The Pangeran Diponegoro
THE PANGERAN DIPONEGORO ROOM
At the Tugu Kunstkring opening night, exactly 99 years after the building first opened its doors, a colossal painting of THE FALL OF JAVA was shown to the public for the first time. The 9 x 4 m painting depicted the capture of Prince Diponegoro on 28th of March 1830 at the house of Magelang Resident, after the betrayal of General De Kock from the Dutch-Indies Government.
In Indonesian art history, this legendary scene of Prince Diponegoro’s capture has only been painted by J.W Pieneman and Raden Saleh. This makes The Fall of Java as the third painting in the world that portrays one of the most iconic events in Indonesia history. The painting can be appreciated in a themed room Ruang Pangeran Diponegoro, dedicated to the Knight on A Horse.
The Pangeran Diponegoro Room is a magnificent hall with high ceilings that has a seating capacity of 75 people. It is furnished with a long beautiful wooden table in the middle decorated with flowers, candles and elegant white linens.
Suzie Wong Lounge
The Suzie Wong Bar is decorated with two giant posters, a former advertisement from a legendary movie theater in Menteng Jakarta in the 1960s. At the corner, a rickshaw from Wanchai brings in the romantic atmosphere of post-war Hong Kong 1950s. Beautiful oriental partition screens and a former movie preview featuring the movie as a best seller in Jakarta around the 1960s, as well as the Nam Kok Hotel sign, the Suzie Wong Bar nameplate, giant red lanterns and many other ornaments bring back the romantic aura of this movie from 1950s to this bar.
Bread & Coffee Corner
BREAD & COFFEE CORNER ‘ BLUDER WAK SENENG NIO & BERTHA ‘
In the late 1960s in Blitar, there was an old Chinese Peranakan mother who was an expert in making cakes and breads and she became some sort of a legend. Before she died in the 1970s, she had bequeathed the recipe to a woman named Tante (Aunt) Bertha. In good faith, she taught the recipe to a few very selected other people, whom she trusted to continue to make the famous bread from Blitar, popularly known as bluder Blitar. Bluder Blitar is always handmade and cannot be made with factory modern equipment. It is so buttery and soft it melts in one’s mouth, and leaves a gentle sweetness in one’s mouth that reminds one of sweet days of childhood.
This bluder Blitar can be found at the Bread & Coffee Corner ‘Wak Seneng Nio & Aunt Bertha’, an old Dutch colonial bakery shop housed in one corner of the beautiful Tugu Kunstkring Paleis building, where one can find delicious homemade jams, other savory breads, sandwiches, cakes and cookies from old recipes of Dutch colonial times. This is also the perfect cosy place to indulge in a cup of coffee or exquisite tea. Choose from the very fine selection of Tugu tea blends as well as freshly roasted Java Robusta coffee from Tugu’s very own Kawisari Coffee Plantation in the hills of East Java, one of the oldest coffee plantations in the island.
Daily open 08:00 – 22:00
Ban Lam Wine Shop & Tasting Room
Tugu Kunstkring Paleis is working hard to cater to the expectations of its discerning clientele and with the opening of the new Ban Lam Wine Shop, connoisseurs of art, wine and food have one more reason to celebrate!
For nearly a century, the elegant Bataviasche Kunstkring stands as an art circle building situated in the heart of Menteng Diplomats, celebrities, poets, artists, musicians, as well as high-ranking officials and distinguished luminaries have always felt at home in the classy rooms of this grand manor and often gather to enjoy a gourmet meal paired with a perfect wine.
Since re-opening in April 2013 under the management of Tugu Hotels Group, the legacy of a true Grande Dame from a bygone era lives on at Tugu Kunstkring Paleis. No fine dining experience would be complete without a glass of good wine! Stimulating conversations, laughter and the unmistakable clink! of wine glasses raised in a toast are forever in style!
The newly opened Ban Lam Wine Shop at Kunstkring, modelled after the original one at the Hotel Tugu in Malang, brings the world to your table with impressive selection of wines from countries far and wide. The vast variety will leave you spoiled for choice. Whether you would like to enjoy a bottle with dinner at Kunstkring or bring a bottle home to enjoy later, we are ready to serve you.
Ban Lam Wine Shop and Tasting Room is open daily from 11 AM to 12 Midnight
Balcony Van Menteng
As you sit on the Balcony van Menteng, soak in the romantic atmosphere of Jakarta while witnessing the dusk sink behind the lush tropical gardens of Tugu Kunstkring Paleis. Let your imagination travel to the times of old Batavia, and be transported into that black and white nostalgic photograph of Jakarta’s colonial days. This is the perfect place to enjoy the very fine, wide selection of teas imported from all around the world, as well as indulgent homemade traditional and western savoury and sweet delicacies.