EVP Heritage and Conservation Unit, Ella Ubaidi (third from the right) along with Dutch Embassy representative, Doryn Wytema (first from the right) and from Erasmus Huis, Bob Wardhana (first from the left) before departing to Bandung, inside the KA Argo Parahyangan.
The railway lines from Jakarta to Bandung remind us of glory moments between Dutch and Indonesia. This colonial building remains, such as: railway lines, stations, bridges, tunnels, houses, even warehouses remind us of great historical events at that time. This railway building and railway lines could be a great historical tourism. Therefore, Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Unit PT KAI held cooperation between Dutch Embassy and Erasmus Huis to promote the tourism in that place. Hence, they also would like to hold an exhibition about Indonesian Railways in the Netherlands. On February 20 – 21, 2012, PT KAI held a historical and cultural tourism along with the representatives of Dutch Embassy and Erasmus Huis at Bandung, Cianjur, Lampegan and Gunung Padang.
This journey started from Jakarta by Argo Parahyangan Train through the railway track of Jakarta- Purwakarta- Bandung which was built on 1900s by Staats Spoorwegen, a Stated-Own-Company. Some buildings and stations which were still preserve in its original form, are: Cibisoro Bridge, Cisomang Bridge, Cikubang Bridge, Sasaksaat Tunnel and also other stations and buildings. Mountain views and curvaceous road add the enchanting beauty scenery.
After arriving at Bandung, the group visited Graha Parahyangan areal which was used to be service-house for the railway officer. Now, the building is used as gallery and museum. This gallery and museum shows several collections and railway information which was used on the past.
Bidjak Filsadjati, VP Building of the Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Unit, accompanied the group while explaining the use of one of the old calculator displayed at Graha Parahyangan Museum.
The next day, February 21, the group visits the archive bunker which was located at PT KAI Main Office. Bob Wardhana, representatives from Erasmus Huis, was impressed with the archive that belongs to PT KAI. For future cooperation, Erasmus Huis would like to help classified the archives which was written in Dutch.
Trenggono Adi (right), VP Non Building of The Indonesian Railways Heritage Unit, explained about the old maps and archives in PT KAI Main Office, Bandung.
After visiting the archive bunker and PT KAI Main Office, the group started the journey from Bandung to Cianjur Station by lorry. The group could enjoy beautiful sceneries of rice paddies, green valleys, mountain peaks and rivers that pass below the bridge. The lorry passed several small train stations which was well preserve from its original form.
Tourism lorry with 12 people capacity was use for a tour from Bandung – Cianjur – Lampegan.
The lorry passed through Citarum River, an ancient river in West Java and bridges.
The next station is Lampegan station and Lampegan tunnel. It was shown from the foreign and local tourist who visited this station and tunnel to see it. Lampegan tunnel was build through karst hill. It was built on 1879-1882 and renovated on 2010 because it has been collapsed.
Lampegan tunnel is an interesting tourism attraction. This tunnel was constructed from 1879 until 1882 by Staatspoorwegen (SS), a Stated-Owned-Company.
One of the interesting tourism attraction located near Lampegan Station, is Gunung Padang megalithic site. The tour to Gunung Padang sites was passed through four wheeled vehicle. To get to the sites, the group passes the new stairs construction. The Gunung Padang shows beautifully stones, which was used as a liturgy place on the past.
Gunung Padang, one of Megalithic Site near Lampegan Station
A tour guide explains to the group about Gunung Padang Megalithic sites.
The train route from Cianjur – Lampegan was being restored, but it’s still not active because of several shortages. Therefore, this route will be developed as a tourism route from Bandung – Cianjur- Lampegan – Sukabumi.
The tourism lorry group included Indonesian Railways Heritage and Conservation Unit, KAI DAOP 2 BD, Dutch Embassy, Erasmus Huis, and ITB Bandung students whom major in planology, posed together in front of Cianjur Station.