Stroll in the shade of majestic old trees
In the colonial days, the Bandung elite would gather around the Pieters Park gazebo to enjoy dance performances or a picnic. Also, today the park is a popular event venue: thousands of people flock here for the annual Bandung car show and military parade with drumming, music band and precision marching.
Bandung City Hall
Bandung did not become a city until 1916. The residence of local planter Andries de Wilde was promptly transformed into a City Hall. Two Art Deco wings and towers were added to the classic colonial building to give the new government of the resort town a bit more standing.
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The park is as popular as ever, but to the disappointment of many locals, the grass has now been replaced with stones. Try to find the cage with padlocks, it’s a local highlight.
In the shade of the big old banyan trees, are two statues: a white rhinoceros - the symbol of West Java - and a sculpture of Dewi Sartika, after whom the park is now named. Sartika, who was born and raised in Bandung, has become a national heroine for championing education rights for young girls. She founded the first school for women in the Dutch East Indies in 1904.