A boy flies his kite in Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Aug. 27, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Fun Time in Jakarta Sky Before Summer Ends

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

AUGUST 29, 2020

The peak of dry season between July and August provides a perfect time for kite fliers, old and young, to easily release their kites to the clear sky of Jakarta thanks to the strong wind.

There is an open space near Jalan Muria in Menteng Atas, South Jakarta, where these kite enthusiasts can have the luxury of exerting their energy without obstacles like electricity poles and the traffic.

They gather at around 3.00 p.m., with serious fliers bringing the best of their kite collection. Newcomers join them after buying the gears at Hek Kite Shop, which has been in the business since 1994.

The shop in Halim, East Jakarta is arguably the only one in the city that specializes in this age-old hobby.

There is no organizer on the field but those kite fliers separate themselves into two groups to avoid an overcrowded circumstance, with children being kept in distance from adults who fly bigger kites at higher altitude.

Children fly smaller yet very agile kites that they call as “Sukhoi”, named after the Russian jet fighter. Sometimes the activity turns into a competition with a ‘dogfight’ in the sky -- two kites collide and the one that cuts off the string of its opponent emerges winner.

Adults are calmer as they fly bigger and artistic kites for a show. It takes skill and special equipment to fly those kites.

 

Lidia, 50, sits in Hek shop, a kite shop in Halim, East Jakarta on Thursday (27/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Lidia, 50, the owner of Hek Kite Shop in East Jakarta, sits near a display of assorted colors of strings and kites on Aug. 27, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child carries a kite at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A boy holds a kite as another person is ready to pull the string when the wind comes. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds benang gelasan as he plays kite at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds the kite string while smoking. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Residents watch koang kite flying at the sky at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children and adults watch a “Koang” kite being flown by a solo kiter in Menteng Atas, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Koang kites flies on the sky at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Two “Koang” kites, which typically have two parts of fabric and long tails, fly over Menteng Atas, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother teaches her child how to fly a kite at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A mother helps her son on the other end of the string fly a kite in Menteng Atas, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man holds a big benang belasan at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
For adults, flying kites have the calming effect. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child carries a koang kite at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child carries his kite to get the right direction of the wind. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A kite flies near a skycrapers at Menteng Atas, South Jakarta on Thursday (28/08). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A kite with many tails flies near half-completed buildings in Menteng Atas, South Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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