Ebi
Regional Coordinator

by febri.darusman on 

April 10, 2018
Tracking Back Our Iconic Building to Unveil the Story Behind the Glory - The Story
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Good Day, Language Enthusiasts!

On Sunday, 25 March 2018, Polyglot Indonesia Bandung Chapter has conducted a different kind of meetup entitled “Tracking Back Our Iconic Building to Unveil the Story Behind the Glory.” This meetup is a part of Polyglot Indonesia Bandung Chapter’s on the road project, in which participants were invited on a tour-style meetup aimed to reacquaint them again with the Indonesian culture, especially the local Bandung ones. For this meetup, the meetup took place in Gedung Sate, the historically and culturally-rich landmark of Bandung.

Gedung Sate, located in the middle of Bandung, is so named because of the six satay ornaments decorating the roof of the building. These ornaments symbolize the amount of money spent to build it: six million gulden. This unique feature is the reason the building is considered as Bandung’s landmark, enticing both domestic and international tourists to visit and take pictures. Currently, the building serves as the seat of the government of West Java Province. Since it is forbidden for tourists to enter the building, the governor of West Java, Ahmad Heriawan, decided to build the Gedung Sate Museum. It was inaugurated in 2018 with the goal to enable citizens and tourists alike to learn about the history of the building.

Polyglot Indonesia Bandung Chapter’s members were invited by the museum guide to look around inside the museum and even have a glimpse of the governor’s office! The museum also houses several children’s paintings which were hung in an aesthetically-pleasing display at a specially designated hallway. The guide brought us to the balcony on the upper level of the building when we finished exploring the first floor by climbing a set of narrow stairs up until the fifth floor. That was quite a hard work. The balcony area serves as a place for officials and their guests to relax and talk. This area also has a glass-encased parlor with a beautiful panoramic view of Bandung.

After the exploration session ended, participants were divided into several language tables. They were asked to discuss what they have learned from the tour. Our 40 meetup participants separated into nine discussion tables: Spanish Table, Thai Table, French Table, German Table, Russian Table, Hindi Table, Japanese Table, Korean Table, and Arabic Table. The meetup concluded after each table shared their presentations.

Thank you for Anne and Apri as persons-in-charge from Polyglot Indonesia Bandung Chapter for this meetup! Special thank you for Gedung Sate Museum for the amazing experience!

About the author

After graduating from University of Gadjah Mada, majoring in French, Ebi took an internship position at the Western European Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Republic of Indonesia. Ebi's broadcasting background has led him to become a runner-up of a famous Master of Ceremony competition in Bandung. He was formerly a student of RRI Produa Announcer School 96 FM Bandung and OZ Cool School Seven Wonders 103,1 FM Bandung. He also was formerly a journalist at Pewarta Yogya writing on international issues.

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