Gudo Pseudo History

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Gudo is the name of both a town and a larger sub-district covering an area of 34.39 km2. It is not far away from Jombang city. The name “gudo” is thought to have originated from the manner in which Javanese people pronounced the vowels “o” and “a” in the word “pagoda”, which when spoken sound more like “pogudo”. Historically, the village of Gudo was called Suko Harjo, but the presence of the Hong San Kiong kelenteng or “pagoda” led its name to change over time to become Gudo. According to Besluit No. 25, dated 19th September, 1889 in Buitenzorg (what is now currently the City of Bogor), Gudo and its surrounding areas were already populated by both Javanese and Chinese people. The document also states that a Chinatown had already been officially recorded in Mojoagung, an area not far from Gudo. At the time the document was issued, there were 78 Chinese people residing in Mojoagung. The contents of this Besluit were documented in Staatsblaad van Nederlandsch-Indie no. 204 Vreemde Oosterlingen Wij­ken Soerabaja, Bepaling dat ter hooftplaats Modjo-Agoeng een Wijk voor Chineezen zal zijn. Gudo. In 1915, the population of the…show more content…
The Chinatown in Gudo was called Kampung Tukangan or Tukangan village. The word ‘tukangan’ is derived from the word tukang, meaning worker, referring to the workers at the sugar factories. The sugar factory in Gudo was a branch of a larger factory in Merican, Kediri, built in 1904 by a Dutchman named. In 1930, an economic crisis forced the sugar factory to close. The Gudo sugar factory provided housing for its workers, who worked in shifts. These workers mingled with the local people who lived in the surrounding areas and many of them eventually married local women. Today, the sugar factory has disappeared, but the people have
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