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Possibly Indonesia’s best-known hero is Prince Diponegoro, a Javanese prince from the Royal Kraton of Yogyakarta, and resistance fighter against Dutch colonialism.

Despite causing heavy losses on the Dutch side, the Prince’s rebellion ultimately failed, however, and he was eventually exiled to Makassar, South Sulawesi, where he died in 1855.

Jakarta has constructed two statues in his honor.

The first and better known statue is at Freedom Square, while a smaller statue (shown below) was put up in the plush diplomatic area of Menteng, on a street named after him and only as recently as December 2005.


Patung Pangeran Diponegoro, Menteng





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