In Cirebon, where there are no motorcycle cabs, many people use bicycle cabs called Becak to get around. I saw many of them all over the city. There were many of them parked right in front of the Cirebon train station, and when I walked along the main street called Jalan Siliwangi, I saw many of them loaded with customers, and some of them were waiting for customers on the side of the road. Of course, there were many of them parked at the entrance of Kanoman Market. There were even more at the back of the market.
In contrast to the entrance, the backside of the market had a calm atmosphere. There was not much traffic. Not many people seemed to go through here to return home from the market, but there were still a number of Becak lined up in a neat row. They were ready to leave whenever a customer came. But strangely enough, there was no driver in sight. He was probably relaxing at a nearby stall, waiting for customers to arrive.
The word "Becak" is said to have originated from the Chinese word "Be Chia," which means "carriage," although the power source has somehow been changed from horses to humans. It is said that the word "Becak" originated from the Chinese word "Be Chia", while the rickshaws you see in South Asia are said to have originated from the Japanese word "Rikisha".
January 23, 2021
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF