I was heading north from Fatahillah Square to see the watchtower. When I hear the word 'watchtower', I think of Bob Dylan's song 'All the way from the watchtower'. The tower where the thief and the clown are headed, and where the prince is watching, is said to represent the conservative forces, but in my own life, I have never watched or been watched from a watchtower. But for some reason, the word 'watchtower' appeals to me. The word may remind me of something obscene.
After walking slowly for half an hour, I saw a tall architecture in my field of vision. It was a watchtower built in 1839. In the past, the harbormaster was responsible for monitoring and directing ships from the top of this tower into and out of the harbor.
The old watchtower of Batavia may have been strikingly tall when it was built, but it is not so tall today. If you're careless, you're likely to pass by without knowing. Even though the old Batavia has changed its name to Jakarta and lost its portiness, the watchtower still stands quietly by the side of a street with moderately heavy traffic.
May 17, 2020
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