A Cultural Tourism from Malang to Blitar

Akbar Tandjung (middle) along with his wife Nina Akbar Tandjung (third from the left), posed together with Malang Head Station Lutfi (second from the right) and Sugeng Winarno, heritage staff (left).

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, a cultural tourism with Warna Warni Foundation has been run again, this time the railway route was from Malang to Blitar. This railway line was build by a State Railway Company, Staatspoorwegen in 1896. Warna Warni Foundation was established by Nina Akbar Tandjung. This foundation's concern is to develop and preserve Indonesian culture, one of them by preserving railways which was inherit from the Dutch colonial.

The scene inside Malioboro Express train.

The group traveled by an AC Economy class of Malioboro Ekspress train, a new train from Malang to Yogyakarta. In this train, the group enjoyed the beautiful scenery of rice fields, plantation, forest, Karangkates Dam and Eka Bakti Karya & Dwi Bakti Karya tunnel.

Mawan, Blitar Head Station was explaining to Akbar Tandjung about Bung Karno's history.

After arriving at Blitar Station, the group saw panels and pictures about one of Indonesia founding father, Ir. Soekarno. This panel had a story of Ir. Soekarno when he stayed at Blitar. The team seems enthusiast to enjoy the display panel. This activity will be continued to educate the society about railway.

Blitar Station while on restoration process.
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