In this place, President Sukarno once gave a loud speech in Garut

Garut

Not many know that President Sukarno once made a loud speech in Garut. The building where Bung Karno made a speech in Garut can still be found by travelers.

The building called Babancong has become one of the icons of the city of Garut that is not yet known to many people. The first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Ir Soekarno, gave a speech at this place.

Babancong is located in the Pendopo Garut Regency complex. The location is on Jalan Dewi Sartika, Garut Kota District. Its position is right in the middle, between Otto Iskandardinata Square and the official residence of the Garut Regent or commonly called Pamengkang.

Babancong is a unique building like an octagonal podium. It is about 7 meters high and 15 square meters wide.

This building has arch-shaped niches and 8 pillars in each corner of the bottom. At the rear, there are two circular stairs leading to the podium.

Garut Babancong.Garut Babancong. Photo: Hakim Ghani

This building is known to have been built around 1813, during the re-establishment of the Balubur Limbangan Regency whose capital was built in the Suci area (now Garut Kota).

Garut historian Warjita explained that Babancong was a place where the Regent gave a speech in the past. In fact, until now the Regent of Garut has made speeches there at certain moments.

“Its function is as a place for the regent or palace, or other government officials to make speeches. Then it is also used for officials to watch the crowds in the square,” said Warjita.

Babancong is not only used by Regents to make speeches. The first President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soekarno, is said to have given a speech there.

Warjita said the moment occurred around the 1960s. At that time, Soekarno visited Garut specifically to give Garut an award as the cleanest city at that time.

“It was at Babancong that Bung Karno made a speech in front of the people of Garut and handed over a plaque of Garut as the cleanest city to the Regent of Garut at that time, Raden Gahara Wijaya Suria,” he said.

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