Uncovering Buried History at Ereveld Menteng Pulo: An Unforgettable Experience

Uncovering Buried History at Ereveld Menteng Pulo- An Unforgettable Experience

Have you ever imagined exploring a final resting place filled with stories from World War II?

javaprivatetour.com – Amidst the bustling city of Jakarta lies a captivating cemetery called Ereveld Menteng Pulo, located in Menteng Dalam, Tebet, South Jakarta. Not your ordinary park, Ereveld Menteng Pulo holds the traces of World War II and stands as a silent witness to the struggles of heroes.

ereveld menteng pulo cemetary from above

More Than Just a Cemetery

Ereveld Menteng Pulo serves as the final resting place for over 4,000 war casualties, both Dutch and Indonesian, who fell during World War II battles against the Japanese Army (1941-1945) and the subsequent revolutionary period (1945-1949). Established on December 8, 1947, this cemetery is managed by the Dutch Honor Field Foundation (OGS). It is one of seven Dutch Honor Fields in Indonesia, with others located in Jakarta (Ereveld Menteng Pulo and Ereveld Ancol), Surabaya (Ereveld Kembang Kuning), Bandung (Ereveld Leuwigajah and Ereveld Pandu), and Semarang (Ereveld Kali Banteng and Ereveld Candi).

Contrary to the typical image of cemeteries, the landscape of Ereveld Menteng Pulo resembles a well-kept garden. Walking paths are neatly arranged amidst lush greenery. Rows of gravestones, meticulously placed, stand in stark contrast to Jakarta’s distant skyline.

Walking Through Buried History

Take a walk through the park, and you will feel the thick historical atmosphere. Graves vary in design, catering to diverse religious beliefs. Cross-shaped headstones honor Christians, while other symbols represent Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, and even mass graves. Among the military personnel buried here, civilians, including men, women, and children who perished in Japanese concentration camps during World War II, also find their resting place.

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Visitors are encouraged to maintain decorum while within the cemetery premises. Walking paths skirt the graves’ sides, and photography etiquette, respecting the privacy of the deceased, is emphasized.

ereveld menteng pulo cemetary

Unique Buildings Telling Stories

Ereveld Menteng Pulo boasts two distinctive structures: the Simultaneous Church and the Columbarium. The Simultaneous Church, though not utilized for religious services, hosts commemorative events. Symbolizing diverse faiths, it features a wooden memorial cross crafted from railroad ties used in the construction of the Burma Railway during World War II, paying tribute to those who perished in forced labor under Japanese rule.

he Simultaneous Church and the Columbarium
The Simultaneous Church and the Columbarium

The Columbarium houses hundreds of urns containing the ashes of Dutch military personnel who died as prisoners of war in Japanese labor camps during World War II. Its serene ambiance, adorned with lotus flowers in a central pond, offers solace to visitors.

Throughout the Dutch Honor Field, meticulous landscaping akin to a garden creates a conducive environment for exploration and reflection. A large roofed structure provides a resting spot amidst the solemn surroundings.

Remembering Two Renowned Generals

Funeral of General Spoor at Ereveld Menteng Pulo, May 28, 1949
Funeral of General Spoor at Ereveld Menteng Pulo, May 28, 1949

Among the countless gravestones, two stand out, marking the resting places of two renowned generals: Simon Hendrik Spoor and Mallaby. General Spoor, known for his role in the Second Dutch Military Aggression, strategized to weaken the Indonesian Republic but was thwarted by the guerrilla tactics of General Sudirman, culminating in the March 1, 1949 General Offensive.

General Mallaby, a British Brigadier General, lost his life in the Surabaya conflict, triggering the Battle of Surabaya, remembered as Heroes’ Day on November 10, 1945.

A Message of Everlasting Peace

In silent contemplation, the gravestones seem to echo a plea: may the horrors of the past never be repeated, serving as poignant reminders of our shared humanity. Let us delve into historical sites like Ereveld Menteng Pulo to learn from the past for a brighter future.

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The Dodenherdenking ceremony at Ereveld Menteng Pulo, Jakarta, organized by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia
The “Dodenherdenking” ceremony at Ereveld Menteng Pulo, Jakarta, organized by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Indonesia

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