Bajaj Driver Smiling On The Other Side

Smiling Bajaj driver
Shot at Gambir station in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

Bajaj's driver noticed my camera and smiled at me on the other side.

I came to Merdeka Square without knowing that Monas was closed, so I had no choice but to walk around the big Merdeka Square in Jakarta. I walked out of the square along the fence that surrounded it. If I couldn't get into Monas, I'd have to get to my next destination quickly. The next destination was the Istiqlal Mosque.

While walking, I came to the other entrance to the Monas, but the gate was still closed. I could see the Monas towering far beyond the gate, and I was a bit resentful. While I should have checked before I came in, I happen to find the railway station beside the gate. It was the Gambir station.

Historically, Jakarta Kota station near Fatahillah Square is the central station of Jakarta. Yet, it has been chenged. Most of the long-distance trains start and end this station now. Its appearance was very simple. The entrance is quietly set up right next to the Monas, and if you don't know anything about it, you'll think it's just a plain station.

In front of the station, a number of Gojek motorcycles were parked. Besides, many Bajajs were stopped. Bajaj's drivers were leisurely waiting for their guests to arrive. One of them noticed my camera and smiled at me. Obviously, even though I was a tourist, he didn't tout me, he just smiled. All the Bajajs here were taking it easy, waiting for their guests.


About Gambir district

Gambir is a district of Central Jakarta, Indonesia. It is characterized by many historic buildings from the colonial era. Gambir District is the location of many political and administrative center of Jakarta and Indonesia. The Merdeka Palace (the presidential palace of Indonesia), the National Museum, the headquarters of the Indonesian Scout Movement and the Merdeka Square (the location of the National Monument) are...

Where is Gambir station in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 10, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography