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"Where are these colonial buildings?" Salatiga Things to Do Tip by theo1006

Salatiga Things to Do: 24 reviews and 90 photos

  1964 - An easy one
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  • 1964 - An easy one - Salatiga
      1964 - An easy one
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  • 1977 - The building in the background - Salatiga
      1977 - The building in the background
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  • 1964 - It's on a main street - Salatiga
      1964 - It's on a main street
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  • 1964 - So much open space - Salatiga
      1964 - So much open space
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A century ago, when Salatiga's population was 12,000 among which 2000 Europeans, the town was considered the most beautiful of Central Java. The houses of Europeans and rich Chinese were surrounded by spacious gardens. The residence of the Dutch supervisor (Assistent Resident) faced Tamansari Park full of flowers and fountains, with for-europeans-only Kalitaman Hotel on its northern edge.
Nowadays only the town square (Lapangan Pancasila) remains as open space, and it is crowded on holidays. New housing is mostly built with only a minimal yard in front, Tamansari Park is all built up. Such is the result of population pressure.
Most change occurred during the last quarter century, when the population almost doubled and the economy flourished.
Here are some pictures from 1964 which may help give an idea what pre-war Salatiga looked like. It should be rembered though, that although after the war the space remained for a long time, maintenance had been lacking.
A visitor of Salatiga may try to locate these buildings, without looking at our Travelogue "Salatiga Past and Present (1)", where we give the answers.

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  • Written Jun 17, 2008
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