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National Awakening Building
Jl. Abdurrachman Saleh No. 26, Jakarta Central Jakarta
This is a 19th century building, formerly used by STOVIA, a medical school. It was here on May 20, 1908 that the Budi Utomo organization was founded by students of the medical school. Budi Utomo is considered the symbol of the nation's reawakening. It was the first modern organization aimed at independence and inspired a Dutchman at that time to write: "Look, a miracle has happened. Insulinde, (Indonesia) the beautiful sleeping princess is awakened!" Greater miracles were going to happen in Indonesia, culminating in the Proclamation of Independence on August 17, 1945. The long corridors of the Gedung Kebangkitan Nasional are adorned with portraits of independence movement pioneers. The violin of Wage Rudolf Soepratman, composer of the Indonesian National Anthem, "Indonesia Raya," is also stored in this building. The GKN is also a venue where prominent figures come and give lectures to people interested in the history of the nation's struggle for independence. It houses a library containing an array of newspaper clippings, reproductions of photographs and other historical archives, invaluable to teachers, students and others interested in the history of this country. The GKN is on Jl. Abdurrachman Saleh, just south of the Central Army Hospital (RSPAD) Gatot Subroto.