Bajaj Driver With A Suspicious Face

Bajaj driver with a suspicious face
Shot at Gambir station in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The stubble-faced Bajaj's driver showed me his suspicious face

On the way from Monas to Istiqlal Mosque, there was a railway station called Gambir in Jakarta. This is one of the main stations in Jakarta where long-distance trains arrive and depart.

You can see people heading to and coming from far away in the station where the direct train arrives and departs, But here at Gambhir station, the atmosphere is very different. It had the serene atmosphere of a station in a suburban residential area.

There were a number of taxis called Bajaj parked in front of the station, waiting for customers. And the drivers were laid back and no one did intense touting. Even though they recognized me as an obvious foreign tourist, I didn't hear anyone say to me, where are you going?, you better go with Bajaj!, or what are you doing in Jakarta?

After all, it is because Jakarta is not so touristy. If there are a lot of tourists, and the locals can charge more for tourists who do not know the market price, the situation is a little bit different.

The man in this photo was also a Bajaj driver who was waiting for customers at Gambir station. He looked a little dubious, unlike another driver who gave me a smile, when he found my camera thrust in front of him. However, he never made a sales pitch to me.


About Gambir station

Gambir Station (Indonesian: Stasiun Gambir, station code: GMR) is a major railway station in Gambir, Gambir, Central Jakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia. It is located on the eastern side of Merdeka Square. It was built during the Dutch East Indian era and renovated in the 1990s. Currently Gambir Station serves as a terminus for most intercity trains operating across Java Island. Two of Jakarta's main commuter lines, the KRL...

Where is Gambir station in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

July 11, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Portrait Photography





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