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Meet the Twin of Arc de Triomphe in Kediri East Java

That monument’s height is 25 meters with width 804 meters square. On the other hand, the area is around 37 hectares. The architecture...

Meet the Twin of Arc de Triomphe in Kediri East Java
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Monument Kediri 

SURYA.co.id | KEDIRI - The rain was drizzling all over Kediri, East Java on that afternoon. Cold breeze made all the body a little bit shiver when arriving the parking lot in Monument of Kediri in the area of Simpang Lima Gumul. It looked like the cold breeze wants to welcome us as soon as we arrived there.

After went through 200 meters tunnel and stairs, we arrived in a field full of green grass, and here we were seeing a creamy beige monument.

That monument’s height is 25 meters with width 804 meters square. On the other hand, the area is around 37 hectares. The architecture is similar to Arc de Triomphe in France that symbolize glory and prosperity of a nation and country.

The difference between monument in Kediri and Paris is the relief. In the Kediri, there are reliefs of Kediri’s history, including its art and culture. There are 4 Ganesha’s statues on every corner. Ganesha is a God that has wisdom and intelligent, even solving all obstacles.

Full of Meaning
The Government of Kabupaten Kediri claims that the numbers in the monument are full of meaning. The numbers 25 and 804 represent the anniversary of Kabupaten Kediri, 25 March 804 Masehi. Ganesha is the official symbol of the Government of Kabupaten Kediri.

The Monument of Kediri has three stairs in below area. In that area is the most crowded area because it could be used by local residents. Just like that evening, there were many youngsters doing the freestyle dance. At the same time, there were families sit and enjoy the view here.

In another spot, there were some teenagers taking selfies with a background of the monument. Not far from that place, there were kids around 5-10 years old playing around.

“If there is no rain, the visitors are more crowded. Moreover, there are more and more visitors over the weekend, from kids, teenagers, and adults. All of them are here.” said Muslikan, local a resident, said.

The monument was constructed in 2003 using local government’s budget with more billions rupiah to have an 8-stories monument complete with its lift and three stairs.

From the highest story, the visitors could the full view of Kediri’s panorama that has miscellaneous things to see, such as buildings in the city area and agricultural fields in the suburb area.

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Editor: Cak Sur
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