Attraction Jl. Rajawali Krembangan Kota SBY, Jawa Tim. 60175 Indonesia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Ex.De Javasche Bank Soerabaia, Historical Building is special ?
The Ex.De Javasche Bank Soerabaia, Historical Building itself is situated in the historic Jembatan Merah DIstrict, the old-part of Surabaya that has many Dutch-era office buildings still in operation today. However, this ex-De Javasche Bank is one of few that received good restoration program. It is an old bank but now converted into a museum. It is now classified as a heritage building.
It was the Dutch-Indische Central Bank, and beside the auditorium above, much of the detailed original functions still there. You could see the teller area, the caged transaction rooms where there was big-transactions was done, the vaults exhibition of imitation gold bar, machineries and images of Dutch-Indische Central Bank around Indonesia.
What to explore at Ex.De Javasche Bank Soerabaia, Historical Building?
It had collections of cheque's filter machines, old MONEY collections, gold miniatures, and others monetary machines.
This museum houses the currency used in Indonesia since the days of the war to the present and the objects used untruk banking transactions. Pretty good and worth a visit for lovers of history and old buildings
- “Lecturing-Hour in this historic place”
- “Historical buildings”
- “Learned The Old Bank System Here!”
- “Well Restorated Dutch Monetary Historical Building”
- "Beautiful and peaceful place"
Jl. Rajawali Krembangan Kota SBY, Jawa Tim. 60175 Indonesia
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Visited this place unplanned last Sunday and got amazed as i walked into the basement. Yes, the entrance lured us to the basement which was rooms for the bank's vault (with thick and heavy vault doors). The rooms used for the display of museum's collections (old currencies, bank machineries, (faux) gold bar, antique furnitures from the past and so on). To be honest, the collection was so dull and definitely need more additions to make this museum better and more attracting. But i was super excited and literally exclaimed "WOW" (for a gazillion times) as I climbed the stairs to the main hall above. First thing that caught my attention was the painted glass skylight! That beautiful skylight illuminate the whole main hall thoroughly. This floor was literally just a very beautiful hall with a row of antique teller stations in the west corner that remind me of 'confessional' in the church (seriously, that was the first thing that came into my mind when i saw it). In the north median of this main hall there was a main gate with its still-very-well functioned revolving door (unfortunately this gate is only open in special occasions). The hall is mainly used for artistry events such as fine arts or photography exhibition, classical music concert and so on. Oh, by the way, I learned that the restoration was held with delicate and detailed studies. For example one column was left un-repainted to show the original layer which exposed original motif that they eventually reduplicated it to the rest of the other columns. Just above the main hall floor there was an attic which was used for archives room in the past. I saw rows of antique wooden archives-shelves in the far south corner. Unlike other floors which was airconditioned, the attic floor was so hot (but at the same time gave me chill and made me rush back down to the hall floor). Overall. This one fine dutch colonial style building is really worth to visit. The tour guide and security were so nice and informative. I wish there would be more publicly open restorated old buildings in Surabaya. :) Visited April 2014
A love at first sight!I was in love with this building when I was invited by Bank Indonesia Surabaya. It was well preserved and well restorated with deep studies and great contractors.It had collections of cheque's filter machines, old money collections, gold miniatures, and others monetary machines.It need many more collections to make it a better place to study about Indonesia monetary history.