The conductor stood beside Angkot with some bills in his hand

Conductor of an Angkot
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia
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Since I've been able to use Google Maps for my travels, the hurdle of getting on a local bus in an unfamiliar city in an unfamiliar country has dropped dramatically in my mind. Google Maps tells me where the bus stop is and what bus I should take. I don't have to worry so much about which bus to take or where to get off anymore. Even here in Jakarta, Google Maps was very useful.

However, there is still some local transportation system which is difficult to get on. It is shared taxis. This is not shown on Google Maps. There is no clue to find out. It was difficult to know where and what route they were taking, and in the first place, there were many times that they didn't even write the destination on the vehicle body even if I saw the vehicle.

In the case of Jakarta, it was such a shared taxi called Angkot. It is a shared-ride van that runs around the city and is probably the most popular vehicle for locals in Indonesia. It runs in circles on a specific section of the city, and you get in at a convenient place and get off at a convenient place, which is quite difficult for a casual tourist to get in. I often saw it running, but I needed the courage to get on it.

At this time too, there was one Angkot parked in front of me. It seemed to be waiting for customers to gather and stopped for a while. A man is standing at the side of the vehicle. Seeing that he had a bill in his hand, this man seemed to be someone who plays a role like the conductor of the Angkot. The man looked grim as if he wasn't getting as many customers as he wanted. I didn't have the courage to get into the Angkot, which I didn't even know where it was going to, so I finished taking photos and walked away without getting into the car.

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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

October 19, 2020

Modified On

November 10, 2021


Jakarta, Indonesia


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