Gedung Sate is the icon of Bandung, we all know that. This building is the central government of West Java. If you go to Bandung without visiting Gedung Sate, it is same as go to Paris without visiting Eiffel Tower.
Step to the right wing of this building. You will find Bandung central post office and the Indonesian Postal Museum.
Indonesian Postal Museum was founded in 1931 (some source say 1933) with a name PTT (Post Telephone and Telegraph) Museum, located at 73, Cilaki Street, Bandung 40155. The building was built on July 27, 1920 and designed by the architect Ir. J. Berger and Leutdsgebouwdienst, inspired by the Italian Renaissance architectural style.
This museum was previously neglected when the World War II erupted and during the Indonesian’s independent revolution. In 1980, the Director of Perum Pos dan Giro founded a committee to restart the function of this museum.
Finally, 1t Septembre 27th, 1983, in 38th Bakti Postel day, Indonesian Postal Museum was opened again by the Ministry of Tourism and Telecommunication, Achmad Tahir, and was named Pos dan Giro Museum.
However, since June 20th, 1995, as the name and status of the company was changed from Perum Pos dan Giro into PT Pos Indonesia, the name of Pos dan Giro Museum is changed too into Indonesian Postal Museum.
I visited this museum after Geology Museum. When I arrived here, I “met” the half-body statue of Mas Suharto. He is the founder of this museum. Then, I entered the little hall, wrote my name on the guest book, took some brochures while a museum’s officer asked, “Do you plan to go there alone?”
“Yes, why not?” I answered.
“I’m afraid you will be afraid. Do you need a company?”
Well, I used to go everywhere alone, so I told him that I was fine.
I stepped down stairs (the museum is like in the underground). Damn, I have to admit that I felt afraid there. To me, this place is too narrow. I saw some old box letter from 1911 and 1915, souvenir from Japan, also the stamp selling machine. It is from Dutch, I think, for 12.5 cent stamp. Then, there is a Maluku cart letter, an address printer, postman bicycles.
Many stamps collected there. Not only stamp from Indonesia, but also 178 countries. Wow! I am not a philatelist, but I was really curious to see each of those stamps.
Want to see the photograph copy of the first stamp of the world known as the Black Penny published in England on May 6th 1840 with the picture of Queen Victoria? Or the original first stamp used in Indonesia published by Netherlands East Indies government with the picture of King William III for 10 cent, or other stamps? Come there. I felt like around the world or back to the past.
But, I could not linger there. I was really afraid. I saw some mannequins in rural scene, telling how postman delivers mail to people. It looks so real. There are so many ancient stuffs in the small and underground room. I felt so strange.
Hurry! Hurry! I walked upstairs to many people.
Nah, it’s just my feeling. You don’t need to be afraid like me when visit there. Just take your friends (better if they are philatelists). Indonesian Postal Museum will be glad to see you every day from 09.00 to 16.00, except in national holiday. Again, it is free. But if you want to come in group, call first to +62 22 4206195. [Photos by Rie]