The engine bay of an abandoned bus, overgrown with vegetation, seen behind the Rawa Buaya bus station Cengkareng, West Jakarta, on Jan. 6. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Perilous Playground


JANUARY 21, 2019

Old passenger buses abandoned on a 10-hectare field behind the Rawa Buaya bus station in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, have become a popular attraction for neighborhood children. 

The buses were left there more than 15 years ago after they became unserviceable. Children often go there after school or during holidays to play games such as football and hide-and-seek among or inside the buses, which are by no means suitable as play areas due to many health and safety hazards.

Although the Jakarta administration built 290 child-friendly integrated public spaces in the capital last year, this shows that it still has a long way to go.

An abandoned bus covered in vegetation seen behind the Rawa Buaya bus station on Jan. 6. Most of the buses were in use during the late 1980s. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children play football next to an old bus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro) 
Two boys stand inside an old bus. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A boy drinks ice tea while standing in the aisle of an old bus. Some of the children playing in the buses are as young as 7. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The view from the cockpit of one of the abandoned buses. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A row of old buses abandoned behind the Rawa Buaya bus station. The Jakarta administration plans to renovate the bus station soon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Boys play among the rusting buses, which pose serious health and safety hazards. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)