Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jakarta, Indonesia

A view of Jakarta at night...


I dont know if this fountain is of any particular significance or no...i dont even know if it has a name, coz its not stated on the card...though i think that since its already put on a postcard, there has got to be something important related to it...or that it least has a name...if anyone knows, you know what to do..:)

Did you know that Jakarta used to have several different names during history? It was called Sunda Kelapa (397-1527), Jayakarta (1527-1619), Batavia (1619-1942) and Djakarta (1942-1972).
It is the capital and largest city in Indonesia, and as well the 11th largest city in the world (wow!!). It is located on the northwest coast of the Java Island.

now, here is something roaming through my mind...the "Java" PC programming language...is the origin of its name ANYHOW related to the Java Island? This has been bugging me for a long time...why the Java application is actually called Java...or is it indeed just a random choice of words? Im really curious....

3 comments:

Pinaypostcroser said...

Hi Ana,
If I am not mistaken, that is the fountain near the historial Hotel Indonesia. I also don't know if it has a name hahaha.But the fountain marks the center of Jakarta where the financial district is located. The place where the fountain is located is actually a round-about.

Ana said...

we'll know it as the Jakarta's nameless fountain for now :)

but yeah, thats the one near the Hotel :) just yesterday I received a similar card, and it had that info...just not the name of the fountain again..hmm...actually, im gonna ask the sender...

Pram said...

Hi Ana,

My name is Pram from Jakarta. That fountain called "TUGU SELAMAT DATANG" Tugu means Monument or Statue and Selamat Datang means Wellcome".

The statue of woman and man waving to north direction (Sunda Kelapa sea port). The fountain itself is part of the statue, just been rebuilt about 5 years ago costing about 4.5 million USD.

We call the statu and the fountain as "bundaran Hotel Indonesia" Bundaran means circle or round.

If you have questions on Indonesia, you can mail me at hamsi.pramono@anexiss.com or office@yuking-lawfirm.com.