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Just Repainted

Journal | Saturday, September 5th, 2015 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawé Setiawan

Junghuhn's grave monument and my bicycle (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

Junghuhn’s grave monument and my bicycle (Photograph: Hawe Setiawan)

The grave monument of Franz Wilhelm Junghuhn in West Java’s city of Lembang has recently been repainted. The colour is purely white as designed by Isaac Groneman in 19th century following the death of Franz Junghuhn, the prominent traveller and scholar of Java.

I rode my bicycle to Junghuhn Park in Friday morning. As I arrived at the site I was very glad to realised that the monument has been repainted. It looked clean. Asep Suryana, the caretaker of the park, repainted the monument a few days before due to a donation from a company whose business was related to cinchona plantation. Franz Junghuhn pioneered the cinchona plantation in West Java in 19th century.

In the afternoon a team of scholar led by Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich made a visit to the park. I was honoured to have a conversation with them at the site concerning my scholarly work on the life and works of Franz Junghuhn.

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