For those who want to spend a vacation in Merauke Regency, they indeed need to find information regarding the most recommended tourist sites in that region. As for the reference, there is the famous Kapsul Waktu Monument in Kelapa Lima Village. The location is right on the city square, so it is quite accessible for everyone. Well, aside from the easy accessibility, the monument becomes famous due to other reasons, though. For instance, it is related to the name, which means the monument of the time capsule. Not to mention the shape is quite unique and it has a worthy history to learn during the visit!
After arriving at Kapsul Waktu Monument, tourists would see a dry and dusty landscape right away. Only several trees and plants grow in this area, so the nuance is considered plain and hot at noon. This is why most people visit the location either in the morning or afternoon in order to avoid the heat of the sun. Well, the next noticeable thing is related to the shape of the monument itself, which looks like the Avenger’s base! The best way to witness the shape is indeed from above, though.
Exploring Kapsul Waktu Monument
Tourists indeed have a different reason for visiting Kapsul Waktu Monument. The most common purpose is indeed to learn the history and information regarding the monument itself. In order to get the information, in this case, tourists must talk to either the keepers or local guides. It is said the monument was built the local government in 2015. The purpose was to store the dreams of national kids, actually. The plan is that the government would open these dreams in 2085!
The next thing that tourists usually enjoy in Kapsul Waktu Monument is related to the architecture. Everyone would be astonished by the architecture, for sure. As mentioned before, the design is quite similar to that of Avenger’s base. For the information, the designer was Yori Antar. The architect also included Papua culture to the design, so it looks both modern and traditional at once! For visitors or tourists, therefore, they are able to enjoy both appreciation and photography during the visit. The good thing is that these activities can be done freely!
Kapsul Waktu Monument is located near to the airport. This explains why tourists can see this stunning building clearly from above when their plane is landing. After all, the monument looks the best from above! Later, after arriving on the site, they may see the vast dry area right away. According to the keepers, the monument resides on an area of about 2.5 hectares and it has several features including “Alun-Alun” (square) and 5 accesses. These gates represent 5 dominant tribes of Merauke Regency, actually, which are Muyu, Mappi, Malind, Auyu, and Mandobo Tribe.
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How to Get There
It is considered easy to get to Kapsul Waktu Monument, actually. For those who come from Jakarta City, they must take a reliable plane service and head to the first destination, which is Merauke Regency. Usually, a flight from Soekarno – Hatta International Airport at Jakarta to Merauke would take around 6 hours and 45 minutes.
Once tourists arrive at Mopah Airport in Merauke Regency, they can simply take RE Martadinata Street and head to the monument directly. Have no worries. The distance is only 2.1 km. That means this trip won’t take more than 10 minutes. The location is in downtown, as well. So, this monument is quite noticeable even for outsiders or tourists.
Where to Stay
- Flora Hotel
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- Marind Hotel