Gedung Pancasila: Historic Diplomatic Building

Gedung Pancasila or Pancasila House is located within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs area and located on Jl. Pejambon No. 6, Central Jakarta.

This building was built in 1830 and designed by J. Tromp. This building originally was the home of Hertog Bernhard and later became the residence of the Commander of the Royal Netherlands Army. The building also served as the Volksraad convened in the Dutch East Indies era, and some sources say this building was also the place of the Raad van Indie.

During the Japanese occupation, this building served as a building for the Dokuritsu Zyunbi Tyoosakai or Investigation Agency for the Preparation of the Indonesian Independence or locally known as BPUPKI.

At this exact place, Soekarno, who later became the first president, said in a famous speech on “The Birth of Pancasila” on 1 June 1945. The Pancasila Building is also the birthplace of the Jakarta Charter and the Draft Constitution before the proclamation of independence.

The Voolksraad building was finally handed over to the State Department and became known as the Pancasila Building since 1 June 1964. During the 1960s, the building was used to educate prospective diplomats.

This historic building is now more often used for state ceremonial events, such as receptions of visiting foreign officials, the signing of an agreement, bilateral meetings and diplomatic receptions, and official and unofficial state banquets. Inside the building, you will still feel the look of a “mini parliament” where all the representative debate on certain issues.

How to get here (see the route map)

From Cikini: Go to Platform 1 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota and you may stop at Gambir Station and take a 7-minute walk to the north, or you also may stop at Juanda Station and take 16-minute walk to the south.

From Gondangdia: Go to Platform 1 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota. You may stop at Gambir Station and walk for 7 minutes to the north, or stop at Juanda Station and take 16-minute walk to the southern direction.

From Sudirman: Go to Platform 2 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Bogor, and transit in  Manggarai and move to Platform 3 or 5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota. You may stop at Gambir Station and take a 7-minute walk to the northern direction, or you also may stop at Juanda Station and walk for 16 minutes to the south.

From Tanah Abang: Go to Platform 3 or 5 and take the Yellow Line heading to Depok/Bogor, and transit in  Manggarai and move to Platform 3 or 5 and take the Red Line or Blue Line heading to Jakarta Kota. Stop at Gambir Station and take a 7-minute walk to the north, or stop at Juanda Station and walk for 16 minutes to the southern direction.

For a map illustration, click here, or see the map below.

Kemenlu Map

References

  1. http://wisata.kompasiana.com/jalan-jalan/2012/04/29/saat-sejarah-menjadi-kisah/
  2. http://backstreetgril.blogspot.com/2009/07/blog-post.html

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