Pontianak is known as the city on equator which is located in West Kalimantan. The city lies on the banks of Kapuas River. Kapuas itself appears to be one of the longest rivers throughout the world. In Indonesia, Kapuas is the longest and largest river. When it comes to Pontianak, no one will ignore its landmark, which is Equator Monument or Tugu Khatulistiwa.
Location of Tugu Khatulistiwa
Tugu Khatulistiwa or usually called as Equator Monument is located in Jalan Khatulistiwa, the north of Pontianak, West Kalimantan. In order to get there, you need to rent a car or taxi to send you to wet bank of Pontianak. There may be some public transportation called angkot you can count on it. Then they will bring you to Siantan. If you have seen a bridge it means you have crossed Kapuas River which means you are on the other side of the city. The monument is exactly located 5 kilometers on the north end of the city. This takes around 30 to 40 minutes to get you to the monument.
The monument was firstly built by a Dutch geographer in 1928 but then it was rebuilt in 1938 and finally was renovated in 1990. The Equator Monument was built with four ironwood pillars and each pillar has 0.30 meter of diameter. Amazingly, no money is needed to enter the monument. It is free unless you want to bring a certificate which tells you once visited this monument. In order to get the certificate, you only need to spend IDR 10,000 and you will have your photos and signature from the mayor of the city. The monument also provides souvenirs for you to buy.