We will never suspect a house in Perwira Street, Village Kotaratu, District of South Ende, Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara looks like as other homes that located in a residential area, because the house is similar to one another with the houses next door neighbor.
A sign reading "Former Site Home Exile of Bung Karno in Ende" emblazoned on the front yard, next to the right side of the home page. The house size is 12x9 meters square is where the President of the Republic of Indonesia Sukarno (better known by his nickname "Bung Karno") undergo exile by the Dutch colonial period (1934 -1938).
Local residents in the town of Ende considers exile of Bung Karno's house is considered a sacred place, they have believe in a legend about this place. Anyone who enters the home page must request permission from the Bung Karno to say 'excuse me'. If you did not say ‘excuse me’, always obstacles arise, for example when taking pictures, the picture is not visible.
Behind the museum there is the Bung Karno’s wells within 12 meters, used by him for bathing, washing and drinking as well as for pray. It is said that this water has healing properties for the disease and stay young.
The Government of Indonesia had intended to conduct the restoration starting in 2012, to make it more worth a visit as one of the tourist sites of past history of Indonesia through the Ende Flores Foundation with direct support from the Vice President.
Tourists can visit this site by exploring the various places where Sukarno had settled as a political prisoner in the past by the Dutch government, including the home place of exile of Bung Karno, Bung Karno statue, the park where Bung Karno reflections used to sit to contemplate, the Imakulata building where Bung Karno staging, as well as the tomb of Soekarno mother in law, Mrs. Amsi.
A regular place in the afternoon where he always sit, read, reflect or make some notes, is located right beside Perse Field, Soekarno Street, every evening he sat there sometimes until midnight and even until morning. A famous records came to be known as the forerunner of the state of Indonesia, Pancasila.
A tree where he was sheltering, local residents were treated as memories besides any specialties there, Breadfruit Tree, a tree that had fallen because of the weather, but planted and cared for until re-grow fertile (with 5 pieces of branches that reflect the five precepts of Pancasila).
As a witness to history that the population is believed to influence him, when making notes for the struggle of Indonesia gained its independence in 1945.
(Various sources /Images H Daros)