Gondang Winangoen Sugar Museum

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Introduction

A sugar cane load

A sugar cane load

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Klaten regency has been a centre of sugar production at least since 1860, when the sugar factory Gondang Winangoen was established and operated by the "N.V. Klatensche Cultuur Maatschappij". Until today sugar is produced here, now by the plantation company "PT Perkebunan XV - XVI". In order to make the compound profitable outside the sugar campaign season, it has been converted into an ‘agrotourism’ location catering for domestic family outings. The residence of the former Dutch administrator now functions as a homestay, and another former dwelling has been converted into a museum since 1982. The museum and factory may well attract foreigners interested in industrial history.

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Opening Hours

Monday through Thursday 8:00am - 1:30pm, Friday 8:00am - 11:00am, Saturday 08:00am - 12:30pm.

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Cost

Museum admission IDR 3,500.

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Sights and Activities

In the yard around the museum one can find machines and carts too big to display inside. Among these a wooden cane press operated with animal power. Inside there is a scale model of a sugar factory, charts on how to cultivate sugar cane, all kinds of hand tools used in the sugar fields, a section on rodents and other pests, a sewing machine for manufacturing jute sacks, a balance for weighing these, and much more. Of interest are also the photographs from colonial times and the portraits of successive administrators. Among these a bust portrait Mangkoenagoro IV, prince of Surakarta, who in the 19th century established two sugar factories (not this one). There is a shelf full of literature on the cultivation of sugar cane, in Dutch that no employee of the present company can read.

Lahaye & Brissonneau engine

Lahaye & Brissonneau engine

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Museum visitors can also make the tour of the compound and the factory. Although most of the electric power for the latter is now generated by diesel engines, this is still supplemented by water power from a stream, and wood-fueled steam engines. The machinery still operative is as diverse as a cane crusher manufactured by Lahaye & Brissonneau, Paris 1884, a self-lubricating steam engine by Bellis and Morcom of Birmingham and a steam engine by Stork, Hengelo. To see these working one should come in the months May through August, when the sugar cane is harvested and processed.

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Getting There

Located on the main road from Yogyakarta to Solo, at 7 kilometres from Prambanan at the entrance of regency capital Klaten.

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Eat

There is restaurant with local food in the compound.

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Sleep

Gondang Winangoen Homestay

Gondang Winangoen Homestay

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  • Gondang Winangoen Homestay - The last Dutch adminstrator of the Gondang Winangoen Sugar Factory, who lived in this colonial house, had to leave it in 1957 when all Dutch owned enterprises were nationalized. Now you can stay here in one of the four rooms and pretend you are a colonial factory manager. At only 7 kilometres from Prambanan the homestay is an alternative for accommodation in Prambanan, and it can also be a base for an alternative route to the crater of Merapi volcano or just exploring the forest on its slopes at Deles Indah. The rooms are all different, the most expensive one at times may be used by the management of the factory. That room , the 'suite room' can accommodate four in the two double beds, has AC and hot water in the bathroom.

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