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Jakarta Post

Betawi icon gets long overdue recognition

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 24 2018   /  12:31 am

Hundreds of historical photos, paintings, personal attire, movie posters, cassette tapes and other memorabilia that belonged to the late multi-talented Betawi icon, Benyamin Sueb fill a 100-square-meter room.

The collection is in Benyamin Sueb Park, also known as the Betawi Cultural Center. It is in one of the buildings in a compound built in 1621 that once served as headquarters of Jatinegara 0505 Military District Command, located right in front of Jatinegara Station in East Jakarta.

The park, which also serves as a museum, was inaugurated on Saturday by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, who expressed his satisfaction over being able to make good on one of his campaign promises.

“Thank God I’ve been able to keep the promise to create Benyamin Sueb Park today,” he said on Saturday at the inauguration ceremony.

“I look forward to seeing some young Benya...