The Bodhi trees were actually requested by Taufiequrrachman Ruki when he served as the Acting Chairman of KPK.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the frontline of anti-corruption forces in Indonesia, has occupied their new headquarters since the 6th of February. The new building shares many philosophies. One of them is represented by the Bodhi trees planted in front of the building.

The Bodhi trees were actually requested by Taufiequrrachman Ruki when he served as the Acting Chairman of KPK. In the Buddhist religion, the tree is known as a sacred place for Siddharta Gautama where he meditates and gets enlightenment.

The red and white paint on the left and right of the building at Jalan Kuningan Mulia, Guntur, Setia Budi, South Jakarta, is mostly similar to the old building. Both of the colors have the same meaning with the colors in KPK’s logo. There are also five columns in front of the building that represents five principles of Pancasila (the official philosophical foundation of Indonesia).

The building seems to be tight-secured. The access to each floor of the building is limited. The access to the building is divided. The red zone is located on the first, second, 14th, and 15th floor. Green zone on the ground floor, and yellow zone on B1, B2, third to the 13th floor, and 16th floor. Therefore, every KPK employee has a different access.

The red zone can be only accessed by certain people, such as interrogation rooms. Meanwhile, the yellow zone can be only accessed by KPK employees, and green zone is for visitors. Besides that, surveillance cameras are surrounding every room in the building.

The building is 16,714 square meters in width and has 16 floors. The first floor has seven rooms for official wealth reports (LHKPN), human relations division, and verification. The second floor has 72 interrogation rooms that are divided into two parts, the rooms for the investigated parties, and rooms for witnesses.

The interrogation rooms to question investigated parties are located on the right side of the building, and the rooms for witnesses are located on the left side of the building. The interrogation rooms also have two rooms inside, one for the questioned party and the another for the lawyer. The rooms are divided by a one-way mirror, and it makes the rooms look unique.

Lawyers can see their clients who got questioned if the lamps in their room are turned off. There are a table, chairs, surveillance cameras, audio recorders, and video recorders in the 2.5x2.5 meters width interrogation room. In the lawyers’ room, there are just chairs. Behind the main buildings that are connected by a 15 meters bridge on the third floor of both building, there’s a white-painted special building with 25x20 square meters width. It has three floors, and the first floor is a penitentiary for KPK prisoners.

The front part of the penitentiary faces a dense residential area that’s only separated by a 2.5 meters gate. The penitentiary is located on the first floor of the building. The second and the third floors are used as an auditorium and a mosque for KPK investigators and employees. If you pass the first main gate of the penitentiary, you can see a sentry post and a security door that can be accessed by turning around from a column in front of the penitentiary for the inspection of the prisoners’ families and lawyers.

The interior of the building is hot and stuffy and dominated by a gray paint. Not far from the penitentiary, there are iron bars with 8 meters length and 3 meters height that separate the visitors and prisoners. The room with the iron bars is where visitors and prisoners can meet.

A small room with 1x1 square meter width is also prepared for prisoners to meet their lawyers. After passing the iron bars, there’s  a tunnel heading to the prisoners’ cells. There are 9 cells for male prisoners, and 4 cells for female prisoners, and four isolation rooms.

The width and capacity of the cells are also various. Some cells are 2.5x2.5 square meters in width that can contain 3 prisoners. Some cells are 2.5x5 square meters in width that can contain at least 5 prisoners. The penitentiary can contain 37 prisoners in total, which consists of 31 male prisoners and 6 female prisoners. (Edy Susanto/