The covered sidewalk was wide and seemed to be a good place to spend time. There were many people sitting down on the sidewalk of Hayam Wuruk Street in Jakarta. There were so many of them that I feared there would be a fight for the place.
I think that the ground floor of a large building is an important place for business with the general public, as it is expected to act as a show window, but many of the owners of the buildings along this street do not seem to think so. There is no place for the ground floor of the building to be used as a show window, and the sidewalk is completely occupied by people lingering in the street, as shown in this photo.
Some of the people occupying the sidewalk were opening shops, some were just chatting with friends, and some were just reading the newspaper by themselves. Basically, many of them seemed to be opening their stalls. In any case, it doesn't rain and you can avoid the sun. Such a place is a good place for street vendors to do business on the street.
It is common in Southeast Asia to see such a recessed structure on the ground floor of a building to make a sidewalk. In Taiwan, this kind of sidewalk is called "Qí lóu". On the other hand, what is this kind of sidewalk called in Indonesia? Is it simply called "arcade" or "veranda"?
October 25, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF