4 Places to Remember the G30S/PKI Tragedy


Exactly today is the moment of one of the darkest history of Indonesia, namely the tragedy of the G30S/PKI. There are four locations that are silent witnesses.

The moment of September 30 for the Indonesian people is synonymous with the bloody movement orchestrated by the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in 1965. That is how history records it.

The tragedy which is also commonly abbreviated as Gestapu is routinely recalled every year. Apart from the controversy that accompanies it, a traveler can still trace his story through a number of destinations in which are silent witnesses of the bloody tragedy. The following is a list of silent witnesses to the G30S/PKI tragedy:

1. General Museum AH Nasution

The Great General AH Nasution Museum is located in Menteng, Jakarta.  In the museum, a diorama of the events of the G30S/PKI night can be seen.The Great General AH Nasution Museum is located in Menteng, Jakarta. In the museum, a diorama of the events of the G30S/PKI night can be seen. Photo: Agung Pambudhy

The first location is the General AH Nasution Museum on Jalan Teuku Umar No 40, Menteng, Central Jakarta. Before becoming a museum, the house was the residence of the great general.

“This house is a silent witness to the kidnapping of AH Nasution, and he managed to escape from behind. Nasution’s family used to live here. He died in 2000, 2008 moved locations (his family),” said Ira Lathief, a guide who accompanied detikcom some time ago.

Of the total seven victims in the G30SPKI tragedy, General AH Nasution was the only one who managed to survive. However, his life had to be redeemed by the death of his son, Ade Irma Nasution (5 years) and First Lieutenant Pierre Tendean who claimed to be the General.

“After G30SPKI, he was the only high-ranking general alive. He was the one who paid his last respects to the victims,” ​​added Ira.

Now, travelers can visit the museum which is a silent witness to the life of General AH Nasution. Besides being able to see the house directly, there are also many historical items belonging to the General to Ade Irma’s son.

2. Ahmad Yani Museum

Former House of General Ahmad YaniFormer House of General Ahmad Yani Photo: Seysha Desnikia/detikcom

Still in the Menteng area, there is the Ahmad Yani Museum at Jalan Lembang No. 58 and Jalan Latuharhari No. 65, Central Jakarta. As the name implies, this museum is the former home of General Ahmad Yani.

“He is the highest leader in the Indonesian Army, replacing Nasution. He is often called Sukarno’s favorite general,” said Ira.

General Ahmad Yani was one of those who died after being shot directly at his home. After the General, the house was converted into a museum and is still frequently visited by his family.

The museum guard said that in the past, offerings were installed for the general at his house. However, this tradition is no longer practiced today.

In addition to storing the relics of the General, the museum is also full of mystical stories. You can believe it, you can not.

“In AH Yani’s room, we can’t take pictures of her. Tar has been sick for months. For example, if you want to take photos of the room, you can still do it,” said Ira.

3. Pancasila Sakti Monument

G30S PKI Monument: Everything Pancasila Sakti Monument Pancasila Sakti Monument Photo: Ruly Kurniawan

Move to the Pancasila Sakti Monument in Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta. This is the location that is a silent witness to the location of the disposal of the bodies of the generals.

“So the naming of the crocodile hole is not because of the name of the well, but this used to be called the crocodile hole village. The well, the house that became the people’s post before torturing the general,” said Ira.

After being tortured, then the bodies of the generals were thrown into a very narrow hole. Luckily, their bodies were found by Soekitman police, who managed to escape the ambush that night.

“The well is 12 meters in diameter, 75 cm in diameter and only enough for 1 person’s body and there are 2 generals whose bodies are tied together to illustrate how cruel the incident was,” Ira explained.

4. Kalibata Heroes Cemetery

History Kalibata Heroes Cemetery is known as the final resting place for heroes and important figures in Indonesia.  This is the review.History Kalibata Heroes Cemetery is known as the final resting place for heroes and important figures in Indonesia. This is the review. Photo: Rifkianto Nugroho

Finally, there is the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in East Jakarta. As we know, all the bodies of the Generals who died in the bloody tragedy were buried at that location.

“This is where the generals are buried. Made in 1951, designed by Friedrich Silaban in the Soekarno era,” Ira said.

Travelers are also welcome to visit the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, even if they do not have relatives buried at the site. Anyone is allowed to come.

In addition to the graves of the generals and victims who died in the G30SPKI tragedy, the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery is also the last home for many national figures. For example, President Habibie and his wife to the late Ani Yudhoyono.

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