Soekarno’s Exile Home in Bengkulu
Bung Karno’s exile home is located on Jalan Jeruk – later renamed Jalan Soekarno-Hatta, in the Gading Cempaka District, Bengkulu City.
Bung Karno’s exile home in the town of Bengkulu measures roughly 162 square meters. It is a simple, rectangular house with plain walls, a high pyramid-shaped roof and a spacious yard. The main doors are double leaf with ornate window grills. It is not known when the house was first constructed, but it is estimated to have been built in the early 20th century.
The house was originally owned by Chinese businessman, Tan Eng Cian, who worked as a grocery supplier for the Dutch Government. Chinese characteristics can be found in the structure of the building’s vents, and several doors and windows are still patterned with Chinese characters. The house was later leased by the Dutch government as a home for Sukarno.
Today, the building is maintained by the Bengkulu Provincial Government, and is named Persada Bung Karno. It now serves as a museum, library, meeting room and theater. Within the house is a collection of objects of high historical value, such as Soekarno’s strategy outlines during his struggle in exile.
How to get there:
To reach this place is can be done by reaching Fatmawati Airport in Bengkulu (those from out of town), which is a domestic airport, serving only Jakarta and Batam. Soekarno’s home is located in the city center, not far from the Mayor’s office, and about 2 km from Fort Malborough. To get there from the airport, simply hail a cab to take you to Jalan Soekarno-Hatta, or you may prefer to rent a car for further exploration of the city.