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April 24, 2005
What does that mean? Creative and beautiful illumination mostly. You'll find those lovely fountains, statues, and monuments are transformed by night into something quite different, worth visiting again as a separate sight in their own right.
The Monas, for example, changes colour every 3 or 4 seconds from purple to yellow to lime green. The Welcome Fountain becomes a far more striking centerpiece, as do all manner of commercial premises and tower blocks.
Taking a photo tour of these sights is not the easiest thing in the world. The traffic in Jakarta subsides only slightly after nightfall, and pulling over is not that easy. Maybe you could do as I did and poke your upper torso out of the sunroof and snap as you go. A bit like an urban safari.
Here are a few of the better photos I managed to grab in this fashion.
From journal You're going to Jakarta - My wife has a bunion
April 23, 2005
Entering Jakarta from the airport, your first impression may be that you are very definitely in a third-world country. The outer perimeter of this huge, sprawling city consists of a thick layer of self-constructed ramshackle dwellings, presumably with few or no amenities. After a couple of miles, a bit of development creeps in. As you draw closer and closer to the heart of the city (the Golden Triangle,) the 21st-century development becomes more and more dense, to the extent that, by the time you hit the 2 square miles or so in the centre, you could be in somewhere like Seoul, the only reminders being the presense of people who live and sleep on the street, which tells you that you are definitely in something of a developed oasis.
The Golden Triangle contains some very impressive and beautiful constructions. There has obviously been an effort to promote the city through, among other things, a series of showy fountains and monuments. Some things like the Mosque, Buddhist Temple, and Christian Cathedral have religious links, while others like the Monas (a national monument) and the Welcome Fountain exist more to promote national pride and international interest. You'll also find that the vast majority of Jakarta's up-market hotels are here, and some are very, very up-market.
I've found a couple of websites that give a bit of history and detail of the centre. I won't even try and pretend that I took in the historical details of the sights I photographed (some through the open sunroof of the car). I’m sorry about the superficial nature of it all, but in 45 minutes, what can you do?
Official City Info Website
Indonesia Info website