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Tuesday March 28th 2017

Preserving Junghuhn Park

Journal | Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

With Asep Suryana (right) at Junghuhn Park.

With Asep Suryana (right) at Junghuhn Park.

This morning, a day after I defended my doctoral thesis on the visual works of Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn (1809-1864) before Bandung Institute of Technology’s professors, I cycled to Junghuhn Park in Jayagiri, Lembang. I met with Asep Suryana (45), the park caretaker. I was very happy to see that Junghuhn Grave Monument was being cleaned to be returned to the pure white like its original design made by the late Doctor Isaac Groneman. Since about three months ago a guard post where Asep work has been built. Some workers were clearing the site and burning fallen leaves and dry twigs around the post. Grass has been trimmed. Live gate, also the tomb Johan Eliza de Vrij, are still in need of repairation. Junghuhn Park is managed by West Java’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency as ‘nature reserve’. The area has long been shrunk so that it resembles a city park. Ones who would like to contribute to restoration and preservation of the garden, please come. Kang Asep and friends must be happy.

A new building in Junghuhn Park. (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

A new building in Junghuhn Park. (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

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