THE ARTISTIC SIDE OF JAKARTA. A #Bekantan Tales Article.
Jakarta As we know..
is the capital and largest city of The Republic of Indonesia. Some might say it is so massive and the most hectic place in the world. It is crowded full of people, the worst traffic jam on planet earth and so on..
But! There is more than that about Jakarta
Jakarta also hides some of beautiful architecture, place, monuments, natural settings, and many more.. And this is some of The Artistic Side of Jakarta by Bekantan Creative.
1. Bundaran HI
The idea of Bundaran HI came from Indonesia’s 1st President, Sukarno. It was originally made to celebrate Asian Games of 1962. The history of the construction of Bundaran HI is closely related to the history of the existence of the Welcome Monument “Tugu Selamat Datang” which is placed in the middle of the round pool.
The Welcome Monument is in the form of a statue of a pair of young men clutching flowers and waving. This statue faces north which means they welcome people who come from the direction of the National Monument (Monas). The Welcome Monument axis line is made right in the middle of the Bundaran HI pool, which seems to connect the port of Tanjung Priok to the north with the Kebayoran area to the south.
2. Monumen Nasional (Monas)
Opened in 1975, this historical building and landmark is a mighty symbol of Indonesia’s struggle and determination to reach unity and independence. The architecture embraces the philosophy of two Indonesia’s traditional tools essential to producing rice the main food source of Indonesian, as well as symbols of the phallus and female organs, to promote balance and harmony between different forces.
The lower part of the building houses the National History Museum of Indonesia, which housing dioramas of the country’s history, from pre-historic to post-independence Indonesia. The higher platform of the monument, at 115 metres (377 ft), serves as a viewing deck which tourists can enjoy a glance of beautiful view of the city. On top of Monas is a flame-shaped gold foil. And the most amazing thing about Monas is it hides a secret relief of a woman on the flame-shaped top which is quite enigmatic for the art lovers.
3. Wisma 46 BNI Tower
Was complete and operating in 1996, this building is considered pioneer of skyscrapers in its time. It was the country’s tallest building for almost a decade. Located in Jakarta’s business district and surrounded by other skyscrapers, the building still stands out with its iconic fountain pen-shaped antenna on top of esthetical glass exterior. The building is home to offices, banks, restaurants, and cafés, and is still one of the most popular and definable buildings in Jakarta.
4. Dermaga Cinta (The Pier of Love), Ancol
It is one of the best spot in Jakarta for romantic getaway for couples to enhance their relationship. Visiting Dermaga Cinta is a sweet experience to be done. The Pier of Love is located in Ancol Jakarta Bay City, Pademangan District. Due to its dreamy and beautiful atmosphere, many couples visit the place to spend quality time together. It is also because they are interested in attaching a padlock to the bridge, as the symbol of long-lasting love. It is similar to that of Seoul Tower and Paris.
5. Mangrove Forest at Pantai Indah Kapuk
If you wish to see nature and green scenery after a bored week of facing the computer screen? Just go to the PIK Mangrove Forest.
It is located in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta, certainly it doesn’t take long to visit this location. Besides being able to freshen up with the fresh air of green trees, visitors can also feel the sensation of staying in this still green nature by renting a villa. Or if you want to just walk around while hunting photos you can.
6. Kota Tua Batavia Jakarta
Kota Tua Batavia is a Dutch heritage area during the colonial period. The buildings in this area have beautiful architecture and high historical value. This place is very suitable to be a tourist destination. In addition to its unique building and making tourists want to take pictures, this area has its own history in its time which was a silent witness to the colonialism that occurred in Indonesia.
At night Kota Tua looks very beautiful and charming complete with lights that adorn the Dutch architectural style buildings. The Old City at night brings its own beauty. The crowded atmosphere of the visitors was seen filling the field in front of the Fatahillah Museum Building accompanied by a music concert that was often held by the Kota Tua Tourism management to entertain the visitors who came.
Contributor: Benaya Stephen
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