuance restaurant.

After neglected for some time, now the building designed by PAJ Moojen ready to beating again. It will become
Buddha Bar, a restaurant concept which is brought by Raymond Visan from France. This bar will manage by PT Nireta Vista Creative (PT NVC) for 5 years. This is the first time for a heritage building restored and re-function under management from private party.

The owner of this building is still Jakarta Government of course. Setia Gunawan, Kasubdis (Head of sub-agency) of Official Jakarta Culture & Museum Service said the rent price is about Rp 4 billion for 5 years or Rp 800 million/year.

Besides Buddha Bar, management kept some space for picture gallery which is on the first floor in the front area. The rest is for restaurant and lounge. Governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo, scheduled to officially open the new place at November 28, 2008.

Art Appreciation

In the book
Menteng, Kota Taman Pertama di Indonesia by Adolf Heuken, the 2 tower building is a form of the beginning of Indonesia architecture history. Originally the building owned by Nederlandsch Indische Kunstkring (Nederland Art Circle / Lingkar Seni Hindia Belanda), a club that rise Batavia people's appreciation to the art.

The building was built in 1913, after NV De Bouwpleg donated a piece of land in 1912. It was said in that book that for a decade rent money from
Stam en Weyns restaurant, which was using the first floor, used to paid off the debt.

This place was held to painting exhibition, music concert, and lecture. There was also a library filled with books about art. A museum containing art works from Van Gogh and Picasso, borrowed from Europe museums, was opened here in 1936. Also a picture exhibition about Oud Batavia was held here.

From Warta Kota's record, in 1993, this ex-Immigration building, that was priced Rp 9 billion at that time, was exchanged
(ruilslag) with a PT Mandala Griya Cipta (MGC) building owned by Tommy Soeharto. As a compensation, a new office at Kemayoran was given to Justice Department.

Later at about 1999, the condition of this law protected and A-classification building was very messy and poor. Windows, doors, frames were disappeared. Iron-sheeting fence covered around the building. In year 2002, Jakarta government bought back this building. A year later a contest was held and a restoration was beginning.

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November 23, 2008

Jakarta in The Past

These following pictures are representing Jakarta in the past, the old city.

Ondel-ondel, traditional performance

Pasar Senen

Pecenongan, cullinary street

Pancoran Statue

Harmoni Street

President Taxi, the first & oldest taxi in Jakarta

Juanda Street
Katedral Church


Pasar Baru



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Jakarta My Beloved City

I live in Jakarta. The Capital City of Indonesia.

This year on June 2008, she is 481 years old! very old huh? Yes she is. She was known as Batavia before.

She is big and still grow. She never sleep. 80% of Indonesian economic created from her. She attracted to many people.

She is very contradicted. She is very old but modern. She is pretty but ugly. She has many luxurious high rise building and elite communities but she also has many poor communities. She is light & dark. She has big streets with bad traffic. She is full of joy and suffer. Many people succeed in this Metropolitan & become rich but more failed & poor and still dreaming to become success.

Above of those all, I was born in this contradictive city. I grew in her hug. And I will die on her lap.

I love her. My beloved city.

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I am Agus Tjandra, founder of this blog, and I want to introduce you a little about my self. Lets begin shall we? I was born in Jakarta, August 17, 1975. I am a Buddhist. I am single :) I was graduate from Tarumanagara University in majoring Mechanical Engineering. I am now an employee of a multinational private company in Jakarta as a corporate auditor. I like music which is slowly & cozy, comic books, and action movie.

Today, November 23, 2008, a blog is born! A blog which telling you anything about Jakarta, a capital city of the Republic of Indonesia. A big hard metropolitan city. A city which become a hope for so many people. A city I live. A city I love.

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