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Jakarta Post

Quake destroys history in Padang

  • Syofiardi Bachyul Jb

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 13 2009   /  09:50 am

Into pieces: The quake destroys the See Hin Kiong temple in the area of Pondok in Padang.The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that shook West Sumatra on Sept. 30 did not only destroy homes and modern buildings in the city of Padang, but also ancient and historical buildings from the
Dutch colonial era.

Many of the buildings — built in the European style and mostly located in Padang Kota Lama area — were more than 100 years old.Eko Alvarez, the head of the Architectural Conservation Study Center at Bung Hatta University, had counted 244 buildings registered with the Indonesian Heritage Conservation Agency. After the earthquake, 119 buildings were heavily damaged, 68 partially damaged, 41 lightly damaged, and only 16 suffered no damage. “The old buildings we kept a record of stood in the area starting from the West Sumatra governor’s office, in the Jl. Sudirman, and stretch...