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Jakarta Post

Jakarta 'bajaj' dress up for Asian Games

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 24, 2018   /   03:51 pm
Jakarta 'bajaj' dress up for Asian Games A "bajaj" is decorated to resemble Kaka, the one-horned rhino, one of the three mascots of the 2018 Asian Games. ( Nada Nailufar)

More than a dozen bajaj (three-wheeled taxis) decorated to represent Asian Games mascots Bhin Bhin the Cendrawasih bird, Atung the Bawean deer and Kaka the one-horned rhino, are touring Jakarta’s streets to promote the upcoming sporting event.

The Bhin Bhin bajaj is painted yellow and adorned with colorful feathers, while the Atung and Kaka bajaj are brown and gray, respectively, and have horns.

Twenty Asian Games bajaj gave free rides on May 13-23 to visitors of the National Monument (Monas) area in Central Jakarta from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting on Thursday, passengers will be charged as usual, according to Asian Games bajaj coordinator Mulyono.

The bajaj were decorated by state-owned gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) to support and promote the 2018 Asian Games, which will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.

The company is also paying the bajaj drivers for their work, Mulyono said.

“Later in August, we will be in charge of picking up and dropping off officials,” he added.

A number of buildings and bus stations across Jakarta already bear the 2018 Asian Games colors, mascot and slogan, “Energy of Asia”.

According to the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (INASGOC), Bhin Bhin, Atung and Kaka represent the country's national motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and the spirit of the quadrennial event.


Wearing a vest adorned with Papua’s asmat motifs, Bhin Bhin represents strategy, while Atung, dressed in a sarong with Jakarta’s tumpal pattern, embodies speed.

Kaka wears the traditional flower motif of Palembang and represents strength. (wit)