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Jakarta Post

Cultural heritage meets modernity as Jatinegara Station undergoes renovation

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 13, 2019   /  10:51 am
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Jatinegara Station, which was declared a cultural heritage building in 1999, is undergoing a major renovation with the addition of three platforms and a sky bridge to better serve commuters.(JP/P.J.Leo)

Upon arriving at Jatinegara Station in Matraman, East Jakarta, commuters will immediately notice the building’s distinctive design. The brown roof has a sharp slope and a white round dormer, which are typical in European architecture. Above its archway entrance, brown capital letters that spell out “Setasiun Jatinegara” stand out against the structure’s white walls. Next to the entrance, a sign explains: “This building is a cultural heritage based on Provincial Regulation No. 9/1999 on the preservation and utilization of […] cultural heritage buildings.” The station, built in 1910 during the Dutch colonial era, was initially called Meester Cornelis, named after Cornelis van Senen, a Portuguese teacher who taught, set up schools and preached in the area. In contrast to the main building, evidence of modern construction work ...