The Soekarno Museum In Ende
One of Indonesia’s most momentous occasions in history can be traced back to the house of its first President, Soekarno, in Ende, Flores in which he lived in while he was in exile back in 1934. President Soekarno lived here in a wood-shuttered house until 1938 during his exile there by the Dutch colonial government due to his anti-colonial and nationalist activism.
According to history, Soekarno was inspired to create the Indonesian national philosophy known as Pancasila during his exile years in Ende. Some people say that he composed it under a tall breadfruit tree in a place that has now become Bung Karno Contemplation Park.
In 1954 when Soekarno became Indonesia’s first President, he turned his previous home into a museum called “Rumah Soekarno” or Soekarno House. Visitors can have a look at both the interior and exterior of the home which did not change much from the original condition. The house is simply decorated, with minimal original furnishings and historical photographs and paintings on the walls. You could even take a look at the well that still produces water, which is located in the backyard of the house.
To enter, there is no entrance fee but a small donation would be appreciated. The museum is located on Jalan Perwira in Ende, 10 minutes away by foot from Dwi Putra Hotel and is open every day from 8am to 5pm.
– Be respectful as President Soekarno is deemed a national hero in the eyes of the Indonesians
– Bring a camera to document your visit
– Speak to the locals who may give you interesting insights and stories of the place
Article Source and Photo Credit: http://florestourism.com/districts/soekarno-museum/
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