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Jakarta Post

Museum Bank Mandiri: Capturing moments lost in time

  • Simon Marcus Gower


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 10 2008   /  11:00 am

A multitude of cars, buses and motorbikes swarm by it each day as it stands majestically but quietly in Jakarta's Old Town. It is literally a monolithic reminder of times gone by -- yet for all the traffic that busily and noisily passes by it, it seems relatively few stop by to see what lies behind the mighty white walls of the Museum Bank Mandiri. Traffic streams past the Museum Bank Mandiri, a mighty building left over from Dutch colonial times, in Old Town, North Jakarta. (JP/Simon Marcus Gower) The development of this building occurred between 1929 and 1933. It was developed for the Dutch bank of Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij (NHM) and, no doubt, its powerful design was intended as a statement of Dutch colonial rule. But that design -- by the Dutch architects de Bruyn, Smits and van de Linde -- was not matched by longevity of colonial rule. What can ...