Department of Railways,
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BATAVIA 26. Route. 387
Koningsplein (literally, King's Square ; in Malay Gambit-). Situated in the centre of the city, this place occupies the large area of about a square kilometre. To walk round it requires an hour's time. To a newcomer it is an unattractive open space of trapezium shape, with only a few trees and small patches of coarse grass. To the Batavians, however, its very barrenness seems to be its attraction, as thus the ' refreshing wind blows unimpeded and the absence of vegetation ensures dryness of air.' Here there gather in the evenings all the wealth and fashion of Weltevreden on horseback or in handsome equipages. Koningsplein is surrounded by rows of large residences and government buildings. In Koningsplein N. are the Dutch Sporting Club and the Governor-General's official residence (where he stays when he pays his monthly visit from Buitenzorg, his ordinary place of residence). In Koningsplein W. are the Museum and Library, and the Consulates of Germany and Russia. In Koningsplein S. is the Royal Natural History Society's building (in which is held the Aldermen's Council), and near it the house where lives the resident of Batavia. Between Koningsplein S. and N. is the Upper Town Office of the Intercommunal Telephone Co., and right behind it the English Sporting Club. Koningsplein E. is the High School for Girls (opened in 1882) and Willemskerk (a Protestant Church). Opposite to these and on the other side of the street is Koningsplein Station of the N. I. S. Railway, while behind the station is the race-course of the Batavia-Buitenzorg Race Club, where races are held twice a year.
Berlogspark (Pl. F 8) is a pretty park lying between Koningsplein E. and the residential quarter for military officers. In the park is the official residence of the Commander-in-Chief. In front of it is a building holding some bureaux of the War Department.
An Important Industry of Tangerang.