It is Bandung (West Java) most famous building: The Gedung Sate Building, named because of its central tower looking like a skewer, used to be first an administration building for infrastructure and railways before to be turned into the administration centre of West Java Governor. The beautiful art deco building was constructed in 1920 by Dutch architect J. Berger. It is still consider as a masterpiece of the New Indies Architecture movement which blends Dutch art deco with Indonesian elements. The structure is rarely opened to the public, who can only admire the elegant building behind fences.
But not anymore: on December 8, the city inaugurated the Gedung Sate Museum, which is likely to become a favourite destination for educational tourism thanks to state-of-the-art facilities. According to news website tempo.co, the museum uses immersive augmented and virtual reality experiences to display its collection of texts, images and movies.
Virtual reality glasses, for example, offer a bird’s eye view of the building and its surroundings by making visitors feel as if they are flying in a hot air balloon.
Visitors can also watch a short film on the establishment of Gedung Sate in the audio visual room Images of West Java governors from era to era are also displayed inside the center.
Built around the smart museum concept, the Gedung Sate Museum was inaugurated on Dec. 8 by West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan.
Located on the ground floor of Gedung Sate on Jl. Diponegoro, the museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Source: the Jakarta Post- liz/kes)