Soekarno’s Exile Home in Ende: Birthplace of Pancasila

Soekarno’s Exile Home in Ende: Birthplace of Pancasila

The house of Soekarno’s exile or Rumah Pengasingan Soekarno is the home where Indonesia’s 1st President Soekarno stayed in for four years from 1934 to 1938 while he was exiled to Flores by the Dutch colonial government. His political activities were deemed as a threat to the Dutch Government and they sent him to Flores.

In 1954 when Soekarno became president, he inaugurated the house as a museum. Nowadays the home is open to the public. The museum displays goods and furniture used and owned by Sukarno during his stay in Ende.

Many visitors are inspired after seeing the struggles that Sukarno had to deal with and the vision he had to for the prospective Republic of Indonesia. In the museum, this can be viewed through photographs, paper clippings, oration quotes and vintage exhibits.

During his exile, he meditated on his vision of a democratic and independent Indonesia. He would invite locals to take part in different discussions. To easier communicate with people in their surroundings, he would write various theatre plays for them.

Just 700 meters from the house is a Breadfruit Tree. It had been said that this is the spot where Soekarno often sat to contemplate and envision a united country. It has even been claimed by Soekarno himself that this was the very spot where the concept of Pancasila, the 5 principles on which the Indonesian State is founded, was conceived.

Photo courtesy: birthplace-of- pancasila/

Travel tips

 Make sure to visit Asmara Beach and Mentok Tin Museum

 Bring a camera to capture the various vintage exhibits

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