The Proclamation Building, also known as Gedung Proklamasi or House of Proclamation, is located at 56 Jalan Pegangsaan Timur (now called Jalan Proklamasi), Jakarta. This building is where President Sukarno, the country’s first president, read the Proclamation of Indonesian Independence. The event took place at 10 am on the historic day of August 17, 1945. The reading of the proclamation was heard all over the country as broadcasted by the Jakarta Hoso Kyoku radio station. Simultaneous broadcasts translated in English were aired to other countries.
The proclamation was actually done in the spacious yard of Sukarno’s residence, which is why it is presently called Proclamation Building Yard Compound. On the site, the Proclamation Monument was built to commemorate the event. It has two statues on either side. If you are facing the monument, the statue on the left side is that of President Sukarno, which stands at 4.6 meters and weighs 1,200 kilogram. On the right side is the statue of Mohammad Hatta, fhe first vice president, which measures 4.4 meters tall. At the back of Sukarno and Hatta’s statues, there are 17 pillars signifying the date of proclamation. This monument was inaugurated on August 16, 1980 by President Suharto, who succeeded President Sukarno. Near the monument stands Tugu Petir, also known as Thunderbolt Monument, which marks the actual place where President Sukarno read the text. [Read more…]