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Series EN 024

on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 00:05
Women's prison of Batavia
Women's prison of Batavia

Both of them got off the boat, up to the street and entered the hospital gates. The hospital belonged to the Chinese people, Yang Tjee Ie - in Hokienese - or Yangji Yuan - In Han Yu - established in 1640 was located in Rhinocergracht near the corner of Utrechtsestraat, next to the closed women's prison, a few blocks from Kalibesar. The building was quite large and shaded by coconut trees. From the street it looked elongated white wall with carved gate, the inside was large yard with shade trees. One storey Yang Tjee Ie hospital looked luxurious. On the left wing of the building was wards where the sick were treated, while the right wing was the office of hospital workers. On the back was the kitchen, some space for services, and a series of hospital workers dormitories.

The beauty of Yang Tjee Ie hospitals lied in horizontal lines from the roof line to the boundary wall with the floor and the room - an elegant open space. The proportion of the roof and walls was appropriate and pleasing to the eye. Although located in the densely populated western part of Batavia, she was still capable of presenting a spacious and comfortable outdoor space. The beauty of this hospital architecture was embroidered with the surrounding buildings because architecture was not a stand-alone building but in context with the buildings nearby. Beauty incurred by the detail of the building which latch-hook from one building to another. So that the destruction of a building would disturb the beauty of the buildings as a whole.

Some nurses was pushing the patient bed into a ward. People waiting for the patient sat in front of the ward, not many. There was also people who were sitting under a shady tree in the yard. The wide yard was also used for drying the mattress and drying kitchen equipment appliances. In addition to trees, the hospital gardener planted flowers and various herbs. All arranged neatly so as to provide a fresh atmosphere.

"We really needed a Sinshe because the lack of Dutch doctors and often, they can not deal with the disease better."  Poh An said reiterated his statement while his hands pointed to the ward. His face looked concerned.

 "A lot of sick people whose medicine was the Chinese medicine which was not understood by the doctors. For the Dutch the Chinese medicine is considered a poison that must be avoided ... more over they do not like the smell " He continued. "But on the contrary, for us the Chinese medicine is more effective so that a sinshe more credible than the Dutch physician." Said Poh An again. "In the hospital, there are two hundred patients who are not all Chinese. They are natives of different parts of the archipelago. Chinese people are charged, but the others were freed because they do not have money. "

"What about the Dutch?" Asked Jing Bing.

"They have their own hospitals, larger, near the bridge of Hospitalstraat." He replied.

 “The Dutch’s hospital is grandiose with better equipment, but only soldiers and company employees were treated there." Explained Poh An.