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Jakarta Post

Certain numbers believed to bring fortune, others bad luck

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 8 2010   /  10:17 am

Believe it or not, many buildings in Jakarta do not have a fourth floor.

Among them is a skyscraper in Kuningan, South Jakarta, where Supono works as a security guard.

On his first day of work, he was confused when initially he could not find the fourth floor in the 25-story office building.

“A staffer asked me to come up to the fourth floor, but I couldn’t find a button with number four in the elevator,” Supono told The Jakarta Post Wednesday. “It turned out the number was replaced with 3A.”

The 23-year old did not understand why the building management did this, until a manager told him that many Chinese, Japanese and other East Asian people believed the number “4” would bring bad luck.

The building management also used the number 12A for its 13th floor because by Western custom “13” meant bad luck.

In Chinese the number ...