As the name implies, this popular landmark of Bandung in Indonesia is famous for the existence of a pole that has a shape like a satay at the top of its building.
The iconic Gedung Sate has now functioned as an office and government center of West Java Province since 1980.
Bandung, the capital of West Java, is home to delicious food, cafes, recreational places, and tea plantations.
Located on Jl. Diponegoro is Gedung Sate, a Dutch East Indies heritage building built-in 1920.
During the reign of the Dutch East Indies had the name Gouvernements Bedrijven (GB) was used as the central administration of the Dutch East Indies government in Bandung at that time and is now one of the most famous landmarks in Indonesia.
Located near the shingle roof made of Borneo’s special ironwood, you will see a miniature of Gedung Sate standing on a black table, decorated with lights.
The miniature can be split in two, showcasing the indoor architecture of the building.
Across from the replica of a siren are a green pop-up table on which a video is projected of Bandung city and Gedung Sate’s development, including what the city looked like a hundred years ago and the city’s first plaza. The visuals shown on the table are projected from lights above the table.
The first room in the hall closet to the information desk is a mini theater with several chairs. The video playing is a short film called 7 Pemuda (7 Youths), which tells the story of seven youths who fought to defend the building from Gurkha soldiers.
Located next to the audio-visual room is an augmented reality room.
Upon entering the room, visitors will be greeted by a video projected onto the walls of workers constructing an old building as Dutch people inspect their work. Items such as chairs and tables make the visuals appear even more realistic.
Although not exactly interactive, this installation located in front of the augmented reality room shows Gedung Sate from the air, complete with moving clouds.
Also located in front of the augmented reality room, visitors can hop into a replica hot air balloon and wear a virtual reality (VR) headset. It feels as if you are flying above Gedung Sate.
This virtual perspective can also be viewed by visitors who aren’t wearing VR headsets through a small screen on the wall.
Gedung Sate is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ticket price for all ages is Rp 5,000 (US$0.37).