McArthur Monument in Jayapura City
Jayapura City is the capital Papua Province. The question is what tourists can enjoy there. For those who love history, there is McArthur Monument, which was built to commemorate a legendary general called Douglas McArthur during the World War II. It is true Papua Island became one of the locations of battles between Nippon and Allies. The monument also becomes a symbol of the entry of Allies Army in Papua. It was in 1944. They came to Papua to deal with Japan, who ruled the area and Filipina at the time. Today, the monument becomes an interesting vacation spot for tourists.
In terms of size, the monument is small, having the height of 3 meters. However, it becomes an interesting object for photography. The problem is visitors are not allowed to get near to the monument, as there is a border surrounding the object. The colors are yellow and black, having a symbol of a sword and an arrow in midst of it. There is also a description of the monument regarding the history of it. Near to the location, some trees grow well. Not to mention the location is surrounded by grasses.
Exploring McArthur Monument
The most common visitors are historians and tourists who are interested in history. They want to learn a little bit history of Douglas McArthur and the construction of Allies Base in Papua Island. Visitors can learn the story either from the locals or a tour guide. Either way, they need to know a bit about the Indonesian Language. It may help them to understand the story, after all. Due to this reason, it is better to hire a local guide who talks two languages. Despite the fee, it would be a big help for tourists.
Apart from the history, McArthur Monument also offers stunning views of nature. Here is the fact. It is situated near to Sentani Lake, so tourists can see such beautiful tourist spot from the location. Not to mention they can visit the lake right away. As for tips, the best time to visit the monument is in the afternoon, when the sun is setting. That stunning view of the sun makes the landmark looks beautiful! Somehow, it becomes a good object for photography as well.
What’s next? Well, people have different ideas when it comes to visiting McArthur Monument. In a nutshell, it is the place to learn history, enjoy beautiful nature views, and photography. Another idea is to go picnic with families. Visitors are allowed to carry snacks and eat them with their friends or families on the location. The thing is they should take care of the trash and importantly, they are not allowed to litter.
- Sentani Lake
- Baliem Valley
- Bosnik Beach
How to Get There
The monument is located in Sentani District. For outsiders, they need to take an airplane to Sentani Airport and take a local transportation service to the location. From the airport, it takes about 15-30 minutes to the monument. There is no entry fee to witness the monument, actually.
Where to Stay
- Yasmin Hotel
- Aston Jayapura Hotel
- Swiss-Belhotel Jayapura