Rumoh Budaya, The Educational and Historical Information Center of Banda Aceh

After being bought back as asset of Banda Aceh Government, this house has been transformed as a place to store a collection of historical objects.


The white house on Jalan Teungku Daud Beureueh, Banda Aceh, always attracts the attention of passersby. This house is exactly in a row of one of the fast food franchise outlets at Simpang Lima (5-intersections) area. Its unique architecture that combine from European and Chinese architecture makes us wonder about its origin.

For those of you who come to Banda Aceh for the first time, it will be a great experience to observe the ins and outs of the house by yourself. The house is a heritage house of the Dutch colonial after they occupied Aceh.

It used to function as the residence of the Resident, a position within the Dutch East Indies Government structure. The position is equivalent to the position of nowadays regent. The last resident who occupied this place was H. Ibn Sakdan.

The former residence of the Resident is currently no longer functioned as the government officials’ residence. After being bought back as asset of Banda Aceh Government, this house has been transformed as a place to store a collection of historical objects.

Its name was changed as Rumoh Budaya. It is served as a center for educational, historical and cultural information of Aceh, especially Banda Aceh. This place is under the management of the Banda Aceh Tourism Office.

Rumoh Budaya is only a few meters from Tugu Simpang Lima (5-intersections monument). It is about 1.5 km from Baiturrahman Grand Mosque.

This building is old but gold. It still looks very sturdy with thick walls. At first glance, Rumoh Budaya does not resemble as place of historical and cultural information. This building still has its origin architecture form. Just like most of official houses, the house courtyard is planted with various flowers. There are two medium sized trees on the left and right of the house.

Various historical heritage objects are displayed in Rumoh Budaya. Each wall inside this building is filled with shelves contained historical objects.

There is an ancient Qur’an handwritten displayed in a glass box. This holy book is estimated to have been hundreds of years old. There are sharp weapons that used as tools of past war with various types and shapes too.

The photographs of ancient Banda Aceh City with various objects are also shown in glass frame. Those photos are a collection of H. Harun Keuchik Leumik, a well-known businessman in Banda Aceh who is famous as an Aceh collector.

Aside from being a place for collection of various ancient objects, Rumoh Budaya also functions as a place of cultural expression for the citizens of Banda Aceh. Rumoh Bundaya provides an art stage as place for artists and cultural actors. Various arts and cultural events are often held here.

This house is open to the public without any charge. The place is suitable for those of you who want to know how Aceh was at the old-time. It is also appropriate for those who eager to see the various traditional equipment used by Banda Aceh society in the past. []


Reporter : Munawar Hafizhi

Photographer : Mustawazir

Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya