PERHAPS some people think that the zero point in Indonesia is only in Sabang. However, it turns out, there are many “Zero Kilometer Points” spread across various regions in Indonesia. Interestingly, almost all areas where the “Zero Point Monument” is located have their own tourist attraction.

The zero-kilometer point is always marked with a monument or small pal. The existence of the zero-kilometer point in several regions of Indonesia is usually used as a benchmark for measuring distances in cities and countries. Apart from that, the zero kilometer point also functions as a reference for development in an area.

For those of you who want to experience a different holiday sensation, there’s no harm in visiting several tourist destinations around the zero-kilometer point in Indonesia below:
(1). Zero Kilometer Point of the Archipelago
One of the newest zero-kilometer points is in the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) of the archipelago. In 2022, the government has inaugurated a 50 cm high monument to mark the zero-kilometer point. These zero points is in Samboja District and Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser, East Kalimantan.

As a benchmark for infrastructure for the development of Indonesia’s new capital city, the zero-kilometer monument in the archipelago is starting to be busy with tourists who are curious about the development of IKN. Apart from seeing the zero-kilometer monument in the archipelago, you can also enjoy the fresh air and adrenaline rush on Bengkirai Hill, Kutai Kartanegara.

If you want to see firsthand the typical Dayak culture which is still well preserved. You can come to Pampang Tourism Village in Samarinda City, or near APT Pranoto Airport. Here there is the Betang Traditional House which is the residence of the Apokayan Dayak Tribe.

(2). Sabang Zero Kilometer Point
The zero-kilometer point of Sabang is often called the geographical marker of the farthest western tip of Indonesia. The location is in Iboih Ujong Ba’u Village, Sukakarya District, Sabang City. There is a zero-point monument that stands on a cliff and faces directly into the Indian Ocean.

Visiting zero-point Sabang is incomplete without diving into the underwater beauty of Sabang. We can see very beautiful coral reefs directly at several diving spots in Sabang. There are around 20 diving spots in Sabang, including West Seulako, Arus Balee, Rubiah Jetty, and Sophie RIckmers.

Because of its enchanting marine beauty, it is not surprising that Sabang often hosts various water sports tourism, namely Sabang Freediving and Sabang Marine Festival. What an interesting tourist attraction, isn’t it?

(3). Merauke Kilometer Zero Point
Located at the eastern tip of Indonesia, Merauke’s zero-kilometer point is close to the Indonesian border with Papua New Guinea. At the zero kilometer point you can find a quite large monument that reads “0 Km Merauke-Sabang”.

If you are on holiday in Merauke, Parekraf friends must take the time to visit the Time Capsule Monument which was recently inaugurated by President Joko Widodo. This monument is in Alun-alun, Klp. Lima, Merauke. This monument contains the dreams of Indonesian children from Sabang to Merauke. This dream was written in 2015 and will be opened in 2085.

Interestingly, you can also see kangaroos in Merauke, specifically in Wasur National Park in Sota District, Merauke. What’s cool is that this National Park area is also inhabited by four indigenous tribes, namely the Kanume Tribe, Yeinan Tribe, Marori Meng Tribe, and Marind Tribe.

(4). Yogyakarta Zero Kilometer Point
Often visited by local and foreign tourists, Yogyakarta’s zero-kilometer point is right in the middle of Yogyakarta City. The location of the zero-kilometer monument in Yogyakarta is surrounded by historical buildings that we can visit while on holiday. Starting from the Indonesian Post Office, Gedung Agung, March 1 Attack Monument, Fort Vredeburg, to Jalan Malioboro.

For those of you who want to look for typical Yogyakarta souvenirs, you can visit the Malioboro Terrace which is not far from point zero. There are many creative and creative products that can be used as souvenirs. Starting from bracelets, silver crafts, rings, bakpia, to traditional herbal medicine.

These are some of the tourist attractions around Indonesia’s zero-kilometer monument. You, have you visited any of them? []