"Makam Bung Karno (Soekarno's tomb)" Blitar Things to Do Tip by theo1006
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The first president of Indonesia, who is also honoured as the "proclamator of independence", was born in Blitar on June 6, 1901. Here he has also been buried after his demise on June 21, 1970. At the time his successor Soeharto did not want the people to rally against his New Order around the memory of bung Karno, as was the pet name of Ir Soekarno. Therefore the late president was laid to rest in a simple grave in Blitar's heroes' cemetery. On the black and white photograph taken in December 1973 only the triple umbrella distinguishes his grave from the others.
Only in 1978, when Soeharto felt his rule secure enough, he found it opportune to revive Soekarno's memory, and a lavish pendopo style mausoleum was built for him. This has become a sacred place for pilgrims to come and pray. The original heroes' cemetery was moved to another location.
As late as 2004 the mausoleum was supplemented with a museum and library of modern design. Entrance to these is free, but wardens may try to sell you trifling memorabilia. The museum contains mostly historic pictures. A walkway connects the mausoleum and the new buildings, along it an embossed mural depicts the highlights of Soekarno's life.
Address: Jalan Slamet Riyadi, Blitar
Directions: Distance from Blitar train station about 3 km, east and then north. Follow the signs to "Makam Bung Karno".
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