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Revisiting Junghuhn

Journal | Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

The day before yesterday I rode my bike to Lembang in the morning. The town is some six kilometers from my home to the northern part of the city.

Junghuhn Monument in Lembang, West Java (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

As my fellow bikers were taking a rest on a side of the town’s crowded main street, I went some hundred meters further along Jayagiri Street to Junghuhn Park.

It was my second visit to this nature preserve named after the prominent naturalist Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn (1809-1864). The last time I made a visit to the site was in February 2011. (See my previous note:  ‘Visiting Junghuhn’)

Small changes have been made to the site. The monument was repainted, and the upper part of it looked nicer.

However, the epitaph was still confusing: ‘Dr. Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn, Mansfeld/Magdeburg, 26 Oktober 1809 – Lembang, 24 April 1864’. To the best of my knowledge, Junghuhn was born in Mansfeld, not in Magdeburg.

 

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