The Jakarta Post
The University of Indonesia's community service team recently initiated a program aimed at preserving heritage buildings in Depok, West Java, popularly known as Old Depok. They are using virtual reality and 360-degree cameras to record and exhibit the history of the old buildings.
Old Depok, especially in the Pancoran Mas district, features several early 19th century buildings from the Dutch colonial era, although 75 percent of the buildings have been demolished to make way for modern constructions.
The team has included seven buildings in the pilot project, namely GPIB Immanuel church from the 18th century; the Cornelis Chastelein Foundation (YLCC) building, which used to be a church rectory, the Eben Haezer building, a former public meeting hall; the SDN Pancoran Mas 2 elementary school, formerly the European School of Depok; a colonial government building that now is Harapan Hospital; Depok Lama train station and the house of Depok's last leader, the president’s house.
Depok, which is located about 20 kilometers south of Jakarta, is home of some 800 families who are the offspring of slaves of Dutch landlord Cornelis Chastelein.
Chastelein bequeathed the Depok land to the slaves upon his death in 1741.
"The recording and digital conservation process is currently in the development and adjustment process," the UI team said in a statement on Tuesday. The team is comprised of lecturers and experts from various UI departments.
When complete, the team said, the project would be published on www.depokheritageproject.com. (vla)