Suropati Park, Central Jakarta

If there is a beautiful park in Jakarta that I first know and visit then it is for sure Jakarta Suropati Park. Its location is indeed very strategic at meeting point of Jl Diponegoro and Jl Imam Bonjol, at the end of Jl Teuku Umar on the north side and at the end of symmetrical street Jl Besuki and Jl Samsurizal on West and East side.

At the end of Jl Besuki on the west direction there is Menteng Park, while Jl Samsurizal to the East direction goes to Jl Surabaya which is famous as Antiques and Classified Goods market. Through Jl Samsurizal or Jl Teuku Umar we can also go to Taman Situ Lembang.

What distinguishes Suropati Park area with Situ Lembang Park and Menteng Park is the existence of artistic sculptures that decorate the Dutch heritage park, as well as the presence of hordes of Merpati (pigeon) birds released free with high stage houses. The birds though can not be said to be benign, but they are not afraid of being close to visitors.

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Landmark of Suropati Park on the road side of Jalan Diponegoro. Suropati Park is beautiful since the colonial era because it became the center of Menteng elite area, and its location is very close to the official house of the Governor of DKI Jakarta and the houses of the senior state officials such as vice presidential level.

In the West side there is residence of the US Ambassador which tight security sometimes annoyed passing by pedestrians and those who want to photograph of Taman Suropati. Suropati Park originally named Burgemeester Bisschopplein, and the designer is PAJ Mooejen and FJ Kubatz. The name of the park comes from the name of the first Batavian Mayor (Burgemeester), namely G.J. Bisshop (1916-1920). Pieter Adrianss Jacobus Moojen, the architect, lived and worked in Indonesia in 1904 - 1929. He played a major role in designing and building the Nieuw-Gondangdia area, the early name of Menteng. Moojen designed the Menteng pattern (radial pattern) in 1910 and approved by the municipal council in 1912. The draft came to be known as the Moojen Plan.

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Youngsters were chatting on the edge of a large open area on the south side of the park, while another young man was sitting in Jokowi's chair, rubbing his violin. It's unclear what song he played. I had a chance to greet the violinist who looked awkwardly playing in that place. Reportedly every Sunday morning until late afternoon there is a community of music players named Taman Suropati Chambers who play and practice there. Members of this community have reached over 100 people who are mostly violinists and guitars. Suropati Park seems no longer a free place for sports and recreation, but also a place of art activities for Jakarta citizens.

An inscription in the park explains the existence of monuments and sculptures in Suropati Park, known as the ASEAN Monument, featuring works of sculptors from six countries that became the founders of ASEAN. From Thailand with Fraternity, Indonesia Peace (Peace), Singapore Spirit of ASEAN (Peace ASEAN), Malaysia Peace, Harmony and One, and Brunei Darussalam Rebirth (Rebirth). The Statue of Spirit of ASEAN was made by Wee Beng Chong from Singapore, a famous artist born in Singapore on November 22, 1938 who was the first recipient of the Cultural Medallion in 1979 initiated by Ong Teng Cheong, President, and then Minister of Culture of Singapore.

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Two young mothers with their sons were seen mingling with the Merpati Birds in Suropati Park. Feeding birds can be an entertaining spectacle in Suropati Park, even if you have to bring your own grains from home. There is no official count of how many pigeons are in this park. That certainly dozens, but it seems not hundreds. It is unclear whether there are still officers who regularly feed the birds.

Taman Suropati underwent a renovation in 2009 - 2010 to its shape as seen today. While the Jokowi's chairs were installed in 2014, and similarly was the free high-speed wifi facility. The statue of Harmony by Awang Hj Latif Aspar from Brunei Darussalam is seen in one part of the park. Rebirth's sculpture by Luis E. Yee Jr. (Junyee) from the Philippines is located in a corner of a park near Jl Diponegoro and Jl Imam Bonjol. A samll structure in which there is a statue of Rebirth is the only place to shade in Taman Suropati, in addition to Guards' Post.

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Fraternity Statue by Nonthivathn Chandhanaphalin. The sculptor who was born on 16 October 1946 is also a lecturer in Sculpture Department, Faculty of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. He has also been President of The Thai Sculptor Association since 1982. The post contains a brief description of the sculpture made on a small concrete box that can be seen from the main pedestrain pathway that splits Suropati Park.

There are detailed garden plans and detailed explanations attached to the right side of the park, including mentioning that the ornamental plant land in this park has an area of ​​1,173 m2 of the total area of ​​16,328 m2, with 93 protective trees. The vegetation types are Mahogany (Swietania mahagoni), Sawo Kecik (Chrysophiliium sp), Ketapang (Terminalia catappa), Cape (Mimusop elengi), Bungur (Lagerstromea loudonii), and Khaya (Khaya senelaensis L).

I've ever stopped by early in a morning at Suropati Park for a morning walk before going to office, but have never been there on Saturday morning or Sunday morning to enjoy the crowd. Evenings, especially Saturday night, also seems fun to walk around enjoying the atmosphere of the park, or just sitting around while eating snacks and surfing the web using free wifi.

In rush hours car owners can no longer park at around the Suropati Park. Only motorcycles are allowed. Visitors may park their vehicles at Sunda Kelapa Great Mosque or at Proclamation Manuscript Formulation Museum. When I went there the cleanliness of Taman Suropati looked well maintained. A janitor said that there were at least 17 workers who swept Taman Suropati, and in one day the park was cleaned 3-5 times.

Suropati Menteng Park

Address : Jl. Taman Surapati, Menteng, Central Jakarta. GPS Location : -6.199798, 106.832578, Waze ( smartphone Android nad iOS ). Open : any time. Entrance fee : free. Reference : Map of Jakarta. Destinations in Jakarta . Hotel in Central Jakarta.
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