The Jakarta Post
Taman Pelangi (Rainbow Garden) at Taru Juruk Zoo in Surakarta, Central Java, enchanted visitors on Friday with the addition of a dancing fountain.
Although not as massive as Singapore’s famous dancing fountains at the Marina Bay Sands, the attraction drew a large crowd of visitors during its performances at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Constructed on the zoo’s man-made lake, the fountain operated on 80,000 watts of electricity.
Aside from the dancing fountain, the park also features about 600 stunning lanterns in various colors and shapes that light up the night with vibrant hues.
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Agung Riyadi, the director of Taman Pelangi operator PT. Cikal Bintang Bangsa, said, “We will always work to perfect the park, [such as with] lanterns and the dancing fountain. We will continue provide various innovations for the visitors.”
One of these, he added, was an upcoming monorail that would pass over the lake at a speed of 5 km/hour. It will be available after Idul Fitri next year,
“The infrastructure work takes time. Today, the monorail is still in the preparation stages, we hope next year we can enjoy it,” Agung said.
Taman Pelangi has helped boost the popularity of Taru Juruk Zoo, which had been declining in recent years.
The zoo’s president director, Bimo Wahyu Widodo Dasir Santoso, said it had transformed since Taman Pelangi's revamp.
“The zoo’s transformation gave us a new target for 2018: to attract 800,000 visitors. We’re certain that the zoo would not only be crowded at night time, but also in the day. For school holidays, and the Christmas and New Year holidays, we hope to welcome 45,000 visitors,” Bimo said. (asw)