The Gedung Merdeka is known to be one of the most prominent and luxurious buildings in the city of Bandung. Its sleek white exteriors and even more alluring interiors make it a great venue for many international conventions, conferences, art performances and political gatherings. But the outstanding building had to go through a long history before it came to be known as what it is now.
Construction on the Gedung Merdeka started in 1895 along Jalas Asia Afrika of Bandung City. It was originally built to be a meeting place for Europeans who lived in Bandung. Most of the constituents were tea plantation owners and Dutch government officials. This society came to be known as Societat Concordia in June of 1879. Meetings were often held in Warung De Vries while they sipped on afternoon tea. [Read more…]