BANDUNG LAUTAN API (BLA)

(Bandung Sea of Fire)

On the south side of the city of Bandung you can find a large monument called “Bandung Lautan Api,” (BLA) or, Bandung Sea of Fire. This monument was built in commemoration of an event that took place in Bandung on March 24, 1946. After the Japanese withdraw after WWII, the Dutch were attempting to reclaim its former colony (Indonesia). To prevent this from happening, the city inhabitants intentionally burned their homes and other buildings of importance in the city, giving the approaching Dutch forces little to occupy and reclaim.

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