Visiting Equator Monument

Of course the number one of top things to do in Pontianak West Kalimantan Indonesia is visiting Equator Monument. There are 12 countries in the world crossed by the equator. But there is only one city that exactly separates the northern and southern hemispheres, namely Pontianak. Equator Monument was first built in 1928, but then underwent several renovations. The last renovation was in 1990 and finally the monument was inaugurated on 21 September 1991.

The most awaited event by the visitors is the culmination of the sun, i.e. when the sun is right on the equator. At that moment, the position of the sun will be right above the head so that the shadow of the Equator Monument will “disappear” a few seconds. The culmination occurs twice a year, between March 21-23 and September 21-23. Equator Monument is located at Khatulistiwa Street, North Pontianak. It’s about 3 km from downtown Pontianak. Opening hour is 8 am – 5 pm and it’s also free entry.