The main reason for foreign travellers to include Bandung on their Java itineraries is to sample its broad range of architectural styles from the early twentieth century. It is best known for its art deco buildings but it is also possible to see impressive buildings from other major schools.
The Bank Indonesia building on Jalan Braga is probably the city's finest building from the neoclassical school. This building was designed by architect Edward Cuypers and constructed in 1917 for the Javache Bank (Bank of Java). It is similar in design to Jakarta's Bank Indonesia building, featuring stately Corinthian columns, classically proportioned arches and fine ironwork grills. Perched on top is a beautiful glass atrium. The building is beautifully maintained and its gleaming whiteness makes it a fine sight no matter how many times you pass through Bandung. It is now home to the city's branch of Bank Indonesia. The only problem with this sight, like many other of Bandung's finest buildings, is that there is nothing really to do there. It is closed to the public, so all you can do is stand outside the fence and admire it from afar. Nonetheless it should be included on any walking tour of this attractive area of the city.
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