Remembering ‘Bung Koko’ through ‘Membaca Soedjatmoko dalam Rumah dan Ingatan’

Personal belongings of Bung Koko. (IO/Umamah)

Jakarta, IO – There is something out of the ordinary at the residence of Soedjatmoko “Bung Koko” Mangoendiningrat at 18 Tanjung St., Gondangdia, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Saturday (14/1). The classical style house welcome visitors of different age groups.

The house was transformed into a venue for archive exhibition that told the life and works of Bung Koko. It also displayed the personal belongings of Bung Koko that are still well maintained by his family.

Themed ‘Membaca Soedjatmoko dalam Rumah dan Ingatan’ (Reading Soedjatmoko in House and Memories), the program was held from January 10-14. While it’s free, would-be visitors needed to reserve a place online to inform the time of their visit.

The green and airy house is divided into several quarters. The work room of Bung Koko is the first a visitor will encounter; it is also the most prominent. The room features a table and a type machine, reading glasses, cigars and a number of identity cards. It is furnished with old shelves with year markings. One can see all the works of Bung Koko (January 10, 1922-December 21, 1980) on display there. 

The archives range from portraits, manuscripts, books, clippings to awards that he had received throughout his life.

Adjacent to the workroom is another room that displays clippings of Soedjatmoko’s works depicting his activities in Indonesia’s socio-political scene. 

In one of the rooms, there is recording of Bung Koko’s voice when he delivered Culture Speech at Taman Ismail Marzuki in 1972, along with its original transcript which visitors can read.