Welcome Statue, Central Jakarta

If there is one as the most famous statue in Jakarta it certainly is Patung Selamat Datang (literally means Welcome Statue), which is also called Tugu Selamat Datang or Welcome Monument. There used to also be called the Statue of Jali-jali. As people are now rarely hear the song of gambang kromong Betawi, the name of Jali-jali statue is increasingly less audible.

Actually there's nothing too spectacular on the sighting of Statue Welcome to HI roundabout. Moreover, people can only see it from a distance, so the details of the statue is not easy to see, especially if only passing by for a few seconds.

That's because the statues location of the man and woman rae right in the middle of a pond no less than 100 meters in diameter, and the overall height of the statue reaches 17 meters, 10 meters of which is the height of the statue base. The making of sculpture holder is done by PN Pembangunan Perumahan.

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Is a team named Arca byFamily led Edhi Sunarso, a dropout sculptor from ASRI born in Salatiga July 2, 1933, who worked on the legendary Welcome Statue. The idea of making the statue came from the 1st President of Republic of Indonesia Ir. Soekarno, which at that time was intended to welcome arrival of Asian Games IV participants, held on 24 August - 4 September 1962 in the city of Jakarta.

The sketch was made by Henk Ngantung, Governor of DKI Jakarta at that time. The making of the statue was then done at Edhi Sunarso's studio in Karangwuni, and was visited by President Soekarno along with ministers and US Ambassador to Indonesia Howard P Jones. The making of the sculpture that took one year was finally inaugurated by President Soekarno in 1962.

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View of Statue Welcome in one evening. The beautiful fountain pool beneath the Welcome Statue was the result of a renovation work done in 2002 that reportedly cost Rp 14 billion. There are five variations of fountains jets that are run by computer programs as a symbol of the five principals in Pancasila.

The photo above was taken several years ago, when the number of vehicles passing through the streets of Jakarta was not as bad as it is today. Hope the governor of DKI continue to work hard to unravel the congestion with Monorail, MRT, and other transportation policy. Loss is reduced when you and I leave the vehicle at home and go out using public transportation.

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What makes the statue very famous is because of its strategic location in Hotel Indonesia roundabout (HI), which is often the center of crowded activities (later a favorite spot for protesters to gain media attention), as well as the history of this statue that has long been as one of the main icons of the city of Jakarta, as well as the beautiful pool of fountains beneath it.

Statues of young man and woman with waving hands, the woman with her left hand held a bunch of flowers, were made facing to the north because at that time the international airport was still in Kemayoran, so the guests would come from the north towards Hotel Indonesia where they stayed, and then to Gelora Bung Karno which was then named Ikada Sports Complex.

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If do not want to spend a dime to enjoy the view of the Statue Welcome and the fountain dance, people can just sit on edge of the road in front of Plaza Indonesia. When this article was published people was not been able to enjoy the dance of HI roundabout fountain, because it was being repaired, but it was completed in early 2014.

A more classy way to enjoy the atmosphere around the statue is to have a cup of coffee while snacking at a cafe inside Plaza Indonesia that directly overlooking the statue. There is always the option to enjoy something, just a matter of taste and thickness of one's wallet.

Other Sunarso sculptures that decorate Jakarta City are the Statue of Liberation of West Irian in Lapangan Banteng, and Dirgantara Statue in Pancoran. He also worked on dioramas Museum Sejarah Nasional Indonesia at Monas, diorama at Museum Pengkhianatan PKI Lubang Buaya, and diorama at Museum Satria Mandala.

Welcome Statue HI Roundabout

Address : Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Jl MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. GPS Location : -6.194987, 106.823062, Waze ( smartphone Android and iOS ). Reference : Map of Jakarta . Tourist Destination in Jakarta . Hotel di Central Jakarta.
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