Selamat Datang Monument

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Selamat Datang Monument
Native name
Indonesian: Monumen Selamat Datang
Jakarta Bundaran HI .jpg
Location Jalan Bundaran HI, Tanah Abang, Jakarta 10350, Indonesia
Coordinates 6°11′41.9244″S 106°49′22.9764″E / 6.194979000°S 106.823049000°E / -6.194979000; 106.823049000Coordinates: 6°11′41.9244″S 106°49′22.9764″E / 6.194979000°S 106.823049000°E / -6.194979000; 106.823049000
Built August 17, 1961
Architect Henk Ngantung
Edhi Sunarso

Selamat Datang Monument (Selamat Datang is Indonesian for "Welcome"), also known as the Monumen Bundaran HI or Monumen Bunderan HI, is a monument located in Central Jakarta, Indonesia. Completed in 1962 by sculptor Edhi Sunarso, Selamat Datang Monument is one of the historic landmarks of Jakarta.[1]

History and design[edit]

During the 1960s, President Sukarno ordered several constructions and city beautification projects for the preparation of the Asian Games IV. This includes the construction of the Ikada Sport Complex (in what is now Gelora Bung Karno Sport Complex) and several statues, including the Selamat Datang Monument, designated as Tugu Selamat Datang.

The design of the statue was sketched by Henk Ngantung, at that time the vice governor of Jakarta. The construction of the statue was done by Indonesian sculptor Edhi Sunarso. The statue depicts two bronze statues of a man and a woman, waving in a welcoming gesture. The woman is shown holding a flower bouquet in her left hand. The height of the figures are five metres from head to toe, or seven metres from the tip of the raised arm to toe. The two figures stand atop a pedestal. In total, the monument is about thirty meters above the ground. Selamat Datang Monument symbolizes the openness of the Indonesian nation to welcome the visitors of the Asian Games IV.[2]

The construction of the statue was started on August 17, 1961. During the construction of the statue, Edhi Sunarso was visited by Sukarno, US Ambassador to Indonesia Howard P. Jones, and other ministers in his studio.[3]

Bundaran Hotel Indonesia[edit]

The medical students in Jakarta demonstrate against tobacco during "A Day Without Tobacco", at Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Central Jakarta, Indonesia.

Selamat Datang Monument is located in the center of a roundabout known as Bundaran Hotel Indonesia or Bundaran HI (Indonesian for "Hotel Indonesia Roundabout"). It is so named because of its proximity to Hotel Indonesia. Other accepted spelling is Bunderan HI, which is closer to local Javanese-Betawi language unique to Jakarta. The roundabout is strategically located in the heart of Jakarta, right in the center of Jakarta's main avenue, Jalan M.H. Thamrin, on its intersection with Jalan Imam Bonjol, Jalan Sutan Syahrir and Jalan Kebon Kacang. At its completion, Hotel Indonesia and its roundabout is the gateway for visitors of Jakarta. The roundabout features a round pond with fountains.

In 2002, Bundaran Hotel Indonesia was restored by PT Jaya Konstruksi Manggala Pratama. The restoration introduced new fountains, new design of the pool, and new lighting. Today after the reformation era, the paved plaza surrounds the pond has become a popular spot for civic demonstrations. Every Sunday morning during Jakarta's Car-Free Days, the roundabout is filled with people doing jogging, bicycling, street photography, as well as temporary street vendors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edhi Sunarso, Sculptor of 'Selamat Datang' and 'Dirgantara' Landmarks, Dies at 83". Jakarta Globe. 2016-01-05. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  2. ^ Sejarah singkat patung-patung dan monumen di Jakarta (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Jakarta Raya (Indonesia). Dinas Museum dan Sejarah. 1992. p. 13. 
  3. ^ yulian.firdaus.or.id - Monumen Selamat Datang