Notes on the Geography of Indonesia: Bandung: Photo 6
It was in this building that Sukarno held the Asian-African Conference in April, 1955, attended by 19 nations, including India represented by Nehru and Egypt represented by Nasser. The Concordia Club was then renamed the Gedung Merdeka, Independence Hall. Several changes were made in the facade, with the roofline flattened and the original, bullet-shaped lanterns replaced. At either end of the central parapet Schoemaker placed makaras, mythological creatures common across Southeast Asia. They are barely visible here, especially because they no longer are painted in a contrasting color.
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