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Bekasi Museum, keeping a record of struggle against colonialism

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Jakarta, IO – Bekasi residents cannot miss this one tourist destination. The Bekasi Museum, which preserves the long history of struggle against colonialism in West Java, is nestled within the Juang 45 Building.

It is not difficult to find. The building is situated at 39 Sultan Hasanudin St., Tambun. This historic building is less than one kilometer from Tambun Station in Bekasi regency.

Gedung Juang 45 still stands without significant changes to its facade. Its architecture features the hybrid European-Chinese style.

According to Kemendikbud.go.id, this building was originally named Landhuis Tamboen, built in the early 20th century by the Khouw van Tamboen family. After the Dutch were expelled from Bekasi, a landlord of Chinese descent named Kouw Oen Huy managed the old building until 1942.

In the course of its history, this building once functioned as a military base during the Japanese occupation. During the national revolution era, the building was used as the Jatinegara Regency Office, as well as the command center of the freedom fighters.

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