Gedung Merdeka (Freedom Building) – If you’re interested in learning more about the Asia Africa conference of 1955 visit the Museum Conference (Conference Museum; Jl Asia Africa) in Gedung Merdek. Exhibits and photos detail the meeting between Soekarno, Chou En-Lai. Ho Cihi Minh, Nasser and other Third World leads of the 1950s. The building itself dates from 1879 and was originally the ‘Concordia Society;, a meeting hall of Dutch accusations.
Museum Geologi – north across the railway tracks, the Geological Museum (Jl Diponogoro 57; open 9am-3.30pm Mon-Thur, 9am-1.30pm Set & Sun) is housed in the massive old heard quarters of the Dutch Geological Service, it has excellent volcano exhibits and an array of fossil, including a model skull of Java Man. From the train station you can take an angkot bound for ‘Sadang Serang’ and get off at the Gedung Sate (Regional Government) complex about 400m for the museum.
Museum Negeri Propinsi Jawa Barat – (West Java Provincial Museum; Jl Otto Iskandardinata 638; open 8am – 3pm Tues-Sun), southwest of the city, has an interesting display of Sundanese artifacts.
Museum Prangko – (stamp Museum; Jl Diponogoro, open; 9am – 3pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm Set & Sun) is in the northwestern corner of the Gedung Sate complex. As well as Thousands of stamps from around the world, the Museum has everything from post boxes to pushcarts used since colonial times. It closes for lunch and player breaks.
Museum Mendala Wangsit – (Army Museum; Jl Lembong 38), is devoted to the history and exploits of the West Java Siliwangi Division (based in Bandung).
Bandung Institute of Technology – north of town is Bandung institute of Technology (ITB; Jl Ganeca), built at the beginning of the 20th century. The university has large grounds and gardens, and the main campus complex is notable for its ‘Indo-European’ architecture, featuring Minangkabau style roofs atop colonial-style buildings.
Opened in 1920, ITB was the first Dutch founded University open to Indonesian. It was here that Soekarno studied civil engineering (1921-25) and helped to found the Bandung Study Club, whose member formed a political party that grew as the Indonesian Nationalist Party (Partai Nasional Indonesia, or PNI), with independence as its goal. The institute’s student has maintained their reputation for outspokenness and political activism, and is 1978 they published the White book of the 1978 Students Struggle against alleged corruption in high places.
The ITB is the foremost scientific university in the country, bunt it also has one of the best fine arts schools, and its art gallery can be visited. Across from the main gate is a useful canteen in the asrama mahasiswa (student dorm complex) where many of the students congregate.
To reach the ITB, take a Lembang or Dago angkot fro the train station and then walk down Jl Ganeca.
Zoo – the Bandung Zoo (Jl Taman Sar, open 8am – 4pm daily) has specious beautifully landscape garden, which are very attractive, bat there are few animals and most are housed in typical cramped conditions. The Zoo is a few minutes’ walk from the ITB – th entrance is down the steps pas the toy stall opposite the Jl Ganeca.