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Tsunami monument draws tourists to West Aceh

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 25, 2016  /  06:15 pm
Tsunami monument draws tourists to West Aceh

A mesmerizing beach in the Banyak Islands, Aceh. (Shutterstock/File)

A historical tsunami monument has been built in Pasir village, Johan Pahlawan district in West Aceh regency, in a bid to lure more tourists to the region.

Pasir village head Romi Jaya Saputra told Antara news agency on Monday that the area also had a cottage that catered to tourists looking to observe carvings of the tsunami waves that struck Aceh. 

Two small monumental structures are perched in a row at the location: one rectangular post stands tall and the other illustrates a motif of the seven-meter tall tsunami wave. The latter is also engraved with the names of the 603 victims who died due to the natural disaster that drowned the village on Dec. 26, 2004.

(Read also: Aceh: A guide for visitors)

Romi said the area was currently busy with restoration and development works of tourist establishments to further boost tourism.

"Our settlement used to be located far from the sea, but it was gradually eroded due to the sea abrasion. We hope [the administration] will soon build an embankment so we'll be able to rebuild our village," he said. (mra/kes)

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