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20-03-2012, 16:58
Equator Monument on the Equator Road, Village Siantan, District of North Pontianak, Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. The equator passing through the city of Pontianak is the only one of the world's equator divides the earth in exactly horizontally into the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. Then, standing at a point located at latitude zero is certainly become a pillar of pride for the visitors.

Uniquely, the building of this monument is made of ironwood, instead of cement, building as monument or monuments in general. Visitors are allowed to see the original building monument, see documentation of the history of the development of the monument from its inception until today, so that visitors can gain basic knowledge of earth science and astronomy. There also have a board that shows statistical information, both domestic and foreign visitors.

This monument was very crowded by tourists at the time the phenomenon of cyclical culmination of the sun twice a year. Cycle that occurred on March 21 to 23 called the vernal equinox (first intersection) as a sign of early spring, while the cycle that occurred on September 21 to 23 is called the autumnal equinox (the point of second meeting) as a sign of early autumn.

Although only about 5-10 minutes, to see objects directly in the vicinity of the monument will not have a shadow, of course, raises a difficult sensation to describe their shape. To celebrate these two moments, usually in the area of the monument held a variety of activities, such as the local traditional arts attractions, exhibitions of paintings, and so forth.

Only by paying Rp 10.000, - only, visitors will get a certificate as proof that he ever visited the Equatorial Monument. On the certificate in question contained a photo and signature of the Mayor of Pontianak. In the afternoon, the area is aptly serve as a place to relax with family or simply to relieve tired after working all day. At night, the exotic region increasingly felt. From the location of the park, visitors can enjoy the beauty that extends the Kapuas River.
Twinkling lights from the other side of the Kapuas River add to the attraction of this tourist attraction. In the vicinity of the Equator Monument area there are various facilities, such as mosques, restaurants, restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, spacious parking area and safe, and the guesthouse and hotels with various types.The location of the Equator Monument is about 5 kilometers north of Pontianak city center. From Pontianak, visitors can take a bus or public transportation leading to the location of the monument.

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