Gedung Sate is a neo-classical building mixed with native elements. Once the seat of the Dutch East Indies department of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, it now serves as the governor’s office of the West Java province in Indonesia. It has now become one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Bandung. Many visitors from abroad visit Bandung because of their historic relation with this building and the city as well. The historic feeling of this building can best be absorbed when climbing the wooden stairs towards the tower of the building. There are six stairs which have to be ascended before you reach the top.
The beauty of Gedung Sate is completed by the decorative and lush gardens that surround the building and are well cared for. Because of its beauty, the gardens are regularly used for shooting family pictures, music clips for local or national artists or love couples.
The architecture of Gedung Sate is a work of Ir. J. Gerber and his group which had in mind to make a design that closely resembled the works of famous Dutch architect Dr. Hendrik Petrus, which used many traditional features from all over Indonesia in his designs. Many architects and structural designers say that Gedung Sate is a monumental building that expresses an unique architectural design, which is known as Indo-European architecture. It can be said that Gedung Sate Building is the “White House” of Bandung.