Romance of Indonesia
Tugu Kunstkring Paleis
The Art, Soul and Romance of Indonesia
THE HISTORY OF BATAVIASCHE KUNSTKRING
The grand historical building originally housed the Fine Arts Circle of the Dutch East Indies (Nederlandsch-Indische Kunstkring of the Dutch East Indies) and was opened on the 17 April 1914. This organization was founded for the first time on 1 April 1902 in Batavia, with the purpose to promote the practice of and the enthusiasm for the fine and decorative arts of the Indies.
This building had various functions, as it stayed faithful to its mission to promote anything related to the arts. It featured various creative arts between 1934 and 1939 as well as world-class masterpieces of Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall and the likes. One of the wings of this building also housed a very popular café that sold fine food and wine, known as Stam en Weynes.
In April 2013, this legendary building of Bataviasche Kunstkring has been reopened under the name the TUGU KUNSTKRING PALEIS, and brought back to life by Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group. Without changing the beautiful palatial architecture, Tugu has breathed in new life into the building through majestic interiors, filling it with a vast collection of beautiful artworks, in creating an atmosphere that represents Tugu’s mission: the art, soul and romance of Indonesia.
The Tugu Kunstkring Paleis is a proud center of art exhibitions, as well as other events with high appreciation to the beauty of arts and history. It also houses a large event space with the capacity up to 1000 people, a gallery/shop that features beautiful artworks, jewels, lifestyle products and other design items, a fine restaurant, a grand elegant lounge as well as a tea house.
Indonesian Cultural Dining: Betawi Rijsttafel
Batavia was the name of the capital city of the Dutch East Indies and corresponds to the present-day city of Jakarta. Batavia can refer to the city proper as it existed then, with its various increases over time in urbanized acreage, or can refer to the surrounding hinterland. After Indonesian nationalists declared independence on August 17, 1945, the city was renamed Jakarta.
The Batavia cuisine developed and evolved with influences from various cuisine traditions brought by waves of newcomers to the port city on the north coast of Western Java. From the small port of Sunda Kalapa, it grew into an active hub of international trade, primarily involving Indonesian, Chinese, Indian and Arab traders. Batavia cuisine is in fact really similar to Peranakan cuisine, as both are hybrid cuisine heavily influenced by Chinese and Malay, as well as Arab and European cuisine, to neighbouring Sundanese and Javanese cuisine.
The Traditional Grand Rijsttafel (translated as the Rice Table) featured in each property of the Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group, portrays the sumptuous social feast that used to be celebrated by the Dutch plantation lords when they hosted their honourable guests, starting from around the 1910s. The Grand Rijsttafel is a display of the richness of the spices that grew in Indonesia as well as the culinary arts of the indigenous people, as seen from the many different flavours which were all brought together to make the one elaborate Rijsttafelmeal.
Catering Your Event
Tugu Catering dining experience is more than a meal; it’s a rare, unique experience that allows you to travel to the romantic eras of Indonesia centuries ago.
Tugu Kusntkring Paleis has various shooting spaces and luxurious furniture, allow you to express your moment, whether it is ladies association photography or even your one in a lifetime wedding videography.
Grand Rijsttafel Betawi of Tugu Kunstkring Paleis is a colourful characteristic of old Jakarta street parade.
What the press says:
Family with young kid. Romantic ambience, and classical. You will enjoy new experience dine in art gallery. Choice of menu from indonesian, western, and asian. Waitress communicative, and also they can tell us about history the building and the work arts.
Owned by the same group that owns the wonderful Lara Djongrangg restaurant, this restaurant is similar in many ways: great Indonesian food, excellent service and housed in a building that was once an art gallery (and still is, at times) but is now a showpiece of nineteenth and twentieth century Java. .....
Was there several times over the last few years, every time it was wonderful. Try to make a reservation to have the aperetif at the Bar, before having dinner in the main room.